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Old 07-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #31
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ETA: I highly recommend Bonnet Creek. We stayed there off site in January. I got a 4 bedroom presedential suite for $185 a night off ebay. I have a trip report somewhere. But we had our own bedrooms, full kitchen, jacuzzi tubs, etc. The place is on Disney property and does have buses to Disney. But it is a timeshare so you have to rent it through people. It was amazing.
For comparison - we will be staying in a 3 bdrm at WH for 89.00 a night.(not a presidential suite)
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #32
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We have been renting villas for the past 4 yrs, and love it, can't go back to hotel rooms. We have stayed on site but during xmas the prices are over the moon.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:13 PM   #33
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For comparison - we will be staying in a 3 bdrm at WH for 89.00 a night.(not a presidential suite)
Please excuse my ignorance but what does WH stand for? Thanks
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:42 PM   #34
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Windsor Hills- it's a popular place to rent townhomes and huge houses with game rooms, disney themed kids bedrooms
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:46 PM   #35
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:50 PM   #36
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Our next trip isn't even on the books ~ but I am really considering staying off-site. It will be our first time as a family of 5 (well, a family of 5 over the age of 3), and I am just having a hard time justifying the cost of staying on property (but it's not out of the question).

So, my question is ~ where do I start in looking for a good off-site place to stay? We will drive, so buses/shuttles to the parks aren't a big deal. I would like to be close to the parks (what are those places around Downtown Disney)? I don't really care if it is a hotel or a condo ~ but I would like something that is at least the same size of the deluxe rooms (if it is a hotel). We are on vacation, so while a fridge and a microwave are a must, a full kitchen is not. And I'd love to have something with a nice pool (my girls would love a slide)!

Any suggestions ~ I've started looking and it just seems overwhelming. Thanks so much!
A vacation home sounds like a great option for your family. 3+ bedrooms, a private screened in pool, a full kitchen, etc. for maybe $150/night? Some homes also have a private jacuzzi and sometimes a game console (PS3, Xbox, etc.)

Just google "Vacation homes near disney" and a site should pop up listing each one, as well as reviews.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #37
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I've been out of town for a few days and love coming back home and seeing all the action this thread is getting!! Lots of suggestions, so thank you!!

I am still a bit worried about dining ~ I know it will be a bit hard to swallow paying for those expensive buffets out of pocket, but really, I know with the DDP I'm already paying for them anyway ~ just before our trip. Maybe with all the savings we'll be doing I can convince DH to go in 2013 instead of waiting until 2014!
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:40 AM   #38
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Thanks for all of the info about staying off-site. We are staying at Windsor Palms for the first time this March Break and booked it from one of my parents at school. (I was leery to book and not know what I was going to get. I KNOW these people are clean-freaks and it will be great). Having only ever done the DP in the past I am a bit worried about food costs but we will eat breakfast in the condo. A PP mentioned that the buffets are pricey, I think we will avoid those TS and get regular sit down reservations instead. Our son is now a "Disney adult" but would much rather order off the kids menu, hopefully paying OOP will allow that.
Now to find a car rental.....
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Thanks for all of the info about staying off-site. We are staying at Windsor Palms for the first time this March Break and booked it from one of my parents at school. (I was leery to book and not know what I was going to get. I KNOW these people are clean-freaks and it will be great). Having only ever done the DP in the past I am a bit worried about food costs but we will eat breakfast in the condo. A PP mentioned that the buffets are pricey, I think we will avoid those TS and get regular sit down reservations instead. Our son is now a "Disney adult" but would much rather order off the kids menu, hopefully paying OOP will allow that.
Now to find a car rental.....
Have you looked at allears to see the menus/prices? I played around with it a little last night and some of the buffets weren't too bad. Pricey, yes, but not as bad as I thought. I hate to not have any character meals, b/c my girls are still at the age where they love to see them and it is nice to avoid having to wait in line to see them by doing character dining. Breakfast and lunch was less expensive than dinner, so we'll probably opt for one of those meals when we do them. Crystal Palace and Tusker House are two that I seem to remember costing around $30.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #40
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I will say this too, there are a lot of good off site places to eat in Orlando.

I got the TIW card for our week in January and it was the first time we ate at all the stable service places at Disney. I'm glad we got to do it once but we haven't used it since then. The food was good, but so are restaurants outside of Disney and we usually spend about half the cost. Don't get me wrong, I loved them all and the theming was great. It's just hard to stomach paying so much for a family of 5.

Before our year is out we will probably do Chef Mickeys and O'Hanas again. And I kinda wanna go to Sanaa just so I can get some more naan bread. The signatures are a bit out of our range. Maybe this fall when my twins are off to college *sniff*.
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