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Old 02-05-2013, 10:44 PM   #16
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Life is too short to stay in a tent at fort wilderness. You deserve better
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:57 AM   #17
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Life is too short to stay in a tent at fort wilderness. You deserve better
Awww, thanks! That is so sweet to say!

I do have to say though, in my tents defense, it is a pretty nice tent. I own an Asashi 4P (I think it is the first model version since I've had a few years) by NEMO Equipment. They make some pretty nice stuff. If I were to camp, I'd probably also buy one of their screen tents/shelters to go with it. Which I have no idea if I can set up by myself!

So for the money it costs to stay at a resort, I could probably turn my tent into a pretty decent luxury tent. It has been a weird goal of mine since high school to own a luxury tent. I'm not even much of a camper.

But luxury tents don't have its own bathroom with plumb... or hot shower/bath... and I'd have to drive down with all my gear. So staying at a hotel sounds a bit more stress-free.

Disney comes with lots of decisions to make though - I also have to decide if I go the annual pass route or just buy lots of days of park hopper tickets... on top of trying to figure out what resort fits me best!

So everyone that has replied - I do really appreciate your input and trying to help me with my decision. Thank you thank you thank you!
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #18
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Hello all, I need opinions/advice from all you friendly, awesome people!

I have no idea where I want to stay.



My original plan was to stay the first night at Animal Kingdom Lodge the night of December 7 and then the 8th through the 21st, stay at Fort Wilderness campground in a tent. (the economical choice)

But then I started to think about how much I'm paying for staying in a tent to sleep on an air mattress and share showers/bathrooms. (Yes, I know Fort Wilderness has amazing comfort stations - and I do really love Fort Wilderness). Plus since it is only me going - I know I can set up my tent easily by myself - but its just a lot of gear to set up and take down by myself.

So now I'm tweaking my plans!

I'm planning on keeping my Animal Kingdom Lodge stay. But then I'm hoping (haven't booked it yet) going on a four night Disney Cruise. That means I need somewhere to stay the 12th through the 21st (possibly 22nd).

But I dont know where. And Im driving myself (and likely travel agent) crazy.

In my past Disney experiences& Ive stayed at the Fort Wilderness campground, Wilderness Lodge (when it first opened  and I was 9), Fort Wilderness Cabins (by myself), and did a quick mom/daughter trip during the F&W Festival and stayed at Pop (which is didnt really enjoy&)

I love Wilderness Lodge, especially during Christmas (so that was my original thought). But since Im hoping to do a cruise, I thought it might be nice to theme the hotel with the cruise and try Polynesian or Caribbean Beach. Somewhere tropical-ish even though I'm not a very tropical person. Then I was also considering the Dolphin  but I know its not a true Disney hotel. A

And again, driving myself crazy.

If money wasnt a factor, Id probably definitely try Polynesian, since I've heard so many nice things about it  but money is definitely a factor. And there has been no word on room discounts for December yet. So Im not sure if its worth the splurge/price.

So recap:

1.) Just myself going.
2.) Need somewhere to stay for multiple nights in December.
3.) Since it is just me going, I could t handle splurging a little, but money is still a factor. (I'd like to be able to go and still buy food and souvenirs!)
4.) I'm going crazy.

Sigh. Maybe I should keep my camping plans. That just means driving... ugh.

Any suggestions? Thoughts? Opinions?

Anything would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I would try to rent some points from an AKV DVC owner to try to stay at AKV. I went over some numbers and you would need 137 points to stay in a standard studio from the 12 to 22, less if they can book you on a value or at least part of your stay in a value. I don't know your budget but if you rent at 10 dollars per point, that would be 1370.00 for all those days.
I never rented and I'm a DVC member but if I wasn't that is what I would do to stay in a deluxe! I wished I knew about renting when we went for the first time, if would off saved a lot of money,
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #19
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I would try to rent some points from an AKV DVC owner to try to stay at AKV. I went over some numbers and you would need 137 points to stay in a standard studio from the 12 to 22, less if they can book you on a value or at least part of your stay in a value. I don't know your budget but if you rent at 10 dollars per point, that would be 1370.00 for all those days.
I never rented and I'm a DVC member but if I wasn't that is what I would do to stay in a deluxe! I wished I knew about renting when we went for the first time, if would off saved a lot of money,
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Huh.

Now you got me thinking that I should just become a DVC member. lol

I thought about it last year, but didn't think it was the right thing for me at the time. But maybe it is a better way to "invest" my money.

Thanks for the tip on renting though! I'll look into it, cause I know absolutely nothing about it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:59 AM   #20
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Huh.

Now you got me thinking that I should just become a DVC member. lol

I thought about it last year, but didn't think it was the right thing for me at the time. But maybe it is a better way to "invest" my money.

