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Old 10-07-2013, 05:23 AM   #91
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All of the things you mentioned as possible reasons to splurge matter to me. It is my vacation too, and I like to be in more cushy surroundings when I travel. But I will also note that even though I have 4 kids, I am willing to squeeze into one room (while we can!) in order to be in a deluxe resort, and in CL if possible. For me it is a priority to have the amenities of CL in the deluxe resorts (like breakfast!) over the desire to have more space.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #92
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I was once among those who believed it was nuts to pay for deluxe (and still wonder sometimes). IMO, as far as the deluxe resorts themselves go, the difference in "niceness" alone, does not warrant the large price differential over the moderates.

We prefer deluxe mainly due to the location. We're not commando types and enjoy going back to the resort to relax in the afternoons. We also enjoy going to the nicer table service restaurants for dinner (and these restaurants are concentrated in the deluxe resorts). By staying deluxe, we can enjoy this vacation style with minimal travel interruption.

That being said, there's really no deluxe resort that has a perfect location for everything, which is why we prefer split stays. For example, we enjoy spending half of our vacation at a MK resort and the other half at an EP resort. We then plan our park days and restaurants to be near wherever we're staying during a particular part of the trip.

We also go during off-peak times and apply discounts onto relatively lower rack rates (relatively being a key word, as rack rates have become insane during even "value" season).

Honestly, if we were park commandos, or didn't eat a lot of meals in resort table service restaurants, or didn't do split stays, or didn't go during non-peak times (and apply discounts), we would likely not stay deluxe.

We would probably also not stay deluxe if we had a car (but we love the idea of being whisked away by Magical Express and not having to deal with the whole rental car/parking/navigating hassle).
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #93
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Moderate has always been fine for us. Although, if we had money to burn we would like to stay at the AK lodge sometime just for the chance to see wild animals grazing outside our window.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:21 AM   #94
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Moderate has always been fine for us. Although, if we had money to burn we would like to stay at the AK lodge sometime just for the chance to see wild animals grazing outside our window.
Rent DVC points at AKV. Savannah view studios are between 10-20 points per night depending on your dates which is very comparable with the price of moderate resorts.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #95
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Well for us it's because we are a family of 5 and for families over 4 people, the options are limited. Yes, we could do an AoA family suite and probably will at some point. But honestly, the price of those is not much less than a garden wing room at CR. Sure, I could get a room for 5 at POR Alligator Bayou but man that would be tight. I have considered it several times but think we would be too squished with strollers, luggage, etc. If we were just a family of 4 I doubt we'd go deluxe that often. Options are families over 4 are just so limited and the ones available come at a pretty hefty price tag unfortunately.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #96
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For us it's a variety of reasons but #1 is interior hallways. We will sometimes rent points to save money too but we just love the theming and overall feel of the deluxe resorts.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #97
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OP, I agree the deluxes are expensive. However, I think the mods and values are as well for what one gets given the offsite options for so much less. So I'm very open to staying off site but if I stay on site it would only be at a deluxe. Everyone's different but these are my reasons:

1) interior corridors also provide for balconies and outdoor space. I want to be able to open my drapes and let in sunshine and be able to sit on my balcony. I do not want to open my draperies to a walkway. That's why I'm not sure why someone would pay for a view upgrade at a mod.

2) Larger rooms. I do not want to feel confined. And crowded

3) Dining options on site

4) Amenities such as the beach at The Poly or the animals at AKL

Everyone's different. Whatever works for you.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #98
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Maybe I'm just doing the math wrong. I've stayed SSR and ASM. We were going to
Do mod this year and do POR. we are a Family of 5.

After doing all the math doing the Beach Club was only $200 more expensive. Big rooms. Nice beds and bath, and patios are SO worth $200. Not to mention being able to blink and be at EP. Seriously? I would pay 200 bucks any day to be that close to my favorite cocktails in the showcase.

Is OP not researching anything beyond rack rate?
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:24 PM   #99
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Two things alone make it worth it for us. Balconies and not taking buses to all parks. We spend a lot of time at resort too....not a fan of outside hallways....plus nothing beats walking into Epcot....
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:23 AM   #100
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This is why Disney has categories so individuals can choose. People like yourself are perfectly happy with the Value and Moderate's. Where people like me enjoy luxury hotels, I work hard for my income and enjoy my down time. When I am not doing a Disney vacation I stay at Grand/Park Hyatt, J.W. Marriot, Four Seasons, Ritz, St Regis so on. So it only makes sense I prefer Disney's Deluxe resorts. If they only offered value or moderate I would never stay on property.

When I was a kid my family always stayed at the Contemporary Resort Tower with a Theme Park view. As a kid being able to look down into the atrium and see the magical monorail glide right through the building is a feeling I will never forget and I fully intend to give that to my own children when the time comes. That is something that is important to me. I like the Deluxe resorts for many reasons. Better amenities, better service, bigger rooms, balconies, room service, location etc. I also only dine at a signature table service restaurant for dinner which are located in mostly the deluxe resorts

On a side Something about a bus full of smelly sweating people who just spent the day at the park vs a boat or monorail ride or nice walk back to the resort is worth the extra money alone.

