Ok...first off...what a frustrating week I have never in all my trips had so much trouble getting a room! Of course, I usually don't wait until 4 weeks out to plan it Here's the deal... I didn't (until now) consider myself a hotel snob because I've pretty much stayed all over the place at WDW and even though I've fully loved the deluxe resorts, I've concluded that ANY stay in the 407 area code works for me. However, in the last 10 yrs. or so I've been spoiled and stayed strictly onsite to take advantage of EMH, etc. Not to mention, I love waking up and knowing I'm on official "Disney" property. But...this time, it's not an option. (Ok...keep repeating to self ...NOT an option!!) WDW direct says my only availability is $285 at SSR or 2Br at AKL for $1250 a night...she said it without even pausing...like that 2nd choice was was REALLY an option Ok...on an on...Swan/Dolphin BOOKED..most DD booked (although I could get really good rates at HRP and RSR) But...here's my new thought and here's where I'm aksing for unbiased reviews on whether or not I'VE LOST MY MIND We have an 11 mo. old puppy whom we adore and realized we couldn't bear boarding for a week so we are now considering PET FRIENDLY HOTELS We have never traveled with our pets (11 hour drive) much less stayed in hotel with them! We looked into Buena Vista Suites which seems pretty decent but booked at HOLIDAY INN MAINGATE EAST because I coldn't pass up the deal I got through bookit.com. - $89/night for kidsuite (reg room $69) - direct rate was $155 - but now I'm starting to have hives over whether or not we will regret the hotel...dog...etc. Any reassurance? Anyone do the dog thing anywhere? More importantly, anyone have any reviews whatsoever on the NEW Holiday Inn MGE -after their "multimillion dollar renovations" BTW, before you mention the hassle of dealing with the dog during the day, we like to park hop and come back to hotel during day (another reason we stay onsite!) so that shouldn't be an issue.