Thanks for the tip on renting though! I'll look into it, cause I know absolutely nothing about it.
I read that a lot of people rent for years and that's all they do.
I'm learning myself, but if you go aback to the top of the page and click on the first disney discussion boards, under the DVC section, you will find DVC rent/ trade section, go in there and look for information and ask all the questions that you have. My sister wants to also buy DVC but she can't do it now so she is going to start renting because she loved AKV when I took her with her children.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #21
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Huh.

Now you got me thinking that I should just become a DVC member. lol

I thought about it last year, but didn't think it was the right thing for me at the time. But maybe it is a better way to "invest" my money.

Thanks for the tip on renting though! I'll look into it, cause I know absolutely nothing about it.
Staying 15 nights at a deluxe (or however long you are looking to stay) is going to cost a TON of money. Like, 7 grand or more. I hope you are rich.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #22
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Staying 15 nights at a deluxe (or however long you are looking to stay) is going to cost a TON of money. Like, 7 grand or more. I hope you are rich.


Trust me, I'm not

Which is why, as much as I would love love love to stay at a deluxe hotel, I can't justify the cost - especially without a discount. Then the villas cost even more than that!

I have a lovely Excel spreadsheet comparing all the prices. And telling me what I can afford. It is depressing to look at.

I have no idea how people can afford the Polynesian. I wish I knew their secret.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:04 PM   #23
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I read that a lot of people rent for years and that's all they do.
I'm learning myself, but if you go aback to the top of the page and click on the first disney discussion boards, under the DVC section, you will find DVC rent/ trade section, go in there and look for information and ask all the questions that you have. My sister wants to also buy DVC but she can't do it now so she is going to start renting because she loved AKV when I took her with her children.
I looked into a little bit more - so I wanted to say a special thank you.

THANK YOU!

The idea about renting someone else's DVC points at first just seemed a tad sketchy to me (I have a weird mind). But after I did what you suggested (read boards etc), and talked to my mommy (she owns a Sheraton timeshare), I'm now seriously considering this idea. Cause I really wanted to be at a villa.

So thank you for pushing me into the idea! I appreciate it! Again trying to get out of my comfort zone.

The only issue I have about the idea, if I do go that route, is how to break it to my travel agent (sad). But at least she will still get a commission on the cruise!
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I looked into a little bit more - so I wanted to say a special thank you.

THANK YOU!

The idea about renting someone else's DVC points at first just seemed a tad sketchy to me (I have a weird mind). But after I did what you suggested (read boards etc), and talked to my mommy (she owns a Sheraton timeshare), I'm now seriously considering this idea. Cause I really wanted to be at a villa.

So thank you for pushing me into the idea! I appreciate it! Again trying to get out of my comfort zone.

The only issue I have about the idea, if I do go that route, is how to break it to my travel agent (sad). But at least she will still get a commission on the cruise!
No problem!
I'm glad that I could help. I never rented before but I know that in that forum they mention some owners who are very trust worthy and do it all the time.
We are also going to AKV in December but we are getting there on the 26th and staying for New Years!
If you do rent, and looking at the fact that you are going by yourself, I would probably do a split stay and stay some days at the BWV if you never stayed there before. I love it that there is always something going on at the BW and when you are done, you just walk back to your room. The person that you rent from can try to get you a split stay if that's what you want. Good luck and let us know how things turn out
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If I were going to Disney and then on a cruise and wanted to save money I would stay at one of the value resorts. My husband and I went down for a fall trip last October 2012 , and didn't want to spend alot of money knowing we were going back this summer and Christmas was coming! We just wanted a room for the night and had went to just enjoy the theme parks for a few days by ourselves. We have a nice camper but staying at a value was just as cheap or cheaper for us by the time we payed for the gas to pull it to Florida. I like Fort Wilderness, & camping too. But... I personally am not going to pay more to camp when I can stay at a hotel cheaper! LOL! Rates of the hotels were cheaper for that time of year and we also got the dining plan free. (Hmm... no cooking) Someone (forgot who) recommended I stay in the Football or Homerun section of All Star Sports and the standard room would be close enough to lobby and that I wouldn't need to spend the extra money for a preferred room like I had at POP. Disney gave us a room in the Homerun section and we liked it! It wasn't so far away from the lobby that I had to drive and I really enjoyed having our car right outside our door. We were almost by ourselves! I don't know what you didn't like at Pop(We loved it) but it is going to be about the samething but a smaller version when comparing the resorts, lobby, food court. In fact I would have to say that Pops, lobby, food court, big pool seems a little nicer to me. All Star Movies Food court is a little larger and seems more like Pop than Music or Sports. I thought the room was the same, and the food was about the same except All Stars Sports didn't have the tie dyed cheesecake. LOL! My only complaint was that in October the pool was very cold. Disney was not heating the pools yet and I heard several guest complaining about it. The lifeguard said well there is nothing I can do about it & I wish they would heat them now too. We have to swim in these cold pools everyday! I went swimmig by myself and my husband thought I was crazy!
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Any Disney Resort

