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Old 07-23-2013, 12:02 PM   #16
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Or maybe you could do a split stay???? How about 2 rooms for the first half of the vacation, and then switch over to the Cars suite for the last half? You could still save some money, and end up where you wanted to stay to begin with.
I would love that, my DH not so much. Split stays are not his thing....
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:04 PM   #17
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You said you had free dining?
you could stay in 2 connecting rooms and upgrade to the DDP from the QSDP

do a lot more character dining then which he would love! My son, when he was 4, doesnt really remmeber the All Star Sports but he remembers pooh and piglet from crystal palace!
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #18
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I think since he is 4 and this is his first trip he will still be impressed by the 2 rooms connected. In fact wouldn't you rather start at the 2 connecting rooms so next time if that is what you can afford, he doesn't want the suite, or if you do get the suite its a totally upgraded cool experience for him.

$1600 more money is a bit much, especially since you mentioned your other sons college expenses.

Besides even if you were determined to spend X amount on disney, take the $1600 and do stuff like Wishes desert party, pirate cruise, waterparks etc. You could do quite a few memorable activities with the 1600$ instead of just the suite at AoA.
True! He's only 4, so he's just excited to be going to Disney regardless of where we stay! I just asked older son what he remembers from his first trip when he was 5 and he said that all he remembers is looking at the pics! Lol! I guess there's my answer.
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You said you had free dining?
you could stay in 2 connecting rooms and upgrade to the DDP from the QSDP

do a lot more character dining then which he would love!
Yes! Hmmmmm....since he won't remember it anyway, maybe I'll upgrade to a mod for just a little more with free DDP and a bigger more comfortable bed!
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Thank you everyone for helping bring me back to reality and posting your opinions! I really appreciate all of the responses!
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:12 PM   #21
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Yes! Hmmmmm....since he won't remember it anyway, maybe I'll upgrade to a mod for just a little more with free DDP and a bigger more comfortable bed!
Well my son remembers the characters Just not much else lol.

but if you stay at value its only $18-19 more a night to upgrade from quick service to regular dining adult and like $3 more a day for kids to upgrade.


But yeah, we are staying at a mod with the stay play and dine so ddp was included in our package and it was only a couple hundred more than staying in value with upgraded dining. Just have to do the math.

EDIT: My son is also a big Chip and Dale fan and the only way for him to get guaranteed interaction with these chars is to go to Garden Grill for dinner. Last time we went it was wonderful, they really do spend time with your child and make them feel special which is why its so memorable for him.
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For $1600 I would stay at AsMo . AoA is amazing but that's a lot of money. How much time do you plan to spend at hotel?? How much more for a moderate?? I would stay at POR , if not much difference. You would get DDP and not QSDP so could do character meals
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You said you had free dining?
you could stay in 2 connecting rooms and upgrade to the DDP from the QSDP

do a lot more character dining then which he would love! My son, when he was 4, doesnt really remmeber the All Star Sports but he remembers pooh and piglet from crystal palace!
Great idea! I would definitely upgrade to the regular DDP and book character meals.

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Yes! Hmmmmm....since he won't remember it anyway, maybe I'll upgrade to a mod for just a little more with free DDP and a bigger more comfortable bed!
I am sure that he will remember this trip . I remember my first trip to Disneyland when I was 4. FWIW, I would also postpone staying at a Moderate until he is older and can enjoy the pool slide and nicer pool area.
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I vote AOA.. We stayed there in January and it was amazing!! Also, one of the all star resorts is refurbishing its food court from aug to dec and bussing ppl to other all stars for food.. Not a great scenario, in my opinion. You will love AOA. If you really want two rooms, I'd go with Pop so you can easily walk over to AOA and check out Radiator Springs.
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