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PostSubject: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:42 pm

I know what the physical differences between value and moderate resorts, but what do people generally think? Is it worth the extra $$ to get a moderate? Just curious...
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:50 pm

I prefer CSR because I love the theme, the atmosphere and the grounds. I like having the fridge, queen beds and other amenities for the mod price too. But if it meant not being able to go at all, I could see myself trying Pop Century.

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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:14 pm

I think there is a big difference in the overall atmosphere which is a result of many things. The moderate's seem much more relaxed. Things are a little more spread out which in my opinion, allows the moderates to feel less crowded or hectic. I love the landscaping at the moderates, especially at CSR. It makes such a big difference in your experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:20 pm

When I booked my trip this time I booked from 13th to 19th, I wanted the room, DQSDP, My way package with base tickets for 5 days. The difference in price from CSR to a Value resorts was $370. If they offer the free Dining plan My total cost will drop $636 off the total.

A little advise. IMHO out of the Value resorts I felt the AS Music was Nicest (quiet), Pop Century was next (Atmosphere), AS Movies and then AS Sports. Sports is usually very busy and the visiting sports teams who are playing in tournaments usually stay there.

I can't wait to try the moderate. I want that relaxed experience. My kids actually were looking at the pool there and said they would opt to staying there rather than the value even though the values are so much more kid friendly...BTW my kids still don't know we are going.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:53 pm

Ok first off, what does IMHO mean?? I know it will be extremely obvious as soon as you tell me, boy I hated to ask for that reason!! We are trying to decide if we should switch to going 2 weeks earlier in Aug to get free dining even if it's only QS. But to keep the price the same as we have paid for our week, we would have to downgrade to a value. I just had my heart set on CSR, but my husband has no problem with it. Kids say they are good wherever too. We have friends that have been several times and mostly always stay at Wilderness Lodge. They LOVE it. They went again in Feb but the trip was a gift from a relative so they were automatically booked at Pop-they hated it. I was wondering what the general opinions of people were between moderate and value (although I know WL is a deluxe)..I got the same opinion from the pics about values not looking as relaxed as others....
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:55 pm

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion lol!

Hmmm since I have stayed at all the Value resorts I can give you a little info. As for staying at the Moderates I am taking in all the advise Buzz and the other regulars can give me.


Values IMHO once again is great for what it is. Basically a very clean Disney themed Holiday Inn type room. For the 4 of us we usually get the room with 2 Queens. Its more than big enough (bathrooms a little tight) for what we needed. We were on the go. They had some great things for the kids around the pool area like competitions (Hula Hoop) and XBox night where they inflate a large outdoor screen and multiple kids were playing Mario Cart, and Movie Night (same screen), the adult walk up bar is within eyeshot of the Movie/Xbox area if you are so inclined to get an adult beverage and relax. There are plenty of lifeguards for the pool area for the kids and I found them very attentive (not typical young adults). The food court is pretty much what you'd expect nothing fabulous, but definitely good.
We usually go off season so I have to say I have never had trouble with Noisy teenagers (My friend has twice), or any problems. The front desk is unbelievably friendly and helpful.

I would not hesitate to go back if I had to...I just REAALLLYY want CSR this time. I used to drive by it on the way to the Value resorts and kept teling my wife...someday I am going to treat us to CSR.


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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:59 pm

Thanks......told you I knew it would be obvious....LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:35 pm

Docmidnite wrote:
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion :lol!
Hmmm since I have stayed at all the Value resorts I can give you a little info. As for staying at the Moderates I am taking in all the advise Buzz and the other regulars can give me.


Values IMHO once again is great for what it is. Basically a very clean Disney themed Holiday Inn type room. For the 4 of us we usually get the room with 2 Queens. Its more than big enough (bathrooms a little tight) for what we needed. We were on the go. They had some great things for the kids around the pool area like competitions (Hula Hoop) and XBox night where they inflate a large outdoor screen and multiple kids were playing Mario Cart, and Movie Night (same screen), the adult walk up bar is within eyeshot of the Movie/Xbox area if you are so inclined to get an adult beverage and relax. There are plenty of lifeguards for the pool area for the kids and I found them very attentive (not typical young adults). The food court is pretty much what you'd expect nothing fabulous, but definitely good.
We usually go off season so I have to say I have never had trouble with Noisy teenagers (My friend has twice), or any problems. The front desk is unbelievably friendly and helpful.

I would not hesitate to go back if I had to...I just REAALLLYY want CSR this time. I used to drive by it on the way to the Value resorts and kept teling my wife...someday I am going to treat us to CSR.

Are there queen beds available at the values?
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Yes....Hit the Disney website and take the virtul tour. I am 99.9 positive they are Queen and not Fulls.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:11 pm

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Yes....Hit the Disney website and take the virtul tour. I am 99.9 positive they are Queen and not Fulls.

