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Old 02-14-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Absolutely Insane prices at Poly, Contemporary!!

Just putzing around on disneysite dreaming about being there and staying in the original hotels….I mean does anybody else think they are just completely insane with the pricing? The Polynesian is like $600 plus a nite for a standard room…The Contemporary insanely priced out at $700 and this is for the SLOW season times at the end of this month or in May! When you go to take advantage of the special sale offer that says to book by March 31 and look for the Contempt guess what SOLD OUT! Oh you can get a Poly room with a club level view of the construction for get this almost $800 a night. Jeez!
I think I was pretty smart to book my pin offer the day I got it in the email even though I have no idea that I will be able to go in September..just booked it and winged the dates split stay 3 nights Poly, WL, Contemp….
Poly $278!!!! before tax ($313)…Contemp $335 pre tax ($377) MK Tower view!
and the Lodge $247….
After checking what they normally get..I definitely gotta go in September now that I have it reserved. Never gonna see those prices again. I wonder if the Poly is $278 because there won't be a main pool, everything east will be crazy construction and the lobby will be torn apart? Eh who cares no way I will ever pay $800 to sleep and relive my childhood. Whatya think folks?
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I agree with you. The prices of Disney resorts are outrageous. The resorts themselves are "ok" but certainly not worth the prices they are getting for them. You are mostly paying for location, staying onsite and the very expensive "monorail hotels" are priced outrageously. Look at it this way, it is supply and demand and Disney would not be asking these prices, if they weren't getting people to pay these insane prices.
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Glad I did my POLY vaca in 2000 because until I win the lottery, I won't be staying there ever again.

AKL I LOVE and I can afford during non-peak times and using D reward points. Hopefully I'll stay at WL someday too.
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Two points:

1) only a fool pays rack rate, and

2) Disney wouldn't be charging that much if people weren't paying it.

do the logical math...
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Wow! That IS insane. My new strategy is to stay Value (POP) then stay luxury at Sea World (Hilton) and US (HRH). This next trip. I'll relax for the second week at luxurious rooms and pools for the second half of my trip for less than half the price.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:06 PM   #6
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Yes Disney has certainly gone up over the years, we have been priced out of deluxe

Very happy to have found out about CSR-deluxe amenities, beautiful resort, at a price we are comfortable with. Oh and no over crowded buses or monorail.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:12 AM   #7
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Resort prices have gone up dramatically recently. I just looked at the pricing from a trip we took in January 2009. We paid $139 per night for the Wilderness Lodge using the pass holder discount. Just 5 years later, that same room has gone up to $270 with the discount (if you are lucky enough to find availability). Other prices have gone up similarly. We ended up staying at Port Orleans Riverside this January for slightly more than we paid for Wilderness Lodge 5 years ago.

The thing is, though, Disney wouldn't be charging the prices they are now if they weren't having people willing to pay.
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Originally Posted by agavegirl1 View Post
Wow! That IS insane. My new strategy is to stay Value (POP) then stay luxury at Sea World (Hilton) and US (HRH). This next trip. I'll relax for the second week at luxurious rooms and pools for the second half of my trip for less than half the price.
Our family has stayed at that Sea World Hilton in a 3 bedroom. We loved it...very nice. It was an RCI trade. Hope to stay there again one day!
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In my opinion, the rack rates are high to make the economics of DVC appear to be a good value, thus prompting sales. Additionally, they throw these rates out there for wealthy suckers who don't mind... only a small % of people actually pay it.

Units or points can be rented from owners for 1/3 the rack rates.
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Sorry but have a 11 night stay at the Boardwalk Villa with Boardwalk view for $2100 renting DVC in September... That is not a bad price at all less than $200 a night after tax.

Heck going through Iowa can't hardly spend less than $100 off the interstate sometimes even at Super 8.

Like someone else said you don't ever pay rack rate. I planned on a 35% discount which I got a pin for but the room with a guaranteed view was just a little cheaper renting DVC.

So say what you want put if you research for a discount it's not that horrible when you consider it's disney.
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We have Interval and its not uncommon for us to get one of the 2 bedroom units at Marriott Harbour Lake or Cypress Harbour for under $500 total for the WEEK. I would never, ever stay onsite. We did one night onsite and it was a joke. I think there are a lot of people who have been brainwashed into wasting 3 vacations worth of money just to be "in the magic" which really means cramped and ripped off.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:41 AM   #12
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You would have to be a complete fool to pay those prices for the Poly while its under construction no less.
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Originally Posted by larryz View Post
Two points:

1) only a fool pays rack rate

do the logical math...
You have suggestions on how not to pay rack rate? Aside from promotions given by Disney?
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You have suggestions on how not to pay rack rate? Aside from promotions given by Disney?
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.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:21 AM   #15
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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.
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