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hippiechick72
01-09-2009, 11:27 AM
My hubby really wantst o go to WDW again this year, but we just can't swing it right now. At least I don't think we should. Would it be cheaper to stay offsite rather than staying at WDW?

Bren's Mom
01-09-2009, 11:36 AM
The answer to that question depends on a number of factors. What you need to do is get the best quote you can to stay onsite, then quote the best alternative (hotel/condo) you can making sure to add in the cost of a rental car and parking. You can also try to figure what meals onsite (or the DDP) would cost vs. eating in your condo (or at a hotel).

I've factored this several times for my family of 4 to stay in a condo. It's slightly cheaper to stay offsite I've found, and for us the benefits would be immeasurable...a week in one Pop room I'd go nuts...we need the space!

JaimeinWonderland
01-09-2009, 11:37 AM
, Its a lot cheaper to stay off site, BUT you get what you pay for! We made a reservation at a Days Inn for $40 a night and it was AWFUL!! There are some decent ones out there but be careful where you book!

4Seasons
01-09-2009, 11:39 AM
, Its a lot cheaper to stay off site, BUT you get what you pay for! We made a reservation at a Days Inn for $40 a night and it was AWFUL!! There are some decent ones out there but be careful where you book!

There alot of great offsite deals to be had in the Orlando area, especially in the condo/townhome/homes, that are an absolute bargain and you get MUCH MORE than you pay for!

Alot depends on the timeframe you are going, but in general you can get something really nice for under $100/night.

JaimeinWonderland
01-09-2009, 11:42 AM
There alot of great offsite deals to be had in the Orlando area, especially in the condo/townhome/homes, that are an absolute bargain and you get MUCH MORE than you pay for!

Alot depends on the timeframe you are going, but in general you can get something really nice for under $100/night.


We are staying at Sunlake for the week for just $75 a night for a 3 beedroom condo!! In some people's opinion this is still high! I have 3 kids so it works great for us!

mouselovr
01-09-2009, 11:42 AM
You gotta really number crunch this. Especially with all the perks Disney is offering with free nights and 40% off stuff, and if you are interested and they do free dining. We stayed at the Radissson Worldgate one time for $55.00 a night and it was honestly one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in, from the rooms to the staff it was great, but I would really check out the deals from Disney first you can do a value resort for about the same price with discount codes. Do you know anyone who has a vacation club or timeshare program that they could sell or trade you some points for that might also be an option!
Good Luck!:wizard:

maleficentmom
01-09-2009, 11:43 AM
hey! We have tried to figure this out too. The cheapest I have found is the 4 plus 3 free deal staying at a value resort using dates to get the 200 gift card offer. we will pay the extra (think its around 53 per ticketw/this deal) to get no exp. to use leftover days on next trip. This ends up being around 1465 + noexp. cost - $200 gift card. (ie around 1400 plus air and eats)Although i have been trying to figure out extra discounts(maybe AAA?) on top of this.If just a few nights Buena Vista Suites is nice, has shuttle and free breakfast buffet that is yummy. but i think more bang for your buck per day w/ the disney deal, 7 nights w/tix minus giftcard is 1265!

akayek31
01-09-2009, 11:47 AM
we went in July 2008 and stayed at the Best western Lakeside. It is $65 a night but is $55 a night for me since I work for the state government. We are staying there again this year after our week at Disney so we can go to Universal. It is on all of the hotel websites. It has 3 pools, a mini golf course, a fridge in the room, and free wifi! I booked through the hotel as I had a couple problems when I booked through a travel sight. I hope this helped :)

tonilea
01-09-2009, 12:01 PM
Unless you have an AP, don't forget to factor in the expense ($12 per day, I think) of parking.

Darcy03231
01-09-2009, 01:02 PM
We stayed off-site in August 2007 and it was much cheaper, even with renting a car. There were 9 of us and we would have needed three hotel rooms on site at peak season prices. Here are our figures:

5 bedroom/3 bath private pool home, including all taxes and fees - $700/wk

Rental car #1 - $200/wk

Rental car #2 - $175/wk

Parking - $168/wk

Gas - $75/wk

Total = $1,318.00

Total cost for three on-site rooms was about $3,000.00

We also saved a lot of money by eating meals in. I really didn't count the groceries into my budget as we would have had to buy groceries at home.

