Sticker shock

bnoble

he's right
I've said this before, but I'm pretty sure Club Level is for people who enjoy lighting money on fire*. Even when I was drinking I don't think I could make it pay off. Now that I'm sober, there is no way I could do it.

*: Such people do exist, but I am not one of them. Yet.
 

Art Vandelay

that's a shame
I've said this before, but I'm pretty sure Club Level is for people who enjoy lighting money on fire*. Even when I was drinking I don't think I could make it pay off. Now that I'm sober, there is no way I could do it.

*: Such people do exist, but I am not one of them. Yet.

We got upgraded to club level once, it was nice but I would never opt to pay for it. The room location was great, right above the Trattoria al Forno sign. The CM working at the desk at the club level entrance was the rudest CM we've ever encountered, like we were low class not having paid for club level. The free food was ok, nothing to get excited over; the best thing about that room was that we had somewhere to hang and charge phones on our departure day.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
We got triple upgraded once at CR, from Garden STD to (our choice) Tower Theme Park or Lake View on Club Level. Since we prefer the Lake side, we chose that and were totally underwhelmed by the Club. I kept marveling at how much people pay for a Days’ Inn-quality breakfast and bowls of M&Ms. I don’t think we went more than once in the afternoon, DH having declared the wines “swill.” Lighting money on fire would be a waste of a good match.
 

Anne

Well-known member
I've done club twice. Once with my family when we booked last minute and there was an AP discount. The standard rooms were no longer available at a discount and club was the only option at Beach Club. With the discount club was less than the rack rate standard room that was still available. So that "felt like" a good deal. We did 1 table service each day for lunch instead of our usual 2 TS per day so we "saved" money. It did kind of interfere with park time in the pms because we structured our day around having our "free" evening meal at the lounge. One morning we rope dropped (they literally had a rope) the lounge breakfast just so we could get our "money's worth" and still get to RD at the parks. I certainly wouldn't do it again if I had to pay more. I'd rather put that money toward a nice meal in the parks and a more flexible schedule.

The other time was with a friend who booked club at AKL for her birthday trip. I loved the savanna view room but did not enjoy the lounge at all. That was way more crowded than the Beach Club lounge and the one time we did a pm meal it was hard to get food or drinks. People were like vultures waiting to descend as soon as a new tray was brought out. It was her big birthday blow out weekend so we had club level, the deluxe dining plan, and several dessert parties. It was like everything you could possibly do to light money on fire all in one trip. It's a good thing I really like her :RpS_lol:
 
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RetroCOTfan

Active member
The CM working at the desk at the club level entrance was the rudest CM we've ever encountered, like we were low class not having paid for club level.
How did the CM know you didn't pay? I'm picturing a giant red "P" for "poor" painted on the face of your MagicBand, like a scarlet letter of shame. :ROFLMAO:
 
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DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
We did AKV Club Level for about a week. I made a big deal about the lounge being devoid of Chocolate Milk for three (I think?) of the seven days. @Anne is right about the vultures. The food offerings were nice but the feeling of needing to fight and claw to get anything was not. For the premium you pay for those rooms, you'd think they would be able to make enough for everyone, but they run out of almost everything almost every day. Not going to book club level again...
 

crumjack

Member
We’ve done Club Level 3 times. The first at Boardwalk and the next two at Yacht.

Boardwalk has been our favorite because the lounge area was larger. We also got a decent price because I think the parks people forgot to tell the resorts people they were starting F&W a month earlier that year.

The Yacht visits were with AP discounts and we had a good time as well. My daughter was with us for the second trip and she got a kick out of the snacks.

Even with discounts or getting lucky on a price, they are expensive and you can’t make it make sense from a $$ POV. But we did joke about how many beers and snacks would need to be consumed to breakeven. It is a different type of trip and takes away from the parks focus.

To me, Disney is a casino. They will let you have some fun but the house (mouse) always wins so you have to decide how much you are willing to gamble away and what tables (resorts, parks, parties) you sit at while you blow your cash.
 
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