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Old 09-28-2012, 09:27 AM   #76
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I used to think I would but after staying at BC I am not sure I would stay anywhere else but BC/YC. DH and I spend alot of time at the resort. SAB is amazing and I would miss it. I would consider S/D however, but much prefer BC

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #77
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I think my family is a bit of both. We really do love a few of the Deluxe resorts. DD and her family would choose the Poly anytime possible but will agree to POFQ if their budget will not accommodate the Poly. My favorite is AKL but it is not always in our price range so I stay moderate. I love POFQ and like CBR so I am fine with that compromise. I have no desire to stay at a value so if that was my only option I would save a little longer and stay where I want.

Honestly, I don't mind a compromise on resort level but will draw the line there. I know that this was not part of the question but if I have to skimp while I vacation I would prefer to stay home and travel when I can readily afford the trip. I think my budget needs to include enough to include a stay at at least a moderate resort because we spend a lot of time at our resort. We also need to be able to eat well, have a cocktail or two at dinner and not worry about snacks or a little shopping. I have seen folks vacation with no money for an extra or no money to eat out and that is no fun for me. THen I save.

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This is so true! I remember staying at the Contemporary with my family when I went to Disney as a child. I used to think it was so cool that the Monorail went through the resort. I would love to stay there again, but unfortunately that resort never falls into my vacation budget. :/
It was the Contemporary Resort for us! My Fiance took all of us when my children were little. He insisted on that resort because he felt it was what the kids would remember as part of their Disney vacation. It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! We have been together 32 years now and have shared many vacations together but we still look back at that one as the one to remember. He set the bar for how to make one very special memory at any given time in a child's life.

He is still doing this in DIsney with ou family and lovely DG!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #78
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I wouldn't go unless I could stay where I wanted, either.
However, I might be inclined to camp at Fort Wilderness. Camping is in a whole different category- it's cheap but it's fun- the point is to camp, not save money, but you end up doing both.

For instance, next week we are going to Yellowstone and staying in the Old Faithful Inn (this is why I never visit the WL at WDW ). It's $250 a night, with a discount & late season. But we already went camping twice there this summer, and I never felt like we cheaped out when we did, though it was $8.00 a night with my pass.

This won't work for everyone, but sometimes going to the other extreme becomes an adventure, and not just a cheap way to stay.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:49 PM   #79
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We would not go to Disney if we couldn't afford to stay where we wanted to. And in fact, we have missed quite a few years because of that. We also prefer to stay at the deluxe resorts because of their proximity to the parks. We also go during the off-peak season to save money and avoid crowds. It is much nicer to go when it isn't hot and crowded.

A Disney vacation for us isn't about the rides, it is the whole package. We always go to a park in the morning, come back to the resort in the afternoon, then return after dinner. It is relaxing and the crowds are usually smaller. The deluxe resorts make this very easy. That is why we would only go to WDW if we could afford it.
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My theory is I'd rather spend less and go more often than save for years and years for an expensive trip. As long as I'm at WDW, I'm happy. We've stayed onsite and off-site at Windsor Hills and we enjoy both kinds of trips. They both have pros and cons.

One year, we went all out.....stayed onsite, did the DxDDP, bought 10 day non-exp, PH, WPF tickets, flew our family of five and had a disasterous trip that was riddled with sickness and death (literally.....my uncle died hours before we were to leave). We had a good trip, but not great....so we did a "do-over" trip during FD that year! We had a great trip! We have also driven, stayed at WH, bought non-PH tickets and had phenomenal trips!

I don't have to stay at a deluxe to have a magical trip. That being said, BC is my favorite place in the entire universe!
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #81
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On site as long as my family is with me and we have fun that's all that matters.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #82
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Anywhere I travel, I want to do it right (in my mind). In this case, I would wait and go when I could do it right.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:37 AM   #83
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On site as long as my family is with me and we have fun that's all that matters.
That is how we are! I would much rather always stay at at least a Moderate resort, but if all I can afford at the time is a Value, that is where I stay. We don't spend a lot of time at the resort anyway. If I had a choice between 2 trips staying at a Value and 1 staying at a Moderate, I would pick the 2 trips every time!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:48 AM   #84
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I will always stay onsite I love being in the magic! Last several trips we fell in love with the deluxe resorts but due to being laid off cannot afford them right now. We have a dec trip to POR that I'm very grateful for but not looking fwd to dealing with the buses again.. Lol

That being said I don't mind the values I'd stay st a value if its the only way we could go back! Asmu is my favorite value, clean, not a huge walk from the back ( broadway) and theming is cute!
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