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Topic: Staying At The Resort.... Not Anymore

Sat 9/29/2012 6:16p
Every year for the last 15 years since I've known my wife we've stayed at one of the resort hotels for her birthday in December. We've been very lucky that we've been able to do stay overnight, enjoy the place for two days at Christmas, have a few drinks and not drive at the end of the evening, etc. That we've been PAPs certainly hasn't hurt. It's never been cheap, but we've always been able to justify the expense somehow, especially after a few Cadillac Margaritas.

It looks like it ends this year, though. We stayed at the Grand Californian last year for the first time, liked it, paid the discounted PAP rate (still well over $300 for one night). We were treated to a fire alarm evacuation at 5:00 a.m. last year, but no matter. Anyway, this year, same night, same hotel is now over $500.00 after taxes. That's insane. Looked at the Disneyland Hotel, over $400.00 after taxes. The rates aren't appreciably different the entire months of November and December. This isn't just because was less than 10 days to Christmas, this is the going rate.

It isn't that we can't afford it. We can. We're a two income couple, no kids, and we make a very good living. But there comes a time when even people like us have to say this is crazy. I can't rationalize this cost for one night's stay anywhere when we live less than 25 minutes away. By way of comparison, the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, former the Ritz Carlton, a very tony, historic hotel, has a rate of $177.00 for the same night if you book and pay 45 days in advance, $211.00 if you don't pay and just book. The Grand Californian is nice, but it isn't the Ritz.

But please don't get me wrong- we've had a good run and could continue if we chose. This isn't meant to be whining or woe is us. It's just that we aren't choosing to opt in anymore, we're going to opt out. We'll look and see how much a town car would be, or even just a taxi from Long Beach to Anaheim and back. But sadly, the hotel now look to be a thing of the past.
Sat 9/29/2012 7:03p
Good for you!

I've always wondered about the prices at the Grand... One of our relatives have stayed there twice... They also have almost lost their home to foreclosure three times... I'm sure the two aren't connected, but it gies to show how "blind" some people are about their money habits ~~ especially with regards to Disney.
Sat 9/29/2012 7:07p
I have taken my Family to all 3 Disneyland Hotels and have enjoyed our stay. I too think the price has jumped to the range that only people with money to burn will stay at the DL Hotels.
I heard it is a way to thin down the crowds. I know the ticket prices have jumped and feel they have cut back on a few things such as food and novelty items.
I hope DL remembers who made them what they are and know that people do have other choices. We stayed at a Hilton on the beach for $150 a night. We just went last weekend to DL and stayed at a near by Hotel and had a great time. Miss the DL magic of the Hotel, but with 4 kids we were either at the park or asleep.
Your not alone with your thoughts of those prices.
Sat 9/29/2012 7:19p
My Disney Vacation Club points keep looking better and better...

Sat 9/29/2012 7:33p
I think thats their master plan for the rest of us to buy in the Disney Vacation Plan.... Sneaky.... Very Sneaky
Sat 9/29/2012 7:33p
I suspect the extra crowds with Carsland is affecting this. They'll charge what they can until the newness wears off, or until it starts to affect their occupancy rates. I think those rates might just do that.
Sat 9/29/2012 9:11p
Over the past 6-years DVC didn't look quite so good when Disney was deeply discounting hotel rates, especially for the Deluxe properties. But now that it seems we are edging out of the recession and with the popularity of the new DCA, I think we are looking at the beginning of a period where Disney once again increases hotel rates substantially.

I would question buying into DVC today given what they are charging for points. But what I paid 12 years ago (about half of the present cost) looks DARNED GOOD!
Sat 9/29/2012 9:32p
I have thought of staying at the Grand for the duration of a trip. I have never been able to justify the bloated prices for what it has to offer.
I know this subject has been hashed numerous times here, but I just hate being gouged, and that's exactly what Disney is doing with these rates.
It is getting to where the price of a week at Disneyland, with the Grand, could easily cover a week in London, Rome, Zermatt, or the south of France.
Have any of you ever seen the real Matterhorn?
Sat 9/29/2012 10:29p
>>I think thats their master plan for the rest of us to buy in the Disney Vacation Plan.... Sneaky.... Very Sneaky<<

Or to just stay at a decent hotel on Harbor Blvd for a fraction of the price.
Sat 9/29/2012 11:27p
<<Or to just stay at a decent hotel on Harbor Blvd for a fraction of the price.>>

That's a good option At Disneyland... not so convenient at Disney World!

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