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Old 02-08-2014, 08:04 PM   #1
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Decisions, Decisions

Trying to decide what's more important? Time or money?

We can stay offsite, rent car, and toll and gas for $360. Annual passes.

We can stay on site for $400. POP.

But, with offsite, I don't have to wait for ME nor get up as early to take back to airport.

On site is more convenient but waiting for a bus to parks at POP is ugh. Planning parking at EPCOT and monorail to MK or walk to DHS. But, it is Pres. Week.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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I am biased, and have done offsite before, but I am going with time on this one. I say look around the house, find $40 worth of stuff to sell on eBay and stay at the Pop! "Found Money" :-) That is just the way my brain justifies things! LOL There are some really good AP discounts out right now too. There is one for ASmu I think that is $82 Per Night (plus tax) during the week and $101 wkend in April and May. There were some others too. It was on the special offers page but only showed up when I was logged in.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:32 AM   #3
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I am biased, and have done offsite before, but I am going with time on this one. I say look around the house, find $40 worth of stuff to sell on eBay and stay at the Pop! "Found Money" :-) That is just the way my brain justifies things! LOL There are some really good AP discounts out right now too. There is one for ASmu I think that is $82 Per Night (plus tax) during the week and $101 wkend in April and May. There were some others too. It was on the special offers page but only showed up when I was logged in.
They only had rooms at POP when I looked. They are right at $121 per night. I work for hotels and can get a really decent property for about $35 per night, 5 miles from EP. It's the rental car that's killing me- I am Hertz and Avis, both with good discounts, and I can't get under $170 for a rental for 3 days, even for a KIA Rio with manual windows and Fred Flinstone gas and brakes.

But, our flight leaves at 5:30 in morning, so to take ME means we have to be on the bus at 2:30. Driving a car, we just need to be at the airport by 4. that extra hour means a lot that early in the morning.

It's a quandry, for sure. This is kinda my Valentine's Day gift- kids are out of school and going with Grandma so we have a few days to go to Disney.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:51 AM   #4
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What accommodations are better? I personally wouldn't stay at POP, hard bed small rooms, similar to a motel(but our off site accommodations were better than deluxe). Stay off site if it is nicer and valet your car at the resort closest to the park. We did this and were able to walk right to the park. We also often ate at the resort we parked at making it more convenient and since we didn't want to do a lot of cooking. Then you will be in and out of parks faster than any WDW bus could get you back to the resort. Either way enjoy your trip!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:11 AM   #5
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Not sure how much it is, but don't forget to add in parking to your budget if staying off site. Haven't stayed off site in years but I remember cringing at the price then.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:41 AM   #6
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Just a thought, but with flight that rely in the morning, I would stay at the airport the last night. Get ME to the airport at the end of the day before travelling. If ME won't let you do this, find a flight that allows you to go the the airport when you want to go
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:03 AM   #7
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Not sure how much it is, but don't forget to add in parking to your budget if staying off site. Haven't stayed off site in years but I remember cringing at the price then.
i think they have annual passes so parking would be free.

if you're going to do pop i agree with staying at the airport on your last night.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:14 AM   #8
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OP is an annual pass holder - parking is free!

I am in a similar situation. Staying 4 nights for Princess Marathon weekend - 2 adults/2 kids. We like renting a car. Best I could find (months ago) was $181 from National.

POP Century - $500 + $180 rental car
Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Princess Room only room w AP discount) $800.

Stay at nicer resort (POR) no car or POP w/ a car (plus save $100).

Do you have Magic Bands yet? If you do not have Magic Bands I would stay at POP so you will have Magic Bands and access with FastPass +
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:29 AM   #9
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With all the different ages going I would stay at POP for the bus transportation in case someone needs to go back early or wants to stay later.

The two times we have taken Grandma, she wanted to leave earlier than us.

Do you really want to be the driver at 4 in the morning or have a bus driver do the driving? I know I am always tired after a trip.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:03 AM   #10
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We are members of RCI and can get a timeshare condo pretty cheap while vacationing at Disney. And we drive down. Full kitchen, laundry, plus plenty of space. We are AP holders, so no parking fees.
That being said...we most ALWAYS choose to stay onsight at a Disney resort before staying offsight. The reasons are that it is simply more convenient for our family! My husband is not a theme park junkie like myself and son. We don't all have to go together, and when someone gets tired or wants some quiet time to themselves, they have it. I would stay at Pop if I were you. And stay the last night at the airport like others have suggested. We love Pop, and as AP holders, the discounts make staying there really affordable.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:17 AM   #11
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Well, after a buuuuunnnnnch of repricing, here is the deal:

My flight is standby so we always try to get the 1st flight out in the mornings- it makes it easier.

