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**pixiedust**
05-02-2005, 11:23 AM
We are gearing up for our first onsite stay after many years of staying outside of the world. What is it that makes the onsite resorts so much more special? How do you feel the magic more when you are at an onsite hotel? I would love to hear everyone's answers!

*Fantasia*
05-02-2005, 11:30 AM
I think it's the refillable mugs! I collect them! I also think when I am carrying the KTW.. it makes me feel special cause I am not just visiting the World, but I am aslo staying IN the World!

pozey
05-02-2005, 11:33 AM
I am sure that you will get a wide array of responses to this, as "magical" means different things to different people.

For my family, it is many different things. First, it is more convenient. We love the fact that we can let Disney take us where we want to go. We don't have to worry about traffic or the possibility of an accident. We just want to hop on a bus, a boat, or a monorail and let Disney do the driving.

We like the fact that the resorts have themes. The resort is just an extension of the parks. You still feel part of the "show" even in your hotel room.

Those are just a few of the reasons why staying on site is magical to us.

DisOrBust
05-02-2005, 11:55 AM
I love the fact when your on property you don't see all International drive cheezy places etc... You feel seperate from that and don't realize all that other stuff is a few miles away. We love the WDW transporation, no worrying about finding directions or driving!

The majority of the time the WDW quality and theming shines through!! My parents who are in their 70's and have travel and lived all over the world love going to WDW. The whole anxiety of the hotel being decent and the food decent is all taken away. You can truely relax....and if you play the discount game right....it isn't that much more expensive.

sters
05-02-2005, 11:56 AM
I like the Mickey Mouse wake up call! I love the convenience and that all residents are in Disney mode!

ms1
05-02-2005, 12:13 PM
The refillable mugs. The wake up call. Mickey soaps. Transportation. I get so immersed in the whole thing that the outside world ceases to exist. Therefore, it does what vacation should, eases the stress.

dreamalittledream
05-02-2005, 12:43 PM
I love staying on Property, for me it is the entire experience of going to Disney vs going to a theme park. Everyone, from Mousekeeping on up is also playing a "part" in making your stay magical. For some reason the CM's are just nicer than normal hotel employees.

it is also a comfort level of security and safety. Now, I know one must always be vigilent even on vacation but staying on property gives an added layer of comfort.

dreamalittledream
05-02-2005, 12:55 PM
How could I forget the logistical benefits of:
sending purchases back to your hotel
shorter line for the resort monorail and more options for transprotation
not needing a rental car

and the best one :Pinkbounc EMH! :Pinkbounc

happybratpack
05-02-2005, 01:02 PM
The fact that I can walk into the resort and stand there and know that for the next XX number of days I don't have anywhere I need to be, I don't have to drive myself anywhere and I am free to do anything I want. It seems to us that nothing exists outside of WDW (except calling to check on the dogs 5 times a day) ;)

Tron72
05-02-2005, 01:06 PM
I am sure that you will get a wide array of responses to this, as "magical" means different things to different people.

For my family, it is many different things. First, it is more convenient. We love the fact that we can let Disney take us where we want to go. We don't have to worry about traffic or the possibility of an accident. We just want to hop on a bus, a boat, or a monorail and let Disney do the driving.

We like the fact that the resorts have themes. The resort is just an extension of the parks. You still feel part of the "show" even in your hotel room.

Those are just a few of the reasons why staying on site is magical to us.

I agree with Pozey, no matter who you ask, their view of "Magical" will be different, and may even be different then what you will come to feel as "Magical" to you and your family. I could write out a long list of everything I love about staying on site. But, I shall take all those little things (Disney Theme hotels, service, extras they offer, and the list goes on) for me its like being able to exlpore a whole new world or universe, or its like being able to share a close bond with Walt himself, and all that he dreamed of and wanted for the world. I mean going to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM, or the Animal Kingdom, is magical even when staying outside the park, but once you cross over, its like I said for me exploring a whole new world, one that staying off site does not offer or fullfill.

Well I hope that helped alittle, and I hope you and your family find your own "Magical" reason why you love about staying on site as compared to off site.

Tron72
:Pinkbounc :cool1: :Pinkbounc :cool1:
I will be exploring an entire new world once again, come May 12, when I arrive at the Wilderness Lodge for my family's Grand Gathering.

duck_adoo
05-02-2005, 01:16 PM
Hi,
Not having to drive at all. We stay on Disney and don't drive, don't cook :cool1:
Especially not driving after a long day at the park. We also like to park hop, so we're not driving between parks or driving to eat somewhere. I just love it:)

zagafi
05-02-2005, 02:41 PM
For me, it's that wonderful sensation that I'm leaving the hustle and bustle of the "real world" behind. As soon as we drive under the archway welcoming us, we know we're "home". I love that we can choose to travel to the Pacific Northwest, and African village, a BoardWalk of yesteryear, the Big Easy, or any other number of wonderfully themed resorts. It all adds to the escape that is Disney!

