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Old 04-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Do you lose some of the "magic" off-site?

We stayed at Poly last Oct and are considering going back to Disney the week of June 7-15, 2014. We have found options for a family of 5 to be limited without spending a ton. DH mentioned looking at staying off-site but I'm afraid that we would lose some of the "magic". However, it looks like we could stay in a bigger place for much cheaper.

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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I stayed off site once, loved the space, free breakfast, having a car and the price (free with points). It did feel slightly less magical, and I'm not sure why, I guess because I was driving to the parks instead of sitting on an overcrowded bus with Disney advertisements plastered all over the inside LOL. You def. get more bang for your buck off site. You lose Disney's Magical Express and Extra Magic Hours those (we didn't utilize either this past trip).
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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You might lose some of the "magic" but I it is well worth the cost, especially if you are renting a home.

You´ll get much more space and it is also a lot more private than a hotel.

I believe everyone should try a nice vacation home rental once.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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IMO there's more magic. It's called a bedroom door. Of course you can get this is with a DVC stay as well. Maybe you can look into renting points.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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If you like staying off property more power to you. I love staying on property you miss the magic of Disney when you stay off property. Your in the real world when you stay off property. I rent a car and drive every where except M.K. you get free parking everywhere, extra magic hours, And treated like family from the cast members. It is so nice to be in a magical place.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #6
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Your in the real world when you stay off property.
This is exactly how I feel. I love staying on site as it allows me to get away from the real world for awhile. No dealing with traffic, no going to the grocery store, no watching the news. It's just a nice break from reality. But that's just for me. You can always try staying off site and seeing if it works for you.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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For me, the magic is found offsite. Tons of space, tons of savings, and tons more sanity than we have when we're squeezing the family into one tiny hotel room.

You might find this recent thread interesting:

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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To me there is more magic staying off site. Why? Well, 1st off we are not crammed into a tiny hotel room (with double beds). We have our own washer and dryer (hey, I love packing light and coming home with mostly clean clothes, now that IS magical to this mom!), I love having a full kitchen to at least eat breakfast in (savings and lets face it MUCH healthier food!).

For us to enjoy our family time (which is what vacation is), we have learned we love it more when we have a bit more space. Now if its just a night or 2, a hotel room will work, but for a longer trip (our last one was 9 nights), we all appreciated the space and LOVED having our own separate beds (well, me and DH had a king, but the kids each had their own double). We all slept great, and no more arguments about who was hogging the covers, bed, or stop kicking me, etc. Again, that is magic to me.

And as for loosing the magical express and disney transportation, we loved not waiting to get in our rental car (which was parked within walking distance to all parks (minus the MK where it was parked within walking distance to the TTS), and getting in and driving directly to where we wanted to go. It was SO much quicker and we were all guaranteed a seat! Again, thats magic to me.

We stayed again at Bonnet Creek, which we LOVE. And I paid less than what I would of at a value resort. Again, thats magic to me.

So, I guess it all depends on your definition of magic I do love the Disney bubble, but some where along the line with kids, it started to pop when they kept raising the prices to crazy amounts.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #9
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We stayed at Poly last Oct and are considering going back to Disney the week of June 7-15, 2014. We have found options for a family of 5 to be limited without spending a ton. DH mentioned looking at staying off-site but I'm afraid that we would lose some of the "magic". However, it looks like we could stay in a bigger place for much cheaper.

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my next trip is offseason and i found a deal as a timeshare owner for less than $200, tax included, for 7 nights in a super nice 2BR/2Bath villa...over 1000 sq ft. (that's less than $30 per night.)

stayed in the same resort last year - the interiors were beautiful (granite countertops and flat screen tvs) and it was only an 8 minute drive to the epcot parking lot.

now that exact deal is rarely available, but the savings can be significant for staying offsite. that pays for a lot of magic on the dining side...and allows for extra trips this year...
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:28 AM   #10
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EDIT: Sorry, I didn't read carefully enough

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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You lose the magic of being in a 314 square foot cynder block room (Disney Resorts are exempted from the Geneva Convention)

You lose the magic of waking early and not trying to wake anyone else, walking to the food court to haul back breakfast, so the family can sit around on (uncomfortable) beds

You lose the magic of walking a 1/4 mile to wait for a bus that's going where you want to go, and hoping there will be free seats for the kids

You lose the magic of wearing semi-wet swimsuits every evening

You lose the magic of eating the same food as served in the park

Private pools and lanais, fully stocked kitchens, multiple bathrooms with multiple showers, separate sleeping rooms (with doors), washer/dryer, wi-fi, parking at your door can never replace the magic

Our stay at CSR is what prompted us to purchase Wyndham points!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:21 AM   #12
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We're considering staying at Staybridge suites LBV. My husband liked the idea of more space but then said, "But there's no theme..."
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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I've had a variety of trips to WDW in my life, going as a child, a teen, a single adult with my sister, and now as a parent. Let me see if I can describe what I think you mean by focusing on my two recent trips I did since becoming a parent.

