[QUOTE=K5XS;1099513]I was in the military for many years (now retired). We stayed at SOG once. As others have pointed out, it is not a Disney property, and it shows. Another time we got a great deal–SOG was closed for renovation and we were re-booked at SOG rates into the Contemporary. That was great.
We still use the SOG ticket office to buy our annual passes now, but I don’t even like getting on the SOG buses. And the staff there are decidedly not CMs.
[B]For the money, I’d use the military discount Disney offers on value resorts. We just returned from marathon week at All Star Sports. We paid $69 a night with a military discount.[/B]
As for the Dining Plan, there is good math to be done. We have done it (when it is free), but on the whole, we do better without it. (And to us, the biggest detractor to the DDP is being tied to rigid dining reservations every night.)
We used to do that when our kids were younger, but now that they’re older (and bigger) being a family of 5 we’re pretty much limited to a Deluxe and even with 40% off it’s still well over $100 more a night than what we’d pay at SoG. We’re talking an extra grand and then some easy. What it basically boils down to is if it’s going to be a “park trip” then hands down SoG can’t go wrong, but if it’s going to be a “WDW etal trip” then we may splurge and pay the extra since we’ll have more resort time.
Can’t see paying 4 walls to babysit my clothes all day if i’m not using the facilities