DisneyMomx7
05-02-2005, 02:41 PM
There are so many reasons its magical but I think the one that sums it up best for us - is that when you stay onsite you never "leave" the magic. You just go to a different part of the magic. Each resort has its own magical theme and own magical atmosphere.

rsoxrule
05-02-2005, 03:20 PM
Can you enlighten me on what you mean by "refillable mugs"? We will be staying at Port Orleans for 4 days in June (have not been to WDW since 1996) and never heard of that during our stay back then?

goodferry
05-02-2005, 04:09 PM
For us, it is being immersed in the experience 24 hours a day. It makes what can be a hectic vacation more relaxing. No rental cars, no driving, no traffic, just a monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom, looking out my window and seeing the castle, and the feeling that the cast members are there to take care of me for the duration of my stay.
rsoxrule, I am pretty sure refillable mugs were around in 1996. They are plastic mugs that you buy (I think they are around $12) and they are refillable in your resort food court/restaurants for the length of your stay. Each mug for each resort has a different design, some people enjoy collecting them.

wkrider
05-02-2005, 05:14 PM
Not to sound snobby but we only stay on property. When I am there I feel that I am truely in a magical place. From the second I drive under the welcome sign entering the property until I leave I feel that I am in a different world. I don't see all the tall buildings and see and hear all the traffic. I love it there. :earboy2:

soccer mom
05-02-2005, 06:52 PM
I don't know if anyone here is old enough to remember the television program "Fantasy Island," but that is what it is for us. It is so much NOT like the "real world." My kids even seem to get along better. It means you are "there!" 24 hours a day, I don't have to drive to the magic everyday...I'm there when I open my eyes!

Greg K.
05-02-2005, 09:24 PM
1. Impeccable theming of resorts
2. Unparalleled service, a.k.a. -- "The Disney Touch." They really go out of their way to make you feel not like a customer, but a guest and someone they really really REALLY want to come back. People are unbelievably nice.
3. Location, location, location. Being able to roll out of bed, jog to the monorail and, in 10 minutes or less, be walking down Main Street!! :goodvibes
4. Convenience, convenience, convenience. Being able to ride a monorail, or a boat, or a bus, or to just WALK to your favorite attractions. To feel, if just for a few days, like you are a citizen of the Magic Kingdom! :wizard:
5. Extra hours of magic in the morning or at night -- woo hoo! :Pinkbounc
6. Yep, those mugs.
7. Location, location, location. Again. Being able to run out and get a Mickey ice cream bar, or a Dole whip, or one of those ENORMOUS cinnamon rolls in the bakery, as if you're just going around the corner or down the block -- which, in some cases, you are! :rotfl:
8. To be able to look out your window at night and see fireworks exploding everywhere!
9. Hearing Disney music all over the place. Your life suddenly gets a completely different soundtrack!
And, last but not least...
10. Having the wonder, the magic, and the enchantment surrounding you every moment, from when Mickey wakes you up, until Tinkerbell kisses you goodnight.

It really is a "whole new world"! :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

twinklebug
05-02-2005, 09:36 PM
To me it means letting Disney take care of all the worries. They cook, clean, transport you and your family about & now even can pick you up & drop you off at the airport. So long as you have your flight booked, bags packed, credit card & reservations in hand the next week should be a breeze.

Of course the whole experience just wouldn't be as "magical" if it wern't for the wonderful accomodations ;)

DisneyDotty
05-02-2005, 09:46 PM
-The bedtime stories (hope they still have them!)
-Mousekeeping's special touches like having ds's Woody doll hug dd's Jessie
-Mickey toilet paper
-resort staff (CM's) who actually give a d**n about customers
-being a short monorail ride away from MK
-staying in one magical place for 10 nights
Ahh--good thread. Makes me want to go NOW!
:goodvibes

DisneyMim
05-03-2005, 07:31 AM
What others said! I won't list everything, but for us, to sum it up, it's just "magical". We love being in Disney for our entire vacation. We travel a lot and stay in other hotels for our other vacations, but at Disney it has to be onsite.

AndyMcV
05-03-2005, 12:08 PM
For us it's that relaxation factor. When you stay on site at Disney everything, yes everything is taken care for you. It's SO convenient. We've been on family vacations but Disney is the first place that I've felt totally relaxed after I get there. Like another poster said once you pass through the welcoming Disney gates the rest of the world just fades away with all it's worries.

