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Old 10-07-2012, 08:31 AM   #31
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I would be interested in the Bonnet Creek connection as well. We won't even be looking for it until NEXT Fall as we have our plans solidified for next month, but I would like to have it on hand if you are willing to PM me.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:10 AM   #32
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I stated in my earlier post that I prefer onsite but will stay offsite if that's all the budget will allow. After reading thru some of the other responses, I realized that I never really explained why I prefer onsite. I agree with all the points about the good things you can get offsite - more space, more bathrooms, etc. But I have found that my crew (not morning people in the first place) are harder to get up and out the door when we stay in a condo. I find myself running room to room, trying to get them up and moving. I think it's just too comfy and there are too many distractions - their own tvs to watch or playing on the I'net and such (we tend to take more laptops and other gadgets when we stay in a condo).

I also have found that I do a lot of housework when we stay offsite. I don't mind throwing in a load of our clothes to wash - it's great to have that option. But I always seem to end up having to do load after load of towels and wash cloths so that we have enough clean ones at bath time. There never seem to be enough to last more than a couple days. Add in doing dishes, wiping down countertops, etc and it starts to not feel like much of a vacation for me. And since there isn't a foodcourt a short walk away, we end up making multiple trips to the grocery store. It's always hard to buy enough groceries for the week without overdoing it. Hence more than one trip.

Another aspect that I haven't cared for - I actually feel like I get more time to myself when we stay onsite. The onsite transportation gives all of us the option to seperate from the rest of the family now and again. When we stay offsite, we end up staying together the entire time. Yes, we get some space when we get back to the condo. But when we're taking rest breaks back in our onsite room (or settling in for the night) is when we've had some of our best family time - talking over what we've done that day or what we want to do the next. At the condo everyone hurries off to their own rooms as soon as we walk in the door. But I'm usually bored and/or doing housework and wishing I was at one of the resorts so I could go explore and let the mousekeepers deal with the housework.

I also have found that I don't buy as much when we stay offsite. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. But if you like to shop in the parks, it really is more of a hassle to deal with your purchases if you're not staying onsite.

YMMV, of course. Whether or not any of this would be an issue for you really depends on your preferences and priorities, how your family does things, and - this is a biggie - WHICH offsite accommodations you choose.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:10 AM   #33
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can you pm me the bonnet creek info too i can add more days with that price
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:13 AM   #34
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Some people really "over blow" the whole offsite is a hassle. We left Epcot the same time as friends staying at AKL. By the time they waited for a bus, loaded and got back to AKL, we were pulling into our driveway. The shortcut back wasn't busy and we didn't deal with traffic once we got off Disney property.....the same traffic the buses were in.
Disagree for several reasons:

- They waited for the bus, you walked across a mega-sized parking lot searching for your car. Unless you were fortunate enough to park in the front row, that's about equal. Had you been discussing Magic Kingdom, they'd have boarded the bus long before you could've made it across on the ferry or the monorail.

- You knew a short cut -- most of us don't, so there goes that benefit. Getting turned around on unfamiliar roads is one of the things we like least about driving in Orlando. Yes, they're well-marked, but the traffic is often heavy enough that knowing you should be two lanes over doesn't help.

- Busses aren't always in the same traffic; as they approach the parks, they get into bus lanes that zip them up to the park's front doors, while cars are waiting in line to pay parking.

- Animal Kingdom is a long drive from Epcot; literally any other onsite resort would've been closer, so example this isn't representative of the whole place. Rather, I think you've proven that a car under good circumstances (driver knows the roads, light traffic) can beat a bus going to the farthest reaches of the resort.

- And, if you travel in summer, the busses have a big advantage in that the air conditioning is already "on" when you enter. In contrast, after trekking across the parking lot to your own car, you have to get into a scorching hot interior.

Nope, we love Disney's transportation and see it as one of the biggest reasons to stay on site.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:18 AM   #35
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Disagree for several reasons:

- They waited for the bus, you walked across a mega-sized parking lot searching for your car. Unless you were fortunate enough to park in the front row, that's about equal. Had you been discussing Magic Kingdom, they'd have boarded the bus long before you could've made it across on the ferry or the monorail.

- You knew a short cut -- most of us don't, so there goes that benefit. Getting turned around on unfamiliar roads is one of the things we like least about driving in Orlando. Yes, they're well-marked, but the traffic is often heavy enough that knowing you should be two lanes over doesn't help.

- Busses aren't always in the same traffic; as they approach the parks, they get into bus lanes that zip them up to the park's front doors, while cars are waiting in line to pay parking.

- Animal Kingdom is a long drive from Epcot; literally any other onsite resort would've been closer, so example this isn't representative of the whole place. Rather, I think you've proven that a car under good circumstances (driver knows the roads, light traffic) can beat a bus going to the farthest reaches of the resort.

- And, if you travel in summer, the busses have a big advantage in that the air conditioning is already "on" when you enter. In contrast, after trekking across the parking lot to your own car, you have to get into a scorching hot interior.