We found staying in the villa was wonderful. We had a private pool, plenty or room to spread out, a washer and dryer and full kitchen. The adults could easily stay up at night visiting, playing cards and watching tv while the kids were in bed. No one was crowded into one small room. I would definitely go with a rental home again.

hippiechick72
01-09-2009, 01:20 PM
The buy 4 get 3 plus the gift card is not working out for me. I've called AAA and Disney both and I get a price lower than 2200 staying at a Pop resort. I think they are jipping me out of hte 3 free nights. I went last year for 2000. I was quite surprised that it costs more this year with their promotion. I hate to stay offsite. I lvoe the Disney perks for staying onsite, but if it's cheaper than I may reconsider.

DebMcDonald
01-09-2009, 01:23 PM
We stayed in Lake Buena Vista at Spring Hill Suites for around $75 nightly, which included a breakfast buffet. It was a very nice hotel.

jodgaff
01-09-2009, 01:33 PM
I love staying at the PoP Century and now with the buy 4 get 3 deal it is great!

njsweetP
01-09-2009, 01:40 PM
We always stay off site. Having that extra space is priceless to me. For the last couple of years we've stayed at the Cypress Pointe Grandvillas. It's 2 bedrooms/2 bath/full kitchen condo w/a washer and dryer. It's very close to DTD and many restaurants. We love it here and can't wait to go back in June!

richmond282
01-09-2009, 06:44 PM
We stayed at a very nice 2 bedroom condo (that I found on vrbo.com) for $69/night. It's really hard to beat that. My DD had her own room and we didn't have to tiptoe around after her bedtime.

crazelion
01-09-2009, 06:56 PM
Off site can have many benefits to it:

Hotel can come free breakfast. Stay F airfield by Marriott on Canada Avenue July 4th weekend for 80.00 dollars a night with the free Orlando magic card.

Be come go as please without waiting for a bus with your car

Save money by eating of fsite at cheap restaurants that can pick up coupons for.

mickistreeter
01-11-2009, 08:05 PM
We have done them both. We started at a disney value resort, then two years at CBR, then POFQ, then Old Key West. This last year was the first year we stayed off grounds, and you have your pro's and con's to both. The house we rented last year, was only a mile from disney, we had four bedrooms, and our own private pool, hot tub, and game room. We also liked the fact that we could do our meals right at the house, that saved us alot of money! It worked out good cause we were only a mile from disney. The downfall is that you have to pay for parking, and you are not in the disney atmosphere. This year we are again staying off site again, we got a four bedroom, and are only paying $750 for a week, and that includes all the taxes and cleaning charges. You can find a two bedroom for even cheaper if that is all you need! :wizard:

kellia
01-11-2009, 08:55 PM
With 3 kids, I can't imagine being trapped in a hotel room with them for a week! I think that would put the limit of family togetherness to a test! :scared1:

We've gotten great deals in Jan/Feb in condos. 2 years ago we got a 2 bed condo at Windsor Palms for $400/week! This time, we got a townhouse at the same place for $800 for 10 days. You just can't beat that! It allows us to cook our own breakfast, make lunches for the parks, bring very few clothes because we washe them each night in the washer/dryer in unit. Awesome!!!

Also, I like having a car so we can go when we want.

But of course, you have to make sure how the numbers work for you!! :)

Suz D
01-11-2009, 09:16 PM
The buy 4 get 3 plus the gift card is not working out for me. I've called AAA and Disney both and I get a price lower than 2200 staying at a Pop resort. I think they are jipping me out of hte 3 free nights. I went last year for 2000. I was quite surprised that it costs more this year with their promotion. I hate to stay offsite. I lvoe the Disney perks for staying onsite, but if it's cheaper than I may reconsider.

The problem is that you pay the maximum price for the rooms for the first 4 nights. I figured it both ways because it seemed high to me too. We booked the 4/3 but we're hoping for a discount code for the time that we'll be there. If one comes out it might very well be cheaper to get a room and tickets or do a AAA discount.

