The All New Updated SAPPHIRE FALLS thread........

schumigirl

It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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The boats are regular, especially at peak times.

Sapphire’s boat can at times have long lines as folks from Aventura and CBay walk over to use the boat too, but it’s never really been an issue for us. We’ve only ever gave up waiting and walked once.......and that was around 7pm.

The stroller won’t be an issue, we’ve seen double strollers on the boats before. Your only issue will be if there are strollers or wheelchairs in line in front of you....space is limited for them as they have to stay in the front where the Captain is. So you may have a wait if it’s really busy. But, I wouldn’t let it put me off staying there.
 

wendlle

Aussie Wendy
Joined
Jan 7, 2014
The boats are regular, especially at peak times.

Sapphire’s boat can at times have long lines as folks from Aventura and CBay walk over to use the boat too, but it’s never really been an issue for us. We’ve only ever gave up waiting and walked once.......and that was around 7pm.

The stroller won’t be an issue, we’ve seen double strollers on the boats before. Your only issue will be if there are strollers or wheelchairs in line in front of you....space is limited for them as they have to stay in the front where the Captain is. So you may have a wait if it’s really busy. But, I wouldn’t let it put me off staying there.
Thanks, I'm really struggling with my decision on where to stay this trip.
I had HRH locked and now that money is becoming a bit of an issue I'm torn.
I don't want to have too many hassles with the two little kids but the extra space at Cabana Bay is very appealing.
We were thinking of just doing cabana bay or Sapphire falls and adding one night at HRH to get the EP's. I wouldn't checkout of the cheaper resort as that's a hassle, I'd just take an overnight bag and stay at HRH for the "experience" and to get easy access to the parks.
we're staying 5 nights but only spending 2 days at the parks so I feel that HRH is a bit of a waste of $ as we are only using the EP's for 2 days but really paying for all of them with the price.
 

schumigirl

It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
Joined
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Thanks, I'm really struggling with my decision on where to stay this trip.
I had HRH locked and now that money is becoming a bit of an issue I'm torn.
I don't want to have too many hassles with the two little kids but the extra space at Cabana Bay is very appealing.
We were thinking of just doing cabana bay or Sapphire falls and adding one night at HRH to get the EP's. I wouldn't checkout of the cheaper resort as that's a hassle, I'd just take an overnight bag and stay at HRH for the "experience" and to get easy access to the parks.
we're staying 5 nights but only spending 2 days at the parks so I feel that HRH is a bit of a waste of $ as we are only using the EP's for 2 days but really paying for all of them with the price.
I understand.

That is a dilemma. You’re quite right not to check out of Sapphire......less hassle.......

When are you visiting? If it’s a quieter time you may not need the EP at all......just something to consider and would save you the cost of a night at the HRH. But, if it’s a busy time I can see why you want to do that.

Cabana Bay does have a fabulous bus service, so everyone who stays there says, very convenient. And certainly more space and a good pool.....

Sapphire is a much nicer hotel and the boat is a nicer perk that a bus service.

You certainly have some nice choices in there whatever you decide.
 
  • wendlle

    Aussie Wendy
    Joined
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    I understand.

    That is a dilemma. You’re quite right not to check out of Sapphire......less hassle.......

    When are you visiting? If it’s a quieter time you may not need the EP at all......just something to consider and would save you the cost of a night at the HRH. But, if it’s a busy time I can see why you want to do that.

    Cabana Bay does have a fabulous bus service, so everyone who stays there says, very convenient. And certainly more space and a good pool.....

    Sapphire is a much nicer hotel and the boat is a nicer perk that a bus service.

    You certainly have some nice choices in there whatever you decide.
    We're going in September. We've been several times in September the last being 2017, we didn't have EP's for that trip and I vowed never to do it again. While lines weren't "that" long, they felt longer because of our kid. Now we have two kids, I just can't do lines if I don't have to, especially when they aren't even riding the rides.
    I'll keep stalking the AP rates and just end up going with whatever is cheapest when the time comes I think. At the moment I still have all 5 nights booked with an AP rate at HRH for $1338, hoping that will go down even more.
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    We're going in September. We've been several times in September the last being 2017, we didn't have EP's for that trip and I vowed never to do it again. While lines weren't "that" long, they felt longer because of our kid. Now we have two kids, I just can't do lines if I don't have to, especially when they aren't even riding the rides.
    I'll keep stalking the AP rates and just end up going with whatever is cheapest when the time comes I think. At the moment I still have all 5 nights booked with an AP rate at HRH for $1338, hoping that will go down even more.
    I hear you.

