Does anyone else pick a resort this way?

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    Ok so I have lived here in Myrtle Beach for 29 years, and while it was cool to live here when I was 18, I have to say, as an adult I can’t STAND it! I am not a fan of hot weather and I literally HATE anything to do with a beach. I know, I know, spoiled rotten, don’t know how good I’ve got it etc :D ….but I’m a lover of snow and rainy days and cold weather! Weird I know. Oh to find a hockey loving cold weather man…but I digress LOL That being said, does anyone else choose their resort based on the exact opposite of what they have at home? For instant, Beach Club, Boardwalk and all that have absolutely NO appeal to me. My dream resort would probably be Wilderness Lodge for deluxe, Port Orleans for moderate and All Star Movies for value. I hate that the ones so easily connected to my favorite park are all seaside themed and wouldn’t feel like a vacation at all. The beach is literally 1 mile from my back door and you can’t pay me to go down there. :P

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    yes!! i do this too!! (not that i’ve really had any say in where we stay unless i’m doing a solo trip.) for example, i did not like the boardwalk when we stayed, and i think it was mostly because i grew up going to jersey shore boardwalks in the summer. kinda like, been there, done that. i live in new jersey and i hate rain and snow, so the poly is my dream resort just because it’s so tropical and i love summer more than anything.

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    yes!! i do this too!! (not that i’ve really had any say in where we stay unless i’m doing a solo trip.) for example, i did not like the boardwalk when we stayed, and i think it was mostly because i grew up going to jersey shore boardwalks in the summer. kinda like, been there, done that. i live in new jersey and i hate rain and snow, so the poly is my dream resort just because it’s so tropical and i love summer more than anything.

    I totally get that. It’s like why would I want to pay a ton of money to get the same vibe I get at home. The last thing I want to see at Disney is a seashell unless it’s used as Ariel’s bra. LOL LOL

    Man, getting a casual convo going in these forums is like pulling teeth huh? :D

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    Nope, we have nothing even remotely resembling any Disney resort where we live. We pick based on price. We can only afford Value and we really like the location and rooms at Pop Century when it’s the two of us. When it’s the four of us we go with POFQ for a little more space, double sinks, location, smallness of the resort, and the boat ride to DTD. That way we can split the cost of the room. Without those two options we wouldn’t be able to afford it or would have to stay offsite.

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    so funny as I also live at the beach (in NJ) and honestly can say I have not gone to the beach here in the season in probably over 15 years! for me, its more the crowds that drive me nuts. but in the off season I could sit up there all day. that being said, we have recently discovered we love AoA, when there are more than 2 of us. if we can afford it our favorite place is CBR, but its just because we used to love how peaceful our favorite section was there…but its since been torn down so I am not sure where we would try for next time. if we could ever afford it, I think I would do AKL. while we do love the All Stars, we want to try Pop Century next. but it will depend on what is available when we finally decide to try and book again :)

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    I pick my resorts based on travel options. I try and stay at resorts that have more then just a Bus. Boats or Monorail. I have found Bus service highly inconsistent and parents not always engaged in controlling their children around others.


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    Well until they come up with a rural, small farm themed resort, I’ll find one that’s not like home no matter which one I pick! ;)

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    I assume we picked ours this way when we lived in PA, but now we only live 40 minutes away. Now we pick a resort based on 1) Do we want to have a fun night away and 2) Can we get a reasonable rate with the CM discount

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    Well until they come up with a rural, small farm themed resort, I’ll find one that’s not like home no matter which one I pick! ;)

    I’m dying! LOL LOL

    I typically have to stay off property when I go. It’s just gotten so crazy with the prices. I would rather be able to go more often than stay on property, but the times I’ve done it, I really do like it.

    #110020

    First… Today’s high matches the average for mid-March and there is snow just an hour north of us… wanna trade? :P LOL

    We pick resorts either on if we want to return to an old favorite, or try somewhere new. Then it is usually based on a combination of price, amenities, and location. We try to get the best of all three averaged-out in choosing.
    I live a block from the water in a state known as “The Ocean State”, yet I still dream of staying at Boardwalk and Yacht Club. And as much as I’m starting to hate the New England winters, if Disney had a resort with a theme of cold and snow, I’d totally stay there. I mean c’mon… snow on the ground in Florida!?! Only Disney could make that happen, and it would be totally magical!

