As I approach the all-too critical 240 day mark, I’ve been stacking up questions to ask you all.
I’ve just discovered that ASMo is being refurbished. The rooms seem to be identical to the refurbished rooms at Pop. Since it was the new style rooms that particularly attracted me to Pop, I’m wondering if it might be worth considering ASMo. What are the key differences?
I chose Pool View at Pop, but I’ve got my heart set on getting a lake view. That’s not an official option. Am I more likely to get lake view if I switch to a Preferred room rather than Pool View?
I’ve been questioning the wisdom of being on the (Deluxe) Disney Dining Plan. I like the idea that once you’re there everything’s paid for and there’s no stress about cost any more (apart from those damned tips). But I’m beginning to think I’ll end up overpaying. Or booking meals and choosing options just because I’ve pre-paid and want to get value for money. What’s being on the dining plan like? Are there any practical advantages? Is the process of paying for the meal easier or quicker? And how do you pay those damned tips if you’re on the DDP?
I’ll be arriving at MCO from the UK. Can someone give me a crystal clear, authoritative account of the exact process of using MDE. What I’m really interested in is luggage. I can’t seem to get a definitive picture of how it works. And is it better to just take your luggage yourself to the coach? And, if you do, are you then obliged to take it from the coach to your room, or can you still get it delivered?
On the subject of luggage, during my last two trips my strategy was to have carry-on only so that arrival at MCO was a breeze. For my trip next year I’m thinking of putting my bags in the hold, especially if the system for getting my bags to my room is straightforward. The disadvantage of cabin baggage only is that you have to carry it round the airport at each end. Whereas I’m currently thinking of having just a small bag for the flight next time round, which will be much more convenient.
Regular readers may remember I was mulling over what to do on arrival night. I’d pretty much settled on giving myself three options on the day: explore resort and early to bed, or nice quiet evening in Pandora with FPP for Na’vi and dinner at Satu’li, or explore Disney Springs. Recent unhappy events in the US have somewhat nudged me away from the DS plan. I accept this is ridiculous and irrational. But I wasn’t that excited about DS in the first place. Why take the (infinitesimally small) risk? Plus it’ll be full of spending temptations.