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Old 05-13-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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Should I upgrade?

Hey all, Iíve finally managed to plan a vacation to my happy place after 4 years! Our last trip, which was supposed to be the ďlast ď family trip to WDW before my kids outgrew it, we splurged and stayed at the Poly (my dream!) and it was beyond amazing. Thanks to some kind of magic (still not sure how it happened), we ended up in a concierge room, park view. Best trip ever! So...fast forward 4 years, one kid in college, another in HS, and the 3rd about to start HS, I canít stay away any longer. Thanks to a work bonus and cheap airfare, I booked a trip in August. Because of the short time frame to be paid in full, I am staying at AS Music. Stayed there years ago and was very disappointed, mainly due to the large size, overcrowding, long waits for busses and lack of coffee pot in the room. IF I can manage it financially, should I try to upgrade to a moderate? Iím just worried I will be disappointed.
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I’m not sure anyone can advise you on a Moderate room being more satisfying.

I suggest watching YouTube resort and room tour videos to see if you feel a Moderate resort would suit you better. I think it’s easier to get a sense of what a room would be like for your family’s needs and wants by doing that rather than deciding based on others’ opinions. Their comfort level may be somewhat different from yours.
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I didn't see a coffee pot last time I was at an All-Stars....admittedly, I don't drink coffee and wasn't looking for one.

I sometimes bring a tiny four-cup coffee maker (which I bought specifically for this) to a Value resort, and use it to heat water for instant oatmeal for breakfast.

I think it was under $20, so this might be something to consider if coffee in your room is important to you.


Concierge at the Poly may have spoiled you, but it's been four years. If you adjust your expectations accordingly, you can have a good time at any resort.

Will you be worrying about the cost if you stay at a Moderate? Something else to consider.

My personal philosophy with Disney is "Go cheap, go often." Works for me....but if someone offered to pay for my stay at GF, I would certainly take them up on it!


Another thing to consider, though: I believe the Values still have double beds, not queens. With three teens, you might want the extra space and bigger beds of a moderate.

I stayed at Pop with three 14-15yo boys once, years ago. We drove, and I brought an air mattress and two sleeping bags. It worked out (to put two teenage boys in the same bed: one is under the sheets, head at the headboard. The other is in a sleeping bag, head at the foot of the bed). [or was that CBR??]


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Have you thought about a different value resort?
We very much enjoy Pop Century--have stayed there 3 times and have another trip coming up.
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If you're already worried you'll be disappointed, you probably will be. Me? I love AS Music and like Ginger said, we like to go cheap and go often (all though it's not often enough as it's a struggle just to save for even the values for us).

In August, it's still busy especially now with discounts offered (free dining) and the Halloween parties starting so I think no matter where you stay, it's going to be busy with long lines for the buses. I'd rather be at Disney in a value resort even with long lines then at home wishing I were in Disney.
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Some very good points, and lots to think about! I do have a small single-cup coffee maker, so that’s an idea. Also flying SWA, so room for that as well as possibly an air mattress. Is there physical space for the air mattress? Also, is one All Star better than another? I do hear a lot of good things about Pop, so maybe that’s an option too. We are going Aug 6-14, so not free dining, and my oldest is not going. But even so, my DD16, would be sharing my bed, unless my DS 14 was on the air mattress. I guess I need to decide between the room/resort upgrade or more souvenirs, lol
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Some very good points, and lots to think about! I do have a small single-cup coffee maker, so thatís an idea. Also flying SWA, so room for that as well as possibly an air mattress. Is there physical space for the air mattress? Also, is one All Star better than another? I do hear a lot of good things about Pop, so maybe thatís an option too. We are going Aug 6-14, so not free dining, and my oldest is not going. But even so, my DD16, would be sharing my bed, unless my DS 14 was on the air mattress. I guess I need to decide between the room/resort upgrade or more souvenirs, lol
I believe there's just room for a double air mattress.

Pop is a bit better than the All Stars and costs just a bit more.

As to your question from another post--the beds are a bit hard. Maybe you'd be better on the air mattress, if that's an issue.
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If I recall correctly, Pop is updating their rooms. I think they are switching to Queen beds (one is a murphy bed to save floor space. I think there I believe there are photos some where in this forum!
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found the thread I was talking about: Refurb Pop Century Rooms
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Pop has upgraded its rooms and mattress to queens. They were very comfy. Room was well designed with lots of storage. But it’s still a value resort.

I’m unclear how many are in your room and know nothing about your finances, but if it wouldn’t be a strain on your finances I’d see if something was open at one of the Port Prleans resorts. We love these moderates and have no problem staying there after Deluxes. They are beautiful resorts. Great theming, lush landscaping etc and a boat to Disney springs.
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I don't think I would upgrade to a moderate, but I would definitely switch to Pop Century. They've just upgraded their rooms and have a more flexible layout. If you do decide to upgrade, maybe look at Art of Animation. We very much enjoyed our last trip there. Lots of room to spread out and two bathrooms.
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Iím unclear how many are in your room and know nothing about your finances, but if it wouldnít be a strain on your finances Iíd see if something was open at one of the Port Prleans resorts. We love these moderates and have no problem staying there after Deluxes. They are beautiful resorts. Great theming, lush landscaping etc and a boat to Disney springs.
I have to agree with this! We ABSOLUTELY LOVE POFQ. We have actually have stayed there three times. We even loved it the first time when they were still in the process of refurbing the Floatworks and we had to make due with a TINY little food court.

However, that said, we have never stayed at one of the Values so I have no real basis for comparison.
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Book what you can afford. We move back and forth from Shades of Green (5star resort) and POP Century. Never feel disappointed. If you didnít like resort last time you probably wonít like it this time.
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We stayed at AS Sports after staying at a moderate , POR, for years. I did not like AS Sports for the exact things you mentioned, but if you are not going to be spending a lot of time at your resort, it may not bother you as much. We had young children and needed afternoon naps and were at the resort every afternoon. POR is still my favorite (even after a stay at the Poly). It's large, but doesn't feel like it. It has a restaurant and food court and the pool area is very nice. The boat to Disney Springs is also a perk.
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