Can't justify staying onsite anymore!!!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by kandb, May 1, 2013.

  1. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

    Dec 3, 2004
    We'll be at Wyndham Bonnet Creek in just eight more days and can't wait!:cool1: Never, never, never book directly through BC though. Their prices are ridiculous.:faint: We booked through Vacation Strategy and got a one bedroom Deluxe condo for ten nights for just $895.00 (so $89.50/night). We normally stay at a Moderate resort, but can't beat $89.50/night even using our AP discount for a single Value room, much less the Moderate resorts we prefer. We rent a car anyway and BC is physically within the Disney gates, so is closer to the parks than alot of the Disney resorts. We couldn't care less about EMH or the DDP, so can't think of a single reason why we would pay more for a tiny, value room than for a one bedroom villa with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, seperate living room, two TVs, king size bed, fold out couch, a jacuzzi tub, walk in shower, washer/dryer, several pools that are nicer than Disney pools, several pool slides, several hot tubs, two lazy rivers, free mini golf, etc. Just wouldn't make sense for us.

    As AP holders we go to WDW several times a year and have always been big proponents of staying onsite and swore there was absolutely no way we would ever stay offsite. In fact, I swore I'd stay home first. Lo and behold last Oct a coworker offered us a week in her one bedroom condo at Westlake Town Center, just one mile outside WDW gates for just $400.00 for the week. It was too good of a deal to pass up, so we thought we'd give offsite just one try. We loved it so much, there is no way I can see us ever staying onsite again. $89.00/night for a fully equipped one bedroom condo vs $244.00 for a single, tiny moderate room that are almost side by side geographically seems like a no brainer to me.

    Oh yeah, as far as Bonnet Creek prices go. If you read over on the Love Bonnet Creek thread on the Orlando Resorts section of the DIS, you will see that Vacation Strategy, Vacation Upgrades, Farrell's Vacations, and several renters on VRBO and even Ebay come highly recommended and have great prices. In fact, after I had already paid Vacation Strategies our deposit, I got an email from a seller on VRBO (Shelby Resorts) that offered me a one bedroom even cheaper (just $750.00 for the ten nights I needed--so just $75.00/night). Lets see: $75.00/night for a 902 sq ft, one bedroom condo at a Deluxe resort or $244.00/night for a single 314 sq ft room in a moderate or still around $100.00 per night for a tiny 260 sq ft room in Value? Nope, I'll take more space in a nicer resort, for less money.

    In fact, last Oct/Nov we actually did a split stay at my coworker's one bedroom time share and Royal Pacific Resort over at Universal. Even though RPR is a Deluxe resort, the room felt so tiny after staying in the one bedroom all week, that my husband said he really wished we'd just stayed the whole trip in the time share and driven back and forth. We are doing the same thing this trip though, because no way am I giving up the front of the line pass perk that people staying onsite at Universal get. If Disney offered their onsite guests front of the line passes, then I'd be willing to pay more to stay in one of their little rooms (maybe).

    902 sq ft in a fully equipped one bedroom villa here: vs 314 sq feet at CSR here: for almost three times less money, seems like a no brainer to me and with the exception of AK, we'll be closer to the other three parks than if we'd stayed at CSR.
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  3. EagleScout

    EagleScout Mouseketeer

    Aug 14, 2012
    Se CT can be tricky, particularly during beach season. There is ltd availability in each of the resort towns (eg, mystic). A few suggestions to get the price down to "moderate" territory (rather than theme park view grand floridian) - unfortunately unlikely to get to value territory. One, consider weekday rather than weekend- often a big difference. Two, consider staying a bit outside the particular town, but recognize there are ltd roads to get around, and get crowded. Three, check the two casinos (mohegan and foxwwods), partic if weekday - weekend they can be 500 plus. Fourth- try the hotels just "offsite" the casinos. Good luck, there amay be others with better suggestions.
  4. ElizabethB

    ElizabethB <font color=teal>I have a raw meat fetish. Who kne

    Jul 7, 2004
    Rack rate on deluxes can now rival prices at the Ritz Carlton and believe me there is no comparison in service or amenities!

    Problem is -- Ritz Carlton doesn't have the parks -- those are Disney's ace in the hole. But, if they keep at it, I think they eventually will see a decline in bookings as people decide it's just to worth it to book an on-site hotel.

    Other than convenience, as far as I'm concerned, there is no reason, really, to book an on-site hotel.

    Extra magic hours are crowded now that everyone can stay in the parks for the full time.

    The buses are a horror -- noisy and numerous stops -- so we always rent a car.

    The dining plan has been gutted and the price raised to the point where it's much cheaper just to purchase meals as we go.

