Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
maddiebee
DIS Veteran
 
maddiebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Boston, Ma
Posts: 852

This will be our first trip onsite and we've never been to the resort we're staying at (ASMu) and I'm wondering how much of a difference what room you have is? We're are two adults and I think my only preference would to be close to the bus, but again, does it make a huge difference? Is it big enough that the walk to places like the bus/pool really differs?
Thanks!

Eta: I'm also wondering if we would benefit from online check in, since I don't have a huge preference of where we are and want to head to the parks ASAP. Well be arriving around 11am.
maddiebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #2
maxiesmom
The Mean Squinty Eye Works Wonders
 
maxiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The West side of the mitten
Posts: 22,139

I think the preferred location is worth the extra cost. It puts you that much closer to the bus stops and food court and gift shops. It is especially nice when it is really hot or really cold out!

If you don't care where your room is located, then on line check in is perfect for you! They will assign you a room that is ready when you are due to arrive. All you have to do is pick up your packet and go! Actually that is the only time when I would recommend doing on line check in, when you don't care where your room ends up.
__________________
maxiesmom is online now   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-25-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
HopperFan
"It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those "circle of life" kind of things."
 
HopperFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: 8 Hours north of the Mouse & the Magic !
Posts: 5,023

ASMu it does matter. I would pay the extra to be closer.
__________________
"There is no right way or wrong way to do Disney, just what is right for you!"
August x TWO = CSR, which we love and then crazy road trip down to POP for UNLEASH the VILLAINS!
Pirate Party 2008 Mickey's Xmas Party 2009 MNSSHP 2006 twice 2007, 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013!
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 for "COMPLIMENTARY" Dining

Making Magical Visits since 1971 ~ now visiting 5-6 weeks per year ON PROPERTY STAYS & Our Star Rating:
Animal Kingdom Lodge 2x ~ Wilderness Lodge
Coronado Springs 7x ~ PO Riverside (Dixie Landings) 5x (1xRoyal) ~ Bonnett Creek (w/car)
POP Century 14x ~ Hilton DTD 2x
All Star Movie ~ Doubletree Suites DTD 2x ~ Wilderness Cabins ~ All Star Sports 3x
Caribbean Beach 2x (1xPirate) ~ All Star Music 2x
Lots of offsite, but somehow it never seems right, 'though Rosen Shingle Creek was luxury I could get used to !
HopperFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
buzznina
DIS Veteran
 
buzznina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The White Sugar Beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Destin area. 7 hours away from the Magic Place.
Posts: 1,757

For us saving a few minutes walking is not worth paying more $$, unless you have some sort of health issue.
__________________



DW DH DD(9) DD(4)

AKL-SV(2), POLY, GF(CL), CR, POFQ(3), POR(6)(RGR(2)), CSR(10), CBR, FW CABINS, BW, POP(3), ASMU(2), ASSP, ASMO and DLH
buzznina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
maddiebee
DIS Veteran
 
maddiebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Boston, Ma
Posts: 852

How long of a walk is it? How long does it take the walk across the whole resort?
maddiebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
maxiesmom
The Mean Squinty Eye Works Wonders
 
maxiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The West side of the mitten
Posts: 22,139

Quote:
Originally Posted by maddiebee View Post
How long of a walk is it? How long does it take the walk across the whole resort?
I'd guess maybe 10 minutes, if you are at the back of the resort. That 10 minutes may not seem like much, but when the weather is extremely hot or extremely cold, it seems like a long time! My last stay at ASMu was in 2010 when they had that record cold snap in December. I can tell you that walk from my room to the bus stop seemed to last forever! And it made popping over to get my mug filled at the food court out of the question.
__________________
maxiesmom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
maddiebee
DIS Veteran
 
maddiebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Boston, Ma
Posts: 852

What section should I ask for that would be close to the bus but not have to be in a preferred room?
maddiebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #8
bookgirl
I don't eat onions-they squelch when you bite into them
I don't eat raisins-they look like dried up bugs
Can we say food issues?
 
bookgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: In a OK state
Posts: 5,976

I"ve done a preferred and a non preferred at ASMu.

Frankly I was fine with both.

The first time I was in Calypso and on the backside away from the pool. It was nice to be close (parent's were with me for that trip so they appreciated the shorter walk). It wasn't too noisy and we were actually kinda equal distance from food/bus and the lot where I parked. It was $10 bucks more per night at the time and worth it.

Second time I was in Country Fair and doing a solo stay, the location is at least straight back (broadway is back and then to the left) and was a really easy walk. I was on the back side away from the quiet pool and even when they were playing music I didn't hear it. I thought the walk was completly managable.

I"d probably not do a preferred if I didn't have to worry about kids/grandparents. I think it is a managable size walk (5 min leisurly pace, and frankly I prefer being away from the main pool.
__________________
DL 3/2000 OFFSITE WDW 1/2009 ASMu WDW 9/2011 BC&POFQ WDW/IOA 10/2012 AoA/POFQ/ASMu WDW 10/2013 POR WDW 3/2014 AllStarSports WDW 7/2014 Offsite AAU Nationals @ WWoS
UPCOMING: 10/14 F&W Festival (in planning) WL 1/15 AllStar Movies WDW/US

bookgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #9
maxiesmom
The Mean Squinty Eye Works Wonders
 
maxiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The West side of the mitten
Posts: 22,139

Quote:
Originally Posted by maddiebee View Post
What section should I ask for that would be close to the bus but not have to be in a preferred room?
Ask for Jazz Inn. But keep in mind you are only requesting a location. It is just as possible that you could end up back in Country Fair. I like the All Star Music but I have no luck getting my requests met whenever I stay there.
__________________
maxiesmom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
JennyDrake
Darkwing Duck's Biggest Fan
 
JennyDrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,179

ASMu is my favorite value! To ME it is not worth the money for a preferred room. 7 min tops from any location (and I don't walk briskly) to main building. Also, if you have a preferred room you may be facing the pool, which can be rather noisy if you like an afternoon nap.
__________________
Jenny Drake
JennyDrake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 07:01 PM   #11
MinnieLovesMickey12
DIS Veteran
 
MinnieLovesMickey12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Way down South near the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.
Posts: 2,095

Actually Jazz and Calypso are both preferred buildings that you have to pay extra to be in. They have family suites and preferred rooms in those 4 buildings.

