Do You Spend Time in Your Room?

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Do You Spend Time in Your Room?

For WDW travelers one of the main justifications for a Value resort is that you just don't spend that much time in your room. Do you feel the same way when is comes to cruising? Are those value level rooms just fine because you're never there?

In the cruises that I have been on, I have actually spent what I consider a fair amount of time in my room, much more than when I'm at WDW. What about you? Do you think you spend more or less time in your room when you cruise? Does that make having a better/bigger/balcony room more important to you?

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I have found myself loving the DVC villas, and hanging around more. I especially loved AKV, and would even come back early in the evening just to be in that awesome room and look at the animals from my balcony. mickey

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At WDW I'm only in the room to sleep. I've never cruised before but I think if I had a room with a balcony, I'd probably spend more time in the room hanging out on it.

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I don't spend a lot of time in the room, but I do spend a lot of time at the resort, so I prefer to have a Moderate RESORT to come home too. Nicer pool, nicer food court, nicer bar. I usually spend at least a day just chilling at the pool at the resort, enjoying a cold one every now and then. That's also why I'd rather stay on Disney property (even if I have to "slum" in a value like I am in February!! laugh )

For cruises, I've never been on a Disney, but I've done interior stateroom, ocean view (porthole) and a balcony. I will NEVER EVER EVER do another interior. It was like being trapped in a closet. Balcony is TOTALLY the way to go!!

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We did spend time at the resort enjoying the grounds so I appreciated POFQ ... on the cruises we have had an ocean view and balcony...we would try for a balcony again...its nice to open a door and hear the water and smell the air...plus on cruises we tend to keep to ourselves more and avoid groups so we do hang out in our room more, especially on sea days.

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At WDW, when we stay value or moderate, it is usually a short trip and we are not in the room that much. I do like the nicer resorts though. If we do stay deluxe, we will spend more time in the room.

Cruises are different. Inside room is torture. I hated it. Anyone remember that ship that sank? Titantic? Yes, I need to be able to get out of my room if I need to. We spent a lot of time in the room and slept with the cabin door open on our Disney cruise in May. It was amazing and totally worth the extra $$$.

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I second what JMUDukz said...more time at the resort that in the actual room, so I tend to prefer moderates. As far as cruises are concerned, one of my favorite things to do is unwind with a few drinks on my balcony after a day of fun in the sun, so yes, a balcony is the way to go for me!

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Eeyore wrote:
At WDW, when we stay value or moderate, it is usually a short trip and we are not in the room that much. I do like the nicer resorts though. If we do stay deluxe, we will spend more time in the room.

Cruises are different. Inside room is torture. I hated it. Anyone remember that ship that sank? Titantic? Yes, I need to be able to get out of my room if I need to. We spent a lot of time in the room and slept with the cabin door open on our Disney cruise in May. It was amazing and totally worth the extra $$$.

You are right about those deluxe resorts - I was a total park commando until my first taste of a Disney resort beyond All Stars. Like subvett Joe says, those resorts are so awesome that you could make a vacation just at the resort. I was just blown away with the difference.

I have obviously consumed the koolaid. silly

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I don't spend a lot of time in the room at WDW, but on a cruise I would be more apt to since I'd focus more on relaxing in that environment vs. rushing to get off to the parks/entertainment/etc.

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We typically do short trips (2-3 days) at a Value and everything else at a Moderate. A Deluxe resort just isn't in the budget, not yet anyway. I really hate to say it but I don't enjoy the Value resorts. Yes, it's Disney but it feels stripped down and spartan to me. I'm okay for a couple days but after that I start missing the extra touches of the other resorts. I want a little more than just a bed and a shower at Disney.

We just recently did our first cruise and since it was our honeymoon, I decided to splurge a little bit. We had a stateroom with a verandah at the aft of the ship, which made our verandah much bigger than other rooms. We muchlove LOVED muchlove it. We had totally amazing views of Nassau and Castaway Cay and while I felt some movement and vibration from the engines, it really didn't bother me. If anything, it put me right to sleep! I remember waking up the morning we docked at Castaway Cay because the main engines stopped. I got up just in time to see the back of the ship swinging around and there was Castaway Cay spread out in front of us. Very cool. awesome I do feel like we were in our room a fair bit on the cruise, mostly because we were exhausted and recovering from the wedding! I'm really not sure how I would do in an interior stateroom since I hate the thought of sleeping in a room with no outside view or ventilation. That said, I have heard that Disney staterooms are some of the biggest and best in the cruise industry. Anyone know how the interior rooms for other ships measure up?

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Until this last trip, we were park commandos. Up and out early then a late shower, then do it all over again. This last trip we had a savannah view at the AKL and were Club level at the Boardwalk, so we took advantage of our rooms and enjoyed checking animals off the list at AKL and well they basically had to roll me out of the InnKeeper's lounge at BWI. Free food, drink, fun CMs and movies. I totally want to do that again! awesome
As far as the cruises go, I've had one Oceanview and 4 Verandahs. It's like opposite land for us. We are so content in our cabin. We napped more and we used our balcony all the time.
My DW loves to order coffee the night before, then the next day, she sits and reads out there with her pot of still hot coffee. I have never tried an interior cabin because we love the wind and views so much on the verandah. I have so much video of heading into or leaving a port from my balcony that I don't know if I could go back to an OV.
I know I could cruise cheaper but in my opinion having a verandah is the only way to sail. mickey

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Had to chuckle about the title of this post, sounded like being grounded to your room because you were bad. LOL

We have stayed at Fort Wilderness campsites, Polynesian, Allstar Movies, Port Orleans FQ, Contemporary, and Pop Century. The only room that I can remember spending much time in was the Contemporary. We were in the main tower up about the 9th floor on the Magic Kingdom side. It was fun to sit out and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks and watch the crowd leave Magic Kingdom. Other than that the only time in was if we came back in the afternoon for a nap.

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Mike, did you like All Star or Pop more?

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Hardy0109 wrote:
Mike, did you like All Star or Pop more?

It is a little bit of a toss up, Pop is a larger resort and was more crowded, but it is also very well laid out, the buildings sort of encircle the resort so that most all of them are close to the main building, except for the 90's section. Where more of the rooms are further at All Star Movies.

Movies has a little bit of a better atmosphere but Pop seems a bit more logistically well done, buses are maybe a little quicker from Pop as it is a tad closer. The food courts are very similar. The bus stops are very similar.

I would gladly go back to either, we are planning a second trip to Pop as our next trip. But I would be just as happy to go back to Movies.

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Thanks for the insight! I've been to POP twice and deciding on another value resort to visit, or if I should just stay off-site. I'm renting a car either way. Tough for sure. EMH screaming my name though, the commando-type tourist I am.

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We have stayed at All Star Movies and Pop. Yearly WDW visits are still new to us so we budget for a week in a value. We take mid day breaks to relax in the pool then head back to a park for the evening. We like visiting the deluxe resorts but just haven't justified the expense as of yet. Who knows maybe some day we do love the boardwalk area.

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