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Old 01-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Did you have to talk your spouse into a higher level resort?

We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
Your story is that you need to upgrade resorts and upgrade to CL because of your 3 & 5 year old boys?

I can't really think of any points that would help.

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Have you run the numbers using the new promotion? We are staying at AKL (similar pricing as WL) the end of May/June - not club level - but our trip is costing much less then $5000.
And I can't help you sell the CL angle - I know people adore it - but I can never justify the addtional cost for our family.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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Have you run the numbers using the new promotion? We are staying at AKL (similar pricing as WL) the end of May/June - not club level - but our trip is costing much less then $5000.
And I can't help you sell the CL angle - I know people adore it - but I can never justify the addtional cost for our family.
The prices I put are including our airfare from Colorado, which is $1600.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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We stay deluxe club level and I can't think of anything to help your case for the kids sake. Because the kids really will not care about Club level, lol. But if YOU want it then just tell your husband that. Money wise it doesn't add up to an extra 800.00 for us because we just use the club for breakfast in the mornings and really don't use it for anything else. Maybe once or twice we will hit the 5 pm snacks but not everyday. We book it because my husband loves to stay club level, lol. Also we are not alcohol drinkers and that is where most people I know get the money out of staying club level, (or that's the excuse they use,lol)
I will say that with your boys ages staying at WL will be easier to get to MK on the boat than waiting on buses for everything Have fun on your trip and enjoy every moment.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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I would look into renting points for Davids or a DVC member. Best way to go in my OP. Then work out cost difference and go from there. Skip dining plan and budget yourself especially since u want to go club level, and purchase tickets via undercover tourist.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Hi Benswife! First, I agree those numbers seem very high - maybe check and re-run them applying applicable promotions. We've always been able to apply discounts and rarely spend more than $350/night for CL. (Exception: CR Atrium Club last October, but worth it for one night.)

Your boys are 3 and 5 years old - that's an excellent argument for WL and CL! My husband is usually the one advocating for a deluxe resort and CL because it's so much easier with kids. Seriously, breakfast is quick and easy. You don't have to worry about juggling trays at CS locations or finding breakfast food for the room, or spending lots at TS breakfast restaurants. I just can't emphasize how much easier it is to walk down the hall to feed your kids in the morning. They wake up and breakfast is ready! And you don't have to plan it, prepare it, or clean it up! (Well, we all clear our plates from the tables, but I don't have to put everything away like when I'm making breakfast.)

And it's great for an afternoon snack or healthy appetizers. If you stop by the lounge before dinner for a snack, the kids don't arrive at dinner hungry and are far happier. Better dining experience for everyone. And our youngest falls asleep during our dinner ADR relatively frequently, so we are happy knowing he already drank milk and ate fruit, veggies, cheese, maybe a chicken appetizer or two. We find our kids eat much healthier when we're staying CL - really cuts down on snacks in the park and increases the fruit/veggie/cheese/milk intake!

Then, of course, there's the glass of wine or beer during evening appetizers while our kids have some downtime with their snacks and other kids in the lounge. Our youngest loves to make friends in the lounge and talk to other kids about their day. And we love not paying $10 for every pre-dinner drink.

As for location, we love the boat to MK from WL! It's such a relaxing way to start and end your MK day and beats the bus any day. The pool is wonderful, the lobby is beautiful, the theming is great and our boys LOVE watching the EWP from the beach at WL. All good - my husband was not going to do repeat visits to WDW until we moved away from mods and into deluxes - starting with WL.

Our boys are ages 6, 12 and 13 and we'd definitely stay CL for all three resorts during our upcoming trip if it were available. But it's not available for Poly (CL renovations this month) or AKV (sold out, I guess.) Still checking to see if AKV CL becomes available because we'd upgrade our reservation in a minute! When we first stayed CL, our kids were 4, 10 and 11 and they LOVE it. During non-CL stays, our youngest always asks "where is the snack room? can we go there?"
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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Hi Benswife! First, I agree those numbers seem very high - maybe check and re-run them applying applicable promotions. We've always been able to apply discounts and rarely spend more than $350/night for CL. (Exception: CR Atrium Club last October, but worth it for one night.)

Your boys are 3 and 5 years old - that's an excellent argument for WL and CL! My husband is usually the one advocating for a deluxe resort and CL because it's so much easier with kids. Seriously, breakfast is quick and easy. You don't have to worry about juggling trays at CS locations or finding breakfast food for the room, or spending lots at TS breakfast restaurants. I just can't emphasize how much easier it is to walk down the hall to feed your kids in the morning. They wake up and breakfast is ready! And you don't have to plan it, prepare it, or clean it up! (Well, we all clear our plates from the tables, but I don't have to put everything away like when I'm making breakfast.)

And it's great for an afternoon snack or healthy appetizers. If you stop by the lounge before dinner for a snack, the kids don't arrive at dinner hungry and are far happier. Better dining experience for everyone. And our youngest falls asleep during our dinner ADR relatively frequently, so we are happy knowing he already drank milk and ate fruit, veggies, cheese, maybe a chicken appetizer or two. We find our kids eat much healthier when we're staying CL - really cuts down on snacks in the park and increases the fruit/veggie/cheese/milk intake!