    We won`t ever be without EP, even in so called quiet times.....EP is worth it`s weight in gold to us...….but some people say they can do without it, which is why I mentioned it as an option. Even without kids we don't want to line up.

    Fingers crossed your rate comes down.
     

    Flyg1rl

    WWoHP *is* my Happy Place.
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    Oct 4, 2018
    Unless a great, last minute AP rate is offered, the family and I will be staying at SF for the first time during the last weekend of September. Based off of Carole's reviews, I'm really looking forward to it! I was concerned about not having EP, but by the time we get there on Saturday, it will be almost time to line up for HHN anyway. I'm not expecting huge lines on Monday. So that really only leaves Sunday. Being able to save the money on a hotel to spend on our first trip to HHN, while still being able to take the boat back and forth - worth it!
     
  • UOAP

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 19, 2019
    Maybe I am overthinking but we are staying at SF over thanksgiving and I wanted something special for the holiday. I saw a "king suite with 2 queen standard view room attached" for about 430/nt so I booked it. Now I see pictures that don't look anything like those on the website, with the king bedroom having no window, and basically just an alcove off the living area. This would make me feel claustrophobic. Now I see "Sapphire suite with 2 queen room attached" for 550. This looks like it would have guaranteed windows in every room. Is it worth the big price difference for a guarantee of a windowed bedroom? How can they get away with king suites that look SO different from the posted floorplan and pictures? It's surprising. (edited to say these are AP rates)
     

    pas130

    Always missing Florida....
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    Sep 24, 2010
    Unless a great, last minute AP rate is offered, the family and I will be staying at SF for the first time during the last weekend of September. Based off of Carole's reviews, I'm really looking forward to it! I was concerned about not having EP, but by the time we get there on Saturday, it will be almost time to line up for HHN anyway. I'm not expecting huge lines on Monday. So that really only leaves Sunday. Being able to save the money on a hotel to spend on our first trip to HHN, while still being able to take the boat back and forth - worth it!
    I’m 100% on the same page. @schumigirl has similar tastes in resorts as me :) (I love me a Deluxe and please gimme club level). We are only doing HHN so we really don’t need EP, plus we can get a guaranteed King...and save money... I think I’ve talked myself into changing to Sapphire
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    I’m 100% on the same page. @schumigirl has similar tastes in resorts as me :) (I love me a Deluxe and please gimme club level). We are only doing HHN so we really don’t need EP, plus we can get a guaranteed King...and save money... I think I’ve talked myself into changing to Sapphire
    I hope you enjoy Sapphire too.......although just wanted to check you know Sapphire doesn’t have a Club Lounge......
    (I’m sure you do but.....you know) :thumbsup2
     
  • schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    May 15, 2007
    It’s appreciated! I’m thinking with the $$$ saved I’ll be spending it at the pool or Strong Water...and of course HHN 👍🏻
    Well......sounds like some perfect ways to spend money.......yep, my kinda gal........ :thumbsup2
     

    RamblingMad

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    Mar 29, 2019
    I extended my stay and booked one night here. It was okay. It’s definitely a family friendly hotel, rather than a business one. The beds were better than what I have experienced at WDW hotels.
     

    osufeth24

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jun 9, 2019
    Just booked a 2 night stay there. First time there (been to the big a couple of times) . Excited to try it out
     

    nikkita

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Apr 25, 2019
    Will be staying in late Oct for the first time!
    Our 1st trip, we stayed at Portofino, and DH loveeeed it.
    Then we tried Royal Pacific - he was very disappointed. I think his standards were too high after Portofino!

    No EP from Sapphire, but we have 4 days in the park so I am sure we will manage
    And we couldn't justify the extra $1000++ to stay at Portofino just for the EPs
     

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