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Disney resort or off site hotel?
Is it really worth the money to stay on Disney property? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Having done both, there is no comparision to staying "on property" versus "off property" in WDWspeak. Why?
Originally Posted by zcook9
Pros: Early admission to one park a day
A guaranteed clean room with Disney TV
Convenient bus or monrail transportation to the parks
Food court with good, but pricey, food only minutes away from your room
Nice and clean pools
Disney magic is all around you 24/7
No worrying about parking, or parking fees if you decide to drive to the parks
Charging privilieges to your room account anywhere at WDW and they will also deliver items to your room
You keep your room key as a souvenir
Cons: I can't think of any!
The only advantage of staying "off property" is if you have a large family or group; then a 2 or 3 bedroom villa ($99 - $139) nearby would be best and less expensive.
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Jiminy Cricket said: Cons: I can't think of any!
The trip is over too soon
I would absolutely stay on-property if you can. Espoecially with the new value resorts, it's as affordable as off-site, yet you get all the perks. Plus, it's part of the experience and "magic" for us when we stay there. Nothing off property can compare to one of the Disney hotels in service, atmosphere, etc.
If you can afford it, for the reasons mentioned above, I'd go for it. Usually between a clean off-site hotel and the Value resorts, the price difference is pretty small, and with the Disney resorts, you know what you're getting into.
I've heard some horror stories of some off-site hotels, but the truth is, for the most part, they're fine. If you need to save money here, don't be afraid to check it out (just do some research). Try AAA, for example, for recommendations and discounts.
For some people, the fact that off-site hotels are not themed and are "regular 'ole' hotels" is a plus. I know some people who don't like themeing at all.
Another pro to staying off-site is that if you are a member of a hotel chain's rewards/points program, you can get or use points at off-site hotels.
Personally, though, I'll take anything on-site over most anything off-site.
A lot depends on the size of the group- sometimes renting a vacation home and all they offer is more economical that several hotelrooms.Personally this is the way We always go as we believe that the magic is what you make not where you stay and prefer the space and facilities a rental home gives .But each to their own .
Definetly worth it. After doing it for the first time 4 years ago Iits now a must.
Staying on-site is the best thing. When we arrive at the "world" we park the car and don't have to get into it again until we leave. And nothing is better then going to PI and having a few drinks and not have to get behind the wheel or pay for a cab.
The extra hour in the parks is a bonus! We planned our days around that and got into both MK and MGM an extra hour early...At MGM we were able to do RNR and TOT before 9:00 leaving the rest of the day to enjoy the rest of the park.
Stay on property! It is so much better overall You will save so much time it is worth the extra few dollars vs the run-down places off-site.
I have to say without a doubt that staying on property, for so many reasons, is part of the whole experience. Whether at a value or deluxe resort, it absolutely adds to the "magic" of a WDW vacation.
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To me, it's so much easier than staying off property. Once you add in all of your parking fees each day you come... the price is totally worth it! On site all the way!
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We usually do both when we visit Disney. We'll stay a week in a condo or vacation home, which is usually large enough to have a few friends or relatives vacation with us. Then after the week is up we stay on site a few nights with just our immediate family to really soak up the Disney Magic before heading home.
The condos are great for the budget, and it's especially nice having the laundry and a kitchen right in your unit. And of course, the WDW resorts are unmatched for family fun.
I would definitely stay on site. I loved staying at the Dsiney resorts (All-Star Movies and Pop Century). You never have to leave the magic. Plus the transportation is really nice. Early entry days!! Being really close to everything. Last time I went I stayed at Pop Century for $55 a night and I could see Epcot's Illumination fireworks from right outside my door!! It was great!!!
If you want the entire Disney experience, staying on property is the only way to go. That way, from the moment you arrive on Disney property until you drive away at the end of your stay, you really are a part of the experience.
Of course I hear there are some people that want to stay off site in order to "escape" the Disney experience at night, eat off property, etc...of course, I disagree and most of us on this site think those people are kinda wacky...
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