I've stayed at most of the disney resorts...from all star to animal kingdom to saratoga springs. They are all great and different price ranges.
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No problem!
I'm glad that I could help. I never rented before but I know that in that forum they mention some owners who are very trust worthy and do it all the time.
We are also going to AKV in December but we are getting there on the 26th and staying for New Years!
If you do rent, and looking at the fact that you are going by yourself, I would probably do a split stay and stay some days at the BWV if you never stayed there before. I love it that there is always something going on at the BW and when you are done, you just walk back to your room. The person that you rent from can try to get you a split stay if that's what you want. Good luck and let us know how things turn out
If I do decide to rent points, I think I'll go with http://www.dvcrequest.com/ - they seem to get a lot of good reviews here on the boards. Just seems a little bit more secure. And a villa would be so great and helpful. But no matter where I end up staying, I promise I will make it to the boardwalk at least once during my trip!

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If I were going to Disney and then on a cruise and wanted to save money I would stay at one of the value resorts. My husband and I went down for a fall trip last October 2012 , and didn't want to spend alot of money knowing we were going back this summer and Christmas was coming! We just wanted a room for the night and had went to just enjoy the theme parks for a few days by ourselves. We have a nice camper but staying at a value was just as cheap or cheaper for us by the time we payed for the gas to pull it to Florida. I like Fort Wilderness, & camping too. But... I personally am not going to pay more to camp when I can stay at a hotel cheaper! LOL! Rates of the hotels were cheaper for that time of year and we also got the dining plan free. (Hmm... no cooking) Someone (forgot who) recommended I stay in the Football or Homerun section of All Star Sports and the standard room would be close enough to lobby and that I wouldn't need to spend the extra money for a preferred room like I had at POP. Disney gave us a room in the Homerun section and we liked it! It wasn't so far away from the lobby that I had to drive and I really enjoyed having our car right outside our door. We were almost by ourselves! I don't know what you didn't like at Pop(We loved it) but it is going to be about the samething but a smaller version when comparing the resorts, lobby, food court. In fact I would have to say that Pops, lobby, food court, big pool seems a little nicer to me. All Star Movies Food court is a little larger and seems more like Pop than Music or Sports. I thought the room was the same, and the food was about the same except All Stars Sports didn't have the tie dyed cheesecake. LOL! My only complaint was that in October the pool was very cold. Disney was not heating the pools yet and I heard several guest complaining about it. The lifeguard said well there is nothing I can do about it & I wish they would heat them now too. We have to swim in these cold pools everyday! I went swimmig by myself and my husband thought I was crazy!
I don't really know why I didn't like Pop. The room was fine. The theming is amazing. And the price is obviously nice. I think it was mostly just being shocked by all the people. I know I know I know, Disney World = People. I had never been to Disney World when it was sooooo busy! So it likely wasn't Pop's fault - they just took the blame in my mind.

And the coldest I've ever been swimming... I went swimming in Lake Michigan I think when the water temperature was still in the 50s. It was on a class trip (so I was a teenager), so we all went out into the lake... but we didn't stay in long. All our parents thought we were insane.

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I've stayed at most of the disney resorts...from all star to animal kingdom to saratoga springs. They are all great and different price ranges.
Thanks for your advice!
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I just wanted to say quickly, again, thank you to everyone who gave me advice and helped with my decision. I really appreciate it!

I have signed my life away (or it feels like it) to AAA, and finally gave my travel agent an answer.

I did think hard about renting points - and even tried (unsuccessfully) for a concierge room at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas (I knew there was little to know chance of getting it). But in the end, I decided I wasn't completely comfortable with the idea of renting points yet. But I'll consider it again in the future since I doubt this will be my last trip to Disney World!

So I'm going to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge my first night. Then I'm going to switch over to the Disney Dream. Once getting back from there, I decided on Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort for nine nights. I'm just tempted to try something completely new - and I can't really afford a deluxe for that many nights.

But we will see what happens if any discounts are announced.

Thank you again everyone!
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I just wanted to say quickly, again, thank you to everyone who gave me advice and helped with my decision. I really appreciate it!

I have signed my life away (or it feels like it) to AAA, and finally gave my travel agent an answer.

I did think hard about renting points - and even tried (unsuccessfully) for a concierge room at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas (I knew there was little to know chance of getting it). But in the end, I decided I wasn't completely comfortable with the idea of renting points yet. But I'll consider it again in the future since I doubt this will be my last trip to Disney World!

So I'm going to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge my first night. Then I'm going to switch over to the Disney Dream. Once getting back from there, I decided on Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort for nine nights. I'm just tempted to try something completely new - and I can't really afford a deluxe for that many nights.

But we will see what happens if any discounts are announced.

Thank you again everyone!
Did you get the Pirate room??? Hope you have a wonderful time!!!
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