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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby amy_mel » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:56 am

I swear I read somewhere on here that rooms were going for $400 a night though. Not much of a value if that's the case.

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Postby gisco » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:16 am

amy_mel wrote:I swear I read somewhere on here that rooms were going for $400 a night though. Not much of a value if that's the case.


I checked a couple of dates and I did find that a single night on a Saturday in late July was $345. I also went farther out on a weekday in October and it was $105 for one night. Might have something to do with being new and so many people want to stay there they can get away with it for a few months.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby HighRoller » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:22 am

For comparison:

Fall season, weekday rates:

All Star Music (Bottom of value): Standard Room $95, Family Suite $215.
Art of Animation: Standard Room $105, Family Suite $265.

Family suites top out at $375 (Music) and $425 (Animation) during the week from Dec 21-31.
Best prices are weekdays in January.
Standard rooms sleep 4, suites sleep 6.

Source: Mousesavers.com rack rate charts
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Inukaza » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:48 am

Worth noting that the Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation uses real metal silverware and real plates. The goal is to provide a sitdown style meal with the convenience of of a café style experience. Also, Art is trying to be one of the more "Greener" resorts. They are boasting about how the floor materials are made of recycled concert. I'm possible transferring over to Art from All Star, I'm excited after checking it out.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:02 am

The Art of Animation Resort looks stunning for a value level resort! I never was a huge fan of the All Star resorts or the Pop Century properties, they are fine for what they are (cheaper low end resorts that are "on property") but this looks like they've taken the value resort to a whole new level of quality. I would really consider staying here in the future even if only for a quick weekend getaway.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Bryce » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:17 am

Hilltopper39 wrote:The Art of Animation Resort looks stunning for a value level resort! I never was a huge fan of the All Star resorts or the Pop Century properties, they are fine for what they are (cheaper low end resorts that are "on property") but this looks like they've taken the value resort to a whole new level of quality. I would really consider staying here in the future even if only for a quick weekend getaway.


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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby amy_mel » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:52 am

gisco wrote:
amy_mel wrote:I swear I read somewhere on here that rooms were going for $400 a night though. Not much of a value if that's the case.


I checked a couple of dates and I did find that a single night on a Saturday in late July was $345. I also went farther out on a weekday in October and it was $105 for one night. Might have something to do with being new and so many people want to stay there they can get away with it for a few months.


I just have a hard time swallowing that price, even for a new resort, when I can take my family in August and get 2 rooms to accommodate all 8 of us at Port Orleans and not spend $400 per night. I am a huge Disney fan and love going to Disney World but I think I will wait a while before trying this resort.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby HighRoller » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:08 am

amy_mel wrote:
gisco wrote:
amy_mel wrote:I swear I read somewhere on here that rooms were going for $400 a night though. Not much of a value if that's the case.


I checked a couple of dates and I did find that a single night on a Saturday in late July was $345. I also went farther out on a weekday in October and it was $105 for one night. Might have something to do with being new and so many people want to stay there they can get away with it for a few months.


I just have a hard time swallowing that price, even for a new resort, when I can take my family in August and get 2 rooms to accommodate all 8 of us at Port Orleans and not spend $400 per night. I am a huge Disney fan and love going to Disney World but I think I will wait a while before trying this resort.


Please bear in mind that the $345 price is for the Family suite, sleeping 6. A Standard room, sleeping 4 would only be $139 for the same nights. Of course, the only Standard Rooms will be in the Little Mermaid section (the last to open) and will be unavailable this august. The $105 in october is a standard room rate (not family suite - that would be $265 the same night)
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