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Old 01-20-2010, 09:00 PM   #76
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Seriously, so if I want to find a secluded, shaded spot to read a book, how can I do it at POP or if I like to rent a little boat or ride a bike can I do it at POP and what exactly can I do there execpt riding elevator? I never stayed at POR/POFQ but CBR and CSR are so much better then value.
Not everyone needs a secluded, shaded spot to read a book; but if you want a quiet spot at Pop, try along the lake or on the bridge. Every resort has its own unique characteristics that make them great places to stay. People just need to open their minds and forget the labels.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:39 PM   #77
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I think I would put nicer refidgerators in the rooms. Not necessarily a full size, but something better than the dorm room fridges. One with a freezer so you can freeze water bottles. I would also do something about the water quality at the water fountains, especially at MK. The water there is gross.

It doesn't really apply to me, but I would also do something to make WDW resorts more friendly to larger families.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:53 PM   #78
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Not everyone needs a secluded, shaded spot to read a book; but if you want a quiet spot at Pop, try along the lake or on the bridge. Every resort has its own unique characteristics that make them great places to stay. People just need to open their minds and forget the labels.
What labels have to do with hotel *s, you can have your mind as open as you want but you get what you paid for, room, bus, pool, food court, nothing else, not even trees. You can enjoy watching birds along the lake, not that you can sit there and you can make your own fun, like counting red cars on a parking lot, since hotel provides none. The only good thing about value is access to Disney transportation and price.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:03 AM   #79
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Not everyone needs a secluded, shaded spot to read a book; but if you want a quiet spot at Pop, try along the lake or on the bridge. Every resort has its own unique characteristics that make them great places to stay. People just need to open their minds and forget the labels.
Exactly. These beauties (cranes, maybe Sandhilll Cranes?) do not hang out where it is loud and noisy. I took this photo on the back path of Pop Century. You can see the bridge to the unfinished side of resort behind them.



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Old 01-21-2010, 05:33 AM   #80
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What labels have to do with hotel *s, you can have your mind as open as you want but you get what you paid for, room, bus, pool, food court, nothing else, not even trees. You can enjoy watching birds along the lake, not that you can sit there and you can make your own fun, like counting red cars on a parking lot, since hotel provides none. The only good thing about value is access to Disney transportation and price.
I'm not sure where you go the impression that the Value resorts are all parking lots with no landscaping, but you are wrong. There are plenty of trees and shade areas at the Value resorts, they are not just big cement buildings plunked down in the middle of a parking lot.

I also thing Value resorts have many good qualities. The food courts are the best on property, imho. Plus the Value resorts have a fun, peppy atmosphere that I don't feel at the Moderate or Deluxe resorts.

Sometimes people don't want anything from a resort except a place to eat, and a place to sleep. Why not have something with fewer extras that is on the cheaper side of the scale?
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What labels have to do with hotel *s, you can have your mind as open as you want but you get what you paid for, room, bus, pool, food court, nothing else, not even trees. You can enjoy watching birds along the lake, not that you can sit there and you can make your own fun, like counting red cars on a parking lot, since hotel provides none. The only good thing about value is access to Disney transportation and price.
Have you ever been to a value resort? It doesn't sound like it by your descriptions.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:33 AM   #82
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I'm going to put this post back on track.

As the VP of Guest Comfort, my first task is to find out what kind of money is in the budget for this title. I know that Disney Parks alone made 1.4 billion(net, not gross). I have been allotted the .4. I will then do some research on what Guests want.

-Fixed price hotels. $75 Value, $125 Moderate, and $200 Deluxe. It does not matter the season. This way we could do away with room pin codes. Club level is an additional $25. For DVC resorts...$225 Studio, $275 One BDRM, $325 Two BDRM, and $400 for the Three BDRM.

-Going back to the original DDP. App, Entree, Dessert, Tip. $ 40 per Adult, $10 per Child. (Parents of Children who are between the ages of 10 and 15 have the option to stay with the kids plan, or to upgrade to the adult plan. That way if you have a picky eater, you don't feel as if you are being ripped off once the child turns 10)

-Fridges, Microwaves, and Hi-Speed in all rooms. If you don't use them, that is fine. They are standard, like beds.

-Loyalty program. For those guests that have been, but keep coming back. I know not all come back every year, so AP's wouldn't be a benefit. Each trip, after your first, you accumulate points. One point per night. Points are worth $10 Disney Dollars each. What you do with them is up to you. They never expire. You can leave them on your account, and only take them when you want to. They do roll over with each trip, so you don't have to stress about using them by the end of your stay.

-Free Continental breakfast in all resorts. (Juice, muffins, bagels, and fruit.)

The public has spoken, and I am going to try and meet all demands.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:26 AM   #83
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OP here-- some fantastic ideas! I like all the discussion (i.e. arguments...) about certain items! While I think, in general, WDW does a great job of catering to their guests, in recent years their focus has turned more to cost-efficiency rather than guest comfort. Find the cheapest thing, the "least we can get away with" and go with that. And I really think for the money they charge us, they could go a little farther.