Then, of course, there's the glass of wine or beer during evening appetizers while our kids have some downtime with their snacks and other kids in the lounge. Our youngest loves to make friends in the lounge and talk to other kids about their day. And we love not paying $10 for every pre-dinner drink.

As for location, we love the boat to MK from WL! It's such a relaxing way to start and end your MK day and beats the bus any day. The pool is wonderful, the lobby is beautiful, the theming is great and our boys LOVE watching the EWP from the beach at WL. All good - my husband was not going to do repeat visits to WDW until we moved away from mods and into deluxes - starting with WL.

Our boys are ages 6, 12 and 13 and we'd definitely stay CL for all three resorts during our upcoming trip if it were available. But it's not available for Poly (CL renovations this month) or AKV (sold out, I guess.) Still checking to see if AKV CL becomes available because we'd upgrade our reservation in a minute! When we first stayed CL, our kids were 4, 10 and 11 and they LOVE it. During non-CL stays, our youngest always asks "where is the snack room? can we go there?"
Agree 100% on all points!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
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We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
Can you tell us your dates, ticket and dining options? Maybe we can help you out with pricing.

My DH is not fond of WDW. The only way he will go with me is if we stay deluxe, club level. um, ok!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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Can you tell us your dates, ticket and dining options? Maybe we can help you out with pricing.

My DH is not fond of WDW. The only way he will go with me is if we stay deluxe, club level. um, ok!
Dates: June 8-14 - 6 nights, 7 days
Dining Plan: None - just not worth the expense since we are light eaters and do a lot of sharing
2 adults and 2 kids (6 & 3 at time of stay)
Want hopper passes for 6 days. 7 is not needed because of an early flight out our last day.

Maybe we should just stay with what we have booked. I just want to have a great stay for my kids. I'm so confused.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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well this will not save a ton of money but you could think about getting rid of the park hoppers. We stayed at Wilderness Lodge for 6 nights for our 6year old DS's first visit and used the hoppers ONCE-but in reality we would have been just as happy to swim, watch a movie on the beach, do the campfire and watch the lights parade on the beach. We spent a day at Epcot, a day at Animal Kingdom and the rest at Magic Kingdom with our 6year old. Also......while Club Level would be nice.....to save money we did have a fridge in our room and order from Garden Grocer-you can also have them deliver beer and wine with your order. We made a quick breakfast in our room and packed peanut butter and jelly for a few lunches. We also did not do the dining plan. You could probably convince your husband of staying at Wl but not sure mine would go for Club Level.

Also.....your kids have nothing to compare it to so the place where you are already booked will likely be perfectly awesome for your boys! I did love being close to the MK and a fun boat ride away so maybe that's what you could tell your hubby.....
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WL is an awesome resort and would be great with little ones as it's so close to MK via boat or bus. Plus the pool is fun and there's a geyser behind the pool that goes off every hour that the kids would probably get a kick out of. As far as CL, our first CL stay was at WL and I can't say enough great things about it (WL CL ranks right up at the top with GF RPC for me). The food offerings are great, the lounge is arranged in a way that provides plenty of seating, and the CMs are amazing. We only stay deluxe (sometimes with CL and sometimes without) and, IMO, even if you choose to switch to WL and forego CL, you will still have a magical trip as the WL is a great resort, with or without staying CL. Good luck.
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If you are looking for excitement for young kids, you would likely be better off staying at a value with all of the larger than life icons. If you want the added luxury of staying CL, then just tell your husband that. No sense in telling him that staying CL is "for the kids," as he would see right through that statement!
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I say skip the club level. Now - I have never stayed there nor have I ever stayed at WL (but will be this weekend). You were given an original budget. But now your budget has increased over $1600. That is money better spent elsewhere. I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old and this too is their first time in Disney World. But they won't know the difference for what they are missing. My four year old eats two bites of something and then she is done. They are not that hard to manage...it is much easier now than it was with an infant and a two year old.

So, CL is going to cost an additional $800? How much would room service breakfast cost you? Could you bring snacks to the hotel? From what I've heard Garden Grocer charges a $12 delivery fee. Are you going to feel like you need to make it back to the hotel every night for the food/beverages?

The only way I'd do CL is if I was traveling with kids that were no longer kids for dining AND we planned to be at the hotel around most meal times. We would rarely do table service meals.

Also - if you fly out early in the morning have you thought about checking out a day early and staying at an airport hotel? It is probably cheaper that way and it might get you an extra half hour of sleep.
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I posted before, but I wanted to add more about our experience.

At least for our kids - and as young as age 4 - they do care and love both deluxe resorts and CL. Three years ago, we thought they would love the theming at All Star Movies and booked there. We really thought we'd do Movies "for the kids" and surprised them with a March WDW trip for Christmas. They were excited and appreciative, but when we mentioned that we could change resorts to BC, they were through the roof excited. We made the change to BC and we (including the kids) were all so happy.

Again, having stayed in all three categories of resorts, I can say that deluxe and CL are great for kids, parents, etc. If it doesn't fit the budget, then there are other great options available.

So maybe you don't say it's "for the kids." But rather, it's for the family and will work wonderfully for the kids - for all the reasons I mentioned earlier! But it does need to fit the budget!
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