I was under the impression that all values and moderates (CSR being the exception) had regular beds, not queens.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:28 pm

They are double beds, according to Disney's website.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/all-star-movies-resort/rates-rooms/
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:42 pm

I can tell you first hand that My wife and I or One of my kids and I fit comfortably.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:55 pm

Other than CSR, only the family suite bedroom at AllStars has a queen bed.

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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:27 pm

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I can tell you first hand that My wife and I or One of my kids and I fit comfortably.

I wasn't trying to come across as argumentative (sorry)...................I just didn't want the wrong information put out there for people debating between other moderates and values, when CSR is the only one with queen beds (assuming that bed size is an issue).
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:33 pm

Oh gosh, I hope you didn't think I thought that!! Lord no, I promise!! Not in any way did I take it that way!!! I truly appreciate everyone responding to my questions. It's all good here!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:49 pm

malacajo wrote:
Oh gosh, I hope you didn't think I thought that!! Lord no, I promise!! Not in any way did I take it that way!!! I truly appreciate everyone responding to my questions. It's all good here!!!!!

It's hard to tell someone's tone on a message board and I was hoping you didn't take it the wrong way. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:42 pm

All smiles on this end!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:49 pm

malacajo wrote:
All smiles on this end!!!

LOL. I just realized that you weren't who I was replying to earlier. Sorry for the confusion.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:58 pm

my best friend and I did a split stay January 2009 - half at CSR half at the Pop Century

there is no comparison. Everything from atmosphere, rooms, to the attitude of other guests and staff. CSR/Moderates is much more inviting, slower paced, and able to please. Pop/Values just cramming in the people.

think of it as different decks of a ship... like the Titanic. Deluxe and Moderates would be the first to get to bail out in the boats, staff would go out of their way to serve... values are the bottom decks of the ship. Good luck surviving. :lmao2:
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:54 am

Curious, Tonichelle-would you stay again at a value? That analogy with Titanic was good...Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:28 pm

We've done both. Personally, we would skip a trip before we would stay at a value. That is not to say there is anything wrong with the values -- a lot of people love them and get immersed in their themes, etc. We just found that after staying at one for three nights, that we could not handle the "busy", "loud", "croweded" atmosphere. We like a more spread out resort where you don't feel like there are people around you 24/7 and it is more peaceful and serene. That is what we found in the CSR eight stays ago and one of the many reasons we keep going back.
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:00 pm

Honestly KatMark, that is what I had pictured in my mind. I really don't want to go down to a value because I had imagined CSR as being sort of a "retreat" at the end of those busy Disney days-that by the way, I am also imagining seeing as how we haven't been before! I don't even think we'll mind the large size of it. Like I had said before, I am not a hotel snob, I just guess I wanted the slower pace for where we sleep at night! But for me, after reading what everyone has said, if value was the only way to get there, I would do it I think! We are so excited about our trip and I am so excited about CSR...Can't wait to see the big pool there too. Now if I didn't have to worry about a budget in any way, I think I would be so into AKL or one of the Beach Clubs...Maybe one day! One more thing--I was going to try and request Cabanas-I love that beach theme and won't that be closer to a bus stop and not far from the main pool?
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PostSubject: value vs moderate, et al   Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:48 am

The different levels of resorts are there to give our guests both choices and opportunities. Young couples with children can have a very good stay at a value resort if they request a "preferred room". That is a room close to the main building and the ONE bus stop.

Moderates are more heavily themed and, though large like CSR, have bus stops located all around the perimeter of the resort. Your preference for the Cabanas because of the beach theme is very reasonable; but there are bus stops for each area of the resort. When you check in, make sure there is not going to be a convention beach party during your stay, although we usually try to keep leisure guests away from that distraction.

It is difficult to go from a deluxe to a moderate or from a moderate to a value resort.

Money not being an object, I would stay at Wilderness lodge or club level at the Contemporary, Yacht Club, or Boardwalk. I have seen them all! But I really think that CSR gives you the best experience dollar-for-dollar at WDW.

There are many people who simply require a clean bed to sleep in, a pool to cool off in, and still be "in the Magic". That is the value in a Value resort.

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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:57 am

Hey, thanks John! I guess your opinion is a solid one since you work there! I have heard so much about CSR, just can't wait to see it..I will take your advice and find out about conventions there..I'll bet Cabanas are popular..Hope it's a good choice for us..
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PostSubject: Re: Difference in Moderate and Value   Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:58 pm

tiggerfan wrote:
Docmidnite wrote:
I can tell you first hand that My wife and I or One of my kids and I fit comfortably.

I wasn't trying to come across as argumentative (sorry)...................I just didn't want the wrong information put out there for people debating between other moderates and values, when CSR is the only one with queen beds (assuming that bed size is an issue).

LOL..Wasn't taken that way Tig....No worries.
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