Amazing that Disneyland - with all the Good Neighbor resort options - was an easier decision for me (I’ve decided that since this is my “pseudo-first trip” I’m splurging on the Disneyland Hotel) than WDW… But here we are.
WDW trip August 23-28. Park schedule currently: Studios, AK, MK, Epcot, AK. I have a hopper, but am not 100% sold on keeping it, so new pricing is without the hopper.
Currently at Beach Club Villas, but definitely rethinking it. Not overly thrilled with the decor (carpet, one showerhead, etc.) and the lack of QS option. I’d thought being that close to Epcot would be good with hopping, but since I’m thinking of dropping that option, that kind of negates that argument. Also, I’m still one who loves coming into Epcot from the front entrance - I don’t feel like I’m in Epcot coming in the IG.
Considering in order of savings amount:
AKL Standard View Room - savings of 388.64
Pros: AK is my favorite park and I love the thought of AKL; Zebra Domes; can request a partial savanna view but even if I don’t get it, there are places to see the animals all around; all inside once I’m inside so in case of rain, I’d stay dry
Cons: The most expensive of my options; Standard View, so no guarantee that I’d have a partial view (but see the pros for other locations); lots of the rooms with the redo have gone to a shower only and I do like a soak in the tub before feet up the wall each night.
Copper Creek Villas Studio (either tub/shower or shower only is available) - savings of 524.77
Pros: Good food choices (bison burger at Geyser Point, I’m looking at you in particular); I could book the tub/shower and know I’ve got a tub; boat to MK is fun (did that this past summer when a friend and I went to Whispering Canyon from MK) - and theoretically I could boat to MK then monorail to Epcot; all inside, so in case of rain I’d be dry once inside
Cons: If I go with the tub/shower most of those are first floor and I prefer higher for limiting the noise above factor and more space between me and possible critters; not 100% sold on the PNW themeing in Florida, but it would be a totally new experience for me
Riviera Tower Studio - savings of 574.27
Pros: Beautiful resort; I pretty much live in a small space anyway, so no real difference or “OMG IT’S SO SMALL” reaction from me; easy access to CBR for its food court and Sebastians if I want that; reports are that the Tower Studios are very quiet
Neutral: Skyliner - not my favorite but I don’t HATE it, and in August, storms could definitely be an issue
Cons: Skyliner to Epcot in particular - see my comment about preferring the front entrance to Epcot; I’d be very sad if I got the accessible (still unclear as to how a room with only a Murphy bed and nothing indicating any way to get it down other than pulling it) room which has a shallow tub as opposed to the huge shower the other Tower Studios have)
CSR Gran Destino Tower Water View Room (Standard the same price, so why not go with Water View) - savings of 819.52
Pros: Beautiful resort; I really enjoyed my time there in July; staying in the Tower, I’d be inside once in in case of rain; Tower is kind of Deluxe Junior
Cons: it’s still a moderate, so I’d not be eligible for evening hours if those are still going on (those evening hours are honestly the best argument for keeping the hopper as that would be easier than rearranging my park days); currently still the most restrictive QS with only grab and go and since it is not owned by Disney who knows how long that will continue
CBR King Room - savings of 1098.52
Pros: this was my first Disney resort so it has a special place in my heart; I’d almost for sure have a corner room as almost all of their King rooms are corners; it is the Skyliner hub, so no need to transfer lines; the “OMG IT’S SO BIG” doesn’t phase me as I walk everywhere in NYC
Cons: again with the Skyliner not being my favorite and also the Epcot entrance thing; not renovated/new rooms; a moderate so no evening hours
Of course the evening hours are kind of an unknown - will they continue? will they expand? I’m hoping that Boo Bash or MNSSHP or whatever they do next year will be going on so I can get a ticket to that (I guess that could be a point in CCV’s favor as I could easily get to MK after changing into costume…) But I’m not sure how much the evening hours for Deluxe/Villas should enter into the picture.