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Old 10-31-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Which resort would you stay at one night before package start. There would we two adults. All recommendations would be appreciated. We are next September.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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for one night, i like to try new places to see if we like them. if we don't like them, it's not a big deal as we get to move the next day.
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for one night, i like to try new places to see if we like them. if we don't like them, it's not a big deal as we get to move the next day.
This is a really good idea! Lots of folks also like to do that one night at a value resort where they normally wouldn't stay but it saves them money and gives them a chance to try one out. We stay at AS Music most trips, but the new Art of Animation resort is fun too, with a really great food court. We also enjoyed a couple of nights at the Swan. If you don't need DP or other Disney services that night, the Swan or Dolphin could be a nice choice, as you are walking distance to the Boardwalk and Fantasia mini-golf, so you could have fun without a park ticket. There are lots of discounts available for the S&D, like for teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police. I belong to their recipe club (free to sign up) and they often offer discounts for members of up to 50% off rack rate. You do pay for parking and there is a resort fee to cover newspaper, bottled water, internet, etc. But we thought the Swan was lovely and didn't regret our stay.
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Well, it depends. How much time will you have to experience the resort? Where will you be moving to for your package stay? I am assuming that you'll not have/use park tickets for that day. I agree with experiencing a resort you have wanted to try. If you will have a decent amount of time to spend at the resort (perhaps a mid-morning arrival time), I would choose one that has something that particularly appeals to you. Personally, I might choose an AKL savannah view room and spend the time watching the animals and have dinner at one of the resort's great restaurants. Or maybe Beach Club or Yacht Club and spend plenty of time at Stormalong Bay. What sounds good to you?
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If you need airport DME transportation I would do a value. We have stsyed at Pop a couple of times for this, 1 night pre pkg.
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For us it would depend on what time we expected to arrive....if we would be arriving early in the morning with time to experience the resort I'd plan a special stay - and plan accordingly a resort day (we did that once staying at AKL CL for example). In the other hand, late afternoon/ early evening arrivals I'd probably save money and choose someplace cheaper to stay and make plans for Downtown Disney....
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I don't think Swan/Dolphin is a great choice when you're only staying there the first night. You don't get DME, and you won't be able to have bell services transfer your luggage to your other resort. If you have your own car, it's a little better, except that they will charge you something like $17 for parking. I do love the location, though, and I think they are great resorts for adults under different circumstances.

I agree that if you're staying one night and aren't going to the parks, it's a great opportunity to splurge on a Deluxe or CL and enjoy the resort. GF or AKL would be great. For moderates, how about POR/POFL? You would have time to explore both resorts.
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Which resort would you stay at one night before package start. There would we two adults. All recommendations would be appreciated. We are next September.
Another thought would be, which resort is you package at? We've done many things for that one night pre pkg from staying at Pop, getting a DTD room and also just making a 1 night only seperate reservation at the same resort our package is. I link the 2 reservations in hopes that we don't have to change rooms, and mention to front desk we have a continuing res. you still have to do the check out/in but hopefully not move rooms.
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We drive, 2-day trip, and discovered last year that we loved the Hilton across the street from the Marketplace entrance to DtD. You literally can walk from the hotel to DtD in about five minutes which we liked because we do everything we want to do there in a few hours.

We calculated our arrival time for check-in time, dumped our stuff in the room and headed for DtD.

That Hilton (Hilton Lake Buena Vista if you might be interested) is gorgeous, renovated early last year, and very comfy. We liked it so much we're doing a one-night stay there again this year before our package starts.
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