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Old 08-26-2005, 02:19 PM   #1
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One Night at a Deluxe - Need Help....

My family and I will be staying at POFQ 12/19-26. I would like to surprise them with a night at one of the deluxe resorts. I'd like to stay the night of 12/18.

I have a few questions:

1) Which resort would you pick?
2) Will the resort transfer our bags?
3) Will I be disappointed in staying at a deluxe resort then moving to POFQ?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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My family and I will be staying at POFQ 12/19-26. I would like to surprise them with a night at one of the deluxe resorts. I'd like to stay the night of 12/18.

I have a few questions:

1) Which resort would you pick?
2) Will the resort transfer our bags?
3) Will I be disappointed in staying at a deluxe resort then moving to POFQ?

Thanks for your input.
1) I'd choose WL or Poly. I just love both of these.
2) Resorts will transfer luggage.
3) I don't think you'd be all that disappointed moving to POFQ after a Deluxe. The only thing Deluxes, except for AKL, have for me that I can't get from a Mod is direct, non-bus transport to at least one park. Other differences really don't matter to me, to be honest, like different bedding options, etc. It seems to me that the mods and values are themed about as well as the deluxes.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:39 PM   #3
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1) I'd choose WL or Poly. I just love both of these.
2) Resorts will transfer luggage.
3) I don't think you'd be all that disappointed moving to POFQ after a Deluxe. The only thing Deluxes, except for AKL, have for me that I can't get from a Mod is direct, non-bus transport to at least one park. Other differences really don't matter to me, to be honest, like different bedding options, etc. It seems to me that the mods and values are themed about as well as the deluxes.
Thanks, I'll look at the WL and Poly.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:44 PM   #4
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We did one night at AKL safari room after a four night stay at POR and just loved it! It is too far out for us to stay there for long, but was such a wonderful treat to watch the animals from our window and we loved the resort! I definitely recommend it - though we liked going from moderate to deluxe rather than deluxe to moderate!
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:54 PM   #5
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We did one night at AKL safari room after a four night stay at POR and just loved it! It is too far out for us to stay there for long, but was such a wonderful treat to watch the animals from our window and we loved the resort! I definitely recommend it - though we liked going from moderate to deluxe rather than deluxe to moderate!
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Great Point. I didn't think to much about AKL but, I like the idea og watching the animals from our room. I have a house full of animal lovers especially my DD(1.5). Thanks so much.
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Old 08-26-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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I don't know the ages of your children, but the Contemporary might be neat since the monorail runs right through it. You could book a breakfast or dinner at Chef Mickey's for that day, too. I think that would be neat!

Just a thought.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:46 PM   #7
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What is your thought process behind staying at a deluxe? Did you want to be closer to a particular park, enjoy specific amenities at the resort, like Stormalong Bay, or simply to start your vacation off that way?

Just asking, because the answer to those questions might give you a better idea of where to stay. For instance, if it's to be closer to the MK, a monorail resort would be a good choice. You could check-in, enjoy a meal at the hotel, probably watch Wishes and the Electric Water Parade in the evening. If it's warm enough, you can swim in the pool. In the morning, make arrangements for your luggage transfer and you could be in the MK in time for the rope drop with very little effort. Having a day bag, or packing your luggage strategically, with pj's and your first days outfit right on top, is helpful.

If you're thinking that the week is going to be crazy and you'd like to start off with complete relaxation, go with AKL. It transports you to a completely different place in the world.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:57 PM   #8
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1) AKL!
2) yes
3) I'm afraid you might be.
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Old 08-26-2005, 07:14 PM   #9
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Forgive me for asking, but will they even care? You didn't mention the demographics of your family, but I know my DH would be more concerned about the extra cost than impressed. The kids, ages 19, 17, 11 and 6 are only concerned about the number of TVs and bathrooms and how comfy the beds are.

Moving would be a pain in my mind, as well, even if Disney handles your luggage for you. It still keeps you from settling in.

We all enjoy visiting the various resorts and haven't missed many of them, but a bed is a bed and you're usually tired from the parks anyway. My family would enjoy spending the money more on food or treats. Maybe they're just weird and your family will be totally thrilled by this idea. I just wanted to bring it up.

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Old 08-26-2005, 07:47 PM   #10
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Will you be going to a park that first night? If not, you might like the BC for the pool, and for the nightlife at the Boardwalk. You can see Illumination from the bridge to the BW pretty well, ride bikes around the lake, etc. Cape May is also one of our favorite places to eat.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:49 PM   #11
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I really liked staying at the Contemporary. We could lay in bed a night with the curtains open and watch the castle change colors! I Love Chef Mickey's...and being right on the monorail is so cool.

I have also stayed at the AK! It too is wonderful. We loved seeing the animals first thing in the morning fog. We ordered room service and had breakfast on the balcony.

If possible, I would spend the last night in a delux instead of the first night. It is SO worth the trouble of chaning rooms to me. I love to try out the different resorts.

You are going during holiday time, it won't be cheap. I wouldn't be ok with that kind of surprise...but I have money issues. As long as you don't think it would bother your DH, go for it! You might have to call and see what rooms are still open...that will help you decide for sure!

let us know what you decide.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:50 PM   #12
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We won't be going to any of the parks on the 18th. I was planning to spend time exploring the other resorts and DTD. My family is made up of DH, DS (10) and DD (1.5). I'm sure they would be thrilled with staying at a deluxe resort but, if we don't it wouldn't matter to them either.

I really appreciate all your inputs. You've all given me so much to think about. Thanks so much.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:51 PM   #13
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I thought that AKL was special.
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:11 PM   #14
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HANDS DOWN stay at the Contemporary

get MK view...
what a view!!!
totally sets the mood for your whole trip

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quite honestly yes
after staying in such a big room, with a view it is a little of a letdown

I would consider staying there the last night
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Old 08-29-2005, 03:40 PM   #15
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Now, I've added a new glitch. I've been looking at just adding Dec 18th to our reservation at POFQ. If I add one more night with the dinning plan it's cheaper than staying at one of the Deluxe hotels.

Any thoughts would be great.
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