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Old 10-09-2013, 02:29 AM   #101
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This is why Disney has categories so individuals can choose. People like yourself are perfectly happy with the Value and Moderate's. Where people like me enjoy luxury hotels, I work hard for my income and enjoy my down time. When I am not doing a Disney vacation I stay at Grand/Park Hyatt, J.W. Marriot, Four Seasons, Ritz, St Regis so on. So it only makes sense I prefer Disney's Deluxe resorts. If they only offered value or moderate I would never stay on property.

When I was a kid my family always stayed at the Contemporary Resort Tower with a Theme Park view. As a kid being able to look down into the atrium and see the magical monorail glide right through the building is a feeling I will never forget and I fully intend to give that to my own children when the time comes. That is something that is important to me. I like the Deluxe resorts for many reasons.
I love that they have the different categories! If I really want to just go to Disney I could stay at a value or mod!! If I wanted to save extra money I could spend more ay a deluxe! It's also perfect for all different families!
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:54 AM   #102
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The only thing I do at the resort is sleep. I'm still young so I spend it from opening to close at Disney parks. I always stay at either Pop Century or Disney's all-star music because they treated me very very well when I went for my 27th birthday.

I would never ever shell out $300+ a night for a hotel that I'm never going to see just because it's pretty.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:13 AM   #103
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We have been to Florida 4 times and always rented a villa offsite (usually between 10-14 extended family on trip).

Our forthcoming trip planned for Dec 2014 will likely be the last of these trips for various reasons (grandparents hitting retirement and having holiday plans of their own, my kids are adults now etc), so I have decided to spend part of that stay at AKLV.

I couldn't afford the whole trip there - and nor would I want to - having your own pool at your own villa is great, but we are going to AKLV for the atmosphere and the ability to see the kids faces (including my older ones) as we sit on the balcony and watch the animals.

People who love deluxe and people who think it's a waste of money will likely never change their mind. Just have the best holiday you can have and don't give a moment's thought to what other people are doing!
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #104
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I know I'm entering delicate territory here, but when I look at the prices of the different resorts, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would pay $300-$500 or more a night for some resorts!

I'll preface by saying that I'm a budget-conscious mom---or you may even say cheap. I shop sales and discounts, cut coupons, and watch what I spend. That being said, we have been to Disney four times in seven years, so we're not against spending money on vacations!

We've always stayed at a Value resort until the last time when we stayed at POFQ and loved it! We'll go back there in a heartbeat.

So I spend less than $200 at POFQ for a lovely room, great service, fun pool, beautiful grounds, etc. Or I could spend $400 and stay at a Deluxe. Why????

Some of the arguments I've heard are....

Indoor corridors -- does that really matter?

Better transportation -- never had an issue with buses at any of the resorts we've stayed. And we've never had a car.

Nicer rooms -- thought POFQ room was lovely!

Closer proximity to MK -- when we go we visit all the parks, so don't care if we're closer to one. Again, never an issue with transportation.

Beautiful lobby/grounds/views/etc. -- Can get all that just by visiting!

I guess if we were going to spend our whole vacation hanging out at the resort, we might be more worried about it. But we're there to visit the parks! Yes, we'll take breaks, swim in the pool, eat in the food court. But our rooms are basically places to sleep, shower, dress, and go.

Unless money really were no object at all--which I can't imagine is the case for the vast majority of families--I can't justify spending the ridiculous amounts of money on the resorts. For that price, they should be throwing in breakfast (and lunch and dinner!) and providing me a private driver to get me where I want to go! Not to mention laundry services and a turn-down each night!

So let me hear it! How do you justify spending that kind of money on a room? Do you spend all your time there? Is it just to say "been there, done that'? Is the difference really worth twice the cost?

I'm honestly curious about this...
We've only deviated from deluxe resorts to a moderate once and we'll never go back. For us, there are 2 main reasons for staying at a Deluxe:

1) One of the best things about Deluxe resorts is the convenience to the parks. Convenience is everything to us. Our favorite restaurants are located in deluxe resorts, and it's just more convenient getting to same.
2) Would you rather go on vacation and drive a BMW or a Ford Escort. They both get you where you want to go, (at least most of the time anyway) but the trip is so much more enjoyable in the BMW. We enjoy watching the fireworks and electric water parade from the beach at the Poly and then walking home to our room.

We will skip WDW a year or 2 or 3 or until we can afford to go and stay the way we want to. If the family doesn’t want to skip a year, we reduce the number of nights of our normal stay from 7 to 6 or 5 or even 4 if we have to, to stay at a Deluxe.

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #105
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We had never stayed in a Mod or Value resort when we did a quick overnight ..when we walked into our Preferred Room at All Star Sports, DD announced "MOM!!! This is the Walmart of Disney Hotels!!!"

i created a monster!

But, my biggest reason when she was growing up was that it was just her and I and I liked the inside hallways..it made it easier to get around the resort.

Now...we are just spoiled. I work to Dis!
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