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Old 07-03-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Sticker Shock! Our moderate has turned value.

I had my mind set on CBR (as in a previous post) for our trip in August 2014. Well, I sat down with my calculator & using 2013 pricing for the second to last week of August. I just can't bring myself to justify the price difference. It would be a $590 difference for seven nights (room only). I had only planned 6 nights originally (staying at a cheapo offsite the day of arrival), but if we stay at a value I can totally feel okay with just checking in at Disney the day of arrival to prevent a switch. I leaned towards POP for our first visit, but chose POFQ instead & was very disappointed. It was before the refurb & it seemed very dated. I'm scared that I will encounter the same issues with CBR. Also, figuring that they still have full beds, what's the difference? Plus, we are going at the end of August....the last thing I want is a freakin hot tub.

The final decision was not even made by me. Sitting at the dinner table the other night I said to my youngest DD "I'm thinking we will just stay at POP instead of CBR when we go to Disney". This 10 year old girl (a total non-princess) lit up like the 4th of July & said "Thank you! That's were I wanted to stay to begin with". So, that's it. POP it is. Final.

Anyways, I'm thinking of just booking room only with a AAA discount & hope I will get a better % off with a pin at some point. (got plenty of pins in the mail this year) I will get my tickets from Undercover Tourist (will save a total of $84 for 6 day park hopper, magic your way tickets over Disney). We will bring lunch & breakfast items for each day (thanks to disney finally providing fridges in value rooms) & will just eat dinner & snacks at the parks or resort, so no need for free dining (had dining last time & ended up hating disney food for it), since I plan for some R&R this trip, no rope drop this time. We plan to sleep in (except the two waterpark days), hang out at the resort until late afternoon, then hit up the parks & stay out late (yeah, doing emh). My girls can also go to a park during the day if they feel like it. DH & I are still young enough to play at the resort by ourselves.

I'm actually really excited about staying at PoP this time. I can't wait to read all of the signs for each decade (I know, I'm corny), I love the big icons (esp Lady & the Tramp & the Play Doh one), the pools look fun, the kid activities look fun, & the food court has an awesome menu selection (triple what POFQ offered). I just thought I would share what I decided since you guys have been so helpful with suggestions & opinions. After our last trip, I wasn't sure if I would ever re-visit (it was our first time to Disney), but there is just something about it (I think the whole planning & everything included type thing) that draws people like me back. Hoping for a great next trip & a full year of obnoxious planning.
ME, DH, DD(22), DS(18) DD(11)

2007(June)- HoJo Maingate East. Our first & cheapest trip to Orlando. Platinum Pass holders for Busch parks. Seaworld and BGT.
2009(June)- Disney. Port Orleans French Quarter.
2010(June)- The Palms Hotel & Villas. Seaworld, Aquatica, BGT & Clearwater beach.
2011(June)-Quality Suites LBV. Seaworld, Aquatica, BGT & Wonderworks.
2013(May)- RPR & Comfort Suites Maingate East. Universal, Seaworld & who knows what else.
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