We went as a group of 7 in Dec 2009 (I was pregnant with our 4th and my parents came along). We stayed ON SITE, but in a Tree House Villa for 1 week. I actually consider this to be more like an offsite trip. We rented a car, and drove to get groceries, and from park to park. I used the buses a few times and found them very inconvenient compared to driving.... one night after Epcot closed and half our group had already left with the car, my Dad and I timed it and it took exactly an hour from us leaving the gate to the door of the villa using the buses. Another night we drove, and it was only about 15 minutes. That being said, it just didn't feel like "a Disney trip" that I experienced as child, fully immersed. We loved having the full kitchen, separate bedrooms, etc. There were definitely many many good things about it... it just wan't the same.

One year later, my mom and I took just my two older kids, who were 4 and 6 at the time and we got an awesome deal on a studio at BLT, and we ended up being upgraded to a 1BR, MK view. It was a steal, really. We only went for four days and only went to EP and MK. No car rental, on the dining plan. Didn't stay long enough to need to do laundry. It was an awesome trip and was really "Disney" to me.... fully immersed.... we could walk to MK... only ever did that or the monorail. We still had a kitchen but only used it for cereal for breakfast; didn't really need it... still had the separate rooms (Mom and I on king, boys on pull out couch in family room). Loved watching Wishes from the room. Mom and I said we totally ruined all future trips because nothing could ever live up to staying there. From the "Disney" standpoint, this trip was more what I prefer.

Fast forward now to 2013. We are trying to plan a trip for this fall/winter that will be my mom plus the 6 of us. There is no way we can afford BLT 2BR. I've read about renting points on the board and am not sure I feel comfortable doing that (the threads about renting at WBC seem more straightforward). Plus for BLT, I would think you have to book way ahead and I can't commit that early. If I stay anywhere except for BLT I would want to rent a car and just drive park to park because I really not happy taking the buses. So at that point, it is more like our THV trip... and then really, why not just stay at WBC for wayyyyy less. Which is likely what we will do.... we're still in the early planning stage.

But yeah, I do long for a fully immersed trip.... there IS something about it when it works out for your stay. I just have too big of a family, and at the end of the day, I think it's much better to have the space to spread out, separate bedrooms, extra bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, etc.
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You lose the magic of being in a 314 square foot cynder block room (Disney Resorts are exempted from the Geneva Convention)

You lose the magic of waking early and not trying to wake anyone else, walking to the food court to haul back breakfast, so the family can sit around on (uncomfortable) beds

You lose the magic of walking a 1/4 mile to wait for a bus that's going where you want to go, and hoping there will be free seats for the kids

You lose the magic of wearing semi-wet swimsuits every evening

You lose the magic of eating the same food as served in the park

Private pools and lanais, fully stocked kitchens, multiple bathrooms with multiple showers, separate sleeping rooms (with doors), washer/dryer, wi-fi, parking at your door can never replace the magic




That actually sums up my kids' position. They were excited by the idea of staying onsite right until they saw the displayed Beach Club unit and realized how small it is. Then they started thinking of all the things they'd lose out, staying there...


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I just have too big of a family, and at the end of the day, I think it's much better to have the space to spread out, separate bedrooms, extra bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, etc.
I think there are different kinds of magic. As demonstrated in that thread Gina linked to, the price of Disney magic changes substantially when you've got more kids/a larger party. Right now, we've got the magic (and the luxury) of being able to vacation with all our kids.

In time to come, we'll be vacationing with one kid at a time or by our selves or with only a couple grandkids -- at that point, we'll have the magic of staying onsite... buuuuut miss the magic of more space, easier transportation, traveling with the tribe, and so on. IMHO, visiting Disney is magic, either way.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #15
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Where ever you stay will have its own plus and minus on or off site. Try off site you may really like it. I don't see it as all one way or another. Sometimes we stay off site sometimes on site. All have been great vacations.

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