Nope, we love Disney's transportation and see it as one of the biggest reasons to stay on site.
Totally agree. Even after driving ourselves on several trips, we still get turned around sometimes. We also had the very unpleasant experience on our last trip of having the tram drop us off quite a ways from our car in the middle of a downpour - complete with lightning popping all over the place. Scary experience. And of course we were soaked by the time we got in the car.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #36
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see,I like onsite....or Bonnet Creek,or Swan/dolphin. The reason being all those off site 'perks' sound exactly like....home! I don't want/need a kitchen and laundryroom on vacation,I want to ESCAPE the feeling of housework/daily boring stuff!
I want onsite so I can take Disney transport if I want to(sometimes) eat out b/c I have no kitchen to cook in and hang around the pool if I want to! nearby condos are to much like home,which I need a break from!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #37
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I also have found that I do a lot of housework when we stay offsite. And since there isn't a foodcourt a short walk away, we end up making multiple trips to the grocery store. It's always hard to buy enough groceries for the week without overdoing it. Hence more than one trip.

Another aspect that I haven't cared for - I actually feel like I get more time to myself when we stay onsite. The onsite transportation gives all of us the option to seperate from the rest of the family now and again. When we stay offsite, we end up staying together the entire time. wishing I was at one of the resorts so I could go explore and let the mousekeepers deal with the housework.

I also have found that I don't buy as much when we stay offsite. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. But if you like to shop in the parks, it really is more of a hassle to deal with your purchases if you're not staying onsite.

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I agree with this!!! my teens LOVE to hang around /travel by bus to wherever,whenever- it works great for us!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:45 AM   #38
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I agree with this!!! my teens LOVE to hang around /travel by bus to wherever,whenever- it works great for us!
Yep, I know what you mean. We have a DS who is 20yo. On our last onsite trip, he spent so much of the day off on his own that we had a running joke about making DS-sightings. But in the evenings we had a blast - all kicked back in our room and talking about our day. It was kind of the best of both worlds.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:54 AM   #39
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offsite all the way the space and money saved can't be beat we love renting a car and driving and have never been stuck in traffic, we put the girls to sleep and we have my own space to relax with DH
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Disagree for several reasons:

- They waited for the bus, you walked across a mega-sized parking lot searching for your car. Unless you were fortunate enough to park in the front row, that's about equal. Had you been discussing Magic Kingdom, they'd have boarded the bus long before you could've made it across on the ferry or the monorail. Totally untrue at the end of the night. I've waited for 3 boats just trying to get to wl.
- You knew a short cut -- most of us don't, so there goes that benefit. Getting turned around on unfamiliar roads is one of the things we like least about driving in Orlando. Yes, they're well-marked, but the traffic is often heavy enough that knowing you should be two lanes over doesn't help.

- Busses aren't always in the same traffic; as they approach the parks, they get into bus lanes that zip them up to the park's front doors, while cars are waiting in line to pay parking.

- Animal Kingdom is a long drive from Epcot; literally any other onsite resort would've been closer, so example this isn't representative of the whole place. Rather, I think you've proven that a car under good circumstances (driver knows the roads, light traffic) can beat a bus going to the farthest reaches of the resort.

- And, if you travel in summer, the busses have a big advantage in that the air conditioning is already "on" when you enter. In contrast, after trekking across the parking lot to your own car, you have to get into a scorching hot interior.

Nope, we love Disney's transportation and see it as one of the biggest reasons to stay on site.
Wow talk about a bit of dramatization. Trekk around a parking lot? It;s called simply writing down the row you parked in. It's a lot not the african safari. LOL Sorry I've never wandered aimlessly around a lot. In fact a HS they make a huge, huge deal of telling you where you parked when you get on the tram.

Sorry, there is no trekking involved and I go in August when it's nuclear outside.
I totally agree that my car is hot but then I don't have to do the "flight of the mad parents with strollers" at the end of the night, nor do I have to worry about either squeezing onto a pack bus or waiting for the next one. so I call it even

Disney transportation sucks IMO, we did it once and I won't go if I have to do it again. I hate spending hours on a bus and yes trying to get from OKW to BOMA in AK for a dinner reservation will take you 70 minutes. I also hate making multiple stops at the end of the night when I'm tired. I stay at BC and it's one of the worst for resort buses.

We love bonnet creek and the Waldorf, never taken me more than 20 mins to get from the MK parking lot to Waldork or bonnet creek in 15 years. No way, no how will you ever get from MK to Ak in 20 minutes unless disney starts a helicopter service.

Disney world is one big circle. Now as I said I mainly go in August, semptember and October and we've yet to get lost. Have we missed our exit? sure but the great fun about that is knowing if we keep driving a very clearly marked sign will get us back on track in oh 3 minutes or so.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #41
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I will never stay anywhere other than onsite ever again! The perks are just to great! I never leave Disney property, so Magical Express means I don't have to spend one cent on transportation once I land in Orlando!
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We left Epcot the same time as friends staying at AKL. By the time they waited for a bus, loaded and got back to AKL, we were pulling into our driveway. The shortcut back wasn't busy and we didn't deal with traffic once we got off Disney property.....the same traffic the buses were in.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:07 AM   #43
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It's the tastes great - less filling debate, there is no correct answer but there will always be some one who will disagree with what someone else says and go to great lengths list worst case scenarios to make their point.

