SOG and lack of "Disney" theming?

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  1. Family Fun Mom

    Family Fun Mom <font color=green>No longer tagless... my wit has

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    Many people say they missed the "Disney" feel at the SOG. We are considering a stay there in 2007 and I really would like to know exactly what's missing as far as "feel". We stayed at POR in 2005 and LOVED it, we loved nearly everything about it. However, we are a family of five and the kids are getting bigger. Staying in one tiny room with double beds and a cot on the floor (trundle bed) isn't very appealing. Deluxe rates are waaaaaaaaay out of our price range, so it's POR or SOG for us.

    We will have our car, so bus service isn't a huge issue. We loved the dining plan, but it isn't a deal breaker for us (we were considering not getting it anyway because we don't really want to spend all that time sitting inside restaurants, we want to play!). Our kids can have a blast in any pool as long as it has water.

    What exactly will I miss? Please be as specific as possible. Is it really that important when mostly you just sleep in the room?

    Thank you soooooooo much :goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes
     
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  3. tinkerbell1967

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    I think what they are saying is that the resort does not have the typical Disney theming as far as decoration and themes. It is a great resort, we loved staying at SOG but that was the one thing missing, just the theming and the decorations. Everything else I liked, the transportation and the workers were wonderful!
     
  4. Texa

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    We were just there in June and I didn't notice any lack of themeing. You can hear the fireworks at night. Twice we saw the fireworks from the bus as we were returning into the resort. There is a huge Mickey in the Lobby and once we had characters come visit in the lobby. The PX is full of Disney merchandise. The main pool is shaped like Mickey's head. I've stayed at several Disney resorts and I'm always puzzled when people comment on the lack of themeing. You are so obviously at the MK area of DisneyWorld! I would think of it as Country Cottage themeing. But that is just me.
     
  5. pixiepower1971

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    The only resorts that have Disney theming, IMO, are the value resorts.
    SOG is a very nice resort. We stay there a few times a year. My kids love to stay other places but they know that SOG gives us the most room and costs less $$. That means $$$ for more trips or things in the park.

    With 5 people...I would go with SOG in a instant over POR. So much more comfortable.

    You will miss
    no Mickey soap/shampoo
    no Disney TV
    no resort tv
    no KTTW(no charging to the room)
    no Stitch wake up call

    but you get
    queen beds, a nice daybed/twin bed,bus service to TTC every 15 mins on the nose,typically very nice employees and very clean rooms.

    PM if you have any other questions
     
  6. Piglet4Ever

    Piglet4Ever <font color="navy">Navy Wife, toughest job in the

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    We stayed at SOG for the first time last year and loved it. We had stayed at POR a few yrs before and thought we would miss the "Disney" feel but we didn't in the least. We are staying at SOG again this year and can't wait. The room size is awesome, we loved walking around the resort, and we walked over to the Poly everyday for one thing or another, so that was awesome. :thumbsup2
     
  7. stm61

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    depending on your rank and the time of year you go, it may be cheaper to stay at POR. I'm E6 and go the wk of Labor Day. The resort prices basically are the same, plus I get free dining at POR. You're driving, so you don't have to depend on the buses, but it now costs about $10 a day to park at SOG. We also have 5 and have to stay at POR. The rms are a little smaller, but we only use them to sleep. The size difference doesn't make a difference to us, we're not spending enough time in the rm to really notice. The restaurants aren't that great either, though they are cheaper.
     
  8. bayoutinksmom

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    According to SOG it is 5 dollars per day to park.
     
  9. badblackpug

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    Did you consider a family suite at ASMu - definitely Disney themed!!
     
  10. Family Fun Mom

    Family Fun Mom <font color=green>No longer tagless... my wit has

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    That's exactly what happened last year. We had SOG booked, then Disney announced the free dining and we switched. I really loved POR, but I have to admit we were cramped. That was last year. The kids have grown quite a bit since then and we have one more year to go until our next Disney trip. They're just going to get bigger. Double beds do not work for us. The queen beds at SOG are the biggest draw at the moment.

    My hubby is E-5. You really can't beat that rate. We plan to go in November (2007). Free dining is long gone by then.
     
  11. Family Fun Mom

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    Thanks everyone :thumbsup2

    I'm grateful for your honest insight. We still have time to decide but I'm pretty sure we are going to give SOG a try in 2007 :banana: :banana: :banana:

    It looks so beautiful, I'm really excited :)
     
  12. AllthingsPiglet

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    I am not sure i this will be much help but you might want to read what "The Unofficial Guide" for Walt Disney World has to say about S.O.G. I have never stayed there but the guide rated it as one of the best deals in or out of the World based on how nice it is and what a great deal it can be. Always made me wish I could stay there!!
    If it's true that it is a wonderful and affordable hotel I would take that any day. You'll get all the theming you need from your days in the parks I hope!
     
