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Sapphire Falls Resort

UAN17

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It looks absolutely gorgeous but I've priced up a trip from the UK and you're talking approx £600 more per person (I'd guess that's roughly $1000) compared to Cabana. I'm not sure if how nice it looks is a good enough reason to book,as I may as well pay an extra few hundred and upgrade to a deluxe and get the unlimited express.

I'll be interested to see how this one goes; maybe they'll add express when they expand ride capacity.
 

Scott W.

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Feb 26, 2014
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It looks absolutely gorgeous but I've priced up a trip from the UK and you're talking approx £600 more per person (I'd guess that's roughly $1000) compared to Cabana. I'm not sure if how nice it looks is a good enough reason to book,as I may as well pay an extra few hundred and upgrade to a deluxe and get the unlimited express.

I'll be interested to see how this one goes; maybe they'll add express when they expand ride capacity.
I looked at it a while back and it wasn't much cheaper than Royal Pacific and Hard Rock. I'm sure in a year or two, the price will level out.
 

Joe

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Feb 15, 2012
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You can never have enough water features or waterfalls. I'm currently digging to put in another pond on my property. That will make 7 ponds when it's done. I'm as obsessed with water features as Disney is with rock work. :lol:
Another fountain guy? Nice!
 
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UniversalCityFL

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Jan 28, 2013
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I feel like, compared to the other 4 hotels, this one might have been a little... "creatively rushed" in effort to get more bodies in rooms. For me, it's kind of lacking that je ne sais quoi that makes a good hotel great. "Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics" is a weak direction to me. And yes, I'm making this judgement by looking at pictures on the internet :)

Cabana Bay is a tough act to follow in the creative execution department.
 

UNIrd

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Jul 18, 2008
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I feel like, compared to the other 4 hotels, this one might have been a little... "creatively rushed" in effort to get more bodies in rooms. For me, it's kind of lacking that je ne sais quoi that makes a good hotel great. "Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics" is a weak direction to me. And yes, I'm making this judgement by looking at pictures on the internet :)

Cabana Bay is a tough act to follow in the creative execution department.
Yeah, but Cabana Bay defied all expectations...or at least mine. I expected Universal's Pop Century and got something of much, much higher quality.
 

Mad Dog

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Jan 30, 2013
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I feel like, compared to the other 4 hotels, this one might have been a little... "creatively rushed" in effort to get more bodies in rooms. For me, it's kind of lacking that je ne sais quoi that makes a good hotel great. "Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics" is a weak direction to me. And yes, I'm making this judgement by looking at pictures on the internet :)

Cabana Bay is a tough act to follow in the creative execution department.
Yeah, I'm kind of debating it myself. I'll split my Fall vacation with 9 nights at Portofino and 5 nights at either Cabana Bay (which I like a lot) or Sapphire Falls. I can have a suite at CBBR for the same price as a standard room at Sapphire Falls. It's hard to decide. I just might try Sapphire since it's new & I'm curious. But its still up in the air at this point....I'm already booked for May with Portofino & CBBR.
 

UNIrd

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Jul 18, 2008
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So based on Disney's tier of resorts, how would you label Cabana Bay?
I agree with how they have it labeled: Value/Moderate, but definitely leans more towards Moderate. Especially since the majority of the resort is those family suites, which run for around $150 at Cabana and $350 at Art of Animation.
 
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Joe

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I agree with how they have it labeled: Value/Moderate, but definitely leans more towards Moderate. Especially since the majority of the resort is those family suites, which run for around $150 at Cabana and $350 at Art of Animation.
FWIW the rooms are much bigger and offer two bathrooms at AoA.

I say the rooms are on level of a Moderate but amenities are more in line with a low level Delux. I mean they have a starbucks, three bars, lazy river, and bowling!