Hugs Dana!!! We went through this with my DH a couple of years ago and keep at the appeal. His was approved, but I know how frustrating it is.
I will say either way KEEP YOUR VACATION PLANS NO MATTER WHAT. You def. need this trip. I would say that October would be WAY cooler than August (here in the south the heat can be awful), BUT when I have ever went in October, I think everyone else has the same idea and it’s so crowded. I think most schools go back in August now, so you may have less crowd to deal with.
Having just stayed in a “Value” resort, I have to say that we were happy with ASM. Our rooms had been updated (from what I seen and heard) and we don’t spend alot of time in our rooms on vacation. So I vote quantity over quality, BUT I have never stayedin a Mod so what do I know?..lol But I do like the idea of more days at Disney.
Also Disney is one of the few vacations spots that I seem to not eat alot at (and believe me, I loved to eat…lol). Even when DH and I spent our honeymoon there, I remember sharing entree’s and snacks. It just seems that we spend way more time enjoying the parks and walking that we don’t eat as much. So for me the dining plan just never “pays” for itself.
I would just say the most important thing is to go and enjoy yourself. Hugs and hope everything works out for you!!!