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Old 07-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #16
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I would go for longer stay too. We did a long weekend and then a 5 night stay during our last two trips but it felt rushed. We were going about every 12-18 months but have decided to try every two years and that way we can save up and stay longer and do a deluxe too.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #17
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While I love the deluxe resorts, not at the expense of length of Vacstion. I'd go with longer stay.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #18
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What about doing a split stay? This way you can have the best of both worlds. You can have a day or two extra and maybe splurge a night or two at a deluxe! Disney makes luggage transportation a cinch!
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:43 PM   #19
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To me, the resort is just as part of the magic as the parks. It sets the mood for my whole trip.
Id do everything in my power to stay deluxe AND for at least 6 nights.
I dont want to leave the parks at night not bieng excited about returning to my resort hotel.
Ive only been once tho and stayed at the poly and im as much excited to stay there again as the parks in addition to doing a split stay with the wilderness lodge and enjoy that theme too.
But again we are going once a year so we splurge.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:07 AM   #20
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I know everyone's different, but here's my thoughts - We've been fortunate to be able to stay at a few deluxe resorts (CR, GF, and Poly) when my husband goes for work, but we only get to stay for 4-5 days each trip. I've found that when the trips are shorter, I want to spend LESS TIME relaxing at the resort and MORE TIME in the parks. The resort becomes more or less a place just to sleep. So I have hardly gotten to experience the resorts to their fullest. I imagine if I stayed longer, I would take the time to relax by the pool, drink coffee on the balcony of my room, or take in the sights of the resort. But on a short trip, it's hard to spend any of my limited time away from the parks. So I would vote for a longer stay, because when I have a short stay, I don't want to spend much of it at the resort, anyway. Of course, that's my experience, and this may or may not be the case for your family depending on how you spend your time on vacation

Someone did mention renting DVC points, which in my experience, is a very affordable way to stay at a deluxe resort for a very reasonable price (depending on what type of room you need and when you go.) We are going this December and are staying at AKL for less than what we would pay at the Value resorts!

Happy anniversary and I hope you have a great trip!
Totally agree with this!
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:12 AM   #21
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If you had asked me several years ago, before I stayed at YC, I would have said stay longer. But after 26 trips to WDW and a stay at the YC (complimentary upgrade from POFQ!) I say splurge and stay at YC. UNLESS your family will miss the convenience of having a food court.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:20 AM   #22
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To me, the resort is just as part of the magic as the parks. It sets the mood for my whole trip.
Id do everything in my power to stay deluxe AND for at least 6 nights.
I dont want to leave the parks at night not bieng excited about returning to my resort hotel.
Ive only been once tho and stayed at the poly and im as much excited to stay there again as the parks in addition to doing a split stay with the wilderness lodge and enjoy that theme too.
But again we are going once a year so we splurge.
This is so true!!! The resort IS also part of the magic for our family. Many times our kids would say, "Let's go back to the resort." because they enjoyed it as much as the parks.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #23
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You'll make more memories in the parks and around than you will in your room. .... I would always choose more time with the family.
we're just the opposite
most of our favorite memories were outside of the parks, away from a gazillion strangers and all the sensory overload. at and around the resort, we can focus on one another, have deep conversations (and not have to yell and/or have others listen), play with geckos, go for quiet strolls, cuddle, be silly and laugh freely.

but, that family time and those memories can occur wherever you stay
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:52 AM   #24
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Considering your situation, I'm guessing you haven't stayed at a deluxe yet. I would go for the deluxe upgrade with fewer days in your case. But, considering the age of your kids, might I suggest a monorail resort. More specifically the Poly, where you can swim after dark while looking at the MK castle (while swimming). You can watch the water pageant, and the MK fireworks from your Resort. Also, the rooms are on the large side, and room refurbishments are going on right now, so within a few months all the Poly rooms will be redone. I have walked throughout the whole resort, and their Garden View rooms (which are the lowest cost room category) have nice views. Even those that are off the parking lots have nice views.

Only bad thing about this is you'll always want to go back and it is expensive. But, I think it would be worth it.

One more thought is shortening one more day (to 4 days) and upgrading to club level. I know many may think this is a crazy suggestion, but with your family makeup I think club level would make things extremely convenient. Well, now you are talking about a very short trip but you'll have memories that will last a life time, and isn't that what taking family vacations is all about - memories.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:13 PM   #25
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With just you two I would say deluxe and shorter stay, but with the kids would always go with the longer. Things take longer with children, and you'll be less pressed for time, less hurrying with trying to fit everything in with a longer stay.
Kids love values, and when they're happy everybody is happy!
JMHO, and hope you have a great stay, wherever it is!

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Old 07-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #26
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I would choose a longer stay. With our group of eight( youngest 2, oldest 75) we really enjoy the extra time! I understand everyone feels different, however after being at the parks all day we just looked forward to resting and getting ready for the next day!
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:59 PM   #27
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I would choose the longer stay. The longer I can stay at Disney the better.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:58 AM   #28
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I would always pick a longer stay. The more time the better when you are at WDW.
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