Resorts & Accomodations Discuss Off Property hotels in the DD area in the Vacation Planning forums; AHHHH!!!!! another compulsive planner, welcome to the club. LOL I know people have gotten some great deals on there but I am like you, and want to know what the ...
AHHHH!!!!! another compulsive planner, welcome to the club. LOL I know people have gotten some great deals on there but I am like you, and want to know what the feel of the place is like before I get there. There was one place we could have gotten for 168$ including tax for the entire week with a fridge, micro, couch (a suite like thing) but after doing research on the place via satelitte images (I love the birds-eye view on msn live maps) there was just something about the area that kinda rubbed me the wrong way. One of those vibe things you get. That and the reviews on almost every hotel in that area were not very good. Trust your instincts kinda thing.[/quote]
You nailed it! I became this way by learning the hard way how important good information and research is. My CAUTION to families booking their off property vacations and in hotels around the Down Town Disney area is also be careful of the particular neighborhood that you are choosing! It has changed in recent years. Disney houses some of their college program students just off site just beyond the cluster of expressways (near that grocery store off site near Hotel Blvd.) Checking my CP'er into his student housing I must admit not being thrilled about the neighborhood that was immediately around the housing campus. Disney gates their housing and stations a guard at the entry 24/7. Students must show ID and come down and escort visitors in. Walking down the street to grab lunch that check in day I was less than comfortable about where I was leaving the new CP'er, not a urban savvy kid. Ultimately they did not go out on foot at night. They did not use the ATM at the Walgreen's a block away at night as there was a shooting there while he was CP'ing. The students were transported by bus so they did not need to explore that neighborhood.
Disney has also had difficulties at Down Town Disney and have made every effort to curb further problems by having visible security and sheriff's there and visible. Obviously Disney has sunk a great deal of money into keeping their visitors as safe as can be On Property. Off-Site might not have that same level of security and sheriffs for their hotel security beyond Hotel Blvd. Just something to keep in mind. My CP'er and friends learned to shop and dine in other areas off site that were far less dicey than their immediate neighborhood, which was a shame because their Dorm's and campus was very nice and very secure.
If nothing else keep your guard up and be aware of your surrounds when straying away from WDW Property in this particular neck of the woods that you are in an urban arena, something we tend to forget when we enter WDW.
We love Buena Vista Palace but prices have gone up too much now the renovations have finished. Trying the Regal Sun this year and can't wait.
I'd stay at the HoJo's if I could be there right now, bad week. Let us know how the Regal is when you return, OK?
What about hotels in Celebration? Any idea what chains are there?
"Life is an occassion. Rise to it."- Mr. Magorium
"Welcome Home"- Best words you'll ever hear when you check in at a Disney Resort
has any1 stayed at the blue heron on lake byran right by DD???? i will be there in a week....moms doing not mine...i wanted AKL =]
Disney actually owns some land on Lake Bryan. It has two college program dorms on that lake, Chattam and the international housing The Commons.
Disney's Private Recreation area for CM's Mickey's Retreat is also there.
Down side is there isn't anything else really there. Can't just walk to food etc. Need car for just about everything. If I am remembering some parents that stayed at this hotel/condo...look to see if price is all inclusive. I seem to recall some talk of add on costs that up the price, housekeeping etc.
Double check and look before you sign in.