To bring or not to bring...

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by useakiss, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. useakiss

    useakiss Am I there yet?

    Jan 11, 2017
    119 laptop. Should I bother to take it along on my 9-day trip? Should I risk it if it doesn't fit in the resort safes? Do you bring yours along, and if so why? Or am I just showing my age for still preferring it over a tablet?
  2. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice A Disboards original...

    Aug 20, 1999
    I use my phone for everything.
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  4. RangerPooh

    RangerPooh DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2005
    DH always brings his on our trips, but he also spends at least an hour a day on it answering work emails from other faculty, staff, students, or community partners. He has a large laptop and the times that it doesn't fit in the in room safe he'll place it on our vans stow and go compartment or in his suitcase. He does a laptop lock that he's used a few times. I prefer my laptop over my ipad but will often bring both. There's always a child who asks to play games on it.
  5. Hootch

    Hootch DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2006
    We brought two laptops this summer. One was used sometimes to do MDE stuff and other general stuff when we had down time. The other was my work laptop. We had a couple of days at my in laws house ad a couple of days at the beach near my mother's house

    For the most part, we used phones to interface MDE and that worked well.
  6. srwarden1928

    srwarden1928 DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    I always take a laptop on any trip. I have honestly never thought about putting it in a safe. I put it in my suitcase under the clothes. The only time I ever had a problem was when my video card stopped working during the trip.
  7. osopecoso

    osopecoso Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2014
    We bring the 13" iPad Pro with keyboard case.
  8. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    I bring the laptop for downloading pictures daily.
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  9. rosetava

    rosetava Earning My Ears

    Jan 5, 2010
    Does the hotel you're staying at have a business center? You could use their computers if you needed one.
  10. heatherbella

    heatherbella Earning My Ears

    Aug 9, 2017
    I always take my laptop on a trip. Every night a dump the photos off my camera onto it so I have 2 copies of all photos! I'd hate to lose photos. I also start to organize them for sharing! I'd be lost without my laptop!
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  11. Parker Clan

    Parker Clan Hooray for August!!! Vacation month!

    May 25, 2014
    We bring our iPad every trip
  12. Queen of the WDW Scene

    Queen of the WDW Scene DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 2016
    Depends on why you want it and how much time you'll have to use it.

    On a 9 day trip I'd bring my tablet as I'd have some down time to catch up on my soap opera or see what's going on on here.
    For a short trip like I'm going on in a few weeks I will not bother.

    My sister has a laptop and would also take it for a trip of 9 days because she'd have time to mess around on it.

    We don't put our electronics in the safe.
    We just keep them out of sight.
  13. ArtieRyder

    ArtieRyder Earning My Ears

    Mar 8, 2017
    I had to bring my laptop to download photos from our DSLR and videos from our video camera. I had to do it every other day or we would run out of space on the memory cards
  14. MaryLovesPoohBear

    MaryLovesPoohBear DIS Veteran

    Sep 27, 2014
    My laptop goes where I go. Well, most of the time.

    I take it to work and anywhere overnight.

    But, I am probably showing my age, because I would much rather look things up on the laptop than my phone.
  15. shellyj

    shellyj Mouseketeer

    Jan 12, 2014
    We always take a laptop and my kids kindles. We usually store them in a drawer or suitcase for organization, but I've never bothered to put them in a safe. I think the only time I've used a hotel safe was a cash-only trip to Atlantic City.

    And this one time when my toddler locked something in a safe and we couldn't figure out what it was and had to wait for the 1 maintenance guy with master code to come in and get it open for us. It was a hotwheel car.
  16. Amanda999

    Amanda999 DIS Veteran

    Apr 25, 2013
    FWIW Bell services at every hotel will lock up valuables (such as a laptop) whenever you want - so if you want to bring it, and you are staying at a value or mod where it won't fit in the safe, just bring it to bell services and say you'd like your bag locked up (they won't ask what's in it).
    Also, WDW resorts have safe deposit boxes behind the front desk (I know they do at POR, so would imagine at least at all mods and deluxes? maybe values too??). I used one on 1 trip to lock up some valuables. They give you a key, they have the other (just like at your local bank), and it was free. I went into it almost daily. You have to go to the front desk and ask for assistance (not every front desk person can go into the safe dep. boxes).
  17. BobbyDukes

    BobbyDukes Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2016
    It wont fit in the safes. Plus its hard to not trust it in your room.
    The cast member who is going to clean it is time stamped and marked when they are cleaning your room. For them to steal something and you to realize and complain, they lose their job.
  18. loves to dive

    loves to dive DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2011
    I take mine and a kindle. Mine's a little Lenovo Yoga so not a full sized one. I don't put it in the safe. Normally it's just in it's neoprene cover and on a table. If I'm going to have mousekeeping (I normally only have them mid-trip, I don't need them every night) I'll just put it in a drawer just so it doesn't get dropped if they bother to clean off the table.
  19. Jerzetta

    Jerzetta Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2013
    We bring it to download pictures- clear out the camera cards
  20. Mickey's Best Girl

    Mickey's Best Girl Magic, mayhem and shenanigans ahoy.

    Sep 28, 2008
    Brought mine once and that was it. I didn't really use it and it was a PITA at airport security.

    Now it's just phones and tablets for this group.
  21. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    But you would have to prove you had it with you, and that it was in the room when you left. And you would have to go to the hassle of filing a police report.

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