Marshay
01-11-2009, 10:04 PM
When we want to go to WDW but just go cheaply like for a quick weekend where we'll spend all our time in the parks anyway -- we use Priceline. I've gotten $28/night for I-drive (La Quinta, Best Western and Comfort Inn). At that price you can get multiple rooms and still come out ahead. The rooms are BASIC -- except we did get a free breakfast.

I also paid $45/night for Radisson Worldgate on Priceline and $80/night for a room in-season at one of those hotels right across/down from DTD (I forget which one).

DawnM
01-11-2009, 10:10 PM
Yes, we always stay off site now. It is MUCH cheaper, and I can have 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. For us, this is the only way to do it.

I just can't do hotel rooms anymore with 5 people. We did it just this past fall when we went to Montreal and it was very tight.

Dawn

perriwinkleblue
01-12-2009, 01:10 AM
This is a great thread. I'm making notes on places that people liked. We love staying on-property - but - now that ds is bigger we are, officially, a party of 5 - which cuts down on "budget" options. Two value rooms are fine, except with my little ones I'd want either Mom or Dad in each room at night. :sad2:

We go to WDW at least once a year and I think we may look offsite next year. I'm interested in possibly renting a vacation home but I'm nervous. What if it's not as nice as the pictures - or not clean or safe?

vgrandy
01-12-2009, 06:20 AM
We have always rented a vacation home. The cheapest I've gotten is a 3 bedroom/2 bath house with private pool and hot tub in September for $400. The max was a 4 bed/3 bath house for $800. We are a family of four and really value the space and down time it allows us. As much as I'd love to stay on-site, I can't imagine the 4 of us in one room with 2 double beds for a week.

Victoria

Tiffa
01-12-2009, 08:20 AM
:rotfl2: I laughed when I saw this, we have stayed on and off site and had both good and bad times, on site was great but no room in the hotel and we like to stay for 10 days or more so we now go with a 4 bedroom house in Rolling Hills area, it's just around the corner from Animal Kingdom. We went cheap one year and stayed at a hotel when my hubby ran the marathon it was a bit bigger room but still had an odor of its own. Then we tried again mind you this was years ago and stayed at the ***ghts Inn and the guy at the desk ripped off our credit card # and stole our cash, well he took our cash and charged our room we had to file a report they notified us we might have to come testify. :eek: YEARS AGO! The only time we stayed on site the lady that checked us in got an attitude and put us as far in the back of the Music resort as you could possibly get, we didnt mind it was quiet there :rotfl: We loved the house so much we booked it again this year, 4 bedrooms, pool and washer and dryer. That is a big plus to wash clothes and our kids are such picky eaters we really dont eat out much we just hit the grocery store down the street, we drive down and get our tickets thru under cover tourist. I did hear parking has gone up to $12 bucks a day even if you parkhop you still only pay once a day.

FayeW
01-12-2009, 08:39 AM
We always stay offsite, but always in a condo that is at least a 2 bdrm. This year we chose a 3 bdrm at Windsor Hills and absolutely loved it. We rented through www.floridasunvacationhomes.com and it was an excellent experience. The condo was as presented in the photos, management was excellent and we were delighted with our stay.

Previously we had used skyauction (3 times) and chose 2 bdrm units at Cypress Point Grand Villas (amazing!), Bryan's Spanish Cove, and Orbit One, respectively. Our accomodations for 7 days were less than $265. This year we decided we want to "splurge" a little, and chose to rent at Windsor Hills. Although we paid more than usual, it was still relatively inexpensive. We paid less than $85 per night, taxes and cleaning included. I don't think that is much higher than one room at a value, and my family of 4 would never have survived 9 nights in a single hotel room!

If I was just going to stay in a hotel room, I would probably just stay onsite. As far as I am concerned there is not much value in staying offsite and paying for parking, etc if you are just goingt to rent a single hotel room and are still going to have to eat all of your meals out and rent a car. For us, the value comes from getting "more bang for our buck". For approximately the same cost as a single hotel room onsite we had 3 bdrms, full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 4 televisions and laundry facilites. We ate breakfast in the condo every morning, as well as a couple of lunches and dinners. We had snacks (freshly baked cookies!) and could make a cup of tea or grab a cold beer whenever we wanted to. The pool complex was beautiful...a free form pool with hot tub and pool slide. I understand that to have that type of pool, as well as a fridge and coffee maker, I would have to stay at at least a Moderate onsite, which would have made that single hotel room more expensive than the large condo. I believe that the difference paid for the parking at least, and maybe part of the car rental. The car paid for itself in just having access to (much) less expensive offsite restaurants, but we will always have that expense anyway since we do not like to be restricted by bus service.