I remember in 2003 strolling along the walkway in front of the Yacht Club and Beach Club across from the Boardwalk on a warm June summer night with my DW and DS3 and everyone was just relaxed. Even the people we passed and walked with. I remember commenting to my wife how relaxed and nice everyone was. Everyone was just having fun. To me seeing smiles all over, people being genuinely nice, holding doors and being considerate of others was totally part of the magic. This was after having a great day in the parks and coming back for a nice swim in the afternoon..... ah just thinking about it is making me breath easier. :goodvibes

Compare that to staying at the parks all day because you can't leave to go to your off site hotel, trying to find your car in a super crowded parking lot. The stress of loading everyone up. Dealing with overtired kids who wanted to pack the summer into one day at a Disney park. The stress of driving in and out of Disney with the 1000's of other drivers and finding your offsite hotel.

Compare wanting to watch the awesome nightly fireworks display when you're standing there in super tired feet surrounded by 1000's of people in the park to relaxing at your resort on the beach or in your room/balcony watching these same awesome fireworks.

I also remember the atmosphere not just at the resorts but all around. The Disney music always remindes me as a child (in Canada) on Sunday night TV watching the "The Wonderful World of Disney". It was really cool for my DS3 to wake up and have breakfast or later dinner with a Disney character.

Also to remember the detail that Disney puts in it's parks in terms of landscaping and great looking architecture? The same holds true as to what you see at Disney Resort outside the parks (at the Disney resorts and outside the Disney resorts). Being offsite you don't get to see this at all. For example the Epcot, Boardwalk area is beautiful. The Boardwalk has an atmosphere of a 1930's Atlantic coastal village and it looks like you've actually transported to the 1930's

In 2000 we stayed off site at a nice resort, the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista. In fact we really liked the Embassy Suites. On that same trip we split it with a few nights at the Contemporary. Wow what a difference, the convenience, the monorail and the relaxation. In 2003 we stayed at the Swan and it was fantastic and has been our best family vacation. Never again will we stay off site.

Hope this gives you a feeling of "Wow it would be cool to stay on site". :goodvibes

Andy

**pixiedust**
05-03-2005, 12:21 PM
Oh I am getting SO excited!!! :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

Does anyone know if you can see any of the Epcot or MK fireworks from POFQ????

Dallas_Lady
05-03-2005, 01:05 PM
I second just about everything everyone has said. I loved the comment of it being like "Fantasy Island." From the moment we pass under the sign, the real world just fades away and you enter Disneyworld. I am immersed in this fantasy completely. It's a surreal feeling. I love it!

This thread makes me want to go NOW!

Does anyone know if you can see any of the Epcot or MK fireworks from POFQ????

Sorry, you can't see fireworks from this resort :(

aimee11621
05-03-2005, 01:42 PM
Once you stay on site YOU WILL NEVER go back!!!!!

Service Service Service!!! Good housekeeping......Everywhere you turn its disney....TRANSPORTATION!!!! EMH!!! :goodvibes :earseek: DONT HAVE TO LOOK AT MY CAR AGAIN :teeth: .....

Cindy's Mom
05-03-2005, 02:00 PM
THere is just "something in the air" at Disney - being on site is the best thing you can do for your vacation.

Nora94
05-03-2005, 02:14 PM
*sending packages back to your hotel
*the option of Disney transportation system. We used 1/2 and 1/2. One day dd2 got sick at Animal Kingdom, I went back to the room with her on the bus and dh and dd5 stayed till the park closed and took the car back. If we had been staying off property that would not have been doable.
*Extra Magic Hours - how else do you get an extra 3 hours of riding rides?
*Dining Plan - worth every penny and only available if staying on property.
*Free parking at the parks and other hotels. Didn't realize you would have to pay to park at the Contemporary if you had dinner there but one person we ran into said it was $8 when they had dinner at the Concourse.
*Proximity to the parks. We stayed at the Carribean Beach Resort and driving to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and MGM took less than 10 minutes.

Nora

Nora, glad we did stay on property

3lilprincesses
05-03-2005, 02:24 PM
for me its...what they just said!! everyone has put it so well, what more is there to say?

when you stay on property, there is no "outside world". you truly are in disney world, 24/7.

i don't know about anyone else, but some of these responses have gotten me all misty eyed!! :lovestruc :lovestruc :lovestruc

vabeth
05-03-2005, 02:35 PM
I call it being in the 'Disney Bubble'! It's being totally immersed in the whole Disney experience that makes it so magical for me! You don't have to worry about a thing! It all feels totally safe and cozy! It's like being a kid again! Where else in the world would you get to spend 14 days walking around wearing purple mouse shaped boppers on you head and not get carted off to the loony-bin!!! :earsgirl: :earsgirl:

Cindy's Mom
05-03-2005, 02:43 PM
I call it being in the 'Disney Bubble'! It's being totally immersed in the whole Disney experience that makes it so magical for me! You don't have to worry about a thing! It all feels totally safe and cozy! It's like being a kid again! Where else in the world would you get to spend 14 days walking around wearing purple mouse shaped boppers on you head and not get carted off to the loony-bin!!! :earsgirl: :earsgirl:


so well said :sunny: