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Old 02-12-2013, 06:09 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by IbeAbitGOOFY View Post
Andrew - very well put and thank you for expanding upon my thought. As the OP mentioned, they wanted input based on factors other than price. Outside of price, like you said, I want a resort that will allow me to transcend me from reality. While my DW and loved CSR, it just didn't do it the same way WL did.
I may be a little biased, but I don't believe any resort on property does a better job of transcending you from reality than WL. Most of it is due to the incredible theming. But I also think part of it is due to the isolated feel that you have there, despite only being a stone's throw away from the MK. The location is the perfect combination of feeling "off the beaten path", while only being a 5 minute boat ride from the magical gates of MK. How cool is that? I was participating in another Resorts thread discussing the Poly, which is my second favorite resort on property. A number of people were chiming in, claiming that they loved the resort, but disliked how busy the resort was with passers-by. I think this is true of all of the monorail resorts. At one time, I really wished they would have put WL on the monorail loop. However, as time has gone by, I'm very glad that they decided against it for this exact reason. It helps keep our beloved WL feeling "isolated" from the hustle and bustle.

I totally agree with you regarding CSR. I can't help but feel it's anything other than a convention resort, and I feel bad for not having my laptop handy for getting some work emails done. Anything that resembles "work / business / conferences" has no part of being involved in my WDW vacation. It's unfortunate that I feel this way, as CSR really is a nice resort. Regardless, I've planted my flag at 901 Timberline Drive.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:32 PM   #17
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One of the things that has been alluded to by previous posters, but not really expounded upon in great detail is that of resort theming. Goofy referred to it as the “Wow Factor” experienced at the WL. This is something that is very subjective and will vary from resort to resort and person to person. To me, this is the most critical factor in determining where I stay, even more so than price. In my opinion, no resort provides better theming or “wow factor” than does the WL. From the moment you pull up to the main entrance, to the time you walk through the front doors into the breath-taking lobby, you are constantly being “wowed”. The artwork, the native-American inspired chandeliers, the landscaping, the bubbling spring that turns into a rushing river and later a waterfall into the pool, the quiet walkways that truly make you feel like you are in the peace and quiet of the Northwest wilderness… Did I mention there’s a geyser in the back overlooking Bay Lake? All of the details found in every nook and cranny of the resort all culminate together to provide you with an experience unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at any other “hotel”. This isn’t your average Motel 6, but they will leave the light on for you.

Other folks feel the same way about the Poly, AKL, BW, YC/BC, etc. However, even some feel this way about All Star sports, if being surrounded by supersized sports equipment is your thing. Different strokes for different folks. Disney makes an effort to theme every single resort on property from the values to the deluxes. Some might register with you better than others. Generally speaking, I think it’s fair to say that the Deluxe resorts get a little more attention put into the theming than do the Values. For many people, they’re so consumed with the parks, they are simply using the resorts as a place to rest their heads at night. If this represents you, theming is not going to be as critical to this type of Disney traveler, and they’d probably rather save their money and put it towards the parks. For me, that’s not the case. From the moment I cross the threshold onto Disney property, I need to be transcended from reality. Once I enter the WL, it helps to ensure that I never return until it’s time to check out and venture back to MCO.

Most are very quick to discuss price, restaurants, transportation, accommodations, room size, etc. when discussing resort selection. While these are all important criteria, they rank second in my book to resort theming.

This was a really good read, well written. While I don't really think the deluxe resorts offer enough to justify the cost, I can see why people, aside from the costs would prefer them, and why some people wouldn't, and that theming is so important regarless of "category".

My DW is a HUGE little mermaid fan, so we intend to have a stay in AoA LM rooms, even though its a "Value", at our next trip.

As for "Wow" factor, we were actually WOWed by CSR. We were staying in the Casitas, and after being dropped off outfront, checking in at the lobby and then walking out into the central out door area, looking out over the lakes, seeing the resort spread out around us .... WOW. It was like being transported to a Carribean/South American/Mexican Resort ... For us, coming from Canada, it was just perfect. I know some people have talked about how they try to pick resorts that offer something they don't have at home, and CSR did that for us. Our room was a corner King, looking out over one of the smaller lakes and white sand beaches/hammocks, ... the landscaping was amazing, tropical and beautiful. It really was everying we would pick for a "resort", it just happened to be at Disney, so we got the best of both worlds.

I can totally agree that theming is very important.
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