This is our first trip as a family to WDW. Dh and I went before kids in 1999 and stayed at ASM. Honestly, we did not enjoy the facilities. Maybe cuz we didn't have kids at the time. We thought the pool was overcrowed, and smelled like pee. BUT we loved the disney transportation and the food court was great albeit expensive. My concerns are not really money. I am very cheap and frugal so to spend and extra 500 or 600 in the difference in hotels gets to me. WE are driving as my husband won't fly. So we will be staying at a hotel somewhere btwn Michigan and Orlando along with a lengthy trip home taking our time going along the Carolina shoreline. So we will have extra expense in lodging and meals there. My bigges thing about off site is the closeness to other places to eat and not pay Disney prices for food. But we wil have our own vehicle to mutter around if we choose. HOw close are other parts of Orlando from say CSR? Is it easy enough to get out of the "disney complex" if you stay on site? I amalso concerned about the disney transportation, with a stroller and an 8month old. I dont want to be a bother. I have been looking at Buena Vista Suites with a nice complimentary breakfast buffet and a 2 room suite for $98 a night. But that hotel has very mixed reviews. Or the Radisson where kids eat free, but also very mixed reviews. Anyone have any experiences there? Also I wouldn't mind staying at POP but not sure I can convince dh to do the value resort when we "don't" have to... Anyone help out ole el cheapo?