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Old 01-04-2014, 01:53 PM   #46
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If it doesn't break the bank, I would stay on Disney property.

We have done off property twice and we will not do it again. First we love the Disney 24/7 experience. And even though we were close to the main gate it was still a pain to get onto and out Disney property. Long waits at the lights, traffic, road construction, parking once there.

We love the theming at each of the resorts we have stayed at. Because we have been to WDW many times we make the resort part of our vacation. We will leave the park during the afternoon to have a little down time. Sit poolside with a drink in our hand, early dinner reservations then go back to a park, bike or boat rentals, horse drawn carriage ride. If you come and go as much as we do it would be a pain to be off property.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:56 PM   #47
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If it doesn't break the bank, I would stay on Disney property.

We have done off property twice and we will not do it again. First we love the Disney 24/7 experience. And even though we were close to the main gate it was still a pain to get onto and out Disney property. Long waits at the lights, traffic, road construction, parking once there.

We love the theming at each of the resorts we have stayed at. Because we have been to WDW many times we make the resort part of our vacation. We will leave the park during the afternoon to have a little down time. Sit poolside with a drink in our hand, early dinner reservations then go back to a park, bike or boat rentals, horse drawn carriage ride. If you come and go as much as we do it would be a pain to be off property.

We were able to come and go very easily off site. With valet it was even easier. We were back at our house quickly for a rest. We resort hopped for activities the entire time we were there. We did every activity at the hotels we wanted with no inconvienance. Most likely(especially if you are at a value) the activities you want to do will be at another resort anyway, so you will have to leave to do the activity anyway and use park transportation which is no faster than your own car. I am not saying some people still wouldn't prefer on site, but just b/c your are off site doesn't make those types of activities any more difficult if you stay at one of the off site locations close to the parks. Like I posted before some off site locations are closer than the values(and even some mods) are.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:59 PM   #48
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We have done both. When we stayed offsite in Windsor Hills, we had no problem going back and forth. However, it was the off season. We missed the full immersion into Disney so we went back to onsite only. I will admit that the price and amenities offsite draw me sometimes, but magic bands,FP+, etc. bring me back
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:43 PM   #49
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I think it also depends on whether you want an Orlando or Disney vacation. If you plan to head over to Universal and International Dr, or if you plan to eat offsite anyway then staying in a condo makes sense. If you only want to do Disney then I would try to stay onsite.
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