I have used both, I have waited over an hour from arrival at bus stop to get to a drop off at the MK. I've beat that time off site and on site many times in a car. I've never wated for 3 full trams to get to my car in a parking lot, but have waited in line for more than 3 buses that were full to get back to my resort.

If all works out perfect the buses can be fast, but perfect didn't happen much for me, especially if it was a peak time to use the bus.

In many trips with part of our group on site and part off, we often called each other to see who made it back first, off site has the edge. And if I'm in my car, I'm only exposed to my gangs BO and not some strangers .
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It's the tastes great - less filling debate, there is no correct answer but there will always be some one who will disagree with what someone else says and go to great lengths list worst case scenarios to make their point.
I have used both, I have waited over an hour from arrival at bus stop to get to a drop off at the MK. I've beat that time off site and on site many times in a car. I've never wated for 3 full trams to get to my car in a parking lot, but have waited in line for more than 3 buses that were full to get back to my resort.

If all works out perfect the buses can be fast, but perfect didn't happen much for me, especially if it was a peak time to use the bus.

In many trips with part of our group on site and part off, we often called each other to see who made it back first, off site has the edge. And if I'm in my car, I'm only exposed to my gangs BO and not some strangers .
I don't think it's so much as worst case scenerio as it is most of the time people list reasons for onsite that are really not in answer to the op.

Stuff like not wanting to cook on vacation or not staying in a condo because you for some reason can't control the urge to vacuum are not financial, that's simply a preference. I've stayed a ton of places that offer washers and dryers but some how control myself and don't wash.

Being surrounding by "magic" comes with a definite price tag (way higher accomodations cost) so if someone post that, I don't mean to argue whether that is correct but I will point out that, that supposed "magic" can cost waaaay more. It's not free. Things like disney transportation and magical express can be quantified. sure you don't have to pay for a rental car but you better believe that cost is definitely hiked into the price of your resort.

I just think many people give their opinions which are definitely valuable but a lot of times it's based on preference not what is more budget minded.

So I think that many of these post morph (like they always do) from what is financial the best deal to simply what are preferences for what every one likes on vacation.

Op, why not post this also over on the Orlando forum. They'll give you tons of wonderful tips and places that will save you on hotels and give you a magical vacation.
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Disagree for several reasons:

- They waited for the bus, you walked across a mega-sized parking lot searching for your car. Unless you were fortunate enough to park in the front row, that's about equal. Had you been discussing Magic Kingdom, they'd have boarded the bus long before you could've made it across on the ferry or the monorail.

- You knew a short cut -- most of us don't, so there goes that benefit. Getting turned around on unfamiliar roads is one of the things we like least about driving in Orlando. Yes, they're well-marked, but the traffic is often heavy enough that knowing you should be two lanes over doesn't help.

- Busses aren't always in the same traffic; as they approach the parks, they get into bus lanes that zip them up to the park's front doors, while cars are waiting in line to pay parking.

- Animal Kingdom is a long drive from Epcot; literally any other onsite resort would've been closer, so example this isn't representative of the whole place. Rather, I think you've proven that a car under good circumstances (driver knows the roads, light traffic) can beat a bus going to the farthest reaches of the resort.

- And, if you travel in summer, the busses have a big advantage in that the air conditioning is already "on" when you enter. In contrast, after trekking across the parking lot to your own car, you have to get into a scorching hot interior.

Nope, we love Disney's transportation and see it as one of the biggest reasons to stay on site.

Posts like this are the exact reason I said people overblow how difficult staying offsite is.

You can't disagree with the fact we made it back to our rental house the same time our friends made it back to AKL. We were on the phone with them because we were curious to see how much longer it would take us to get back, and it didn't.

- We didn't trek across a mega size parking lot. I take a picture of the row sign everytime we park and tram right to it.

- The shortcut is very well marked in most offsite rental home rental books. It's 2 turns from where we stay.

- I didn't say that our Epcot experience was representative of the whole parks. I stated our experience from that one park. Of course someone on a bus is going to make better time to MK because they don't have to transfer at the TTC. However, it's not going to add the extra 45 minutes to an hour that some people like to say.

- As for the hot car, I'm lucky in that I have OnStar remote link, and I turn on my air as I'm leaving the park. No hot car for me.

I understand you love Disney transportation. Like I said, we've stayed onsite too, and sometimes we had great bus service, sometimes we've waited a long time for a bus to show up. We drove to DTD from the Poly once. My son wanted to ride the bus back, so he and my mom bused and I drove with DD. They waited a long time for a bus and we beat them back. We've been stuck on a stopped monorail when we stayed at the Poly "for the convenience of taking the monorail to MK". That time I could have swam from the Poly to the MK faster. It doesn't happen every time, but saying that staying onsite is ALWAYS faster, more convenient for everyone isn't always true.
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