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Old 10-22-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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I want my cake and eat it too. Help me make this work!

Okay, I know I should just be happy that I got a FD pin, however, I am driving myself crazy trying to make it work how I want to.

I currently have 7 nights at POFQ with Free dining
2 nights at at AKL with just RO discount.

However I'd really, really like to be able to spend more days at AKL, but I can't really give up more than 2 days of free dining (if I could find a way to have dining for the full 9 days I'd REALLY be happy)

I've been playing with the website all day....If I switch it around and do 2 nights at POFQ without the dining AND then have 7 nights at AKL with Free Dining....it will add about $600 to my current vacation cost. Is it worth it in your opinion?? Having never stayed at a Mod OR a Deluxe, I really don't know what I'll be missing so I need advice. And if I do this and book the 7-night part 2nd (2 nights at FQ first), can I use my park tickets from my 2nd stay during those first 2 nights? In other words, can I use the park tickets before checking into the AKL which I'm booking as my package?!

And BTW, if free dining gets announced for the general public....will that help me in the way that I can have it at both resorts regardless of # of nights booked? Or will that have absolutely no affect on me at all?
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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Shoot! I thought I posted in the Resorts Forum. Sorry
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Free dining to anyone always requires a park ticket, so even if it comes up for the general public, you'd need tickets with both reservations to make it work. And free dining usually asks for a two-day ticket.

I wish I could answer definitively on the 2-day POFQ/7-day AKL question, but I've never tried to pick up tickets early. From reading the DIS, I believe you can still do that. You might want to check the ticket sticky at the top of the forum to see if the answer is there.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #4
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If you go to the locked sticky Everything About WDW Tickets in this Forum, especially Post #15-I, you can get a lot more information. An easy way to get to the sticky is by clicking on the link in my signature. The ticket sticky is your friend!
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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So it sounds like staying 2 days at the moderate and 7 nights at AKL will be doable ticketwise. But now I need to know if it's worth it to spend $600 or so to spend 7 nights at AKL instead of 2.

Opinions welcome & much needed!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #7
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Well, here is my opinion. AKL is a fantastic resort and it's one of my favorite places to stay in the world. I always wish I could go back and stay there just one more time. IMHO it's one of the only resorts I would travel to Orlando for, and stay without going to any of the Disney parks. If you can swing the $600, they yes spend the money. Just make sure to spend time at the resort to get your monies worth. That being said, we just got back from a 4 night stay at POR and was pleasantly surprised on how nice it was, so you could have a good time at POFQ and save your $600. However, if you feel you can splurge go with AKL, and if not, stay at POFQ. Hope this was helpful!
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:31 AM   #8
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Well, here is my opinion. AKL is a fantastic resort and it's one of my favorite places to stay in the world. I always wish I could go back and stay there just one more time. IMHO it's one of the only resorts I would travel to Orlando for, and stay without going to any of the Disney parks. If you can swing the $600, they yes spend the money. Just make sure to spend time at the resort to get your monies worth. That being said, we just got back from a 4 night stay at POR and was pleasantly surprised on how nice it was, so you could have a good time at POFQ and save your $600. However, if you feel you can splurge go with AKL, and if not, stay at POFQ. Hope this was helpful!
Thanks. I am going to "run the numbers" one more time and try to make a decision tonight! It will be my 3rd change to our reservations, so I want to be really sure.