    Magical Express seems the worst possible way to begin a vacation -- welcome to noisy kids and noisier adults and crowded conditions as soon as one leaves the airport -- no need to wait for the parks! And since we like to go other places with our car (like Universal), we do not want to be a Disney captive, which is the effect of Magical Express.

    Unfortunately, for us, convenience continues to be worth the extra cost -- but I'm not sure for how much longer that will be the case.
  5. lustergirl

    lustergirl DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2005
    How is the Hilton. I have wondered about staying there as well.
  6. tmbacon

    tmbacon Mouseketeer

    Sep 3, 2009
    I had the same question! :) As we plan for our next trip (hopefully next spring), lI'm ooking at all our options including split stay at a DTD hotel and also at a "real" onsite resort or renting DVC points.
  7. pigletto

    pigletto DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2007
    And there it is. Let's be honest.. rack rates at the deluxes are often much higher than a true deluxe property outside of WDW. Paying $400 a night for the Poly or more, and not being able to get a decent reservation time or ANY reservation to eat there without booking 6 months in advance is ridiculous. Sure I practically live on the Disboards, but what about someone who doesn't? Can you imagine paying rack rate for those rooms which are nothing extraordinary, and not be able to eat there unless it was Captain Cooks and finding all the public spaces crammed with people every night and a pool so small that it's jammed in the high season?
    Don't get me wrong. Disney is exceptional at what they do and their parks are outstanding. I truly believe though that they've gotten way too big for their britches on what they expect people to pay for their rooms, and I won't pay it for the Deluxes. I could.. but I won't.
    However, as is proven time and time again, people will continue to pay it so the discounts are getting smaller and smaller.
  8. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

    Jun 22, 2001
    A Disney deluxe is nothing like a "real world" deluxe, which is what throws off guests who have the expectation that it will be. You're mostly paying for location - proximity to parks. Not service or amenities. The prices are that high now because people do pay them. Once enough of them stop paying those prices, they'll come down (probably discounted rather than a reduction in rack rates).

    There is a Four Seasons going up right by Golden Oaks, which may satisfy those who are looking for real-world luxury on Disney property. No idea what the prices will be like though.
  9. Cap'nJack'sMum

    Cap'nJack'sMum Psycho for The Mouse

    Nov 9, 2008
    As our kids have grown up, we have also outgrown staying onsite. Back when we started staying onsite WDW wasn't as busy as it is now. The buses were awesome, not packed like sardines, and they came more often. For the past few years we've been renting a car because of the bus inconsistencies and how crowded they are at the end of the night. So, that wasn't a huge change for us.

    Also when our kids were young, they were smaller. :rotfl: We could stay in a room at POP with 1 bathroom and not have a problem all spreading out with enough room. Now that we have a teen and an almost-teen we need more room and another bathroom. The kitchen, living room, second bedroom, and washer/dryer are a welcome bonus.

    We stayed offsite over Spring Break and the quiet serenity of the condo we were staying in was so nice, compared with the frenetic activity at an onsite hotel. Plus, paying less $$ for 10 nights at a condo than we would pay for a week at POP is HUGE for us. We would rather stay longer than stay onsite. More days at WDW = more fun!

    In August we are doing a split stay in an offsite house with a pool for 6 nights, and then 5 nights at AKL. I need my savannah view fix. But we will definitely stay 100% offsite again.
  10. MikeandReneePlus5

    MikeandReneePlus5 DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2010
    The room prices do seem high -

    I tend to look at the "all in" vacation price per person though.

    Our next trip is 7 days/6 nights at the Poly and with food, flight, park tickets and room it'll run about $250 per person, per night.

    Is that excessive?

    Seems to compare to other choices like Caribbean, Mexico or a cruise (Mexico might be cheaper) and is certainly cheaper than going to Europe.

    If you are comparing to a beach house rental then yeah all those choices are a lot more $ but that's apples and oranges.
  11. Goofey Drool

    Goofey Drool Mouseketeer

    Apr 29, 2007
    We cant afford it anymore either. We stayed at POR, CBR, CSR 2006, 2008,2009. Taking a break from Disney for a few years I wasn't planning on staying somewhere else but it looks like the 2013 trip will be off site.
  12. ucncallmeflwr

    ucncallmeflwr Earning My Ears

    Jan 25, 2010
    We're spending our honeymoon at WDW, but are on a budget. Didn't really want to spend over a grand for a room so after a little bit of research we decided to try renting DVC points and stay in one of the villas -- 6 nights for $840! Can't beat it.
  13. married2mm

    married2mm DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2011
    That's a great price.:)
  14. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 22, 2006
    I have looked offsite but I can't stand it.:rotfl: I am happy to be in a position to afford my vacations, and while expensive I don't think WDW has topped out the price range of vacation destination just yet. I do think they jack up the resort prices to a level that would not be accepted in the non-disney arena, but that is the 'price' for a Disney Vacation and it's still at a level that people are willing to shell out. Including me.