  13. lost*in*cyberspace

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    I am always puzzled by comments that people don't like SOG because there is no Disney theming. No stuff like Mickey soap? Are you serious? Bring your own and save $$$$. And what is the big deal about charging to one's room? Isn't it just as easy to pull out a credit card as a room key?

    The Dining Plan is of no interest to me and my family, we just don't eat that much and wouldn't want to eat all our meals at Disney anyway, so that's not a plus to us.

    I personally would rather have a big, comfortable, peaceful room at a bargain price than have a Disney decorated room at 3 times the price.

    That is absolutely correct.
     
  14. Junebugwv

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    I've been to SOG twice and POFQ 5 times and I really understand what you are asking. The theming at the Port Orleans resorts is very nice and when it is just me and my 2 boys going, I like staying there. But when my dh joins us, we stay at SOG. The size of the rooms, the 2 queen beds and the sofa sleeper (it is NOT a pull-out) is great. We pay the top price for the SOG room and still think it is worth it.

    I think you will get enough of the Disney theme at the parks to make up for the rooms at SOG. I actually like the theme of the resort. If they had a slide at the pool, it would be perfect.
     
  15. DisneyBrat

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    We were fortunate to stay at the Contemporary in 2004, while SOG was being refurbished. :banana: ONCE IN A LIFE TIME 10 days at the contemporary for 99 bucks a night. :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: As far as theming goes I would have been SICK :crazy: if I payed 250 a night for that room at the Contemporary. Tacky decor and dark colors,but none the less it WAS the Contemporary!!!! :lovestruc One day when hubby retires were going to the Tower or GF LOL :) I figure then our 3 teens will be out of the nest and we can actually afford that..... :Pinkbounc ahhhh wishes can come true I keep telling myself.... pixiedust: pixiedust: pixiedust:


    Just spoke with SOG 3 days ago and they told me $5 for parking :woohoo:


    I also read in Unofficial Guide tonight that SOG is #2 on the list of best deals. Sorry I don't remember what the #1 was.
     
  16. Disney Davo

    Disney Davo Got my Ears in 68

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    Last trip we statyed at SOG first week in June 06. Big rooms are the only thing going for the resort. Payed $115 a night. I just booked a MOD at the CBR for $94. I have 4 problems with SOG, 1. Advertised as compareable to a Deluxe, ( not even close) 2. Customer service 3. Transpertation to parks was horrible 4. Pool is boring for kids compared to a Value, Mod, or Deluxe.
     
  17. bayoutinksmom

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    What deluxes have you stayed in? Please do not speak for all children. My daughter loved the kiddie pool at SOG and so did the other 6 children that were vacationing in our group.
     
  18. Skatermom23

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    We stayed at the CR SOG and the rooms at SOG are nicer. From what I understand the other deluxe hotels have smaller rooms. To the OP, I am somewhat a resort snob :rolleyes: and I loved SOG. The only thing missing was the disney atmosphere and honestly after hitting the parks commando style like we did, the only think we wanted when we got back to the hotel was a nice clean room!
    We also never had a bus issue either. The pools was nice but even then we went to the water parks so that wasn't an issue either. Just don't get what some folks complain about...
     
  19. Disney Davo

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    Only visited the Deluxes for lunch and occasional walk around just to see what they offered. In my opinion the MODs offer so much more than the SOG other than room size and what I have seen from the deluxes I like them even better than the MODs. Yes the room size is excellent, we had a pool side room where my kids could come and go and they did have fun but told me they liked the POR better which we statyed at in March. I have stayed at other DOD/GOV resorts the Dragon Hill Korea and the Halekos Hawaii and I think those ones are nicer then the SOG. All the Disneys are themed and we like that. Would I stay there again? No, if there were no rooms at a Disney run resort I would stay off site for even less money and drive to the parks, we justed hated SOG transportation. I know of one resort offsite that offers DOD/GOV a 2 bedroom condo for $100 a night.
     
  20. lost*in*cyberspace

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    Then why use it? It's a cinch to walk across the street to the Poly and take the monorail or walk less than 5 minutes more to the TTC.
     
  21. GJM

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    We also love SOG, I remember the first time staying it was just DH and myself we didn't know what it be liked there and we loved it.

    I have never had a problem with the transportation, have walked to Poly and got the monorail, love the room size, no problem with customer service, DS loves the pool. We don't need the Disney theme 24/7 - after being in the park all day it was nice to go back to SOG and relax by the pool that never seems to be overcrowded.

    Enjoy
     

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