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    Trust me, snow and cold weather is over rated! With that said, we go by cost of the stay…. if a deluxe is in our budget then we pick that… although we have no desire to stay at the Contemporary…. location is appealing but the theme isn’t

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    Trust me, snow and cold weather is over rated! With that said, we go by cost of the stay…. if a deluxe is in our budget then we pick that… although we have no desire to stay at the Contemporary…. location is appealing but the theme isn’t

    I get ya. I went to visit a friend in Atlantic City once in March and I was expecting it to be Spring Break there and all that jazz but for the 4 days I was there it was dreary, not rainy, just cold and windy, wet looking and dark. It was the strangest weather to me and I totally understood why people are hateful and miserable up there in the winter if their springs looked like that the whole time. I guess I am spoiled by our winters where when it does call for snow, the schools go ahead and close just in case and everyone gets excited and runs to the store and buys up all of the bread, milk and eggs so they can live off of French toast for a few days and there is a buzz in the air. It’s fun and everyone gets a snow day (whether it sticks or not). I doubt I would feel the same if I lived in a place where the snow gets dirty and stays around for months on end and you still have to dig your way out of it and go about your business :surprised: I’m sure that would suck the fun out of my little fantasy of a cabin in the mountains lol

    First… Today’s high matches the average for mid-March and there is snow just an hour north of us… wanna trade? :P LOL
    We pick resorts either on if we want to return to an old favorite, or try somewhere new. Then it is usually based on a combination of price, amenities, and location. We try to get the best of all three averaged-out in choosing.
    I live a block from the water in a state known as “The Ocean State”, yet I still dream of staying at Boardwalk and Yacht Club. And as much as I’m starting to hate the New England winters, if Disney had a resort with a theme of cold and snow, I’d totally stay there. I mean c’mon… snow on the ground in Florida!?! Only Disney could make that happen, and it would be totally magical!

    Interesting. I thought of this whole thread because one of my friends lived on Cape Cod all her life and she was least interested in Beach and Yacht club because of it and wondered if anyone else was like that. I had never realized that I do it too. I always go for anything that is opposite of my daily life. Of course price and all that tie in. That same friend would also pick a value resort based on which was in her budget and closest to the MK. I never understood that one because to me, what does it matter how close a bus resort is to your favorite park? You still have to wait for the bus and you’re going to get there no matter what, why would a shorter bus ride matter? To each their own I guess. Just interesting what peoples reasons are for the stuff they do lol.

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    Interesting. I thought of this whole thread because one of my friends lived on Cape Cod all her life and she was least interested in Beach and Yacht club because of it and wondered if anyone else was like that. I had never realized that I do it too. I always go for anything that is opposite of my daily life. Of course price and all that tie in. That same friend would also pick a value resort based on which was in her budget and closest to the MK. I never understood that one because to me, what does it matter how close a bus resort is to your favorite park? You still have to wait for the bus and you’re going to get there no matter what, why would a shorter bus ride matter? To each their own I guess. Just interesting what peoples reasons are for the stuff they do lol.

    My take is, the theme is just that, a theme. I don’t see those resorts as being an accurate portrayal of home.
    Y&B has an epic pool. It is walking-distance to our favorite park, a walk to night activities (Boardwalk), has a nice view, and offers good running opportunity.
    Boardwalk, same thing (minus the pool), dining and snack options galore, etc.

    Now having had negative bussing experience, I do understand the location/bussing view. It is one of the reasons I’m not a fan of All-Star resorts. The shared bussing is brutal, and you can have to wait for multiple bus fills just to catch a ride (which is brutal if you need to catch an ADR or just want to get back to the room). It is one aspect that makes me shy away from AKL. The ride is long to everywhere but AK, you wait forever for busses, and if it is a peak time, just imagine coming a couple people short of catching that bus.

    Convenience does come with a price, hence why not every trip is at a monorail-line hotel. But, experience holds value. So, we do not opt for All-Star resorts unless there is no other choice.

    All a balance in deciding.

    #110257

    Since we have started renting DVC points we pick resorts that we haven’t stayed at yet that we are willing to spend on. We have been so many times (just like most folks here) but since our little one came around (4 yr old boy) he factors into our pick big time. We are staying at the Beach Club ( I know, not your fav :) because of the pool. We only go to parks a couple of days of our stay now so we can chill out at the resorts and play. I’m not willing to risk taking him to Epcot just yet (mainly because if he doesn’t like it at this age it could taint my favorite park to him)

    Renting DVC makes the Beach Club, or Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Saratoga Springs (or Wilderness Lodge which is hopefully next) affordable! Otherwise I htink it would be which ever moderate we can get the best rate on, which typically ends up being Coronado.

    #110258

    Since we have started renting DVC points we pick resorts that we haven’t stayed at yet that we are willing to spend on. We have been so many times (just like most folks here) but since our little one came around (4 yr old boy) he factors into our pick big time. We are staying at the Beach Club ( I know, not your fav ;) because of the pool. We only go to parks a couple of days of our stay now so we can chill out at the resorts and play. I’m not willing to risk taking him to Epcot just yet (mainly because if he doesn’t like it at this age it could taint my favorite park to him)

    Renting DVC makes the Beach Club, or Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Saratoga Springs (or Wilderness Lodge which is hopefully next) affordable! Otherwise I htink it would be which ever moderate we can get the best rate on, which typically ends up being Coronado.


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