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How Much Time Do You Spend At Your Hotel

How much time do you usually spend at your hotel?
Do you use the services there such as the pool, bars, boat or bike rental, arcade and such?
Does what that hotel offers go into you choosing where to stay?

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For us it's not a whole lot. We're early risers and hit rope drop or park opening, and only come back to the hotel after lunch, for a short break (maybe an hour or 2). We usually hit the pool for a little bit to get refreshed, then back to the parks until closing.

The hotel offerings don't really play much of a role in our choosing - it's more atmosphere and location (and our experiences) that drive that decision.

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JeffC wrote:
For us it's not a whole lot. We're early risers and hit rope drop or park opening, and only come back to the hotel after lunch, for a short break (maybe an hour or 2). We usually hit the pool for a little bit to get refreshed, then back to the parks until closing.

The hotel offerings don't really play much of a role in our choosing - it's more atmosphere and location (and our experiences) that drive that decision.

Ditto for us. We like a nice pool, and nice grounds to walk through, but we are also out early in the morning. Mid-afternoon is pool time/snooze time if needed, and then back to the parks in the evening. Being able to take the boat to Downtown Disney sways us towards POR most of the time, plus the grounds are so pretty. If we had a chance to stay at AKL though, I could see us spending a lot more time at the resort.

For non-Disney trips, the hotel amenities usually play a bigger part in our decision.

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Aside from our September trip, when we had to return to the resort midday to escape the brutal heat and humidity, we usually just sleep at our resort, with maybe a little time awake after the parks have closed. I've never used a resort pool or other amenities aside from restaurants, but I've never stayed at a specific resort because of its restaurants.

Being able to see animals outside our window at AKL was awesome, as was being able to walk to DTD from Saratoga Springs. Amenities like those do have an effect on my decision.

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We basically just use the resort to sleep or take a break in the afternoon.My hubby is not a pool person sad so that is not a priority for him. We have also only stayed at Pop or ASM to save money for extras like La Nouba and fishing excursions. We like that the food courts are open late in case we "forget" to ear dinner because we are too busy playing in the parks. We also really take into consideration the bus transportation..... since Pop has it's own designated bus with no other stops that puts it at the too of our list for convenience. I am booking our next stay at POFQ because my hubby lived in New Orleans growing up.... so we will see if that makes a difference with how much time we spend at the resort next time.

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We are also only at the resort to sleep. We rarely use the pools.
We are going for 2 weeks in September so I imagine we'll be at the resort a lot more. We're going to try and get to the parks early, break at the resort in the afternoon and return at nights like CCP did.

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If you read my TR, you will know I get up crazy early and we go ALL DAY LONG. I am only in the room to sleep or change for dinner. We would get back around 6 or so if we were having dinner that night, eat, drink and be merry then head back and sleep.

Now.... If DVC goes thru, I may change my tune a little. I still don't see myself spending a lot of time in the room or at the resort but maybe the option of knowing there will be more trips I may try to slow myself down a bit.

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I mainly used the room as storage and somewhere to sleep, so awake time on resort was only about 2 hours a day.

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We used to go rope drop to close at the parks with an afternoon nap or pool break every 2-3 days, but on our last trip in September/October, we made an effort to slow down and really try to enjoy the resort amenities. We've become very fond of Top of the World Lounge and the water slides at the feature pools. We still spend the bulk of out time at the parks, but it's nice to mix it up a little and spend some quality time at the resort. We had a 12th floor lake view at BLT for 4 days and I couldn't get enough of looking at that view! The specific amenities at one resort or another are not that important to us because we usually rent a car, so we can access just about everything that would interest us except for concierge level amenities and Stormalong Bay with relative ease regardless of our choice of resort. There are things that I love about every resort that we've tried and although I do have my favorites, I would happily stay anywhere on Disney property.

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I'll put in simple terms: Not as much as I want to.

Being that my last three trips were park-oriented, there really wasn't time for me to rest and relax in the hotel and also given that my stays were all value resorts, there wasn't a whole lot to do besides the pool and maybe the resort arcade. So for the most part, except for maybe the arrival day when I'm not in the mood for the parks and I'm already tired from the hustle and bustle of traveling to Disney World, the only time I spend at the hotel is for sleeping, washing and maybe a meal or a quick soft drink. Believe me, I would love more time to spend at the resort and I will do everything to make sure I stay at a better resort with more to do and with more days to stop and smell the roses without the pressure to rush and do everything.

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I like lounging and so does the wife. We always do 10 day trips so we never feel like there is a rush to do anything or be anywhere. I will never be a rope drop guy, and I'm 99% sure my wife doesn't even know what a rope drop is! Maybe once our kids are old enough to attend, we'll get dragged to one.

