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Old 07-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Want deluxe, want to pay value

After continued researching, I really don't want to settle for AofA, but I really don't want to pay for Poly.

Sooooo, thinking of staying off site because we REALLY want a nice room! We'll rent a car, and drive. I like the idea of that freedom anyway because we still will have a 4 year old and require some down time, and the ease of stopping at Wal Mart whenever I really need it!

Will I regret this?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Have you thought about the Swan or Dolphin?

Personally, our family would never stay off site, but there are a whole lot of people who don't agree with me; it is just something each family has to decide. If having a nicer room is important to you, offsite may be the way to go.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I would regret the added parking costs. Include those in your off site costs. Also, be sure of resort fees. I didn't find anything earth shattering price when I included resort fees and parking. I'm not a deluxe hotel visitor, though, at disney or not.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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Nope, I don't think you'll regret it. We went with a condo at Windsor Hills, and it was like getting a deluxe for less than the price of a value. The drive was very short and easy, and the condo was lovely and relaxing. My kids are looking forward to going back and have said they'd like to stay at the condo again instead of on site. Check VBRO for rentals by owners. There are a lot of good deals to be had. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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After continued researching, I really don't want to settle for AofA, but I really don't want to pay for Poly.

Sooooo, thinking of staying off site because we REALLY want a nice room! We'll rent a car, and drive. I like the idea of that freedom anyway because we still will have a 4 year old and require some down time, and the ease of stopping at Wal Mart whenever I really need it!

Will I regret this?
In another post you made it sound like you want to take it kind of easy and take some breaks, which might make off-site a bit time consuming for you. Also, I'm not sure what time of year you are thinking of going, but take into consideration the traffic you might have to face when you hit the parking lots.

We stayed off-site the entire year we had APs (DH and I were young, newlyweds and picked the cheapest hotel we could on our 2-3 day trips over the year). It's not bad... but now that I've stayed on site, I really do see the benefits... and this is someone who tends to just focus on moderates.

I highly recommend looking at historical discounts for when you are thinking of going. Some of them make the deluxes very reasonable and the addition of parking costs ($15 a day) might defray the difference in cost between an off-site and an on-site. Don't get me wrong, there are some GORGEOUS off-site hotels... but definitely don't count out the deluxes until you've factored in all variables!!!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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After continued researching, I really don't want to settle for AofA, but I really don't want to pay for Poly.

Sooooo, thinking of staying off site because we REALLY want a nice room! We'll rent a car, and drive. I like the idea of that freedom anyway because we still will have a 4 year old and require some down time, and the ease of stopping at Wal Mart whenever I really need it!

Will I regret this?
Welcome to the DIS! You have posted in the Disney Resorts board and most folks who read on this board don't stay off-site. If you want to get some support for your idea, you'll want to try over on the Orlando Board here: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

If you stay off-site you can get a condo for less than you would pay at AoA. However, I see from your other posts that you are going from Sept 14-20. That's smack-dab in the middle of the Free Dining promotion which is one of Disney's best promos. I would suggest that since this is your first visit to WDW you try to stay onsite. I'm usually not one to blow pixie dust and Disney "magic" up people's ... well this is a family board ... but I think that you will find a WDW resort to be superior (even the values) to most of the "nice" hotels in the area. Especially if you get free dining! Unfortunately you are limited to where you can stay with 3 kids: 2 rooms at most values and moderates, one of the value suites, Port Orleans Riverside or the Deluxe resorts. You'll get the most bang from your buck at Port Orleans.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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After continued researching, I really don't want to settle for AofA, but I really don't want to pay for Poly.

Sooooo, thinking of staying off site because we REALLY want a nice room! We'll rent a car, and drive. I like the idea of that freedom anyway because we still will have a 4 year old and require some down time, and the ease of stopping at Wal Mart whenever I really need it!

Will I regret this?
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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Look at renting points from http://www.dvcrequest.com/. We are staying at AKV for about $100 more than AoA.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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I would stay off site and just did! Everyone is different though so you have to decide what is important to you. We stayed in a 6brm/4bath home that was decked out in all that is Disney. We had a private pool and game room plus a resort pool with waterslide(something you won't get at a value). We were just as close to the parks as the values/mods. We drove with no traffic at peak season and would valet the car and walk over to the MK. Most days the wait for the monorail was 20+ minutes so we were probably in and out of the park and home faster than those staying on site. With valet you can come and go as much as you want and again be back to the house just as fast as on site..if not quicker. Could something happen and you run into traffic, yes, but the bus or monorail could break down so that works both ways. We did all this during peak season for $245 a day($261 if you add in daily valet parking at WDW parks). A value will run you around $200 a day more if you go to AoA.

We didn't hit the parks every day, but took a couple of days to chill poolside, but even going everyday would have been just as easy off site. I have posted this on a few threads since we got back, but really you are only in the so called Disney bubble when you stay at a deluxe(IMO) otherwise I think the best value is at an off site, but close location where you get close to deluxe amenities and pay value prices. We did a lot of resort activities on our nonpark days...we also toured a couple of hotels I though we would like. At no time did my kids ask if we could stay at any of them(even a the poly..though that was the one pool that intrigued them) My dd was sleeping in a princess room, one boy in a buzz lightyear room, the other with Mickey. They loved the Disney house Look at all your options, like I said you will find people who would never stay off site. Different strokes for different folks. As long as you guys are happy...it is the righ choice!!
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #10
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We have stayed at Wyndham bonnet creek and barely knew we were off property. Nice resort and super affordable. (See thread on off site accommodations like poster above mentioned.)We have stayed at AoA too which I know you were considering. It was great for my kids, but they loved bonnet Creek just as well. Two lazy rivers, two pools with slides, 5 pools, mini golf etc. Right next to Caribbean Beach and only paid $120 a night. Of course we had to pay to park but that was no big deal considering the savings. Plus the space, full kitchen, laundry. We prefer to drive to the parks a lot too even when on property. With that being said we have been on several trips. If it was a one time trip, I would stay on property to make the most use of time at the parks. There is something to be said about the disney bubble, especially for your first visit. Whatever you decide will be what works best for your family I am sure
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #11
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People alway "prefer to drive" when they're not staying walking distance to a park. This is the key factor, for me, in wanting to stay on-site at a deluxe.
Those condos, houses, etc..all sound great IF I was staying in Vermont. Or Northern California. But at WDW, I want to be AT Disney! I want Mickey waffles for breakfast, Mickey-shaped pools in the afternoon, and be able to walk back to my resort after the fireworks.

As a PP mentioned, look into renting DVC points. It gives you more space and amenities than a regular, deluxe room...and at a competitive price!
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #12
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #13
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Unless you stay at a MK resort or a Epcot resort I see no advantage to staying onsite. The offsite deluxe resorts like Bonnet creek and Waldorf are not any farther of a drive than staying at a value or moderate.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:01 PM   #14
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Nugov2 where did you find a deal off site for 6 bedrooms? I could use a place that big for my family trip.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:05 PM   #15
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We stayed at a Windsor Hills 3 bedroom condo in January/February of 2011. We usually stay onsite and even though we had large accommodations for cheap ($99 a night!) we will not stay offsite any time soon. We prefer just hopping on Disney transportation for afternoon breaks and for our family, we prefer the Disney bubble (and the service that goes along with it.)

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