Really no benefit to stay "on Property" anymore

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Postal68, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    Not every situation is the same and the DDP does and can save people money over paying OOP. The DDP being a good deal or not being a good deal is not a cut and dry issue. As a pp said, everyone should look at how they normally eat and run the numbers of paying OOP vs the DDP and see which is the better way to go. Getting gift cards for meals is a way of "pre-paying" just like using the DDP, but that is not always the best route to go for every family. What works for some people won't work for others.
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  3. RedfromNL

    RedfromNL Mouseketeer

    Oct 7, 2011
    Yes, it comes from gutting : sticking a knife in the guts and taking them out....

    That would leave one severly bummed out wouldn't it :)
  4. Dis703

    Dis703 DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Well the biggest perk to me is walking back to my room from HS/Epcot and having all the dining and entertainment options right there on the Boardwalk. If we didn't have kids though I might consider staying offsite some of the time.
  5. Masonmj84

    Masonmj84 DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2011
    I personally don't give a rip about EMH (actually that's not entirely true, EMH draws crowds away from other parks and helps detemine which park to avoid on a given day).

    For us, staying on-site is all about not having to deal with driving and parking and being immersed in the magic 24/7.
  6. squirrel4569

    squirrel4569 DIS Veteran

    Aug 9, 2012
    It's similar but not exactly the same. If I have gift cards I can spend that money on something else right? I could spend some on souvenirs or other experiences instead of food. You're still thinking in the back of my head "I could spend the money for this dessert/appetizer/drink on something else" instead of just relaxing, swiping the card and going on your way. Honestly there isn't a lot of value in the QS plan, but the regular & deluxe plans can save quite a bit if you do character or signature meals.
  7. gdrj

    gdrj DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2012

    With our kids in college and out (and not traveling with us all the time), for us there is even less reason to stay off property. As DVC members studio or 1 BR works. Waking up and walking along Boardwalk to grab a cup of coffee in the morning beats the view on 192! Watching Disney come to life in the AM is fun for us. To be able to walk to EPCOT or MK (after staying at BLT) or look at a Safari at AKV from your balcony is well worth it for me. No driving, no T-shirt stores, or waffle houses let us escape from reality a bit more. I also enjoy being able to eat Dinner in any of a number of Countries by just walking there.

    With that said we are staying over XMAS off-site (Bonnet Creek) 3 Bedroom and while it is kind of on property, and is very nice, its still not the same for us.

    You ever notice that no one can "do Disney" as well as you and your own family can :rotfl2: (at least that is my conclusion).

    Definitely no right or wrong in regards to everyones thoughts and opinions, it is whatever is right for you and your family.

    shhhhh ps (we do know they are wrong though...don't we) :joker:
  8. CupcakeKelly

    CupcakeKelly This sleeve of Thin Mints IS my breakfast

    Feb 11, 2013
    Yeah, that sounds like a total bummer. :)

    Whenever I hear the word I think of it in accent, so I read "gutted" but I think "guh-ED"

    I guess to weigh in on the topic at hand, I am staying on property for the first time this December. I never considered it before when it was just my hubby and me, our Florida vacations only had a couple days in Disney and usually involved a baseball game in Tampa and a trip to Ft Lauderdale. This time going with my 3 year old the convenience and the magic pushed us to stay on site. :thumbsup2
  9. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 2008
    Well, I'm not happy with just avoiding the biggest crowd. I prefer to have an opportunity to choose the LEAST crowded park. Just a difference in perspective I guess.
  10. mmmears

    mmmears DIS Veteran

    Nov 30, 2005
    For my family, the EMHs (both am and pm) are a MAJOR perk to staying onsite and paying for a Disney resort.
  11. TheDisney411

    TheDisney411 DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2012
    We have a large family also and we only travel during free dining weeks now. As long as they continue free dining it is cheaper for us to stay on site, especially since all but one kid is now over 10. If, in the future, they ever ended free dining, we would possibly have to go off site then to save money.
  12. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    We've tried staying offsite and as nice as it is to have extra space, it was very frustrating for me.

    I'm an early riser, so is my DD. We would wake up and be all ready to go and my husband and son would still be asleep.
    Because we only had 1 car, DD and I were stuck there annoyed that we were wasting time and I would get madder and madder that DS and my husband wouldn't get out of bed.

    So we stay onsite even if there is no place for me to get away from my husbands snoring. DD and I can get up and go when we want and DS and my husband can waste their time sleeping if they want.

    Our upcoming trip may be a bit different since both kids say they want to sleep in now so I'll be heading out alone but I don't mind.

