Let the planning begin!

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Registered: 08-18-2013
Let the planning begin!
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 8:48am

I haven't been on this board in years.  I used this board for plannign a trip back in 2002 and I'm back because I've got to begin planning a trip for next winter.  The thing is, the budget will be tight and I could use some help from all of you BTDT moms here.  We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside when we went years ago and absolutely loved it.  This time, the trip will be me, DH, DS (12), DD (8).  And, like many families, we have a tighter budget this time around.  So, I am wondering about the value resorts.  I'm just a bit afraid about the difference.  Is there a drop in quality from moderate to value that will impact that "magical" feeling?  What is your favorite value resort?  Or, are there tricks to getting a deal that would help us stay at a moderate resort for a discount?  Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and expertise.  --Careylou27

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Registered: 09-01-2006
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 9:54pm

Welcome back! The board isn't as busy as it once was hope there is still some great advice to be found...

We have stayed at every level Disney resort in the last five years and my biggest issue with the value resorts isn't so much about a difference in the quality of the room or food court but rather that I find them hectic. The set up of both category of resorts is similar (food court and pool in a central location surrounded by clusters of buildings that house the guest rooms.) What I really don't like about the values is the walk from the room to the food court/pool/bus stops. There is just nothing peaceful to look at like water, flowers, birds, boats, horses at POR... Buuuut my kids (youger than yours) LOVE the walking at the values...they find all thst character statues to be exciting! However the fact that I find the moderates more relaxing would not keep me from staying value again.

As for favorite value, that's tough. We have stayed at ASMo and AoA in an Ariel room. The rooms are similar in size and set up but ASMo has more dresser space and you can pay $100 or so to stay in a preferred room to be close to the pool/food court/bus stop and I found that valuable but AOA has a better pool and some really fun contemporary stuff to see that your kids could really relate to. However it is a hike to the food court and bus (there are several small pools though so swimming isn't such a walk.) This might not have been such a big deal if my kids were not 2 and 4 the last trip though...

Happy Planning!


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Registered: 06-28-2001
Mon, 08-19-2013 - 11:38am

Welcome back!! Melissa gave you lots of great information.  We've not personally stayed at the Value Resorts but I do hear lots of great things about them.  Disney is known for its fabulous theming and attention to detail so when it comes to being surrounded by the magic, I don't think you can wrong with any of the Disney resorts.

And you might know that there are two newer Value properties since you've last been to WDW: Pop Century and Art of Animation.  More choices to choose from! Check them out at AllEars:  http://allears.net/acc/faq_pop.htm (Pop) and http://allears.net/acc/faq_artan.htm (Art of Animation).

As for discounts, I always suggest signing up for both AllEars' and Mousesavers' free e-newsletters.  Aside from getting all kinds of great planning info, as a subscriber you will hear about any and all discounts as soon as they are released.  Currently Mousesavers is showing rooms-only discounts up to 12/23/13 - http://www.mousesavers.com/walt-disney-world-vacation-discounts-and-deals/disney-world-resort-hotel-discounts-codes/#codes - that means winter discounts would be next so definitely check their site frequently if you don't sign up for their newsletter. They also have lots of other great tips for discounts - military, Disney Visa cardholders, AAA, etc.

Hope to hear all about your plans!!

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Registered: 08-07-2002
Sat, 08-31-2013 - 6:24pm
Welcome back! We usually stay off-site, because we get so much more for our money off property (and we're cheap :) ). That being said, we've stayed at the Polynesian and Contemporary and enjoyed those. But we stayed at Pop Century last February because I ran the Princess Half and I wanted to be on-site and close to the race course for easy of transport that day. You know, it's not ideal, but I didn't mind Pop Century at all. The food court seemed to have lots of options, the pools looked nice enough. For the cost, I'd stay there again. Good luck booking your trip!