AP holder- correct I don't pay parking but I also don't get EMH if I stay off-site.

It's just me and the DH so we aren't really concerned about the room as much as the difference in convenience and pricing. This year is a tighter year for us- another kid is prepping for college and blech, the costs are terrible.

My DH is an early-morning person so he tends to drive first thing- he doesn't mind. We usually have fun the first night or 2, staying up late, etc...the last night, we get in early. (Yes, I just admitted I'm old)

I found a rental at Dollar (never used them) for $150 after searching.

So, let's see...based on the above, what would you do?

1. Offsite- $320 total with room, car, tolls, and gas. Less than 5 minutes from EP. Breakfast included in room. Free parking.

2. Onsite- $370 total. ASMu. ME but wake up an hour earlier than really need to do. EMH and the whole DISNEY experience. But, no extra fees or anything like that.

Bear in mind, we go at least 2 to 4 times a year- one big trip with the kids where we do stay onsite; this year is properly BC. We usually go for small trips during the F&G Show and the F&W Festival. Already have MagicBands and I also was going to get a $150 Visa Rewards card and pick it up at Guest Services in Disney- this will cover a big chunk of our F&B, as we tend to do one really big meal like Chefs or Le Cellier, (or Pecos Bill's every day if he could get it) and a couple of snacks like pretzels, eggrolls, the new tapas at Spice Road, etc. Most of our money is spent (when the 2 of us) on adult beverages and snacks- I reuse a bottle of water when I am there.

What would you do? My DH is the "let's do it the eay way and just pay $50 more" where as I am in the "why not keep the $50 for more adult beverages- like the jalapeno margaritas that we love" camp. I just know I will kick myself for the $50 later when I see a trinket I want but at the same time, I'll also kick myself for the thought of I could've just spent more money and been at ease.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:24 AM   #12
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Well, after a buuuuunnnnnch of repricing, here is the deal:

My flight is standby so we always try to get the 1st flight out in the mornings- it makes it easier.

AP holder- correct I don't pay parking but I also don't get EMH if I stay off-site.

It's just me and the DH so we aren't really concerned about the room as much as the difference in convenience and pricing. This year is a tighter year for us- another kid is prepping for college and blech, the costs are terrible.

My DH is an early-morning person so he tends to drive first thing- he doesn't mind. We usually have fun the first night or 2, staying up late, etc...the last night, we get in early. (Yes, I just admitted I'm old)

I found a rental at Dollar (never used them) for $150 after searching.

So, let's see...based on the above, what would you do?

1. Offsite- $320 total with room, car, tolls, and gas. Less than 5 minutes from EP. Breakfast included in room. Free parking.

2. Onsite- $370 total. ASMu. ME but wake up an hour earlier than really need to do. EMH and the whole DISNEY experience. But, no extra fees or anything like that.

Bear in mind, we go at least 2 to 4 times a year- one big trip with the kids where we do stay onsite; this year is properly BC. We usually go for small trips during the F&G Show and the F&W Festival. Already have MagicBands and I also was going to get a $150 Visa Rewards card and pick it up at Guest Services in Disney- this will cover a big chunk of our F&B, as we tend to do one really big meal like Chefs or Le Cellier, (or Pecos Bill's every day if he could get it) and a couple of snacks like pretzels, eggrolls, the new tapas at Spice Road, etc. Most of our money is spent (when the 2 of us) on adult beverages and snacks- I reuse a bottle of water when I am there.

What would you do? My DH is the "let's do it the eay way and just pay $50 more" where as I am in the "why not keep the $50 for more adult beverages- like the jalapeno margaritas that we love" camp. I just know I will kick myself for the $50 later when I see a trinket I want but at the same time, I'll also kick myself for the thought of I could've just spent more money and been at ease.
I would still do offsite. I wouldn't stay in a value, but again that is me. Even for a short time I like space and luxury. I also won't use WDW transportation so having the car would be a must. It really just depends on your personal preferences. I think the money is better spent on nicer place to stay with extra money for adult drinks and your own transportation so you are not at the mercy of WDW transportation!
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