Value hotel choice?

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Value hotel choice?
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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 10:55pm

We're not really value people.  And we don't usually even stay at Disney hotels, as we feel the value is better elsewhere.  But, we're going in 2.5 weeks and it's actually CHEAPER to stay at a Disney Value than where we usually stay (weird).  And since we're no longer AP holders, we realized we have to pay to park at the parks - so that's an extra $15/day if we don't stay at Disney.  Gah!

So, good prices on All-Star Sports or Pop (only $25 more total for 3 nights).  Which would you recommend?  (We've never stayed at either, but we stayed at ASMovies one night, ages ago.)  Luckily, we won't be going back for naps anymore (woohoo!), but I do need to go to bed early, because I'm running the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday (super-early morning).  Any thoughts/recommendations??

Oh, and I should add that it's about $200 more (for 3 nights) to stay at CBR (also never stayed there).  Would it be worth it to upgrade?  My main motivator is price, but if it means better sleep or ability to eat breakfast in the room (microwaves??), I'd consider the upgrade.

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 9:36am

I've stayed at Pop and CBR. I'll start with Pop:
My DH and I stayed here for our honeymoon in January 2007. It is a really fun resort, with the large icons from the decades everywhere. We spent half a day just going around the resort taking fun pictures of everything. Since Pop is a value, there are more kids running around and it is a bit noisier in the main "common" areas. However, we didn't have any issues with noise near our room. If I remember correctly, we were near the end of one of the spokes of the buildings, so not near the elevators. If you go with Pop, I'd request an end room (not sure how to word it, though). When we were there, there was NOT a coffee maker in the room, and definitely no microwave. I think all the rooms do have a fridge, now, though, so you could always take/buy things like yogurt or milk and cereal to have for breakfast. All in all, I really did like this resort and had a fun time while staying there (we were there almost a week...5-6 days, I think).
CBR is (usually) a quieter resort, except around the main areas such as pool and food court. I did like the food choices here a bit better, and they have a Table Service restaurant (steakhouse) that was pretty good. I was here in 2009. The rooms feel to be a bit bigger, but it could just be the decor, also. It is definitely a "milder" design, as it is designed to represent the Caribbean and has a lot of pastels and lots of trees. The only problems we ran into while here was the fact that the tail end of our vacation coincided with the World Cheerleading and Dance competitions, so the last several days were VERY loud EVERYWHERE. We actually had to call the front desk several times at night and have them send someone out to tell the dang cheerleaders that they couldn't practice their routines at 9-10pm in the grassy areas near the room buidlings. And they were messy and left trash EVERYWHERE also. Other than the time that we were there with them, it was a great resort. However, there was no microwave in the room (at least then, I don't know about now). There was a coffee maker and fridge. 
I guess I would suggest Pop, since you said that money was your main motivating factor and I'm pretty sure that CBR doesn't have microwaves. I think the only rooms that do have those are the suite type rooms. Have you looked at the studios at the DVC resorts? They would give you a little kichenette, however, could be quite a bit more. 
And congratulations on running the Princess Half! I am currently training to run the Disney Half Marathon next January with a group of friends. 
 



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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 9:55am

First of all, how exciting To be running the princess 1/2 marathon! My cousin is running this year too and I can't wait to hear about it! 

On to the rooms...we have stayed at ASMo, AoA (same layout as POP), and CBR. Unless you plan on swimming a lot, I don't think CBR is worth it. The rooms are slightly larger with a few more drawers for unpacking but the beds are the same size and you still won't have a microwave (although you will have a coffee pot.) If you guys are planning on driving to/from the parks I would think either value would be ok. Will you use Disney busses? POP will have its own buuuuut the room may be further from the food court, we had to walk almost 20 minutes to get to the food court at AoA (but Anthony is only 2 and we don't use a stroller in the resort....) also, whichever you decide I would request a room close to parking or you may wind up walking 10 min to the car.

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 10:17pm
Well, I booked POP tonight. I hope we like it!! And I booked our one ADR that we have planned. It's my younger daughter's 6th birthday that Saturday, so I let her pick dinner. She wanted 1900, but that wasn't available, so we're going with her second choice of Cape May Cafe, which I have really enjoyed every time, so I'm looking forward to that! Thanks for your input, guys!

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Fri, 02-08-2013 - 8:09pm

Have fun and good luck! I can't wait to hear about it!!! Even if you don't have time for a full report, let us know how the run goes. :)

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Sat, 02-09-2013 - 7:55am

I think you made a good choice.  I can't wait to hear how it goes!  I am so proud of you for running!  I remembe a few years ago when you were losing weight.  How to great to hear that you've kept up with it Smile

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Sun, 02-10-2013 - 10:25am

Well, I'm still trying to finish losing that weight.  I had a goal of it being gone by my 40th birthday (two weeks ago), but failed miserably.  I don't know what my body wants as a goal weight, but I'd like to lose 20 pounds.  Unfortunately I've gained 10 pounds back while training for this race (so I was only 10 pounds away in Novemeber!).  I'm sure it's mostly my fault:  "I'm running hard - I can eat that ice cream!"  Maybe that's not the best weight loss plan....   :)

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Wed, 02-27-2013 - 8:16pm

So, I have been looking at pictures from the Princess half.  How was it?  Instead of a big family trip this summer we are going to stick close to home.  However, we plan to do the Princess next year.  Looking forward to hearing about it.



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Wed, 02-27-2013 - 8:16pm

So, I have been looking at pictures from the Princess half.  How was it?  Instead of a big family trip this summer we are going to stick close to home.  However, we plan to do the Princess next year.  Looking forward to hearing about it.



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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 4:48pm
Hilarie - how was the princess? So proud of you and excited to hear all about it!

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Tue, 04-16-2013 - 12:33pm

Oh, sorry - just now saw these questions asking about the Princess Half!  It was just okay.  Way too crowded.  And hot.  (It was 68 with 98% humidity at 3:00 am when I left for the race.)  And my foot injury kicked into high gear about 6 miles in.  I almost cried (and did just plain stop for at least 5 minutes).  But, luckily I had more ibuprofen.  I could walk on it without screaming, so I did that for a few miles until the drugs kicked in.  Then I tried to run a bit, but still walked a lot to the end.  It was brutal.    :(   My biggest complaint (other than the foot) was the walkers - just so many of them.  And the roadway is narrow, so it's a TON of dodging.  It was rather disheartening, since I'm not a great runner to start out with...  (If someone started in the first couple of corrals, they probably had to deal with much less in the way of slow people in their way.  I was only in the 4th corral - of 18, I think - and it was still awful.)

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