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Old 10-28-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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how do you choose which resort?

i know there are often threads, which value/ moderate/ deluxe? poly or por etc.

but, how do you narrow it down to final choice(s)?

personally,we go for-
1st-free dining
3rd-read reviews
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Theme, theme, theme then price and transportation/size of resort
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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I've always picked based on resort theme first, then pricing. Free dining timing never works for us, so that isn't ever a consideration.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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1. Need a balcony
2. Location. Epcot or monorail.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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1. budget
2. free dining or room only code
3. if we need a pool slide that trip or not
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:58 PM   #6

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1 balcony
2 walk into Epcot or not
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:04 PM   #7
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When we went for the first time as a family, we knew we wanted the monorail because our DD was small enough to need a stroller. So for us, it was an easy choice.. We were lucky enough to get a 40% off pin code, so the GF was our first choice. And we are SO glad it was!!

we debated staying in an Epcot resort for our next trip, but we loved being on the monorail so much, so we're going back to the GF. There wasn't anything about that resort that we didn't fall in love with !!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
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We choose on theme/decor. Price is also a consideration, but theme/decor comes first for us.

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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Pin Code Discount is the biggest factor! Next would be have we been to that specific resort in recent visits. Not one of the factors anymore because we know have to visit in June but if we went in cooler months I would choose a value. I want a moderate now because we travel in June & we want covered bus stops & somewhat better pool areas.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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For me it is location location location location. I love yc/bc for being walking distance to epcot and hs plus their pool is the best one in all of disney.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #12
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This is our order of priority:

#1 - it has to be deluxe - we have always been willing to cut corners in other ways in order to afford a deluxe resort. We first started to go to the Magic Kingdom when it was the only park and the Contemporary and Polynesian were the only two resorts. We were spoiled from that point on.

#2 - it has to be a low crowd period - we love when it isn't crowded because we can see and do so much more

#3 - it has to be a value season - see note above - we want deluxe at a low price

#4 - location - we really like the Boardwalk area

#5 - availability - we "found" the BC when we took a Disney cruise and that was the resort they put us at. We've tried to stay there on every trip since then, except for our 2013 trip. We only stayed at the YC and the BWI because we couldn't get a room at the BC.

#6 - a desire to try something new -we are very excited to be going to the WL in February. The resort looks gorgeous, it is cheaper than the BC, and we are a little tired of the BC. Although I know I'll miss not being able to walk into Epcot, I'm still looking forward to being in a new resort. Going to the WL has made me excited to go back to WDW again.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #13
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My wallet decides!

Other than that, the theme. It's our first trip as a family, probably the only one we'll ever make in a disney resort, so we chose AoA little mermaid.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #14
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1) Theme (quickly followed by)
2) Price - including any discounts
3) location
4) transportation options

I love my balcony, but if I'll save a good amount of $$ staying at a moderate Ill do that. I always try to look at the deluxe and then go down my list from there. If its not matching I move into the moderates. Next year I might just start at moderate since POFQ looks so good to me - that's when theme wins over, plus the boat to DTD!
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:42 PM   #15
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We fluctuate between mods and deluxe.
For mods. I look for theming, and amenities. POR has become our fav mod, love the theming, nice rooms and extra amenities like boat to DTD, horse & carriage rides, good marina, and fun evening entertainment.

For Deluxe, I look at budget, theming, amenities, pools, and balcony options. Also room discounts, I won't pay rack rate.

There are some resorts where the theming just doesn't interest me, in both categories.

We go during value season for best discounts and lowest crowds. It also happens to be when I get off work (schools).
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Aug 2003 WDW Marriott Courtyard, [B]Aug 2005 [/BSeaWorld, Universal, Busch Gardens Hilton Garden Inn, ]Aug 2007 WDW CBR, Jan 2008WDW WL, Aug 2008St. Pete Beach, Universal-HRH, Sea Workd & Aquatica- Hyatt Place & Doubletree, Jan 2009WDW AKL, Aug 2009Key West Sheraton Suites, Cocoa Beach Hampton Inn, & WDW POR/WL, Jan 2010WDW Poly, Jan 2011WDW POR, Aug 2011WDW POR/BC CL, Jan 2012WDW WL, Aug 2012AKL CL, Jan. 2013POFQ Aug. 2013 WDW Pop, GF, YC Jan 2014POR, Aug 2014 Universal Portofino Bay, & WDW GF,

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