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Old 05-10-2007, 07:25 AM   #346
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We just stayed there last week and the suites are just great.

We were on Jazz building 2, room 2516. It was FAR from everything, definetly a refillabe mug was not the best investment since it was a hike to the food court. But that depends on the location of your suite.

They were much better than I had anticipated, even after reading the great reviews on this thread.

We were 6 people in the FS: me and dd 4, friend with her dd 4 and friend with her ds 4. Friend with ds stayed in the bedroom with the queen size bed and the other friend with her dd, dd and I stayed in the living area.

Plenty of storage space.

2 different AC controls, one for each room (worked great for us).

2 bathrooms.

2 closet areas (did I mention plenty of storage space?)

The living area feels roomier to me than a deluxe hotel when the beds are folded, and we just unfolded them when we went to sleep, so you donīt feel like you are stuck in a small bedroom.

The queen bedroom has a window that can be opened, and when our friend noticed that, she and her son used it the one day that the rest of us wanted to sleep in because they didnīt want to wake us up.

The food court had very good choices, even with an omelette station where you could order your eggs the way you like them.

The only thing I didnīt like about the resort is that the towels were old and they even had holes in them, it looks like the discards of the rest of the resorts come here, and housekeeping never replenished the paper plates (but we had brought some).
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:36 AM   #347
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I forgot to add...

Someone asked how do the FS feel after staying at a moderate.

The last resorts where we have stayed are WL and CR (where we were luckily upgraded to concierge at check in, and no, we didnīt ask for it).

I was kind of scared about sharing a value room with the rest (total 3 adults 3 4yo kids).

The suites are different than a deluxe resort, but they feel bigger, defiently didnīt miss them, but we are not people to really use the amenities the hotels have to offer. I only took dd to the pool for about 1 hr the entire trip, so I didnīt miss the hot tub or the slides. We usually make our ADRīs for the parks GF or CR, so we never use the sit down restaurants in the resorts (only exception was CMīs once).

The only thing that I missed from our previous hotels was the distance, because the thing we like best about CR and WL is that they are in one building (stayed at the tower in the CR) so everything feels close, but you can have big distances too in many deluxe hotels, I would never stay at the Poly and pay for monorail closeness and maybe stay in the furthest longhouse. If I have to walk that much, I donīt mind then if I will ride a bus or the monorail. If I pay for the monorail I want it an elevator ride away like at the CR or the main building in GF (which we canīt affort since I think it is only concierge).

The pull out beds were comfortable.
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We just stayed there last week and the suites are just great.

We were on Jazz building 2, room 2516. It was FAR from everything, definetly a refillabe mug was not the best investment since it was a hike to the food court. But that depends on the location of your suite.

They were much better than I had anticipated, even after reading the great reviews on this thread.

We were 6 people in the FS: me and dd 4, friend with her dd 4 and friend with her ds 4. Friend with ds stayed in the bedroom with the queen size bed and the other friend with her dd, dd and I stayed in the living area.

Plenty of storage space.

2 different AC controls, one for each room (worked great for us).

2 bathrooms.

2 closet areas (did I mention plenty of storage space?)

The living area feels roomier to me than a deluxe hotel when the beds are folded, and we just unfolded them when we went to sleep, so you don´t feel like you are stuck in a small bedroom.

The queen bedroom has a window that can be opened, and when our friend noticed that, she and her son used it the one day that the rest of us wanted to sleep in because they didn´t want to wake us up.

The food court had very good choices, even with an omelette station where you could order your eggs the way you like them.

The only thing I didn´t like about the resort is that the towels were old and they even had holes in them, it looks like the discards of the rest of the resorts come here, and housekeeping never replenished the paper plates (but we had brought some).
This is good, now I can't wait till June. I am glad you had a good time, thanks for the report.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:09 PM   #349
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Question Internet Access?

First off, I must thank everyone for their reviews. We are in the process of planning of trip right after Thanksgiving and were considering staying at the CR., since it appears that most rooms have 2 queens and a daybed. When we went last year during Thanksgiving we stayed at FW cabins and loved them, especially because of the separate sleeping areas. This time I wanted to try a deluxe resort, plus my DS wanted to stay at a resort that has the monorail, but after reading this thread I am so confused. Last year when I was planning the trip, I asked a friend on another board about the family suites and the value resorts and she convinced me to stay away from the value resorts. But this thread has changed my opionion of them.

Has anyone stayed at both the CR and ASMu that could share their opionions? It would be me, DH, DD11 and DS9 in the room.

After reading this entire thread, I do have one question: Does the ASMu resort have internet access? If so what is the cost and type (dial-up, WI-FI)? The reason I'm asking is because I will probably need to check email for work.

