I'm holding reservations at the GC hotel for myself and my 3.5 year old but I have to decide soon. We were at WDW last May (live closer to FL) and he enjoyed our stay at the PO there. I'm visiting California in a few weeks and need to do something with my son during the weekdays while my husband is working (he is out there as a consultant - we are spending the weekends with him). So...I've booked 3 nights at the GC (all that is left) which is costing about $1200 with park tickets and character breakfast - park view. I thought I'd drive down a day early (we're several hours north) and spend the night at a cheaper place nearby so we could check in first thing and start using the hotel/park facilities. I guess it is the cost keeping me guessing. I could stay off-site for $400-600 less with the tickets/breakfast included (good neighbor hotel). Since I'm there alone with a 3.5 year old, on the other hand, it would be nice to not have to get in the car to get anywhere and be close enough to the park to get in and back to the hotel for rest/swims quickly. Seems like that would give me more vacation time. He can do the parks somewhat but I'm sure we'd end up spending more time at the pools if we stayed on-site. So...are the pools/convenience worth it for the CA park? I know at WDW they are but perhaps not at DL?. Any thoughts appreciated!