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Have you ever been to a value resort? It doesn't sound like it by your descriptions.
I was there and this is why I can say there is nothing there to do or enjoy, can you name any activities provided by resort, except pool and arcade provided by every resort, even the cheapest offsites? As somebody said, if you spend all time in parks and only need a place to eat and sleep then yes value is perfect but if you like me spend a lot of time in resort then sorry, you can not enjoy Motel6 with oversized decor, JMHO.
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I was there and this is why I can say there is nothing there to do or enjoy, can you name any activities provided by resort, except pool and arcade provided by every resort, even the cheapest offsites? As somebody said, if you spend all time in parks and only need a place to eat and sleep then yes value is perfect but if you like me spend a lot of time in resort then sorry, you can not enjoy Motel6 with oversized decor, JMHO.
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When we checked in we got a calendar of resort activities. - movie nights at the pool, hoola hoop contests, trivia games, etc. We did not participate in any of these activities, but the movie night at least seemed to be well attended by families with young kids. (We didn't see any of the other activities - I think they took place during the day and we spent all day at the parks)
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Some poolside activities, primarily for kids, have been added. There is a nightly movie, bingo (extra charge), scavenger hunt, etc. Hair wraps are available and a sketch artist is located inside Melody Hall.
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I have to say, I haven't read through this entire thread, but one question comes to mind for me.

Some people are suggesting more buses, better dining options, eliminate ALL kids from coming becauses strollers are no longer allowed (I am taking creative licensing on my interpretation), better coffee, wi-fi availablity, etc, etc, etc...

These things all come with an added expense of:
a) The new salary of the VP of Guest Comfort
b) Research
c) Aquistion
d) Integration
etc...

My question is: How much would YOU the guest pay for these ammenities? and where do we allocate the cost to? I also read that Values should remain bareboned, so how does WDW recover this HUGE additional expense.
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I have to say, I haven't read through this entire thread, but one question comes to mind for me.

Some people are suggesting more buses, better dining options, eliminate ALL kids from coming becauses strollers are no longer allowed (I am taking creative licensing on my interpretation), better coffee, wi-fi availablity, etc, etc, etc...

These things all come with an added expense of:
a) The new salary of the VP of Guest Comfort
b) Research
c) Aquistion
d) Integration
etc...

My question is: How much would YOU the guest pay for these ammenities? and where do we allocate the cost to? I also read that Values should remain bareboned, so how does WDW recover this HUGE additional expense.

Disney Dollars, of course!


Come on, folks! This is a "gee-whiz", "what would I do if I were in charge" kind of thing. If I was King for a Day. Let's not squabble over the trivial matters of cost. This is DISNEY!
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I have to say, I haven't read through this entire thread, but one question comes to mind for me.

Some people are suggesting more buses, better dining options, eliminate ALL kids from coming becauses strollers are no longer allowed (I am taking creative licensing on my interpretation), better coffee, wi-fi availablity, etc, etc, etc...

These things all come with an added expense of:
a) The new salary of the VP of Guest Comfort
b) Research
c) Aquistion
d) Integration
etc...

My question is: How much would YOU the guest pay for these ammenities? and where do we allocate the cost to? I also read that Values should remain bareboned, so how does WDW recover this HUGE additional expense.
From what i've read here the person who is VP of Comfort would gladly word for free season passes and a room at a Deluxe resort when they need it.

BTW I took some heat for the stroller idea. I have to clearify. The park is very crowded is some areas because of the number of strollers being used. I've seen many strollers being used that only carry bags of items purchased and a backpack of things needed in the park. If you have a 1 to 2 yr old and your running around the park with your older child I can see the need for a stroller. The little one can't keep up. (Yes I have kids its been a long time since the stroller though). I just like to see kids getting exercise.

Now as far as paying out new VP, I think the percentage of people who would returned to WDW more because it is so much more comfortable with all the new ideas would greatly offset the 1 salary of the VP.
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I was there and this is why I can say there is nothing there to do or enjoy, can you name any activities provided by resort, except pool and arcade provided by every resort, even the cheapest offsites? As somebody said, if you spend all time in parks and only need a place to eat and sleep then yes value is perfect but if you like me spend a lot of time in resort then sorry, you can not enjoy Motel6 with oversized decor, JMHO.

Your question has been answered in post #85.
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If I was the vp I would take all the labels away from the resorts so no one could be called a resort snob or look down at other resorts. I would have free welcome drinks (like on fantasy island), more buses and taxi vouchers for those who missed the bus, moving walkways throughout the park so no one would ever need to worry about strollers/EVCs/too much walking.

As technology changes I would get rid of the transportation system as we know it now and replace it with transporters.
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