Are the deluxe (standard view ) rooms at AKL, much more spacious than FQ? Is it noticeably bigger/better in the room? My kids are bigger than me so it's like 4 adults in one room... If we'll be more comfortable at AKL, that's just the extra push I need to do this!
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Since you've never stayed at a mod or deluxe, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by POFQ. That's our favorite resort. We love how small the grounds are which makes the food court and bus stop close no matter what building you're in. Also the boat to DTD is a perk we find very useful and fun. Now, for space, AKL will be bigger, but now hugely so. AKL has 344 sq ft and FQ has 314 sq ft. Personally, I don't think it's worth $600, but that's just me. I enjoy a deluxe when the room discount is right, but I don't prefer one necessarily. I think 2 days at AKL will give you the idea of wether or not that would be a place you would be willing to spend big bucks to stay. Hope you settle on something you'll love and remember wherever you stay, you'll be at Disney!!!
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Since you've never stayed at a mod or deluxe, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by POFQ. That's our favorite resort. We love how small the grounds are which makes the food court and bus stop close no matter what building you're in. Also the boat to DTD is a perk we find very useful and fun. Now, for space, AKL will be bigger, but now hugely so. AKL has 344 sq ft and FQ has 314 sq ft. Personally, I don't think it's worth $600, but that's just me. I enjoy a deluxe when the room discount is right, but I don't prefer one necessarily. I think 2 days at AKL will give you the idea of wether or not that would be a place you would be willing to spend big bucks to stay. Hope you settle on something you'll love and remember wherever you stay, you'll be at Disney!!!
Well, food for thought - this will more than likely be our last Disney trip. Sad, but true. My kids are getting older and although we really like Disney we are not super fanatics, and have lots of other places we want to see over the next handful of years before they are out of the house. That being said.... I think I'm gonna go for it! AKL for 7 days instead of 2.... Yes!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:07 AM   #11
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I don't understand... There are other places worth seeing? Do you mean Downtown Disney or Blizzard Beach? LOL
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:26 AM   #12
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Both resorts are lovely, but I too think AKL is worth the $600. I do want to point out that if you do 7 nts AKL first, and then POFQ, you may be slightly disappointed. What I mean is, I'd rather end my trip with a deluxe than a mod. Also, not sure what your discount is, but I have a pin for both FD and a 35% off deluxe. Run the numbers for both and you will see that 7 nts at AKL with the disc and purchasing DP is cheaper than paying rack and getting FD. Mods usually work out better with FD, but again it depends on your discount. One more thing, remember that if you do 7 nts POFQ then 2 nts AKL, you can use those dining credits until midnight, which means you can actually have dinner your first nt at AKL on left over credits at Boma! You would have to save the credits from earlier in the week, but it can be done. Either way, you will have a great time! Our vacays seem to always be 7 nts and DH says the next HAS to be 9!
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:36 AM   #13
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Really?!?

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What I mean is, I'd rather end my trip with a deluxe than a mod. Also, not sure what your discount is, but I have a pin for both FD and a 35% off deluxe. Run the numbers for both and you will see that 7 nts at AKL with the disc and purchasing DP is cheaper than paying rack and getting FD. !
Are you sure about this? I also have the two different PINS (35% or FD) and I thought it came to much more with the RO discount & adding FD. But I am checking right now again just to see. I would love it if you're right. Can someone doublecheck my math?

It would be
2 adults & 2 kids ages 10 and 12 (so basically FOUR adults)
7 nights at AKL would be in a standard room 2/2-2/9.
2 nights at POFQ would be 1/31-2/2.
8 MYW Basic Tickets.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:58 AM   #14
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Not cheaper for me....

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Are you sure about this? I also have the two different PINS (35% or FD) and I thought it came to much more with the RO discount & adding FD. But I am checking right now again just to see. I would love it if you're right. Can someone doublecheck my math?

It would be
2 adults & 2 kids ages 10 and 12 (so basically FOUR adults)
7 nights at AKL would be in a standard room 2/2-2/9.
2 nights at POFQ would be 1/31-2/2.
8 MYW Basic Tickets.
Regular Dining Plan
Yeah, I don't think it's cheaper the other way around. At least not for me, with 4 Disney-Adults. Maybe that's why some people make out better one way or the other.

For 7 nights at AKL, with 35% off PIN and adding the Regular Dining plan, and 8 Day MYW tickets for 4 people = $4288.32

Using the Free Dining Pin with everything else the same = $3516.44

It would cost us almost $800 more to use the Room Only Pin that then Free Dining.


Again - if someone sees this differently please let me know!! Thanks.
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Your math is correct. Wow! Does it ever get expensive once those kiddos become Disney adults! We are only 2 adults and 1 child, so it makes a huge difference. I am saving $200 at WL by purchasing DP and using pin for 35% discount. We may even just upgrade to club and forget the DP. Still $200 cheaper with the upgrade.
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