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Old 07-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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Why do you pick your resort?

What is it about a resort that makes you want to stay there? And what factors are at play when you decide?

I'm working on branching out into new resorts and I'm just wondering:

Why do you pick your resorts the way you do?

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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location and price!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Theme, amenities and affordability.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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It depends on the kind of trip we have planned. If it's a short, total parks trip than we have no problem with a value and actually prefer it for the cost.

If we have extra days to enjoy the resort than we start looking Mod or Deluxe and then the best deal usually wins out. I'd like to say location would be key, but, when it comes down to it now-a-days, it's cash.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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1. Price.
2. Price, including discounts
3. Price, including upcharges for particular room types
4. Location
5. Amenities specific to a given resort
6. Ambiance of a particular resort.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Price/Discounts available
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And not necessarily in that order. What weight I put on the different factors depends on the length of the trip and where we plan on spending most of our time.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:10 AM   #7
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Our new home away from home is the POFQ (small in size so easy walking access to bus, dining, gift shop and front desk). DD loving the dragon water slide and the boat to DTD were bonuses.

Staying at the Contemporary this time to celebrate DH's 50th birthday and fulfill (in his words) his "lifelong dream" . The factors for me is easy access all around, for DH its the monorail running through the building, and for DD it'll inevitably be the MK view.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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The best deal on the resort i have not tried yet!
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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Room appearance/size
Amenities/dining options
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Contemporary – 11/2010
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Boardwalk Inn – 11/2011, 3/2014
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:13 AM   #10
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We always say we are going to try all WDW resorts and so far we've stayed at 1 deluxe (Contemporary), 2 mods (POR & CBR) & 2 values (POP & ASMU).
Loved CR but as often as we go (3--4 times a year), a deluxe in out of budget, lol.
Our very first trip we stayed at CBR & it was ok, but everything was so spread out it didn't appeal to us much.
We only stayed at POR because that trip we had a party of 5 and it was alright.
Also we only stayed at ASMU once because POP was not available---never again---we just didn't like it at all.
We have stayed at POP lots of times and we all love it!!! It is a great, fun resort and since we spend most of our time at the parks, it fits our needs perfectly!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:15 AM   #11
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Since we like to do split stays we've "quickly" gotten a chance to try all of the Moderates and most of the Deluxes.

Theme (we start here ... we now have our favorites)
Location(then we pick our preferred resort nearest the park(s) we will be visiting that portion of the trip)
Price/Discounts available (then we check here)
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #12
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Ambience and feel is probably first for us. For example, we love wilderness and animals and quiet, so WL and AKL have been perfect. The Contemporary looks like any ole' hotel I've stayed at for conferences, so nothing special there. GF and Poly seem quite wonderful but can't justify the cost and "fit" wasn't quite there for us. We're also not huge Epcot people, so we don't care about those options close to nightlife. It's not a good or bad thing, just about the fit.

We certainly look at location, too, and cost, but we're lucky that we can afford our first choice.

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Old 07-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #13
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Looks like I'm in the minority here, but I really base it on how the resort makes me feel when I step through those doors. We're most at home at the Polynesian. It's relaxed, it's beautiful. I instantly feel at ease when I'm there. I feel like I'm home. When you add on the amenities (pool, restaurants, transportation), it's our most favorite.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:31 AM   #14
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I really base it off of price, but I don't forget about what else I need to make my stay special. I'm the type who isn't up at dawn to go to the parks, I enjoy the resort as well, so i try to keep that in mind. I also love to try new resorts, but I make sure I'm comfortable with my stay. The last resort I tried I wasn't 100% sure about, and sure enough, I didn't love my visit. So price, theme and location are key - but I'm following my gut from now on.

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Old 07-18-2012, 11:38 AM   #15
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This year was the first time I got to choose the resort. The main reason I picked POFQ bc it is within my price range. I liked the theme better than CS (New Orleans is on my bucket list). It also has queen beds. It is small as compared to POR or CBR. The slide looks fun! The food in the food court sounds yummy!

I know this isn't the question, but I can tell you that I did NOT pick any of the deluxe resorts bc all of them are out of my price range. I did not pick any of the values bc of the double beds and their distance from MK. That is where we are going two out of the three days at the parks.

I do want to stay at a different resort each time I go back and the Boardwalk is my dream deluxe resort (based the pictures, haven't seen it in person yet).
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