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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tip Tuesday: Living in Disney Luxury - Club Level

Concierge service at the Polynesian

Welcome to another Tip Tuesday!

This is the first of several posts about Disney luxury. As you no doubt are aware, I was named Disney's Biggest Fan and, as part of the prize, I won a trip suitable for the "Disney fanatic."

Yeah, I fit that description.

One part of this trip was a stay at the Club Level building (Hawaii) at Disney's Polynesian Resort. On average, staying at a Club Level room runs around $200+ more per night as compared to the same type of room (i.e. water view, theme park view, garden view, etc.) that is not Club Level.

So what do you get with the Club Level service?

concierge lounge at the Polynesian

To start with, you get complete access to the concierge lounge. Snacks and drinks are available just about 24/7. In addition, cast members provide Continental breakfast during morning hours, extra snacks in the afternoon and appetizers and other adult drinks in the evening. This is all included with concierge.

    Typical offerings:
  • 6:30-7:00 a.m.: Coffee, juices, soft drinks (24/7).
  • 7:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast with various juices, coffee, tea, milk, cereals, fruit, and different breakfast breads/pastries
  • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Various snacks with sodas, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, etc.
  • 5:00 - 7:00p.m.: Hot and Cold appetizers with wine and beer as well as soft drinks, tea, etc. The appetizers vary at each resort.
  • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Desserts and other sweets.

These concierge lounges usually offer outstanding views of theme parks and especially good views of nighttime fireworks complete with a feed of the music. We enjoyed watching Wishes from the concierge lounge and the view was great! Take a look:


Wishes from the concierge lounge

Also, there is a separate, personalized, check-in process for Club Level guests. No need waiting in the main line - go straight to the concierge desk.

Of course you also have access to the special concierge desk which can make all sorts of arrangements for you during your stay and even before your stay. Want ADR's to a certain restaurant? The concierge staff will take care of those needs before you even arrive.

That's probably the biggest advantage of Club Level -- the personal service. If you need something, all you have to do is ask. If you're thinking of staying Club Level as a means to avoid some food costs (such as breakfast or snacks), then Club Level isn't for you. It's not a good option to try to save on food. At more than $200+ extra a night, there's no way you're going to get that kind of savings.

Where Club Level really becomes a treat is the perks -- staying in rooms with the very best views, where the personal attention is the greatest and where you can relax and not have to worry about things. It's about pampering yourself.

So would this Disney fanatic consider staying at a Club Level room again? You bet. Not every time, certainly. But if I want a little extra luxury and the convenience of the lounge, then Club Level is worth considering.


(FTC statement: This post is based on a trip that I won from Disney and United Vacations. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own and do not represent any form of paid endorsement for Disney or United Vacations.)

3 comments:

Raelynn said...

Very nice. Someday we might be able to justify the added cost, but just think what you could do with an extra $200. For me, part of the fun and excitement of a Disney trip is planning and I don't think I would want (or trust LOL) anyone else making all the arrangements for me.

Anonymous said...

We were thrilled to get a complimentary upgrade to Club Level during our stay at The Beach Club March 25-27th. Wow! Loved Loved the breakfast, snacks and late night treats. Since the Dining Plan has lots its appeal with tips not included anymore, I would spend the extra $$ on Club Level.

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