So this is only our 2nd trip to Disney. The first trip we stayed Club Level at the Poly and this second trip we rented the Lady & Tramp 3BR Townhouse through FloridaSun Vacations. It is apparent that our family cannot stay together in a standard hotel room and will require the space of a larger condo/townhouse to enjoy ourselves. Ill try to break this into a comparison of staying on-site vs. off-site then a review of the actual townhouse itself. Space Comparisons This is an obvious win for the offsite condo. Our family needs space. If yours doesnt, then you dont need to stay offsite. We stayed 6 nights in the condo and had no space issues (actually we could have used even more). We stayed 1 night in a standard hotel in Clearwater Beach at the end of the trip and were ready to kill each other. Transportation Comparisons Staying offsite forced us into a rental car and thank god it did. I personally couldnt stand the crowds, rudeness and delays of Disney Transportation. Driving and parking was so much more convenient for us than taking the buses from the Poly to DHS and AK. Traffic was a breeze and the commute times were as follows (with no prior driving experience in the area): AK 5 minutes, DHS 10 minutes, Epcot 10-15 minutes and MK 15 minutes. All roads are very well marked and you would have to be a complete idiot to get lost. We were unlucky with parking as we seemed to be perfectly placed at the end of every parking lot row and had a decent walk to the Tram. If we had gotten luckier the Parking would have been a non-event. Access to Restaurants & Stores Being with a rental car and in a condo we took advantage of all the extra dining and shopping options. We dont particularly find anything enjoyable about Disney Dining options so were happy to get offsite and eat at reasonably priced and not-so-crowded restaurants. With having the ability to go to stores to buy stuff as needed, you can save on packing stuff. We over-packed things like aspirin, antacids, banda-aids, etc You can hold off bringing that stuff and just go to Walgreens if you end up needing it. The Walgreens prices were no different than our prices back home. Grocery shopping helped a ton with snacks and breakfast. We didnt do any real meal cooking so you could save even more if that was your cup of tea. Be careful selecting your grocery store to shop at we defaulted to Winn-Dixie because we were too tired to hunt down the Publix. We probably overpaid about $60 because of this. Access to Medical Attention I ended up needing to go to an urgent care clinic during the trip. This would have stressed me out and been logistically difficult on-site without transportation. Off-site and with the rental car, I just simply went onto my healthcare providers website and did a search for in-network facilities and found one 2 miles away from the condo. Very easy and helped alleviate an already stressful situation. Magic Kingdom Comparison Even with all the other perks of staying off-site, MK was much easier to access and enjoy when we stayed at the Poly. If the MK was our only park we were visiting, we would stay at a Monorail resort. While it wasnt hard to park at the TTC and take the Ferry/Monorail to the park, it was inconvenient and slow. Housekeeping There is no housekeeping in your condo. It sucked having to do dishes and clean towels. However, it was nice to easily clean our clothes. Upon review I would rather have someone else clean my room and provide fresh towels every day. We created more garbage than would fit in the disposal bin for the unit (this was very irritating as we always had a tied-up bag of garbage in the units closet each day). Disney Magic Clearly on-site will win this argument any day. There wasnt any magic for our family staying off-site. Our Personal Conclusion We will never stay in a standard hotel room again for a vacation. If we could find a good deal at Bay Lakes Tower we will try that. We need more space, but we also want some of the creature comforts of having housekeeping. I fear price will not allow that to happen though and we will become full-time offsite visitors. Also, even if we did stay on-site we would rent a car for the visits to AK and DHS. Lady & Tramp via Florida Sun Vacation Homes Windsor Hills Review Where to start with this The pictures on-line just dont really show how worn this place really is. Now dont get me wrong, it wasnt like this place was horribly worn, it just wasnt what I would call immaculate. Following is a list of our observations: Some pool chairs moldy and ripped (no attempt to fix actually one was just folded up to hide it) TV remote battery holder backs were all broken off and fixed by using electrical tape (not very classy) All electronics (TVs and DVD player) were old and outdated not a huge deal but for me it was Dishes were cheap plastic picnic type dishes Both adult mattresses were horrible (stained and no support) Various parts of the unit could use touch-up paint Various burnt out light bulbs During our 6 night stay we had 4 calls to maintenance: Broken DVD player (fixed by maintenance coming out and simply prying open the DVD door) Kids shower curtain broke replaced but told dont hang anything on it (who doesnt hang towels on shower curtain rods) Smoke Detector Batteries went dead setting the alarm off at 5 in the morning Toilet bowl flushing handle connector broke had to reach into tank to flush toilet Dead batteries in remote controls Florida Sun Vacations fixed these all the next day after notifying them, however we always discovered the broken items after returning from the parks at night and thus had to go a night without the thing working. By far the biggest deal was the Smoke Detector going off at 5 in the morning waking my wife and I up to a very rude awakening. We would not stay at this particular unit again. We would stay at a unit managed by Florida Sun Vacations, but would spend more time making sure we understood the age and quality of the unit itself. We paid a premium to deal directly with this reputable company and we got a less than premium quality unit and are disappointed with that. We will be making a formal complaint to Florida Sun and I will update this with their reply.