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Old 10-08-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Always stayed on WDW Property - sell me on off site

We've been to WDW four times and stayed on site each time (CBR & CSR). We really enjoyed being on site but it is expensive. Assuming we rent a car and have to pay for parking each day, what is the savings of staying off site?
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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Even with a car and parking we usually always come out ahead. I wouldn't say it was worth it if you are just going to do a hotel but if you rent a condo in one of the communities just outside the gate, you will be soooo happy with all the extra space you gain, you will never want to go back onsite.

Try Windsor Hills - super close and really nice!
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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We drive but assuming you can get a car on the less expensive side you can come out way ahead and have WAY more space. We have done a week with everything (granted we had the salute tickets) for our family of 4 for @ 1200. No way we could have done that at a value and we have always at least had 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen.

I argue that it has never taken me longer to get to the parks from off-site than if I stay on and used disney transport. I have often been in the park and 30 minutes later had my kids in bed for a nap during the day.

Good luck making a decision but for us it is easy.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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I did the math and made a spreadsheet because I am resisting staying off-site. We will be staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek in a One-bedroom villa because even with rental car (they do have a shuttle) and parking fees it is still much cheaper than a moderate ($649 for 8 nights plus $350 over estimate for car and parking total $1000 with the freedom of a car) or about the same price as the All-Stars without a car ($909). Tickets and food not included. Except at Bonnet Creek we get a King size bed, sofa, kitchen, washer/dryer, garden tub, and balcony. And it is closer to the action than the All-Stars. I am still struggling with the choice, but I figured for the space, comfort, and budget I can at least try it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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What are you looking for? A larger place?

I have stayed at a hotel right across the street from Downtown Disney and it was great being so close to our hotel and having DTD so close by. The hotel has changed names like 3 times, but is a nice hotel if you get in the towers. It was Regal Sun but I am pretty sure the name changed again because my brother just stayed there a few months ago under the new name.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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Our last trip we stayed at Bonnet Creek in a 2 BR presidential suite. The room and resort were beautiful, it was nice having the extra space. But, it just wasn't Disney. I love staying on site. While trying to make a decision about that trip I was on the fence about on or off property. I read the "We love Bonnet Creek" thread every day and looked at all the pictures. After a lot of consideration I decided to try off site. I do not regret my decision because now I know. From now on if at all possible, I will always choose on site. If you do choose off site I would highly recomend Bonnet Creek. We rented points and got a great deal. At Bonnet Creek you have a full kitchen so can eat all meals and snacks in which can be a big savings. You do get more for your money off site, it just depends on what you want from your vacation. I really think it is a personal choice. I realized that for me a big part of my vacation is staying at a Disney resort. I love being surounded by the magic 24 hours a day, and would rather stay in a smaller room to have it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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It all comes down to money for us this year. We used to stay offsite and then spent many years onsite, most recently in our DVC which since we've had to sell. So this trip we have a 3 bedroom condo for 1 week at WH for $900.00. There is 5 of us, and POR is $2000 for the same week. Hopefully in the future we can stay onsite again, but, I'm excited to stretch out, save some money, and try something new!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:40 PM   #8
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What are you looking for? A larger place?

I have stayed at a hotel right across the street from Downtown Disney and it was great being so close to our hotel and having DTD so close by. The hotel has changed names like 3 times, but is a nice hotel if you get in the towers. It was Regal Sun but I am pretty sure the name changed again because my brother just stayed there a few months ago under the new name.
I know which hotel you are referring to also and for the life of me I can't remember the new name. I know one of its old names was The Grosvenor Hotel. My aunt worked at that hotel many years ago so my family would stay there for Disney vacations. I recently stayed at the Best Western down the street on that same road, but I wasn't impressed. The rooms needed some updating.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:15 PM   #9
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I know which hotel you are referring to also and for the life of me I can't remember the new name. I know one of its old names was The Grosvenor Hotel. My aunt worked at that hotel many years ago so my family would stay there for Disney vacations. I recently stayed at the Best Western down the street on that same road, but I wasn't impressed. The rooms needed some updating.
I just did a google search to find it. Yes, I remember it as the Grosvenor, then Regal Sun. It looks like now it is just called Wyndam Lake Buena Vista.

I know online reviews many did not like the 1st floor rooms with the large sliding doors because of noise of guest coming in/out at all hours. I have only stayed in the towers and thought it was a very nice stay. I have stayed here twice. Once with my brother's family, who recently went back a couple months ago. They have a very nice pool and kids splash/play area.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:41 AM   #10
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I did the math and made a spreadsheet because I am resisting staying off-site. We will be staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek in a One-bedroom villa because even with rental car (they do have a shuttle) and parking fees it is still much cheaper than a moderate ($649 for 8 nights plus $350 over estimate for car and parking total $1000 with the freedom of a car) or about the same price as the All-Stars without a car ($909). Tickets and food not included. Except at Bonnet Creek we get a King size bed, sofa, kitchen, washer/dryer, garden tub, and balcony. And it is closer to the action than the All-Stars. I am still struggling with the choice, but I figured for the space, comfort, and budget I can at least try it.
That is a great price for Bonnet Creek...do you mind me asking who you booked with?? You will love it there..have stayed twice and I am the opposite of you, having a hard time going onsite from off! lol
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:41 AM   #11
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That is a great price for Bonnet Creek...do you mind me asking who you booked with?? You will love it there..have stayed twice and I am the opposite of you, having a hard time going onsite from off! lol
We booked through Vacation Strategy. Our check in date is at the start of WBC value time if that helps (4/12/2013). It is a One bedroom villa, let's see... the 2 bedroom quote was $744 for 8 nights beginning 4/12.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:06 PM   #12
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For me, the money savings is a big factor in my decision. The space factor is bigger though. We do drive our own car however. I also think it has a lot to do with how big/old your party is and how you like to vacation.

