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Old 02-15-2014, 02:00 AM   #16
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Although I won't be as rude about it, he's kind of right:

1.AAA discounts are almost always available
2.Disney Visa Card Discounts
3.Annual Pass Discounts
4.General Promo Discounts

Not everybody has access to 1-3, but if nothing else, AAA is worth it just for the discounts.

That being said, no way in heck will we stay at one of the Deluxe Resorts through Disney without a steep discount, and even then, rack rates are so out of control, still probably won't happen. We'll continue to rent points from DVC members.
I usually stay at value resorts is this mostly for Deluxes? I did't think values could get much cheaper. I did use the Disney Spring Promo this year but for September its $100 a night.

Makes me feel silly for paying full price last year
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:15 AM   #17
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Try bargaining with them on the phone. Last year when the Polynesian Resort was around $400/night I made a budget of $150, and they gave me a price of $220/night and I payed that. Also I got Gran Floridian for $160/night on labor day but that probably won't happen unless its so low capacity.
This is what I do too. Never ever settle for rack rate.

If you put some effort in it, you can always find a deal. Thanks to forums like this one they will always point you to a deal too.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:14 AM   #18
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The rate you got for the Contemporary is not for a standard room. Those start at just over $400 a night in May. They sell out fast so the $700 a night is for a theme park view, one of the most expensive room types. If you want a less expensive room at the Contemporary you have to book much farther out from your trip.

I want to add that each resort only has so many rooms available for any special rate or promo price. Once those rooms are gone, they are gone. Most likely what is left for the special you are looking at are the more expensive rooms to start with. All the cheaper rooms are gone. The early bird does get the worm when it comes to booking at WDW. Gotta book sooner if you want a discount or specific room category.

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Old 02-15-2014, 04:44 AM   #19
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When the Grand Floridian was being built, I told DH we were going to stay there some day. Hah. Even when we lived in FL and had annual passes and resident discounts, I couldn't talk myself into what they wanted even for one night -- and it was just the two of us by that time.
Then when the Boardwalk area was being developed, I thought maybe we could stay there a couple nights.
As much as I wanted to do it, I just couldn't see those prices. And I know people will say they got bargains, etc., but we never found a "bargain" that we could live with.
So my dream of staying at a deluxe is gone. We'll stay at the Caribbean in May when we take our last Disney trip.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:06 AM   #20
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Yep, hotel prices are insane.

One thing I would add though....I don't think it's just the deluxes...all of the resorts are overpriced for what you get, IMO.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:12 AM   #21
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This is exactly why my wife and I got a handful of DVC points. Our week at the VGF is costing us only about $135 a night, factoring in the cost per point. The room would have cost more than $490 a night if we had paid cash.
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Rack rates are pretty insane for sure, but there is almost always a discount or deal to grab to make them more affordable! Just have to do a little homework.
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Not insane at all.............its what the market will pay and the proof is in the resorts selling out in various class and times.

Your also paying for location at WDW, transportation like the monorails, etc., etc.

All companies will do this, they sell their products for what people will pay. Lets make it simple, if you owned a resort that people were willing to pay $400.00 a night to stay at...........would you charge only $200.00??

I think if anyone is not willing to pay $400.00 a night as Maxiesmom pointed out, then you don't have to. I would also point out their are discounts and specials quite often to make it easier to swallow.

Select a different resort.

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:55 AM   #24
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Not insane at all.............its what the market will pay and the proof is in the resorts selling out in various class and times.

Your also paying for location at WDW, transportation like the monorails, etc., etc.

All companies will do this, they sell their products for what people will pay. Lets make it simple, if you owned a resort that people were willing to pay $400.00 a night to stay at...........would you charge only $200.00??

I think if anyone is not willing to pay $400.00 a night as Maxiesmom pointed out, then you don't have to. I would also point out their are discounts and specials quite often to make it easier to swallow.
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Whatya think folks?
It's certainly not cheap, and will get more expensive as time goes by. I wish it were not so! But that's just me wishin'.

Your post will generate responses such as "YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO", which is of course an obvious option that would have already occurred to you, but is an inevitable refrain on the disboards whenever anyone expresses disappointment with prices at Disney.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #26
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right now I have a standard (really garden view) room in my cart for March 22 at the Poly with the spring promo. you have to add tickets to get the rate but it's around $400, which is pretty decent for what is spring break for some folks. I just have to hit the confirm button. It's for just two nights for our anniversary and Flower and Garden.
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You have suggestions on how not to pay rack rate? Aside from promotions given by Disney?

I'm getting the Poly in late August through a travel agency offering a super promotion - less than $200 a night before tax!! They offer a few other resorts as well.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:34 AM   #28
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I think the deal may be dead, but cheaptickets was offering a discount on top of current Disney discounts -- people were saving a lot of money even with the extra fee CT charges. I actually was able to book Poly for over Easter break due to CT 25% off code. Disney has blacked it out and therefore has every room category wide open. Hopefully people won't pay those prices and Disney will start offering deals.....
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:22 AM   #29
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Not insane at all.............its what the market will pay and the proof is in the resorts selling out in various class and times.

Your also paying for location at WDW, transportation like the monorails, etc., etc.

All companies will do this, they sell their products for what people will pay. Lets make it simple, if you owned a resort that people were willing to pay $400.00 a night to stay at...........would you charge only $200.00??

I think if anyone is not willing to pay $400.00 a night as Maxiesmom pointed out, then you don't have to. I would also point out their are discounts and specials quite often to make it easier to swallow.

Select a different resort.

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There are plenty of upper class citizens who can afford it, sure. Is that what WDW is going to cater to from now on, just the wealthy? If so, they can have it.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #30
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There are plenty of upper class citizens who can afford it, sure. Is that what WDW is going to cater to from now on, just the wealthy? If so, they can have it.
They don't cater to just the wealthy. But yeah, the deluxe resorts are for those who can afford more $$$ or are willing to save longer to afford them. Disney still offers the much less expensively priced moderate and value resorts.

A trip to WDW is a splurge, not a right. Disney can price stuff how they want to price it. It is up to us to decide what things are worth what cost, and how much money we chose to save for those things.
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