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Old 09-08-2013, 09:37 AM   #16
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2012 we stayed at AKL CL with dining plan for 7 nights/8 days. This year we are staying at CBR standard room with dining plan, 8 nights/9 days (no discounts, as of yet)....and its the same price!!! I know we got some deals in 2012, but seriously?!
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #17
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1) Rack rate is *always* outrageous, never book at rack rate
2) Concierge is for people with no budget issues
3) February 1 is the beginning of busy season, higher rates
4) The recession is over, prices are up

So, why the surprise? Look on the bright side... You could probably get a great deal on a moderate, like 25% off, during January.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #18
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I am so glad for Florida Resident Rates.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:04 PM   #19
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It depends on how you want to stay. I'm perfectly content staying at a value and eating bare-minium because I'm happy to be at Disney World. For others, resort and food are huge, and they will pay for it. The prices aren't all that shocking to me. They're an annoyance, sure, but we should be grateful we all have the means to at least go to Disney in some degree. Others won't ever have that opportunity.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:25 PM   #20
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Instead of staying for 7 nights, you can cut it down to 5 nights. That for sure will bring the cost down. Changing resort or doing without CL sounds like it's not an option. Good luck! I hope you there's a deal out there during your stay.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #21
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It depends on how you want to stay. I'm perfectly content staying at a value and eating bare-minium because I'm happy to be at Disney World. For others, resort and food are huge, and they will pay for it. The prices aren't all that shocking to me. They're an annoyance, sure, but we should be grateful we all have the means to at least go to Disney in some degree. Others won't ever have that opportunity.
We are a value and oop dining family as well and we do not really find Disney more expensive than say a beach vacation at Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach. It all depends on your wants and so the price goes up from there.

I priced out for the op 7 nights at a value (Music) with park hoppers and the DDP for 2 adults 2 kids the first week of Feb. The only thing that changed was the level of resort. Final price $3345. That is almost a $3000 difference to stay deluxe club level. That is a huge chunk of change (almost another vacation) so it all comes down to how you like to vacation, but thank goodness Disney offers more affordable options for people.
Hoping for a good discount for you OP!
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #22
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Didn't see the free dining. Delete.

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #23
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I remember the deal we first got after 9-11. They were begging people to come. We paid 1700.00 week at All Star for 2 adults and 3 kids w park hopper. I checked on making another trip in Jan. 2014 for 5 days and it was 1600.00 at All Star w park hopper. If I could walk to Disney I would. lol Also, airfare has jumped the last year too.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #24
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relative cost

I think Disney is expensive. I used to think it was more expensive, until researching some other vacation possibilities. An all-inclusive carribbean resort will cost as much as $400 per person per day and up, not including airfare. I priced 5 days in San Diego, and hotel and airfare alone was over $3,000. So I think it is all relative, when you look at all your doing for what you pay.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #25
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We are a value and oop dining family as well and we do not really find Disney more expensive than say a beach vacation at Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach. It all depends on your wants and so the price goes up from there.

I priced out for the op 7 nights at a value (Music) with park hoppers and the DDP for 2 adults 2 kids the first week of Feb. The only thing that changed was the level of resort. Final price $3345. That is almost a $3000 difference to stay deluxe club level. That is a huge chunk of change (almost another vacation) so it all comes down to how you like to vacation, but thank goodness Disney offers more affordable options for people.
Hoping for a good discount for you OP!
Really!? I'm going to see if I can price it out too....somehow,I think It will be a lot higher than what you got.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #26
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Priced out 7 nites ASMU,6 day hoppers,DDP for 2 adults,2 children(1 is 10),comes out to be $3600;Changed 10 y/o to 9,comes out to be $3302,so it seems that you are absolutely correct!
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:30 PM   #27
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Really!? I'm going to see if I can price it out too....somehow,I think It will be a lot higher than what you got.

I just read your post and re-priced it just to make sure. Yes, it still gives me $3345, that is using the Disney web-site. Why do you sound so surprised?
Do you care to give us the quote you got?

Edited....just saw your update. I know the price difference is so huge that you think that it cannot be correct but alas, the value of a value!

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Old 09-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #28
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Personally I can't understand how anyone can afford CL. The difference is significant!
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #29
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So I think it is all relative, when you look at all your doing for what you pay.
That's how we feel about the parks. They cost a lot more than what we normally do on vacation, but they offer a lot more, too, so the price is pretty easy to justify. When it comes to the resorts, different story -- we'd get much less of a room or condo for a much higher price. However we wouldn't use the onsite transportation or ME, and we're not crazy about the way the dining plan is set up so generally wouldn't sign up for that, either; those are serious perks for people who like to use them.

The last two times we visited, it would have cost four times as much to stay onsite, in a smaller villa than the ones we actually had. I am willing to pay a premium for onsite magic, but we had a great time those two trips, and it seems really unlikely that we would have enjoyed ourselves four times as much if we'd stayed onsite.

Mind you, I'm still considering onsite for our next trip, when we may be traveling with fewer kids so the size difference will be less pertinent. Vacation choices are never completely rational, nor entirely ruled by finances, I'm thinking. Or maybe I'm just particularly irrational when it comes to Disney.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #30
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The rising costs are the reason we've passed on Disney the past two years. I can go on two 5 nights cruises for the price of one disney vacation.
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