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Old 10-04-2012, 08:09 AM   #16
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If you go for 10-14 days, then consider a split stay between a good neighbor hotel and a DLR hotel, if it's too pricey for the full time at a DLR hotel. Just make sure to END the stay at the DLR hotel to avoid disappointment in in the good neighbor hotel and to end the trip on the best note possible!
We're going in 3 days for a 5 night stay at DLH concierge (thanks to gay days rate)! Can't wait!
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:25 AM   #17
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NOOOO why did I open this post. Yes I agree these people are enablersI was just fine with Candy Cane Inn as a motel of choice for our first trip to DL in July 2013. We are very happy with the value resorts at WDW but would LOVE to have our first visit to DL & stay at DLH Wishing for some luck here.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #18
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While I think it would be great to stay in a DL hotel, it's just out of our price range. And even if it wasn't, we would probably spend the money on something else. We are perfectly content with our outside hotels. Last time we stay at the Double Tree, which was excellent! This is time we are staying at the Fairfield, which may not be super fancy, but it's comfortable and convenient.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #19
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I just can't justify the price difference to stay onsite, see below!

Last time we stayed at HOJO and loved it but DS8 wants to stay even CLOSER this time, so I'm going for the Best Western Park Place Inn.

Disneyland Hotel 2717
Paradise Pier 2168
BWPPI 1344

And those prices are without airfare.

I will gladly save $800+ and stay offsite...at a hotel which is technically closer walking distance ;-)

To each their own of course, and I understand the draw of the resort hotels. Just not for us right now.


EDITED TO ADD: The prices above were ALL priced directly thru Disney's website.

IF I booked hotel/park tickets separately check this out:

5-day PH tickets thru the Disney site for self and 8y son: $560

Hotel directly thru BWPPI site, choosing "no car discount" since we won't have one: $530.89 after tax.

TOTAL BOOKING ITEMS SEPARATELY: 1090.89

Quite a savings again!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #20
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I just can't justify the price difference to stay onsite, see below!

Last time we stayed at HOJO and loved it but DS8 wants to stay even CLOSER this time, so I'm going for the Best Western Park Place Inn.

Disneyland Hotel 2717
Paradise Pier 2168
BWPPI 1344

And those prices are without airfare.

I will gladly save $800+ and stay offsite...at a hotel which is technically closer walking distance ;-)

To each their own of course, and I understand the draw of the resort hotels. Just not for us right now.
Same for me
I found that staying on site was double for my family vs staying at bwppi
Take into account that I am not there for the hotel, it's just not worth it for the extras you receive IMO
Now at wdw, that's a different story
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:36 AM   #21
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We are staying onsite this time because of the gay days rates and they were so reasonable - hojo was 169 for our dates!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #22
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Same for me
I found that staying on site was double for my family vs staying at bwppi
Take into account that I am not there for the hotel, it's just not worth it for the extras you receive IMO
Now at wdw, that's a different story
I just modified my post w more pricing info if you aren't driving to DL.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #23
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Staying off site certainly mean more savings, or more spending on other goodies. I think on-site prices are ridiculous and always stay off-site
BUT....
I have memories of staying at the DLH when I was 5 yr old. The whole trip was MAGIC! So this coming trip we're giving in and spoiling DD (and ourselves) with an on-site stay, and I am so excited!

I think it's worth the splurge at least once if you can manage it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #24
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We've never stayed onsite, but have thought about it before.

What is the average cost? I know in the past when I've checked it really scared me off.



I saw a post somewhere recently that gave some prices that weren't as bad...I think gay day rates...but when you go for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time, its a lot.

and what is the senior citizen rates. We;ll have my mom with us the last few days so maybe she'll spring for a couple of days at the resort. She's got more $$$ to burn than I do.
Keep in mind that when you go for 10 days to 2 weeks, you'll need to buy 2 or maybe 3 separate tickets per person. DLR only sells 5 day tickets now.

As far as average cost, paying rack rate is extremely expensive. We are staying for 6 nights in late January at the VGC for $178/night. Renting DVC points is an attractive option for getting 40-70% off rack rates.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:54 PM   #25
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We could do 2-3 Disneyland vacations off-site for the price of staying on-site. So we do off-site.

I find too that given my financial analyst brain if I pay premium rates for something, I can't stop noticing any and all shortcomings in the service or product, and feel a bit ripped off (glass is half empty, I know!) With the cheap hotels, I expect very little and am often pleasantly surprised.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #26
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After 31 years of visiting the park(s) I am staying on property for the first time ever tonight! I am sitting here at work and so far it's the longest day of my life. I never thought onsite was worth it until I visited WDW for the first time last year. There is something to be said for the immersion factor. I can't describe it, but it just felt great. I am hoping it feels the same at the DLR. I wish it was more than 3 nights, but it will still be fantastic.

Are there any features or benefits to staying at the GCH that I should be sure not to miss? (I know about early entry).
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:23 PM   #27
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One day we WILL stay onsite! When the kids are old enough to appreciate it and money isn't as tight as it is right now....one of these years we are definitely staying onsite!!! I think I'd try the Disneyland Hotel. Just walking through it after dinner at Goofy's Kitchen totally makes me want to stay there.

But for now, I'm thankful for any Disney vacation I can get and will happily stay at Hojo's and DI&S in order to make our vaction happen! They are clean, close and less than half the price which is important to us right now.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:29 PM   #28
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I've done both already and they both have their advantages. I loved staying at GCH and would love to try the DLH. If I was going during a warm busy time of year I would choose on site if the budget allowed.

This time I'm going in February. I'm using my annual pass that I got for our trip so I only have to get a ticket for DD6. This is a total budget trip because it really is an extra trip for 2013. If I wasn't saving on the ticket and off site hotel we wouldn't be going at all. Off site is way better than no site IMO!!!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #29
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We have stayed at PPH and the GCV. I didn't find PPH worth the cost, but you just cannot beat how close to the parks you are at the GCH! It was so convenient! Next year we are going to stay at the DLH so we can compare them all! We have also stayed at hojo a couple times and have had awful experiences, even though it was super cheap. I told my husband there is just no way, no matter how cheap it is the I am going back to hojo!
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #30
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Keep in mind that when you go for 10 days to 2 weeks, you'll need to buy 2 or maybe 3 separate tickets per person. DLR only sells 5 day tickets now.
We went for 9 days and bought Premium Annual Passports. In the end, they wound up saving us more than they cost us because we got a FANTASTIC rate on an off-site hotel, plus we used the dining and merchandise discounts. Moreover, what we did was we bought them for Christmas week last year, and this year, we are going again in mid-December, so we'll get another 5-6 days use out of them; effectively two years worth of trips. Overall, it proved to be a pretty good deal.
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