Hope that helps!

lindsmom
01-12-2009, 09:09 AM
We stayed at Cypress Harbour last April and it's at the top of our list to go back! It was wonderful, for the reasons that other posters have mentioned: if I had to stay in a single hotel room with DH and DD, I'd lose it! DD is in bed by 8:30, DH and I are up till 10:00. No way am I going to tiptoe around or pretend to sleep for another hour after she's in bed! That's not a vacation. So we had separate bedrooms, a kitchen (fresh coffee in the morning), washing machine (pack 3 days of clothes then wash)...

another thing that some pro onsite people mention is traveling, having to drive your car to the parks. But from Cypress Harbour it was 20 minutes door to door for most of the parks. Depending which onsite you're at, it may take much longer to do the bus thing. Also, 20 minutes back to the room midday for a break, 20 minutes back to park at night after our rest.

Sure, when we can afford a 2 bedroom onsite condo we'll stay there. But my lottery ticket hasn't won yet. ;)

phins_jazy
01-12-2009, 09:52 AM
The first time we went we stayed offsite at windsor hills condos. Loved it but hated all the parking charges at the parks. This year we're being extra frugal and staying onsite at Fort Wilderness and we're camping for $43 a night. You can fit 10 people on your site which is great for us as we're a family of 5 and we may have another family of 4 joining us. If you like camping it may be worth it for you. You get all the perks like EMH and free parking and you aren't paying an arm and a leg.

crjack
01-12-2009, 11:25 AM
This is a great thread. I'm making notes on places that people liked. We love staying on-property - but - now that ds is bigger we are, officially, a party of 5 - which cuts down on "budget" options. Two value rooms are fine, except with my little ones I'd want either Mom or Dad in each room at night. :sad2:

We go to WDW at least once a year and I think we may look offsite next year. I'm interested in possibly renting a vacation home but I'm nervous. What if it's not as nice as the pictures - or not clean or safe?

If you are interested in staying offsite check out the Orlando Attractions/Off Site section here on DIS. It helped us tremendously years ago planning our first off-site vacation and we have never gone back to staying on-site. There is a thread at the top where people post reviews on the specific houses or condos they have stayed at and lots of detailed info.

We have stayed at Windsor Hills and Windsor Palms and loved them both. We have also stayed at Summer Bay (nice but a little too far down 192). Our children enjoy the space now too and we would go crazy all being in one room again. It's nice for us to be able to spread out a little and have our own space after a long day at the parks.

NaplesRI
01-12-2009, 11:37 AM
as you can see, there are lots of opinions, and you need to decide what's most important to you and your family.
We have never stayed at a Disney property, and part of me is aching to, but it is just so darn expensive. I would not be happy with a value resort, and I dont want to pay for a deluxe.

We have a March family trip planned, 3 generations if you will. We wanted 3 bathrooms for the 5 adults, so we found a 3 bedroom/3 bath condo at Lighthouse Key resort. After our visit I will report back on it.

For us, the ability for everyone to have their own space, while still being together as a family, is priceless.
Having a full kitchen and washer/dryer is a bonus we will utilize daily.

I think we will get enough "Disney" while at the parks, plus I have been shopping and getting all kinds of Disney things to put in the condo- from facecloths to soaps to throw blankets, our unit will be Disneyfied before the rest of the family arrives!

Good luck with your decision! (btw- I may sneak hubby up for a value season trip later this year for a couple days at a Disney resort just to get it out of my system)

LIBLULA
01-12-2009, 11:38 AM
We have done both. When we stay for 2 weeks in the summer, we always rent a vacation home-(with private pool-washer/dryer). We have rented the same house the past 2 summers for 800 a week- 4 bedroom, 3 bath. The house is only 3-4 years old--very nice! It's nice to have the space-not stuck in one room! This September we are staying onsite for 11 nights with free dining(booked last September). It shouldn't be too bad-there's 3 of us. I will miss the washer/dryer and the extra space!!!:)