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Old 01-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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Convince me to stay at Disney Resort

I've been pricing out different options for our 7 night stay for April. (just my wife and I)

Option 1: Sign up for Starwood credit card, get first night free at Swan/Dolphin. Stay six nights at bonnet creek 1 BR (on property, next to CBR) for $514 total.

Rental Car and Flights- Free (southwest credit card sign up points)

Pay out of pocket for quick service lunch at parks and snacks, dine out at O'Hana, Jiko, Chef Mickey's, Flying Fish, Le Cellier, Be our guest, beaches and cream, garden view tea room. ~$700

Two 5 day single park tickets from undercover tourist- $540

Option 1 total: $1,754

Option 2

Swan and Dolphin 1 night- Free (starwood card sign up bonus)

Flight/Rental Car- Free (southwest card sign up bonus)

Boardwalk Villas Studio- $291/night + tax= $1,970

Disney Dining Plan 2 adults for 6 nights- $670

Two 5 day single park tickets from Disney- $570.84

Option 2 total: $3,210

Cost difference between option 1 and option 2 is $1,456

That's a hefty sum, almost double the cost so we can stay at the boardwalk, have the "care-free" convenience of the dining plan, get extra magic hours etc. We will also be sacrificing an 875 square foot room with kitchen/laundry for a 359 square foot room at the boardwalk.

So is the boardwalk worth it? Should there be an option 3 I should consider at another deluxe resort or moderate? A lot of you here on disboards could save big bucks staying at bonnet creek etc. but you choose to pay Disney prices. Should I suck it up and pay ~$1456 to have the full Disney experience?
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