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Old 06-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #16
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Have any of you gone from CL to a regular deluxe and been equally or even more happy??? Or did you miss CL?

And feel free to chime in on your favorite CL's and why, or even why you feel that CL is a waste of money....
We don't stay anything but deluxe, but we don't always stay CL. CL is nice, but it's not a necessity for us and we have just as good of a time without it as we do with it. As long as I get my deluxe resort (wouldn't go if I couldn't stay deluxe ), I'm happy .

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I understand your hesitation, but you will still have a great time at a Deluxe without CL.


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We prefer to hang at the pool when we're at the resort... We make picnic lunches, adult beverages in our cooler... Resort room is for sleeping....
That's what is so great about Disney......there are so many choices to choose from. Getting food upon arrival and making lunches is not a vacation to me.....I want to relax and be pampered when I go away....but for others it works, which is great .

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But, I am sure we would have just as much fun not having it,
Yes, you would .

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You're not spending THAT MUCH time at the resort to take advantage of all that stuff. If you are, you're wasting your vacation.
We spend more time at the resort than at the parks and that works great for us. Some people see the room as just a place to sleep, but we don't see it that way and we have never felt that we were "wasting" our vacation by spending more time at the resort, whether we were sitting by the pool or enjoying some time in the lounge.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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I haven't ever stayed club level, so I can't comment on that, but have you thought about upgrading your view?

With the ages of your children, I bet they would love to wake up every morning to the castle and fall asleep every night with it changing colors.

We stay at the Contemporary in an MK view room and love it. Watching Wishes in your Pjs without 10,000 of your closest friends standing next to you is great While my family adores the Contemporary, I get that it's decor isn't for everyone, but you can still stay at the Poly or Grand and pay for an MK view.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #18
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I haven't ever stayed club level, so I can't comment on that, but have you thought about upgrading your view?

With the ages of your children, I bet they would love to wake up every morning to the castle and fall asleep every night with it changing colors.

We stay at the Contemporary in an MK view room and love it. Watching Wishes in your Pjs without 10,000 of your closest friends standing next to you is great While my family adores the Contemporary, I get that it's decor isn't for everyone, but you can still stay at the Poly or Grand and pay for an MK view.

Good luck with your decision!
When we stayed WL CL, we had an awesome view of the castle and also Wishes. It was amazing....

I am considering CR TPV, instead of CL. I think that would be pretty awesome!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:30 PM   #19
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No real advice, but I can totally sympathize with your dilemma. Prior to kids we only stayed offsite. Then we went once with ODS and did POFQ and was kind of meh about it really. Then this year I was in desperate need of a fabulous vacation so we splurged big time and made the jump to CL at BC. I NEVER thought I would stay deluxe much less CL but with a 35% discount we felt it was worth it for a once in a lifetime type of vacation.

We are looking to return one more time before my twins turn 3 and we bought APs for that purpose. In reality our budget allows for a mod but not a deluxe so we are going from a CL experience with a fabulous location to a mod without either and I'm afraid its going to be very disappointing. Although whatever we do I plan to go in with the attitude of just enjoying every minute because I'll still be at my favorite vacation spot!

We did use the CL lounge A LOT on our recent trip. It helped that our room was literally 15 feet from the lounge so we popped in on our way in and out all day. And we went back for naptimes so we were often there during snack or app time as well as back to get the kids to bed most nights while desserts were out. I could see if you didn't have the convenience of a close room or if you plan to be at the parks from open to close how it might not be as worthwhile.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #20
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I love this thread, thanks for starting it! We are staying Deluxe and CL for the first time and I am so excited! We are not going to the parks and plan on taking full advantage of CL....Lots of relaxing, taking in AKL pools and the CL lounge experience! We may or may not do it again...cost wise it is a splurge, but it's just hubby and I and we decided to go all in!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #21
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No real advice, but I can totally sympathize with your dilemma. Prior to kids we only stayed offsite. Then we went once with ODS and did POFQ and was kind of meh about it really. Then this year I was in desperate need of a fabulous vacation so we splurged big time and made the jump to CL at BC. I NEVER thought I would stay deluxe much less CL but with a 35% discount we felt it was worth it for a once in a lifetime type of vacation.

