So, here is the deal. I am planning a trip for November with my two soon to be ex-roommates, their mom, their sister and her daughter and their other sister. The trip is a combo last hurrah for me and the roomies, 30th birthday party for my one roomie and first trip for their mom, sisters and niece (she’s 4).
The plan is to go as cheaply as possible specifically to make it more economical for the one sister who has to pay for herself and her daughter. We are doing free dining and getting two rooms and the plan right now is to stay at Pop Century and upgrade to the Basic DDP.
BUT…my one roommate (the one whose birthday it is) was just saying that she will be sad to not be staying at Port Orleans Riverside this time which is where the three of us stayed on a trip in 2007. I have been contemplating trying to surprise everyone by using my accumulated Disney Rewards points to upgrade to a moderate. It will only be about $400 more total. I figure that what is not covered by my Rewards points (I just had a 5x points offer so I have a lot) I will cover myself and consider it a birthday gift for my one roomie.
The question is, number 1, should I bother doing it at all or just stay at Pop Century and be happy with that? I have never stayed at Pop so that is something to consider.
The second question is if I upgrade, where should we go? Birthday Roomie loves POR because we stayed there before and the rooms there have the added bonus of the trundle bed for the little one. I thought POFQ could be nice because their mom has some trouble walking and it is much smaller and easier to get around. Then I was tempted by CBR and the pirate rooms, mostly because Birthday Roomie LOVES pirates. Like seriously loves them. Of course, that would be more money than either of the other two, so I also considered a regular room at CBR since they have all been recently redone.