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Old 10-01-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Visiting resorts makes me not want to stay there

Does visiting resorts make you want to stay there or does it have the opposite effect?

For some reason, all of the resorts I have stayed in, I have never visited them before our stay. And I've liked all of them.

But whenever we visit a resort just to see it, or to have dinner, etc...For some reason I come out of there thinking, that was ok but I never want to stay there!

Is there something about staying there that makes you come away with good feelings about it? And then something about visiting that doesn't?

Just wondering how others feel about visiting resorts and the results on their impressions afterwards.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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It depends on the resort. I've visited all of the resorts and have little interest in staying at some of them and wish I could stay at others. In some cases, the look at the lobby and grounds have really impressed me and I would happily stay at that resort (AKL is an example). In other cases, the look of the lobby and a glance inside a room, confirmed that the resort isn't really my cup of tea. So, my reaction to a resort depends on the resort.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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When I stay value or mod and visit the deluxe resorts I always walk away wondering how I can change my budget next time to stay there. I don't visit other mod or value resorts so I can't relay how I would few seeing those. Luckily I have been "visiting" WL the past several trips and I can finally say I get to stay there. Took me several years but it fit the budget this time.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Does visiting resorts make you want to stay there or does it have the opposite effect?

For some reason, all of the resorts I have stayed in, I have never visited them before our stay. And I've liked all of them.

But whenever we visit a resort just to see it, or to have dinner, etc...For some reason I come out of there thinking, that was ok but I never want to stay there!

Is there something about staying there that makes you come away with good feelings about it? And then something about visiting that doesn't?

Just wondering how others feel about visiting resorts and the results on their impressions afterwards.
Sometimes. I've had exactly that kind of negative reaction after visiting some of the value resorts. They just aren't what I'm looking for in a vacation resort. And I've felt that way with a couple of other mod/deluxe resorts. They just didn't appeal to me. Others impressed the heck out of me and I look forward to staying at them on future visits. Each resort is themed so differently that it basically just comes down to personal taste.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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We never visit other resorts....we feel its a waste of our vacation and park time...

We get a good enough idea from the vacation DVD, we've done 49 trips and just keep repeating the resorts we like....

We've ruled out all the values, some we never seen, large moderates too...

Some of the deluxe we've stayed at, didn't interest us to return to, so we're down to a precious few....but to us, they are the best and traveling 1050 miles, we want comfort not surprises..,
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #6
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Sometimes. I've had exactly that kind of negative reaction after visiting some of the value resorts. They just aren't what I'm looking for in a vacation resort. And I've felt that way with a couple of other mod/deluxe resorts. They just didn't appeal to me. Others impressed the heck out of me and I look forward to staying at them on future visits. Each resort is themed so differently that it basically just comes down to personal taste.
I totally agree with minnie mum.
More often than not, I've been pleasantly surprised with the resorts I thought I wouldn't enjoy but did enjoy after staying there. The Poly is the last one on our list to try.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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I have never had this problem with Deluxe resorts.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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Does visiting resorts make you want to stay there or does it have the opposite effect?

For some reason, all of the resorts I have stayed in, I have never visited them before our stay. And I've liked all of them.

But whenever we visit a resort just to see it, or to have dinner, etc...For some reason I come out of there thinking, that was ok but I never want to stay there!

Is there something about staying there that makes you come away with good feelings about it? And then something about visiting that doesn't?

Just wondering how others feel about visiting resorts and the results on their impressions afterwards.

Maybe it's because when you haven't seen the resort before you become pleasantly surprised. And when you visit the resort for dinner or just to see the grounds, you have time to think about the things you don't like and why you wouldn't want to stay there.

I personally have never had that problem because I really do like every Disney resort and would like to stay at all of them at least once!
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #9
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Thanks all, I'm not the only one who has mixed feelings on this.

Example...I've visited the Poly, WL and AKL for dinner. Before I visited them, I wanted to stay at them at least once. Then I visited each of them for dinner, and I left thinking, nice, but I don't want to stay there.

The one we have stayed at the most is the CR. We had stayed offsite before that visit. Just booked it, had hardly any idea of what it was going to look like. Got there, loved it, it's still the one I always want to go back to. Which is funny because it's the one that many people like the least out of the deluxes usually, in terms of theming anyway.

I think I need to stop visiting resorts!

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:35 PM   #10
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I had the opposite issue. I never had any desire to stay at AKL until we had dinner there. I had seen hundreds of pictures, but it was so much more inviting in person. We booked our next stay for AKL after the night we ate at Jiko.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #11
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We usually stay value or CBR. We visited relatives at AoA for an evening on our last trip, and I now have no desire to stay there. They were in a LM room, and it just didn't appeal to me at all. I'd much rather stay at ASMu if CBR isn't in the budget.

We have visited the WL, AKL, and BC, and I would love to stay at one of those, but it just isn't in the budget right now.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #12
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I would like to stay in all of the deluxes, but my kids keep voting for BWI.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #13
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I have visited ones that in my had I thought I would like, but after seeing them I didn't. I also have visited ones that I thought I would like and completely fell in love.


Love: AKL, Beach Club (except around Xmas the "gingerbread" smell bout made me sick), Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge (at Christmas any other time of the year I am eh), Riverside

Hate: Contemporary (like to visit, cool to see the monorail go through, would never stay there)

Eh: Polynesian (lobby is eh to me, grounds are prettyish), Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, French Quarter
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #14
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We usually stay value or CBR. We visited relatives at AoA for an evening on our last trip, and I now have no desire to stay there. They were in a LM room, and it just didn't appeal to me at all. I'd much rather stay at ASMu if CBR isn't in the budget.

We have visited the WL, AKL, and BC, and I would love to stay at one of those, but it just isn't in the budget right now.
I know what you mean, I visited AoA last trip, and now glad I didn't stay there. But there are deluxes I don't really care for either, like the Grand Floridian theming just doesn't appeal to me, and AKL is too "museum-like" for lack of a better word, lol. And same with the moderates, I tend to like CBR and wouldn't go back to CSR.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #15
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Yes. I have visited a few that I know I would NOT want to actually stay at.

Poly, GF, CBR, AKL all fit that category. Poly, especially. I just don't understand the appeal. At. All.
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