how do you choose which resort?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by married2mm, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. married2mm

    married2mm DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2011
    i know there are often threads, which value/ moderate/ deluxe? poly or por etc.

    but, how do you narrow it down to final choice(s)?

    personally,we go for-
    1st-free dining
    3rd-read reviews :)
  2. Melodious

    Melodious DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2010
    Theme, theme, theme ;) then price and transportation/size of resort
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  4. Kim1964

    Kim1964 <font color=teal>Was intimidated by her bug, but d

    Aug 21, 2006
    I've always picked based on resort theme first, then pricing. Free dining timing never works for us, so that isn't ever a consideration.
  5. Sweettears

    Sweettears 50 years of Disney and counting

    Sep 17, 2010
    1. Need a balcony
    2. Location. Epcot or monorail.
  6. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    1. budget
    2. free dining or room only code
    3. if we need a pool slide that trip or not
  7. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    1 balcony
    2 walk into Epcot or not
  8. sydneysmom

    sydneysmom DIS Veteran

    Sep 16, 2009
    When we went for the first time as a family, we knew we wanted the monorail because our DD was small enough to need a stroller. So for us, it was an easy choice.. We were lucky enough to get a 40% off pin code, so the GF was our first choice. And we are SO glad it was!! :thumbsup2

    we debated staying in an Epcot resort for our next trip, but we loved being on the monorail so much, so we're going back to the GF. :love: There wasn't anything about that resort that we didn't fall in love with !!!
  9. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    We choose on theme/decor. Price is also a consideration, but theme/decor comes first for us.
  10. Magalex

    Magalex DIS Veteran

    Jan 14, 2004
    Pin Code Discount is the biggest factor! Next would be have we been to that specific resort in recent visits. Not one of the factors anymore because we know have to visit in June but if we went in cooler months I would choose a value. I want a moderate now because we travel in June & we want covered bus stops & somewhat better pool areas.
  11. owl0306

    owl0306 Mouseketeer

    May 12, 2012
    For me it is location location location location. I love yc/bc for being walking distance to epcot and hs plus their pool is the best one in all of disney.
  12. tianna26

    tianna26 Mouseketeer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Space because its 5 of us
  13. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    This is our order of priority:

    #1 - it has to be deluxe - we have always been willing to cut corners in other ways in order to afford a deluxe resort. We first started to go to the Magic Kingdom when it was the only park and the Contemporary and Polynesian were the only two resorts. We were spoiled from that point on. :)

    #2 - it has to be a low crowd period - we love when it isn't crowded because we can see and do so much more

    #3 - it has to be a value season - see note above - we want deluxe at a low price :)

    #4 - location - we really like the Boardwalk area

    #5 - availability - we "found" the BC when we took a Disney cruise and that was the resort they put us at. We've tried to stay there on every trip since then, except for our 2013 trip. We only stayed at the YC and the BWI because we couldn't get a room at the BC.

    #6 - a desire to try something new -we are very excited to be going to the WL in February. The resort looks gorgeous, it is cheaper than the BC, and we are a little tired of the BC. Although I know I'll miss not being able to walk into Epcot, I'm still looking forward to being in a new resort. Going to the WL has made me excited to go back to WDW again.
  14. lynypixie

    lynypixie Mouseketeer

    Aug 19, 2012
    My wallet decides!

    Other than that, the theme. It's our first trip as a family, probably the only one we'll ever make in a disney resort, so we chose AoA little mermaid.
  15. Karabee

    Karabee DIS Veteran

    Jul 1, 2011
    1) Theme (quickly followed by)
    2) Price - including any discounts
    3) location
    4) transportation options

    I love my balcony, but if I'll save a good amount of $$ staying at a moderate Ill do that. I always try to look at the deluxe and then go down my list from there. If its not matching I move into the moderates. Next year I might just start at moderate since POFQ looks so good to me - that's when theme wins over, plus the boat to DTD!
  16. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    We fluctuate between mods and deluxe.
    For mods. I look for theming, and amenities. POR has become our fav mod, love the theming, nice rooms and extra amenities like boat to DTD, horse & carriage rides, good marina, and fun evening entertainment.

    For Deluxe, I look at budget, theming, amenities, pools, and balcony options. Also room discounts, I won't pay rack rate.

    There are some resorts where the theming just doesn't interest me, in both categories.

    We go during value season for best discounts and lowest crowds. It also happens to be when I get off work (schools).
  17. bowbat

    bowbat DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    You know, location/convenience used to be our main priority. We live fairly close to WDW and go for several short visits per year. We used to try and choose a resort based on which park/s we thought we'd be going to. Unfortunately, my kid has a habit of changing his mind at the last minute so that hasn't worked out for us as well as we hoped.

    After location, we look at theme. And for me, that includes the room decor as much as the resort itself. So, for example, when we wanted to stay in the Epcot area, the YC probably has the most appealing overall theme to me, but I loved the look of the BWI rooms, so we stayed BWI.

    Finally, but most important, price. We're FL residents and AP holders, so I only book with a discount. We might be totally set on a certain resort, but if no rooms are available with the discounts I have, I won't book it.
  18. Dizzytime

    Dizzytime DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2008
    For us it's simply location. We find it enjoyable to be within a few minutes walk of IG and WS and the boats to HS. We love to go to WS for meals and entertainment, and going back and forth to our room, basically with little planning, makes all the difference for us.

    Great question,

  19. Rustyroo

    Rustyroo Mouseketeer

    Mar 8, 2011
    ^^ Exactly!!
  20. kris4360

    kris4360 DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    1. Free dining. I plan our trip around that, have to make it work.
    2. Best bang for your buck. We like POR. It's beautiful, quite, love the boat to DTD, and my son loves the pool.
  21. Angebee

    Angebee Mouseketeer

    Aug 22, 2012
    1. Budget/price
    2. THEME!!! Sometimes theme makes us add a bit extra to our saving to cover the budget, but in the end it has to come after what we can feasibly afford.

    Honestly, that's about it. This will likely be the only trip for my parents to stay on Disney, though, so I let them make the final decision. Because of that the use of two bathrooms/two 'bedrooms' was the most important. Apparently three women can 'take too long to get ready' in the mornings. Someone doesn't know how fast I can still get up and out the door when Mickey is involved. :rotfl:

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