Thanks again for a wonderful and informative thread.

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Old 05-31-2007, 12:46 PM   #350
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Has anyone stayed at both the CR and ASMu that could share their opionions? It would be me, DH, DD11 and DS9 in the room.

After reading this entire thread, I do have one question: Does the ASMu resort have internet access? If so what is the cost and type (dial-up, WI-FI)? The reason I'm asking is because I will probably need to check email for work.

Thanks again for a wonderful and informative thread.

Lauren
Our family stayed at the CR in a MK tower room way back in 1990.
Our oldest was 19 and the 2 little ones were
7 and 9. It was roomy enough for the 5 of us. We just divided up the shower times. The little ones and my teen showered at night so DH and I could use the shower in the mornings.

Room size Comparison:

Pop Century/All Stars-260 Square Feet
CS, POR/POFQ-314 SF
Caribbean Beach-340 SF
Wilderness Lodge-344 SF
AKL-344 SF
Yacht/Beach-381 SF
Boardwalk-385 SF
Polynesian-409 SF
Contemporary-436 SF
Grand Floridian-about 400-440SF
Ft Wilderness Cabins-504 SF
Family suites at All Star Music -520 SF

DH and I stayed in the Family Suites last September.
We loved the extra space and being able to sit in the living area after a day in the parks.
Here is my review:

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...74&postcount=7

Accessing the Internet on Vacation
From This website:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/Resorts/wireless.htm


All of the Disney resorts have High Speed Internet Access:

Price: $9.95 for 24 contiguous hours charged to the room account.

Technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Requirements: A Local Area Network (LAN) cable or in-room connection.


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Old 05-31-2007, 04:32 PM   #351
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First off, I must thank everyone for their reviews. We are in the process of planning of trip right after Thanksgiving and were considering staying at the CR., since it appears that most rooms have 2 queens and a daybed. When we went last year during Thanksgiving we stayed at FW cabins and loved them, especially because of the separate sleeping areas. This time I wanted to try a deluxe resort, plus my DS wanted to stay at a resort that has the monorail, but after reading this thread I am so confused. Last year when I was planning the trip, I asked a friend on another board about the family suites and the value resorts and she convinced me to stay away from the value resorts. But this thread has changed my opionion of them.

Has anyone stayed at both the CR and ASMu that could share their opionions? It would be me, DH, DD11 and DS9 in the room.

After reading this entire thread, I do have one question: Does the ASMu resort have internet access? If so what is the cost and type (dial-up, WI-FI)? The reason I'm asking is because I will probably need to check email for work.

Thanks again for a wonderful and informative thread.

Lauren
Hi There - We haven't stayed at the ASMu, but am a great Contemporary fan (by the way the rooms here were updated recently and are really nice). Instead of the "space" theme, I would call the decor more contemporary. The major thing you will have to sort out, is if you want the amenities of the Deluxe Resorts vs. Values, which are just that. A place to get yourself together for another day at the parks. Have heard that the ASMu suites have more space, with the separate living area, which offers a positive. But even the extra space at the ASMu can't give you the monorail running through the building, which is still even "cool" to me at 50++. The kid in us never goes away when it comes to Disney.

Noticed you also got information which made you change your mind about the Value Resorts. Personally, I agree with the person who said to stay clear of them. I am local Disney (25 minutes) and a friend came down, and did not ask my opinion on the Values, because she thought Disney was Disney as she had been here before, but she quickly found that Disney is not Disney when it comes to the Value Resorts. In fact, they were so disappointed after the second day, they asked for, and were able to change to the Wilderness Lodge Villas. They found their resort to be noisy on a continued basis, and limited restaurant selection and cuisine. I too have read on this forum many positives offered about the Values (ASMu and Pop Century being the best).

Again, whether to chose a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe Resort is a truly personal opinion, depending on what you want out of your vacation stay. I choose a resort by what they offer, as I spend alot of time at the resort, not just using the resort for a place to rest after a day at the parks. Some folk only want the Values, some Moderate, and others, nothing but Deluxe. You will find all the differing opinions when viewing this forum that will help and also (confuse) your decision. One thing you have chosen that is great is the time of year for your visit No changes needed, as I have found the weather and crowds to be great just before and after Thanksgiving .

Have a great vacation!!!


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The suites look beautiful. IMO, the only thing missing is more of them!
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The suites look beautiful. IMO, the only thing missing is more of them!
Yes, I am also hoping they add more Family Suites at the other values.

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My Brother-in-law, Sister-in-law and two nieces (ages 8 & 5 years) will be checking into the Family Suites (in the Jazz building) on Sun., June 3rd for eight nights. They are soooooooooooooooooooooooo excited. I cannot wait to hear what they thought. I'm sure they will be very impressed.

