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Old 10-14-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Value Resort vs Marriott

I'm new to the board so any response would be awesome. We will be going to Disney World with my family kids ages 2 and 5 for the first time April 10-23 2011. The first week, we booked a cruise from April 10-17 and then afterwards plan to do some shopping plus groceries for 2 days and then 4 days at Magic Kingdom. I hope to also book the BBB one morning and then go to a character dining after so will I be able to get in that early? I have a reservation with the Marriott booked right now at the Residence Inn for $104 per night which we get a kitchen and also a full breakfast included in the price. Hotel parking also is free, but no shuttle from them. But also contemplating maybe I should stay on site since it is Easter, the crowds will be more and shuttle around maybe be smarter since if we park, we could be parked far. Any suggestions to make the first trip a little better especially since the cost of an additional $50 per night totallying $200 will be increased if we stayed in any of the value resorts. Should I worry about parking far? Or should I be worried about the long wait times for shuttle?

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Old 10-14-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Welcome! You will get many different opinions on this. I would NEVER stay off site no matter how great the hotel is. On site only for me! I love values, especially POP! Not sure why you need two days for shopping ( I HATE shopping, and would never do it on my vacation!) Seems like wasted time. Also, why 4 days at Magic Kingdom? Have you been to Disney before? Have you been to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot? Also, if you stay off site, you will have to pay for parking each day when you go to a park ($14, I think). If you stay on site, Parking is FREE! If you are going during Easter, and you don't get to the parks very early, you will be parked far away. Sorry, I guess I didn't really help you much. Why not stay on site AND drive you car? Except to the Magic Kingdom, where is is easier to take the Disney buses.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
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I'm also of the mindset to stay onsite vs. offsite at any property.

That being said though - the difference in hotel types can vary - you're looking at apples to oranges to start with.

The Value resorts are great, and will offer much of what the Residence will except for space. The Residence rooms tend to be a bit larger so if space can be a deal breaker for your family I would think this would be your main concern. The values also will not have the kitchen so if that is something that you think you would really use - the Value may not be the best option for you.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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Ok I am all for staying onsite, but I must let you know that in a Value you do not have a kitchen, let alone a fridge for groceries.
You can pay $15 a night for a little "dorm" sized fridge that will hold some bottles of water, a 1/2 gal. milk/juice and a couple snacks. But if you plan on getting groceries for meals...it will NOT hold that much food.
So that may be a issue for you.

You are right about the buses, it is so convienient and to me worth every penny staying onsite. But basically when we go we go with the mindset of "everything Disney" we rely on them for our food, our transportation, everything.
So if you want a bit of freedom from being tied down I think you may be better offsite.

Especially if the food is an issue.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:42 AM   #5
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Value for sure! You get sooo many benefits for being a resort guest and it just makes you feel like you're more a part of the magic Plus, the value resorts are veryyy inexpensive I love them! My favorites are Pop Century and All-Star Movies. All Star Sports is also really fun
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:47 PM   #6
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I'm new to the board so any response would be awesome. We will be going to Disney World with my family kids ages 2 and 5 for the first time April 10-23 2011. The first week, we booked a cruise from April 10-17 and then afterwards plan to do some shopping plus groceries for 2 days and then 4 days at Magic Kingdom. I hope to also book the BBB one morning and then go to a character dining after so will I be able to get in that early? I have a reservation with the Marriott booked right now at the Residence Inn for $104 per night which we get a kitchen and also a full breakfast included in the price. Hotel parking also is free, but no shuttle from them. But also contemplating maybe I should stay on site since it is Easter, the crowds will be more and shuttle around maybe be smarter since if we park, we could be parked far. Any suggestions to make the first trip a little better especially since the cost of an additional $50 per night totallying $200 will be increased if we stayed in any of the value resorts. Should I worry about parking far? Or should I be worried about the long wait times for shuttle?

Thanks.
In 57 trips to WDW have stayed all over and in the Downtown Disney Area (on Disney property but NOT Disney owned hotels) they nice but we just prefer on site. This trip we will be at POP a value has great bus service (also get t free parking pass) and we are in on the free dining it is Quick Service which is counter service so we upgraded to Magic you Way to get a table service (sit down) dinner and one CS a day

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Old 10-17-2010, 02:58 PM   #7
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If you are going in April you need to decide quickly. They are currently making PS for the restaurants through April 15th as of today. They can and do fill up quickly and people staying on site can make PS's through the 25th as of today.

Are you really going to use the kitchen that much? I just couldn't see having much use other than for breakfast and or snacks at the end of the day. I know I would not be driving back and forth off site for lunch or dinner during park hours.

Also think about going back and forth if you want a break in the middle of the day. WDW has fairly long hours during spring break. On site is so much easier if this is something you plan to do.

As far as parking far, that really is not much of an issue since there are trams that transport you from the far reaches of the parking lots to the front of the park/TTC.

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:28 PM   #8
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This is completely preference based. I prefer on property in most cases.

One of the main reasons I prefer on property is the drive to and from the parks, and the parking lots. I remember the exhausting walk from the parks, to the tram, then the drive in the car very vividly from when I was younger.

Now, I can sit on the bus, and zone out until the bus says "welcome home." I've rarely had to stand.

We've stayed in condos off property with kitchens, but we hardly used them. The perks were more space for less money. My parents have 6 children, so we would have needed 2 rooms or a villa on the disney property.
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:02 PM   #9
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We stayed off site our first trip, at Marriott Courtyard. While it was a nice hotel, and did offer shuttle service, we decided after that, we'd stay on site.
It is a totally different experience staying on site. We use the WDW transportation, and I enjoy the perks of staying on site.

Love the dining plan, resort parcel delivery service, extra magic hours, and being so close. I like to take a mid day break, and go back to my resort for a swim break, then go back to the parks refreshed and rested for evening hours.

I haven't stayed at the values, except 1 night at Pop on arrival evening.

The Residence Inn does have breakfast, and a kitchenette. Breakfast is nice to have, but will you be returning to the hotel for meals? Not very convienent to do that, so don't know how much that will be of value.
And you'd have to pay for a rental car and parking, eatting away any savings.

Pop doesn't have a fridge or coffee pot in the room, but you can buy the Disney Dining Plan (DDP). There are several options you can read up on if you go to the WDW site. And there is a food court in the resort.

If you want a fridge and coffee pot in the room, the moderate and deluxe resorts have them. For mod. resorts we love POR and CBR.
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