I know some people hate driving the car on vacation, but we don't mind it. Would probably drive if we stayed onsite anyway. We timed it a few times and beat my cousin's family who were also there that week to the park each time. They were using Disney transportation. This was from the condo, Buena Vista Suites was even closer.

Some people don't like leaving the arches once they arrive. We love driving under them everyday.

We got a condo decorated with Disney decor. My kids LOVED it. I've gotten the comment on another thread that someone could throw up a mickey shower curtain in their house, doesn't mean that they're at disney. True. But, I don't have any disney decorations at my house AND at my house we don't get up and go to the parks everyday. My kids were thrilled when they walked into that condo and made me take pics of every little detail.

First trip we stayed at the Buena Vista Suites. Had a bedroom and separate living room. Lots of space for my daughter's pack and play and we could close the door and have our own space while she slept. They also had a free full breakfast which was nice. We'd eat a huge breakfast before the parks and then eat lunch or snack mid-afternoon and shared a snack or meal for dinner. We saved a lot of money on food and ate at off times avoiding the crowds.

Second trip we stayed with my parents in the condo. Was so nice to have separate bedrooms for the older kids and a huge bedroom for us and the baby. Plus a bedroom for my parents. I'm just more relaxed when we're not on top of each other and our stuff is picked up. The huge plus that trip was the washer/dryer. My 4 month old soiled at least one set of clothes a day that trip.

Having a fridge for milk was a must for me. I don't cook on vacation, but I need a fridge. At the time the Values didn't have them, but I've heard that now they do.

If my kids were older, I'd consider staying on-site so they could use transportation to split up some. But, I think then we'd need the space even more, so I don't know. Super happy with our offsite stays.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:22 PM   #13
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Well, I can tell you that we went on our first Disney vacay as a family in June 2011. There were 4 of us at the time (Me, DW, DD3, and DS 18mo), and we really try to do our best to stick to the kids' sleeping schedules when traveling. Separate bedrooms were a must!

Before we even decided on that though, I broke down the on-site and off-site costs first. Assuming we were staying at the cheapest resort on Disney property, even when I added in the cost of a 3 br condo for a week, car rental, groceries for breakfast and lunch, parking at the parks and an $800 allowance for dinners, the condo still came out almost $300 cheaper.

I'm talking a 3 bedroom condo, minutes from the parks, at a resort that also has other facilities like playgrounds and a pool. We were able to enjoy most breakfasts at the condo, and it was a great break mid-day to stop, get the kids a nap (or try to ), have a homemade lunch, and then head back to the parks in the afternoon. All in all, those were the best days for us when we could 'step away'. I think in a lot of cases too, we were better off with our own car than depending on the Disney trans - especially when you are talking about the value resorts that are farther away from the parks.

Another factor with us is that my wife is a teacher, so our 'window of opportunity' is very narrow and Disney rarely gives discounts during the summer.

So, really, only part of it is cost. A lot more has to do with your family situation and the convenience. I think when the kids are older, we may end up doing something onsite and 'splurging' on one of the nicer resorts. Until then though, I'll swear by my condo-loving ways.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #14
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I think when the kids are older, we may end up doing something onsite and 'splurging' on one of the nicer resorts. Until then though, I'll swear by my condo-loving ways.
I tried this two years ago. I was traveling with just my DD and since we didn't "need" a large condo, I figured - let's try a deluxe resort. We went to Wilderness Lodge. The resort was nice and the pool was cool but I was less than impressed with the room. The walls were paper thin and it really felt like your everyday hotel room to me. I missed the kitchen (even though we don't use it much) and just the overall feeling of the nice, clean, bright condo. We had a car and ended up driving to all the parks except MK anyway. It took just about the same amount of time as offsite. I am sticking with offsite!
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:03 AM   #15
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We've been to WDW four times and stayed on site each time (CBR & CSR). We really enjoyed being on site but it is expensive. Assuming we rent a car and have to pay for parking each day, what is the savings of staying off site?
Money AND sanity savings: Staying offsite you get more space, more beds, more TVs, more bathrooms, full kitchen -- all for less than the cost of a tiny Disney value room. More space means more relaxation and better sleep. More rest means more fun and less stress.

Food savings: Because you have a full kitchen, you can eat breakfast in or the occasional dinner in your room and save over eating out. It is often more relaxing to eat dinner in your room than trudge off to another restaurant when tired.

Snack savings: Keeping snacks and treats in your kitchen means spending less on them at the theme parks. Not too mention if you get hungry at midnight.

Laundry savings: Free laundry in your room means you can bring less luggage and not risk overweight bags. No trips to Disney coin laundry or paying a fortune for laundry service.

Rental car ease: No waiting on the Disney bus. Want to go to Downtown Disney? Easy drive. Want to go to dinner at a Disney resort? Get there in 10 minutes instead of 90 minutes if you're unlucky with the Disney buses. Want to grab a meal at a nearby non-Disney restaurant or hit the outlet mall? No problem with a car.
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