We are looking to return one more time before my twins turn 3 and we bought APs for that purpose. In reality our budget allows for a mod but not a deluxe so we are going from a CL experience with a fabulous location to a mod without either and I'm afraid its going to be very disappointing. Although whatever we do I plan to go in with the attitude of just enjoying every minute because I'll still be at my favorite vacation spot!

We did use the CL lounge A LOT on our recent trip. It helped that our room was literally 15 feet from the lounge so we popped in on our way in and out all day. And we went back for naptimes so we were often there during snack or app time as well as back to get the kids to bed most nights while desserts were out. I could see if you didn't have the convenience of a close room or if you plan to be at the parks from open to close how it might not be as worthwhile.

Good luck with your decision!
We were super close to the lounge at YC and used it a lot more than the one at WL. But that is because when we stayed at WL, we also had the DDP, so just not enough time for the lounge.

I am leaning towards just doing a deluxe with no CL. I know in my head, it makes sense....it just makes my heart sad...
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I love this thread, thanks for starting it! We are staying Deluxe and CL for the first time and I am so excited! We are not going to the parks and plan on taking full advantage of CL....Lots of relaxing, taking in AKL pools and the CL lounge experience! We may or may not do it again...cost wise it is a splurge, but it's just hubby and I and we decided to go all in!!
You will love it!!! I hope you don't become too addicted.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #23
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Mousemommy1....Thank you! Disney is so addictive in itself whether you are at value or CL! I'm sure I'll be back at value (Pop is my favorite one) soon enough!
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Mousemommy1....Thank you! Disney is so addictive in itself whether you are at value or CL! I'm sure I'll be back at value (Pop is my favorite one) soon enough!
Well, as you know...I am staying at POP this September after two CL stays, I love POP!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #25
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I have no advice for you on this one as we've only stayed moderate and deluxe - non CL. However, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me a reason to NOT try CL anywhere ! I've always been afraid that if we went CL, we'd not want to go NON-CL ever again! I think we'll just stick with booking our "regular" Deluxes and occasional mods!
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Our first CL stay was a surprise, free upgrade at YC. We really enjoyed it. The next trip we didn't stay CL, and I missed it. Since then, if we are at YC, we stay CL. So far, that is the only CL at which we have stayed.

I think I'd be OK staying at a different deluxe without CL, but not one I've known and enjoyed.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:32 PM   #27
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My question to you OP is why aren't you a DVC'er

We have never stayed CL, just never really wanted to or saw the need for it.

We usually combine our DVC stays with other resorts and personally I would much rather have the CR MK view than the CL. BTW, that view blows away the one from the WL

If your family are big breakfast eaters, then use this opportunity to go to some character breakfasts or eat at a different CS restaurants every morning. Or how about breakfast at the parks? As for snacks, you can get loads of them at DtD or at your resorts store and make your own little lounge in your room!
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Do you know what would be cool and add value to CL? Club lounges in the parks for CL guests. Your gold KTTW card would give you entrance to a lounge with cold drinks and light snacks in each park Am I right?!
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:36 PM   #30
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We were super close to the lounge at YC and used it a lot more than the one at WL. But that is because when we stayed at WL, we also had the DDP, so just not enough time for the lounge.

I am leaning towards just doing a deluxe with no CL. I know in my head, it makes sense....it just makes my heart sad...
Candace, I know what you mean! I've never not had club level.....and truly have become dependent on it, I just love it! I think I know you, and I think you might really miss club level. I know your family fell in love with the whole WL CL experience -- why mess with a good thing??? why not go back to what you know and love?? I too, am having a hard time deciding -- Oct / Nov 2014, or Jan/Feb 2015 (most likely the month I choose as it's cheaper than Oct/Nov) -- but I am trying to decide between Kidani 1 BDRM and NO club level!! (BOOOO) and BWI Deluxe room, with Club level. with 2 teens, I am thinking club level will be the definite way to go/ plus location of BWI - can't be beat! for some reason, I'd feel better with the teens going off on their own at BWI than bussing it everywhere at KIDANI/AKL . It's tough to give up Club Level when you've come to love it!!!
I personaly don't think I could.
I'd say stay with what you love and do Club Level. or try POLY CL, you can get some good prices there, and I think you'd like it.
I understand the whole dilema though -- once bitten by the club level bug, it's hard to resist!!!!
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