Love The Mouse
- Jul 10, 2011
We found the same thing. We LOVED the concierge and did enjoy it when we had the time to but yes, when you have a trip revolving around going to the park -- I mean you are going to DL to go to DL! -- it's tough to do the concierge things during those time frames.I will try to do a full trip report soon. We just returned from CA with a 3 night stay at Paradise Pier and a 3 night stay at Howard Johnson Anaheim. We did the 3 nights at PP to experience the Disney hotel, and to get the extra morning hour. I'm so happy that we had the extra morning hour because it allowed us to see everything we wanted to see, but I have to be honest that I wasn't really wow'd with PP. It was a nice hotel....but not very "Disney". If you've gone to the Disney hotels in WDW, even the budget hotels are very Disney. This one definitely felt like a converted hotel. Again, it was quite nice, and our view of the CA was awesome...but it was not stunning. We have a family of five: DH, myself, DD (16), DS (12) and DD (4). I thought that with four days in the parks, we would stop back to the hotel mid-day for snacks and swimming. Well, we never did. I debated quite a bit about getting a concierge room ahead of time and decided to "treat" ourselves to it...but I probably shouldn't have! We never made it back, so really all we had was breakfast there (which was grab and run so we could get to the gates by 6:30 am). Thankfully the concierge lounge opened at 6am and not the posted 6:30 am, so we were able to get something and go. We never made it back for anything else...so no chocolate covered strawberries or wine for us!! I think that the lounge closing at 8pm is way too early. If you try to stay for WOC or fireworks, which I think most people do at some point, then you miss out. Again, I'll try to post a whole review later...but for those debating whether or not to get concierge or not...I think you have to be really sure that you're going to be back at the hotel during the day for it to be worth it.
We are wondering, is it possible to add concierge for part of a trip? We are staying 8 nights this time but will not need it the entire trip. We'd like to add it for a few nights on the days we do not plan to go to the park but really aren't sure if they even do that. Any ideas?