We spend very little time in the room itself, but love the pool and bar. We like to use our souvenir cups to sneak over some adult beverages to the spa Smile The atmosphere of our resort is a big factor for us. It ties in the whole experience.

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The amount of time we spend in our resort can vary a good bit from trip to trip. The weather has a lot to do with how much time we are in our resort. We spend more time at our resort during summer trips when it is hot. I get up early and love to sit outside and watch the sun rise. So the view is important to us. Also location rates pretty high when choosing a resort. When it is just Mrhub and I, we almost always spend a part of every day in the Magic Kingdom. It also works out well that most of our favorite restaurants are on the monorail loop.

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JMed wrote:
If you read my TR, you will know I get up crazy early and we go ALL DAY LONG. I am only in the room to sleep or change for dinner.

THIS.

Now my tune is probably going to change after our December trip because it will be our first trip with a 2 yr old AND our first deluxe resort trip so I'm betting we'll be spending a bit more time at the resort. At least that's the plan... biggrin

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It depends on what resort we stay at.

If I am staying at the All Star Resort, then we usually don't spend much time in there. It's small and I would hardly call that a view! laugh

We typically go all day to parks when staying here because the trip is probably only 5 days or so. We use the room to sleep, shower, and get ready for the day or dinner. Since this resort is far away and not within walking distance to any park, it is hard to justify coming back for anything...

When we stayed at The Boardwalk, it was a different story. Being so close to two parks made a huge difference. We took naps and walked back and forth. It was really nice. We enjoyed the pool area as well.

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Depends on the resort but we sleep, take a bath and sometimes come back for a nap.

We will eat in the dining spots

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As trips have gone by we have spent more and more time back at the hotels. We usually get up early for rope drop then head back for a break in the afternoon. This past trip we stayed at POR and spent a lot of time at the resort due to bad weather and crowds. I ended up taking lots of walks and bike rides around the resort, it was so beautiful and such a change of pace, probably one of the most relaxed trips to WDW I've ever taken - and I didn't know they existed!

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I like to hang around AKL just for the smells (Boma, Jiko, Sanaa!), the African music track, and the gorgeous views. I loved the room decor and comfy beds on my November trip - very cozy to come home to when it is chilly out. mickey

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disneydoc wrote:
I like to hang around AKL just for the smells (Boma, Jiko, Sanaa!)

Glad that you cleared that up! rolling

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Also don't spend that much time..This year at our first deluxe resort was awesome,but up at 6.00am..Showered..coffee..and out to the parks..Maybe around one hour at the pool..and one hour at night before hitting the sack..

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We don't spend much time in our resort. It is a place to sleep, shower and get ready for the parks! We will sometimes eat a meal at the resort and maybe a trip to the pool/hot tub for relaxation.

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This Feb we are going to be spending quite a bit of time at the resort. We are staying at the Boardwalk. We have a 8 night stay and will be there for almost 8 full days and only four of them are going to be park days since we only have 4 day tickets. We plan on using the pool a lot and having some nice strolls around the boardwalk. We also want to head over for some mini gold so it will be nice to be close by. We will probably catch a movie under the stars and might even rent some bikes (not the surrey kind, my family has a bad experience with them lol). We will definitely be going for a few runs around the Boardwalk.

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Kristen K. wrote:
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I like to hang around AKL just for the smells (Boma, Jiko, Sanaa!)

Glad that you cleared that up! rolling

Very funny Kristen! I guess there are a few animal smells around there too.

But really, Boma makes all of Jambo smell soooo good. mickey

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We are up early and off to the parks as early as possible than we head back to our room in the afternoon. We relax, hit the pool, and sometimes rent a boat or bike. Than we head back to the parks at night for dinner and fireworks. I like that mid day break.

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I don't stay on site, so I tend to use the place I stay at to sleep and get ready. Once I'm out, I'll probably be out for 12 hours or so depending on who I'm with. So it'll be wake early, have breakfast then go to the park - I'm not a rope drop person yet but might try one or two next time I'm there as well as another tour or two. If I have a day where I'm being lazy, then I'll go to the onsite gym as I probably won't be walking as much as round the parks...

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We don't spend much time in our room either. Just to shower, sleep, and cool off then back to the parks for us.

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For me not much time. Am usually up early (to excited to sleep) and back late so I may stop and have a night cap (most nights that is)...Although I always plan one day off during my stay so I can check out other resorts and to chill in my resort which my favorite is POFQ. So I love the boat ride to Downtown Disney as that is a nice perk.

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Not much at all. Just basically sleep, shower and breakfast! That's why we stay off sight. as much as I'd like to stay in the bubble, We pay about less than 1/2 the price of a moderate room for an entire condo with all of us getting out own bedroom. I know it's a trade off but this trip we're going to be down for 18 or 19 days.

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