    I love being in the 'bubble', but I'm lucky that I'm either solo or just traveling with parents or a friend. I don't need a huge room.

    I think about having a kitchen but I don't eat a typical breakfast and I'm happying sharing a meal or just snacking the rest of the time. I only do one or two event/TS meals so I don't need a huge food budget to cover what I do eat. (I don't do DDP because it does not fit the way I eat so RO discount is a better deal w/ food OOP).

    I am big on hopping back and forth from room to park to park so love having a room so close that I can fly by the seat of my pants on plans. I rent a car for offsite stuff but I am pretty laid back and I actually like riding the bus.:rotfl: between park and room.

    By the time I stay offsite but take resort fees/parking fees, transportation time/non ability to do multiple back and forths from the room, what little I would save would not pay off in my enjoyment factor.

    HOWEVER I have done plenty of vacations where I rented a condo and drove to my destination/activities and it's a doable vacation and has plenty of justification for larger groups or families.

    I don't think it would ruin a vacation to stay offsite, it might put a damper on mine, but I think it is an acceptable alternative to many.
  15. joeyandangiesmom

    joeyandangiesmom Earning My Ears

    Feb 9, 2003
    You are blessed...not everyone has these perks
  16. The V Gang

    The V Gang The V Gang

    Feb 4, 2010
    We just got back from 10 nights in two rooms at POR. I have to agree with OP. I love Disney. Not crazy about some of the changes or policies but wr always enjoy the majority of our stay. Prices rising means we downgraded to moderate resorts but after two years they really aren't worth the price.

    Next year we srd heading offsite. I would love to hear about where u stayed as I sm totally unfamiliar with the offsite resorts.

    Thank you!
  17. Jillscabanastories

    Jillscabanastories Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2013
    I stayed off site on our second Disney vacation when my daughter was younger. Did not like it at all.

    The first trip we had stayed at Caribbean Beach and had a wonderful time, used the buses, park hopped ect.

    But, the second year my husband wanted to save some money so we tried offsite in Kissimee. We hated it. No Disney atmosphere, Disney Trans, meal plan, we vowed never again.

    The drive into Disney just felt different, hectic, traffic, no food courts.

    So the next time we went we still tried to save some money, but this time stayed at the all stars. Sure it was cramped. But, it just felt better to us to immerse ourselves in the Disney atmosphere. I would miss not staying on property.
  18. DanInMN

    DanInMN Mouseketeer

    Jan 23, 2012
    Like others we have stayed on and off site many times.

    Off-site we especially liked Bahama Bay. Bahama Bay costs much less that Disney resorts, has large condos, nice landscaping and pools. However it adds extra costs like resort fee, cleaning fee, need for a rental car, gas, tolls, and parking. We save money by having a kitchen and access to off site restaurants. It is about 15 minutes drive to WDW.

    Staying on-site means we have much less space. Off-season rates, promotions (like FD), and no rental car needed, can bring the cost down to nearly equal off-site prices by the time you add it all up.

    We avoid EMH crowds, so that benefit is not a factor for us. The grounds at POR are compelling though, and that's a big reason why we will be there in September!
  19. BigKid45

    BigKid45 Mouseketeer

    Feb 23, 2010
    I love staying onsite, but DW prefers to save $$. We stayed at Windsor Hills in 2012 and for $104/nite it was hard to justify our 3 bedrooms with attached bath, laundry, personal pool, full kitchen and gated community compared to a cramped POR room in 2013 with 1 bath and noisy neighbors.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Disney transportation and being in the heart of everything Disney, but dwindling discounts, crowded transportation, and rising resort prices has me on the verge of swinging to offsite accommodations for the future. We needed a car for our 2012 trip which included driving to Miami for our cruise, so an extra $375 for our rental car with discounted lodging at Windsor Hills we still came out ahead, dollar wise.
    Free dining is becoming a scarce commodity and is too crowded for mediocre food and it most certainly dictates when and where we travel through the world. I may be an offsite convert in the future. :confused3
  20. DakotaRose

    DakotaRose Mouseketeer

    Jun 23, 2012
    Just out of curiosity I checked out Hilton BC for the dates I'm traveling in the fall. Deluxe room rate + daily resort fee + parking = the same as I'm paying at Port Orleans. And on-site I don't need to rent a car.
  21. spiceycat

    spiceycat <font color=blue>Own at BWV, VWL and BLT<br><font

    Oct 26, 2000
    that is a hotel

    most of the comments are about Wyndham Bonnet Creek it is a timeshares - so it has have 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms

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