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Linda and Lewanc, thanks for the replies. I'm going to send DH the link to this thread and get his opinion on the family suites. He really wants to stay at FW again, but I want to try another resort.

Lewanc, last year we were there during Thanksgiving week and a CM said it was the coldest November he could remember. It was so cold that we bought the kids gloves to wear at night. Hopefully, the weather will be a little warmer this time.

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Linda and Lewanc, thanks for the replies. I'm going to send DH the link to this thread and get his opinion on the family suites. He really wants to stay at FW again, but I want to try another resort.

Lewanc, last year we were there during Thanksgiving week and a CM said it was the coldest November he could remember. It was so cold that we bought the kids gloves to wear at night. Hopefully, the weather will be a little warmer this time.
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We were also there the same week (stayed in the Suites). We watched the local news every night and they said if was the coldest November they had in twenty years. One morning it was in the 30's. Still had fun though.
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My Brother-in-law, Sister-in-law and two nieces (ages 8 & 5 years) will be checking into the Family Suites (in the Jazz building) on Sun., June 3rd for eight nights. They are soooooooooooooooooooooooo excited. I cannot wait to hear what they thought. I'm sure they will be very impressed.

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It will be nice to see/hear how they liked them too! We will be there June 20th, I can't wait.
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Back in April of this year we stayed in the Family Suites at ASMu thanks to Linda's lovely advice. We were all very happy and comfortable in them.

It was 5 adults and all of us slept comfortably.

Not quite sure how big the bed in the 1 room is because it didn't feel like a full because it was slightly bigger than a full, but didn't look like a Queen either.

Anyway, 2 adults fit comfortably in it though.
The 1 adult fits comfortably in the single pull out beds (the chair and ottoman). 2 small children may fit in the chair pull out too.
1-2 adults fit comfortably in the pull out couch which is the size of a full.


I didn't sleep on any of the pull outs. The reports were the chair and couch were very comfortable, but the ottoman wasn't as comfy.
I lied down on the chair pull out bed for awhile and the time I was there it was comfortable and I couldn't feel any bars or springs.

The kitchenette area was wonderful. It has a microwave, mini fridge and coffeemaker. The resort supplies 1 roll of paper towel, plastic eating utensils, a bottle opener/corkscrew, teas and instant coffees (instant coffee that is in the filtered bags already), paper plates and bowls, plastic cups and there was plenty of storage space.

The bathrooms were nice and having 2 was a big plus for 5 females. No fights for bathrooms and shower time. There's plenty of room in the closet/sink area to store luggage and to hang clothes. There was also plenty of drawer space for all 5 of us.

Having the 2 TVs was great too.

The internet connection was in the bedroom (but the connection cord was out in the living room area we later found out).

So we were very satisfied with the room and layout. We didn't feel cramped and were comfortable. There wasn't a lot of noise, no complaints. I think the only one was hearing the bathrooms from the adjoining room in the living room, but if we closed our bathroom door we couldn't hear it.

We were in the Calypso building 10, 3rd floor, Room 656 or 0656 and had a pool view and were VERY close to the food court/front desk/gift shop/bus stops. The laundry and bar by the pool was also very close.

I'll share some pictures in the next post.

So thank you Linda! I hope Disney makes more suites too and I hope they start offering Discounts on them because that to me was the only drawback.
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This is the room as you enter:


Other side of Living Room facing the door:


The rest of the Living Room facing door:


Pull Out Chair and Ottoman (There are pillows are inside the pull out too):


Pull out couch (more pillows inside of it too):


Bathroom/Vanity area (privacy curtain) #1 :


Sink and closet for Vanity area #1:


Bathroom #1:


Vanity/Sink Bathroom #2:


Bathroom #2 (Flush handle is actually a button on top of Toilet tank):


Closet area (safe, iron, ironing board, extra pillows in each closet area):


A cute Donald thingy to hang things on:


Kitchenette area:


Some storage area in kitchennette (ice bucket/cups in Left corner, Fridge on Right Side):


Microwave, shelving and paper towel roll (supplied by resort):


Coffeemaker & cups (supplied by resort):


Instant coffee packs and tea (supplied by resort):


Shelving, plates and utensil tray (supplied by resort):


Utensil tray & plastic utensils and corkscrew (supplied by resort):


The sink and paper towel holder:


More storage under sink & fire extinguisher and shelves on the side:


Fridge (freezer part on top closed):


Another shot of Fridge (top is the freezer part open):


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Thanks for sharing, it looks really nice. I can't wait only 15 more days!
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