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Old 11-14-2008, 09:57 AM   #1951
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Has anyone tried the daily Sunrise breakfast pkg and could explain how it works? I called SOG for info and somehow got confused!

Thx bigAWL, really enjoying your photos!
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:16 PM   #1952
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Has anyone tried the daily Sunrise breakfast pkg and could explain how it works? I called SOG for info and somehow got confused!

Thx bigAWL, really enjoying your photos!
The only thing I know (because I did the math) is you are not saving a dime by using this package. Even the included gift certificate is paid fully by you. I suppose it is convenient if you don't want to deal with cash each breakfast, but if you can't find anything in the gift shop you want, you have wasted money.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:53 PM   #1953
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The only thing I know (because I did the math) is you are not saving a dime by using this package. Even the included gift certificate is paid fully by you. I suppose it is convenient if you don't want to deal with cash each breakfast, but if you can't find anything in the gift shop you want, you have wasted money.
Thx Sleepy, I appreciate your help! Think we'll pass, also have other ADR's, so really don't want to be obligated to have breakfast at SOG daily.
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:33 PM   #1954
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Just got back from our WDW vacation. We stayed at SOG again and loved it. Brought Dh's family with us and they really loved it too. Can't wait to go back again, gotta talk DH into it, haha....
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Old 11-15-2008, 03:56 PM   #1955
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Prefer SOG?

Does anyone here prefer SOG to disney hotels? Or is it more of a cost thing? Or both? I guess I am wondering, if it wasn't for the cost, would you rather stay somewhere else on disney property?
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:30 PM   #1956
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Afvc

Actually I prefer Shades - but to another topic.

We just got back from a trip where we stayed in a timeshare through AFVC. I posted the following on the Orlando board because it deals a lot with the specific resort we stayed at, but everyone here also qualifies for AFVC. It's a great, cheap alternative. I do love Shades though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post28739065
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:24 PM   #1957
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Actually I prefer Shades - but to another topic.

We just got back from a trip where we stayed in a timeshare through AFVC. I posted the following on the Orlando board because it deals a lot with the specific resort we stayed at, but everyone here also qualifies for AFVC. It's a great, cheap alternative. I do love Shades though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post28739065
So, was it a nice place??
I remember reading your post months ago about you renting through AFVC. We have booked a townhouse through the AFVC for April down in Williamsburg, VA. That will be my next trip to plan after WDW.
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:47 AM   #1958
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Does anyone here prefer SOG to disney hotels? Or is it more of a cost thing? Or both? I guess I am wondering, if it wasn't for the cost, would you rather stay somewhere else on disney property?
I've never stayed at another on-property resort. But for me, if price were the same, I think I would definitely want to stay at a monorail resort. I'd probably have to fight my wife over which one - I'd prefer the Poly and she the Grand Floridian.

I think the convenience of the monorail would make it an easy choice for us, as we by far spend most time at the MK and Epcot. A quick hop on the monorail beats walking or bussing just to get to the monorail. Then I know I prefered Kona Cafe to anything at SOG - but then again cost is a factor here. Edit: it might be useful to note here that I'm not a coffee drinker, so I'm not counting Starbucks.

All that said, because of the cost, there's no way I would consider staying anywhere other than SOG. I much prefer the location, size, and style of SOG to the comparably priced Disney resorts.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:01 AM   #1959
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SOG has a lot of what we are looking for. If we can find a Disney resort that has the following, we would stay somewhere else.

Totally inside (meaning you don't have to go outside to get from your room to the lobby)
Balcony or patio
Not crawling with unruly children
Super quiet
Close to a monorail for transportation backup
Within our budget
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:09 AM   #1960
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Thx Sleepy, I appreciate your help! Think we'll pass, also have other ADR's, so really don't want to be obligated to have breakfast at SOG daily.
Wow only 6 days until your trip! I'm not here much, so have a great time!

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Just got back from our WDW vacation. We stayed at SOG again and loved it. Brought Dh's family with us and they really loved it too. Can't wait to go back again, gotta talk DH into it, haha....
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Does anyone here prefer SOG to disney hotels? Or is it more of a cost thing? Or both? I guess I am wondering, if it wasn't for the cost, would you rather stay somewhere else on disney property?
If it weren't for owning DVC, (which we bought because SOG prices will continue to steadily go up just like on-property prices ), we would stay at SOG every time! We will be adding SOG days to our DVC stay this year. We love the size of the room, the quiet and convenience. I also feel the transportation within the world is the best! Now if we can just get a good way to get there from the airport.

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Actually I prefer Shades - but to another topic.

We just got back from a trip where we stayed in a timeshare through AFVC. I posted the following on the Orlando board because it deals a lot with the specific resort we stayed at, but everyone here also qualifies for AFVC. It's a great, cheap alternative. I do love Shades though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post28739065
AFVC is great! We booked a beautiful two bedroom lock-off condo in vegas for $800 for 7 days and shared it with friends. They had a really nice pool and lobby with activities and shuttle service to the strip! It's hard to get a studio in Vegas for $100/night!
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:42 AM   #1961
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SOG has a lot of what we are looking for. If we can find a Disney resort that has the following, we would stay somewhere else.

Totally inside (meaning you don't have to go outside to get from your room to the lobby)
Balcony or patio
Not crawling with unruly children
Super quiet
Close to a monorail for transportation backup
Within our budget
Sleepy nailed it. I have stayed at AKL, Contemporary, and All-Stars and this is the only place I want to stay.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:57 AM   #1962
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Actually I prefer Shades - but to another topic.

We just got back from a trip where we stayed in a timeshare through AFVC. I posted the following on the Orlando board because it deals a lot with the specific resort we stayed at, but everyone here also qualifies for AFVC. It's a great, cheap alternative. I do love Shades though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post28739065
Great review, thanks for sharing I even showed it to my husband.

As for choosing SOG over other Disney resorts.....always SOG. We love walking back into the quiet SOG lobby vs. loudness of other Disney resorts.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:57 AM   #1963
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I prefer SOG -

I love the quiet at SOG after a day in the parks, it just never seems that crowded.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:17 AM   #1964
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Granted I haven't stayed at SoG yet, but I didn't experience all this noise when we were at the Poly in May/June. We were even in Rarotonga (just outside the Great Ceremonial House), so I assumed we'd hear everything. The downstairs lobby, even with the cartoons and kids' activities going, was relaxing and peaceful. It only got slightly louder upstairs with the noise of the restaurants. The quiet pool was exactly that, and the volcano pool was pretty pleasant. Evenings on the beach were Heaven!!
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:35 AM   #1965
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Since we use SOG most of the time, I was shocked at some of the antics that went on at the other places.
I remember several times at CR thinking, this just would not happen at SOG. Teens throwing ice from the tower at people walking below. Real nice. Absolutely running wild all over the area from the building to the lagoon. As much as I liked the convience of the monorail, I'm not sure I would chose to stay there again.
Over at AKL it just seemed so loud in the lobby area and down the halls. People yelling and running up and down the hallways. Oh, my favorite: the folks who actually stretched out on the sofas in the lobby and napped!! And those were "adults" not kids.

Honestly, All-Stars didn't seem bad at all compared to what we saw at the "higher end" resorts. I just want enclosed hallways and not having to hike forever to get to the bus and that incredibly long walk back at night. At least the walk back at SOG is inside and on carpet.

Guess the matra at SOG is: RESPECT
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