Are you trying to decide if you should stay onsite?

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by planningjollyholiday, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. planningjollyholiday

    planningjollyholiday DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2012
    We recently stayed 5 nights at the disneyland hotel and 2 nights at the grand californian. We had such a great time and definatly thought it was worth it!!! Our stay was truly magical and we will never stay offsite. The cast members were amazing at both places and were able to meet all of our requests, and the service and upgrades we recieved at both places went above and beyond. We preferred the disneyland hotel because we felt the pool was better and the decor was way more disneyish. Bell services transferred our bags for us from hotel to hotel which was a load off our shoulders. And by far the best part was the early entry. We were able to ride RSR with little wait in the morning and then get fastpasses to ride it again at night by getting in line 15 min before park opening. We got so many of the big rides done in the morning that in the afternoon we rode the smaller rides with little wait. I read in another thread how busy it seems at disneyland right now, and yes there were lots of people but we never waited in line very long, and on the weekends when it was packed we just relaxed in the pools. So if you are debating wether to stay onsite or not then my advice would be to do it!!!!
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  3. nana50

    nana50 Always planning my next trip to Disneyland.

    Jan 11, 2010
    I'm with you. I never have to decide, I just have to wait until I can afford it.;) It is expensive. I love love love the new DLH.:love: It is part of the vacation for me.
  4. Ingrid0382

    Ingrid0382 Mouseketeer

    Jan 5, 2012
    That's wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! :thumbsup2

    Every time I think about booking on-site, I can't help but think about all the character meals, snacks and souvenirs I could purchase with the extra money I would have to spend to stay in a Disneyland hotel. Some day we'll treat ourselves!
  5. nana50

    nana50 Always planning my next trip to Disneyland.

    Jan 11, 2010
    skip all that stuff one time and enjoy the hotel. The kids and you, will LOVE it.
  6. interstate70s

    interstate70s DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2012

    Yes! Yes! Yes!
  7. jmac323

    jmac323 Mouseketeer

    Dec 29, 2008
    I read this at just the right time. I'm booking late January for the kids' xmas present and I wanted to stay on site but almost let DH talk me out of it because of the $$. I'm just going to do it!!!
  8. KiwiMouseGirl

    KiwiMouseGirl Mouseketeer

    Jul 5, 2011
    We are planning on staying at the PPH for our next trip. It is what we have standing in our budget at the moment but will be very pricey for us as we are staying around 15 nights :o
  9. Sherry E

    Sherry E Currently tag-less... Moderator

    Jan 5, 2008
    nana50 -

    This is exactly how I feel, too. For me, staying onsite is definitely worth it and it is definitely "part of the vacation" as well.

    I like all 3 of the hotels for different reasons. This doesn't mean that I can always afford an onsite stay - and if/when I can't, then I just go home (I live in L.A.). But it's not the same experience when that happens. Something about being on Disney property and in the "Disney bubble" from the moment I arrive at DLR to the moment I leave has a big impact on my overall enjoyment of the trip. It makes it a much more complete trip for me, in a way.

    I realize and understand that staying onsite is not for everyone - some folks don't see why staying onsite makes a difference, especially with such a hefty price tag attached. And I certainly agree that the rates are getting crazier than ever, while the good discounts are becoming few and far between. Pretty soon, I'm not sure that anyone will be able to stay onsite if the rates keep climbing!

    For some people, it won't make a difference at all which hotel they're in. I totally see the logic in saving the money that would be spent on a Disney hotel for extra souvenirs, snacks, etc. That makes sense - especially when kids are involved.
  10. Ingrid0382

    Ingrid0382 Mouseketeer

    Jan 5, 2012

    You guys are such enablers!!!! :rotfl:
  11. DLRfan31

    DLRfan31 A Pirate's Life for Me!

    Jul 29, 2012
    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. :eek:

    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. ;)
  12. Monica D

    Monica D Ready to plan my next cruise!

    Jun 20, 2007
    This is how we feel, too. I have stayed at some very nice places offsite, but love the convenience of being close. We love to spend our afternoons at the pool and have a few hours to relax. Totally worth it to us.
  13. Geemo

    Geemo DIS Veteran

    Jan 23, 2012
    I love to stay on-site!! We have stayed at all three over the years. It definitely adds magic to the whole trip.

    When there are 5 or less traveling in the group we stay on-site. However, when the number reaches 6 or more, we have to make off-site arrangements.

    Only one time when there were 7 of us did we stay on-site. Two adjoining rooms at the GrandCalifornian for a week.

    Our family is now up to 9.
    The cost for two rooms on-site is a real HIT on my budget!!
    With meals, snacks, blah, blah....

    The full expense of our family Disney trips are always my $$treat$$ and I can't afford two rooms on-site now.

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    DH, D-ME
    DS, DGS (18), DGD (14)
    DS, D-DIL, DGS (10), DGD (8)

  14. Rhonna

    Rhonna DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2003
    Book the entire trip under your mom's name and divide the cost later. Senior citizens (60 and over) get the best discounts around. I believe it's 30% off.
  15. mydisneymoney

    mydisneymoney Prince Alex's Mom

    Jan 18, 2011
    DH and I have been going back and forth on this very subject. We are going DL the week after Thanksgiving and it will cost us almost a $1000 more to stay at PPH. We have stayed at PPH and GCH before and had a nice time. At this point the realy advantage to staying onsite is being able to go in early every morning. But is being in there an hour earlier then the general public worth $1000? I could do a whole to with $1000 especially with Christmas only a couple weeks later.
  16. Watchtower

    Watchtower Mouseketeer

    Sep 30, 2012
    I'm afraid if this trend keeps up, only rich people will be able to afford a vacation to DLR at all...
  17. jenksdj

    jenksdj Mouseketeer

    Oct 8, 2007
    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)!:cool1: Can't wait!
  18. Magalex

    Magalex DIS Veteran

    Jan 14, 2004
    NOOOO why did I open this post. Yes I agree these people are enablers:lmao:I 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.
  19. theworldneedscolor

    theworldneedscolor DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2012
    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.
  20. awdsmama

    awdsmama DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2011
    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 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.


    Quite a savings again!
  21. dmband

    dmband DIS Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    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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