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Old 01-22-2013, 12:46 PM   #16
KartersMimi
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
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I won't go back here...

My daughter (22) & I just returned from a long weekend at Disney. We stayed at the AoA in a standard Ariel room. While the room was nice & well appointed, it was just a little too cartoony for my taste. I suppose that if I had a little girl with me, she would have loved it. There was a mimi fridge, integrated into one side of the dresser. A clever way to hide it, but then reduced our drawer space to just 3. There was no coffee maker, a disappointment since I like a warm cup of coffee while I get ready in the mornings. Mousekeeping was only average, sometimes less than. Our beds were never made completely, only thrown together rather sloppily. Towels left on the floor for pickup, as instructed, were hung on the back of the door - apparently they decided we needed to reuse them after all. We never saw any of those special little touches, like the towel characters, etc. I know it seems petty but we feel it's all a part of the overall experience. The worst part was the location of our room. We were in building 7. A VERY long walk from the bus stop. On two of the 3 nights that we were there, we witnessed children who were too big to carry but still young cry & sob all the way to their rooms. These children & parents had enjoyed a long, full day in the parks, rode the ridiculously overcrowded bus for what seems like forever & now have to hike for quite a distance to their room. We heard several parents comment that they won't be returning to this resort. There is plenty of space for a secondary bus stop - I think they should consider it. The suites are much closer, it's the standard Little Mermaid rooms that are to far away. I dreaded the walk anytime I had to make it & it prevented us from making those "quick" refresh trips to our room throughout the day. Overall it's a nice place but they definately appear to have some training issues & bugs to work out. Maybe my expectation of Disney is unreasonable but my first impression of the first value resort I've ever stayed at was not a good one. In the future I will likely stick with no less than moderate. I think those resorts provide more of the atmosphere & accomodations that our family prefers. I guess the same is true at Disney as anywhere else - you get what you pay for.
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