What follows is the very long saga of me trying to pick resorts. It’s not as fun as a trip report, but it is as long!! I’d appreciate any thoughts or advice.
A little background…our trip (11/27 - 12/7) began with a plan to stay at Coronado Springs in standard rooms (2 rooms, 1 with DxDDP). Then they announced the tier changes at HS and someone mentioned that the club level fast passes could be a solution. So I switched the first half of our trip to club level standard rooms at Coronado Springs, still DxDDP on 1 room. Then they announced the opening date for RotR. My mom suggested we upgrade the rest of our trip to club level. I found a 5 person club level at BWI and booked that. Only 1 room though, so no more dining plan on the second half of the trip. No problem though, we were doing some repeat TS meals that I didn’t mind cutting out.
I started working on our touring plans. As I was putting in our transportation times I realized it was silly to be going to HS or EP while we were staying at Coronado. Why waste the easy access from BWI? So I put HS and EP on the second half of the stay. After some fiddling and ADR work I figured out that Monday, the day we would be transferring from CS to BWI would be a long day at HS for us. That didn’t make sense. It would be better to transfer on Sunday while we are at MK and would be done early. I figured this out yesterday. I meant to call to make the change, but the day got away from me. So before bed I quickly hopped on and booked a stay at BWI for the last 6 nights of our trip, figuring I would call today to shorten the CS stay, cancel the 5 night BWI stay, and move money around.
And then they dropped the room only discount!! I spent 3 hours on the phone with Disney and finally managed to get the discount applied for our BWI stay. At first it wasn’t available, but after the CM cancelled our 5 night stay, the nights we needed to make the 6 night stay eligible were available. I was the one keeping me from booking the discount!!
Well then I started thinking about our first 4 nights at CS. Based on our new touring plan we spend a lot of those days in the monorail area. So I started searching for rooms around MK. And now I’m booked at Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge. Here are the options that I currently have:
2 club level rooms (1 with DxDDP) at Coronado Springs ($412.75/night each)
1 5 person room (no more dining plan) at Contemporary ($682.33/night)
2 rooms (would add DxDDP to 1 room) at Wilderness Lodge ($431.10/night and 541.25/night) *if it opens up, I would book a 2nd room at the lower rate
The meals that we have planned that would be covered by the dining plan come to roughly $1,200 before tax and tip. Also before alcohol. And snacks. We’d be paying roughly $840 for the plan (1 adults, 2 children).
The plans for the first few days of the trip look like this:
11/27 - arrive late, go straight to bed
11/28 - Typhoon Lagoon, dinner at Artist Point, HEA Dessert Party
11/29 - afternoon at AK, hop to HS for JBJB Dessert Party (assuming they have it this year)
11/30 - tour monorail resorts, early early dinner at 1900 Park Fare, Ft. Wilderness for sleigh ride and golf carting around the loops
12/1 - MK (PPO at BOG)
So by leaving Coronado we would be giving up the club level perks. I can manage without the extra FP at AK (we can concentrate on Dinoland that day), and I can get the extra FP for MK if we want them because we move to BWI that day. We were gonna utilize the lounge for breakfast those first 3 mornings. Instead we could just use snack credits. Or bring granola bars.
The bigger dilemma I think is the choice between Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge. Cost wise it’s obviously cheaper to stay at the Contemporary, even factoring in what we would have saved with the dining plan (unless I can get that second room at the cheaper rate, then it’s just like a $200 difference). But all 6 of us would be in 1 room. At Wilderness Lodge we get 2 rooms to spread out in. We are all 6 going to be in 1 room at BWI, so we’re not opposed to it, but maybe it would be nice to spread out a little and have 2 bathrooms for that first part of our stay. I just don’t know what to do!!!
If you’ve read this far, thank you!! Which resort option would you choose?