    We also like the Evening EMH since it gives the lazybones more park time. Hopefully they won't completely go away.
  13. OrangeCountyCommuter

    OrangeCountyCommuter DIS Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    I find the service at offsite hotels is equal to or better then Disney.:confused3

    At "deluxe" hotels off site they KNOW how to do it. Disney only knows how to charge.

    The service at CSR was equal to a dumpy Hampton Inn I stayed at in Texas a few years ago.

    And is there service at a value? Not IMHO. Service at the Fairfield Marriott Village was a heck of a lot better (and the room was SO MUCH NICER and CHEAPER!)

    I don't do EMH and did the DDP once, won't do that again. I would rather drive then deal with Disney buses except to the MK (which I go to rarely anyway) so... where's the benefit. Pay more, receive less and be happy because "they have mouse ears on their name tags" UH NO! LOL!
  14. montrealdisneylovers

    montrealdisneylovers Mouseketeer

    Feb 24, 2011
    Same for us. In fact it is THE MAJOR perk. Everything else is nice but EMH makes the extra costs worthwhile. Same for Universal and staying onsite there. The only reason to do it (for us) is early entry!!!
  15. gilesmt

    gilesmt DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2010
    Maybe you should try Disneyland. They offer no free ride to the hotels, I think it cost $16, they offer no dining plan, they offer emh but they give them to anyone who buys a ticket, the offer no free bus service to the park, but they do offer a monorail ride, but in the morning 50% of the time it is closed and you have to walk and coming back between 8 and 10 at night it is always closed. They have lost our packages every time we have asked for that service and we had to show the receipts and have them sent over to our room three days later. Am I missing anything, oh yeah the best part, you can actually walk to the main gate and save $200 a night if you book across the street at a non Disney hotel. I am always surprised that there hotels are booked solid, we only stay there when the military has a really good rate or Expedia has a really good rate for $100 a less. That has not happened in several years now.
  16. andyman8

    andyman8 DIS Veteran<br><a href="

    Mar 17, 2011
    Well, Disney just reduced all Friday evening EMH hours at MK through the end of August (just before NoJ and then MNSSHP starts; both of which occur at MK on Friday evenings). Why would Disney just randomly cancel EMH. Oddly enough, just a bit over three months ago PMEMH was shortened to two hours. As MyMagic+ begins to roll out, Disney will supplement these EMH reductions with additional MM+ benefits that will surely cost less then operating a park for two additional hours.

    I'm not saying EMH is going away, it's just going to be significantly scaled back. Oh, and for sources, there's easyWDW, Touring Plans, among the many others.

    Just to put this out there, Disney hasn't yet officially announced that the PPCtF Parade will be ending next month, but how can they have a parade without any performers in it? Disney generally does not "announce" these kind of things, they just let them happen. The same thing happened with the PMEMH reduction; Disney never officially "announced" that they were reducing PMEMH, they just updated the calendars.
  17. tinkerpea

    tinkerpea DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    I'm actually from Newquay cornwall in the UK and pronounce my words "gutted" like they are spelt!! I was brought up to pronounce my words properly lol.
    It does mean disappointed, not everybody who uses the word uses it in a slang term and its a very commonly used word where I come from :)
  18. tinkerpea

    tinkerpea DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    What accent is that?? I'm curious
  19. DizDaD7

    DizDaD7 Truly a ~GOOFY~ Person.

    Jan 8, 2009
    LoL...Now this is funny....Stay off site...Hahahah:lmao:

    I guess DME, Buses to and from boats, monorails, really don't come into play either...& EMH, Hmmm what else....Oh biggest of alll...The magic that stays with you when you leave the park & go back to your resort... You just don't get that once you leave the property & head back to a renatl or condo off site...
  20. nolanboys

    nolanboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    As a family of 6, all I have to say is no rental car! DME and the busses and monorail mean not having to spend a lot of money for a rental car. We love morning EMH, especially at MK. We can get so many rides done in that first hour, that we can go back to the resort and relax in the afternoon.
  21. ironpig70

    ironpig70 DIS Veteran

    Nov 29, 2004
    First I am a DL guy. Done it a dozen times and never stayed on site and probally never will. As on and off site is a short walk.

    Was at the World once a decade ago and we drove as we had plans after leaving WDW. And we stayed onsite.

    The biggest perk for us and our family is getting up and hoping on a bus and being at a park or our hotel. I looked offsite and the resort I found had free parking so thats a plus. They also had a shuttle which was $5 rond trip per person. So thats $25 a day to stay all day at the park. If we did a few days at the hotel pool that adds up.

    Since I am not a WDW regular I dont know how EMH will affect us but I will stay on site next trip.

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