If you plan on having a refillable mug or if you are going to be eating at the food court I would definitely pay for the preferred room.

Otherwise if you are only willing to pay for the standard room you could be anywhere. I would call and request they add a room request to your reservation and ask to be placed near a bus stop if you are going to be using the buses.

Asking to be close to the food court is really not going to get you close to the food court because the closest they would put you is the third building back past Calypso and Jazz. That wouldn't be too bad. But if you are all the way at the back I think it would suck.

I wouldn't ever stay there without getting a preferred room. But our kids use their mugs and we eat breakfast in the food court every day and may occasionally go there for a quick dinner on the nights we don't have ADRs.

I will be walking a thousand miles every day in the parks so I don't want to be walking forever at my resort either.
__________________
10/27-11/6/11 All Star Music Family Suite (QSDP) --Family trip 1/26-2/1/12 Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista --Adults Only trip
4/16-4/21/12 Rosen Inn --Adults Only Trip 10/27-11/4/12 All Star Music Family Suite (DDP) --Family Trip
4/14-4/19/13 Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista -- Adults Only Trip 11/10-11/16/13 Wyndham Bonnet Creek -- Adults Only Trip
12/7-12/13/14 Wyndham Bonnet Creek-- Adults Only trip 10/31-11/10/15 Wyndham Bonnet Creek -- Family Trip
MinnieLovesMickey12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
Babsy
DIS Veteran
 
Babsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 1,147

ASMu spreads back away from the main building quite a ways, but it really is less than a 10 minute walk to any room. That isn'tba huge problem for many people, but some prefer to be close to the action. THere is only one bus stop at the ASMu so if you are in a preferred building you are close to check in, food court, bus stop gift store, etc. If you aren't in a preferred room, you have a walk to it all.

It is up to you if it is worth the extra $$ to stay close. The Calypso buildings are preferred and the Jazz Inn are the suites, I think? There may be some preferred rooms in Jazz as well, but I'm not sure of this.

I have stayed in Jazz (before suites), Calypso (can be noisy, but convenient) and CountryFair (quiet, but a walk). I liked all the rooms for different reasons. If you book preferred be sure to ask for a room facing away from the main pool to aviod noise issues.

I love ASMu. It is my favourite All Star resort for adults. The JAzz Inn area is the absolute best! It is close to the main building, borders a lovely rose garden, and is away from the noisy main pool. Heaven in a value resort, IMHO. ALMOST as good as a moderate resort.

If being close to buses is important and you don't want to book a preferred room with the additional cost, perhaps sports or movies might be a better bet. The rooms at these are laid out differently so that the furthest rooms are not as far away from the main building and buses as at ASMu.
Babsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 08:05 PM   #13
disneycrazi
watch your head and step as you disembark
 
disneycrazi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 510

We stayed in Jazz and it was great. We didn't pay extra so maybe we had one of the non preferred rooms in that building, but it was a quick hop to the main hall and the bus. Plus we love Jazz so the music piped in around our building was awesome. Enjoy!
__________________
(2003 Day Trip) (2009 April All Star Movies) (2009 September Port Orleans Riverside) (2010 April Caribbean Beach) (2010 Sept Grand Gathering POFQ) (2011 Jan Contemporary) (2011 April All Star Music) (2011 July POP Century) (2012 January All Star Sports)
(2012 Feb One More Disney Day Coronado Springs)
(2012 Sept Animal Kingdom Jambo) (2013 March Old Key West) (2013 October Art Of Animation, Polynesian)
(2014 April off site Fountains Resort)
disneycrazi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 04:20 AM   #14
maxiesmom
The Mean Squinty Eye Works Wonders
 
maxiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The West side of the mitten
Posts: 22,139

Quote:
Originally Posted by MinnieLovesMickey12 View Post
Actually Jazz and Calypso are both preferred buildings that you have to pay extra to be in. They have family suites and preferred rooms in those 4 buildings.
That is what I had thought too, but when I checked All Ears it only lists Jazz as the preferred section.
__________________
maxiesmom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 01:43 AM   #15
strmtroopr96
DIS Veteran
 
strmtroopr96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Ilion, NY
Posts: 2,254

Quote:
Originally Posted by maxiesmom View Post
That is what I had thought too, but when I checked All Ears it only lists Jazz as the preferred section.
I have only heard that Calypso are the actual Preferred buildings but that both Calypso and Jazz are where the suites are located.
__________________
Rebecca~ Jamison Emily (14)~Avery (7)
'77 FW'89 Disneyland'91 Poly'94 CBR'96 ASMusic 1997 WDW College Program~~Merchandise @ World of Disney~~Vistaway 3811'97 Shades of Green'97 Dixie Landings'00 ASsports'02 POR'03 ASMovies'04 Pop '05 Pop'05 ASMovies'06 Pop '07 Pop '08 ASMovies '09 Pop '10 Coronado Springs '11 Pop '12 POFQ '13 Pop '13 Pop '14 POFQ
strmtroopr96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.