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Old 07-19-2013, 09:41 AM   #16
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I've stayed at values and mods and I actually prefer the values. Most of the mods are too spread out for me and while I do enjoy the pretty theming and ambiance I don't enjoy the 5 bus stops at all. I like the in your face theming of the values more and also for the price I don't mind paying a little extra for a preferred room to be closer to the food court and bus stops Also, I like saving $$$
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #17
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$800 over how many nights? Its about $70 a night difference. Sounds about right to me. You can;t expect to upgrade to a higher resort level for much less than that.
I think the OP realizes there should be a price increase; it was just a surprise by the increase as the difference between the value and the mod used to be $400 for their last trip and now it's $800. I get this sticker shock. We stayed at AKL on our last trip. I just priced out our next trip and with the new 2014 price increase it went up $70 a night from what it was last year. That's an insane price increase that will affect whether we stay here or not. We stay 9 nights so that adds a lot of $ to our cost. I get price increases, but I think that's a bit much. I think the leap from what you've paid before to what you're paying on your next trip is the shock/surprise the OP is pointing out, not the cost difference between a value and a mod necessarily.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:27 PM   #18
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I think the OP realizes there should be a price increase; it was just a surprise by the increase as the difference between the value and the mod used to be $400 for their last trip and now it's $800. I get this sticker shock. We stayed at AKL on our last trip. I just priced out our next trip and with the new 2014 price increase it went up $70 a night from what it was last year. That's an insane price increase that will affect whether we stay here or not. We stay 9 nights so that adds a lot of $ to our cost. I get price increases, but I think that's a bit much. I think the leap from what you've paid before to what you're paying on your next trip is the shock/surprise the OP is pointing out, not the cost difference between a value and a mod necessarily.
It didn't go up $70 a night. I went online and priced it out the current difference between a standard room at Pop and a standard room at CBR for the dates I punched in is $70 a night. My point was that seems like a reasonable difference to move a full class of resort. The difference between Mod and Deluxe is alot more than $70 a night.

My personal opinion is that the WDW resorts rack rate is overpriced, so if that I agree with. When they throw FD in then it makes the price fair.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:47 PM   #19
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For our family, a moderate seems like a better "fit" since we spend quite a bit of time at the resort. We also like the fact that there are more amenities at the moderates: covered bus stops, pool slides, marina, larger rooms, and quiet pools. As other have said, only you can decide whether or not the extra money is worth it for you. For our family, it's definitely worth it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #20
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We have stayed at the ASMo for the last 11years with free dining in Sept. Was considering a Mod when we booked bounceback for this year because of getting the DDP instead of QSDP. The difference in price for 8 nights was $500 if we upgraded the dining plan at ASMo to DDP it was a difference of $300. Since we have had the DDP for the last few years we decided to just go with the QSDP so we aren't spending our day around our ADR's. Thinking about next year and hoping for bounceback when we go in Sept. and checked the difference in rates and it is still $500. For the difference I think we will just stay value as we are only in the room to sleep. Can use the extra cash for some around the world.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #21
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WOW! 800.00 is alot . Considering I spent 1700 for my family of 4 this past February with free dining. I would save the money and put it towards another trip. But we are only in our rooms to sleep and the values are not that bad.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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I think the OP realizes there should be a price increase; it was just a surprise by the increase as the difference between the value and the mod used to be $400 for their last trip and now it's $800. I get this sticker shock. We stayed at AKL on our last trip. I just priced out our next trip and with the new 2014 price increase it went up $70 a night from what it was last year. That's an insane price increase that will affect whether we stay here or not. We stay 9 nights so that adds a lot of $ to our cost. I get price increases, but I think that's a bit much. I think the leap from what you've paid before to what you're paying on your next trip is the shock/surprise the OP is pointing out, not the cost difference between a value and a mod necessarily.
Not sure when you're going, but I priced our 2014 trip, and the prices for AKL Savanna were only $9/night more than 2013 rates. They did start charging a premium for Fri/Sat ($404 v. $377), but that still doesn't add up to $70/night.

But we're going in Value 2 season, so that might make a difference.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #23
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It didn't go up $70 a night. I went online and priced it out the current difference between a standard room at Pop and a standard room at CBR for the dates I punched in is $70 a night. My point was that seems like a reasonable difference to move a full class of resort. The difference between Mod and Deluxe is alot more than $70 a night.

My personal opinion is that the WDW resorts rack rate is overpriced, so if that I agree with. When they throw FD in then it makes the price fair.

I was saying the $70 difference is from our last AKL stay to the current 2014 prices at AKL (for the dates I plugged in). I was comparing prices from one year to the next at AKL only. My sticker shock comes not from the difference from a value to a mod or a mod to a deluxe, but rather the price increase from one year to the next at the same resort. I anticipate price increases, but not that much of an increase. It will make it hard for me to justify my next trip at AKL without a discount.

And yes, you're right that rack rate is overpriced. We love staying on property and will continue to, but really wish and hope for great discounts.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:21 PM   #24
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Not sure when you're going, but I priced our 2014 trip, and the prices for AKL Savanna were only $9/night more than 2013 rates. They did start charging a premium for Fri/Sat ($404 v. $377), but that still doesn't add up to $70/night.

But we're going in Value 2 season, so that might make a difference.

I plugged in summer dates because we're planning a trip for next June. We were looking at pool view. I may have miscalculated some because I may have accidentally compared standard room 2013 rate to pool room 2014 rate which would skew it slightly higher than it would have been.

I would be THRILLED if I'm completely wrong and there isn't that much of a difference.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:32 PM   #25
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When we originally booked ours, we were going to be in a king room at POR with tickets (hopper, water park), and DxDP. It was about $4000 for eight days, seven nights. Then an offer came out and we were able to save $500. Right now, without the discount, our vacation at the almost same time, it's $4400. However, we are considering upgrading our tickets to annual passes and getting a TiW card for after our trip and that should save us some money on the back end. We'll see.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #26
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I would love to be able to stay at a value and save money but DH is a big guy so have to have a queen bed. why can't Disney put queens in the values sheeeesh
If you make the value resorts too similar to the moderates, no one will book the moderates. Why pay for the upgrade if you don't get much more for your money?

I'd rather they keep the value resorts more simple and keep the cost lower.
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I was pricing a vacation for just the two of us and CBR is 800 more than a value resort. I am just not sure if it is worth it. I can remember just a few years ago it was only 400 more which wasn't that big of a deal but 800 is a lot. Now trying to decide what to do
When you are going, and what value resort you are comparing CBR to makes a difference.

When I put in a random week in August CBR comes up not even $500 more for a week than the Pop. When are you going, and for how long?
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #28
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I was pricing a vacation for just the two of us and CBR is 800 more than a value resort. I am just not sure if it is worth it. I can remember just a few years ago it was only 400 more which wasn't that big of a deal but 800 is a lot. Now trying to decide what to do
We love the values. POP is our fav. Staying again in December. Wouldn't waste the money on any others.
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