When I was 12 years old, I stayed at all star music. I remember being completely blown away, and absolutely loved it. Now I'm 27, my wife and I have been to Disney each of the last three years, and we've always stayed at bonnet creek, with the exception of 3 nights we stayed at wilderness lodge. We don't have kids yet. We are planning a trip this year to stay 1 night at the swan and 6 nights at the boardwalk or grand floridian. We never even looked at the values. I know the rooms are smaller but I was thinking- for tons less money you still get: A beautiful themed pools, access to extra magic hours, a unique and fun Disney theme, counter-service that is reasonably priced, on-site location, your room cleaned every day (doesn't happen at DVC rentals), and you can request a king size bed which isn't possible at places like old key west. Right now I have access to a deal to stay at pop century for $424 for 6 nights. That's $1005 less than a boardwalk inn studio and $1,392 less than the grand floridian for the same time period. Is $1,000+ worth it for- 130 more square feet in your room, walking to a restaurant vs driving to one 5-10 minutes away, having access to a hot-tub and pool slide vs easily being able to add the water park option with money saved, avoiding lots of loud families and children vs using saved money to get a spa massage twice and eat at victoria and albert's- twice! I am re-thinking our whole trip. We could put $1,000 toward V&A, Spa treatments, behind the scenes tours, a fireworks cruise, or we could both get the deluxe dining plan and eat like kings (even though it's not a great deal). All I'm saying is, how bad are the values to where you would give up couples massages, the best restaurant in Disney (or maybe in all florida), and special experiences you would normally never do? I'm almost thinking hey- screw the boardwalk, let's squeeze into POP so we can put $1,000 bucks toward doing all the things we would normally say are too expensive.