Warning: This post is more for those with expendable income who want the luxury of staying at the Waldorf but miss the on-property perks. *It's cheaper to stay at the Waldorf and get a Value Resort for the same time frame than to stay at most Deluxe Resorts on property.* So I was drooling over the elegance and luxury of the Waldorf Astoria and was shocked to find out that their rates were so much more reasonable than premium Disney properties. When I saw the location, right across from the Pop Century Resort, it's not like other properties that are miles from Disney. I practically consider it being on property (no going through traffic on the major thoroughfares to get to the parks). You are definitely closer than The Animal Kingdom Lodge. So, from my point of view the only downside to the property was not having Disney Resort perks. And then my brain got churning... Why not make your own "resort" fee with all the Disney perks by getting a value hotel room at a Disney resort, but stay at the Waldorf? Example: July 13-20, 2012 (Friday to Friday, peak season) Expedia's Cost for the Waldorf Astoria Deluxe Room w/ 2 Queen Beds: $169.15/night! Total including taxes (not resort and valet parking fees) is $1335.04 All Star Music or Movie Resort: $1196 including taxes (yes, that's right, folks, your Disney Motel 8 is just $139 less for a 7 night stay). TOTAL: $2531.04 That's $361.58/night in PEAK season for a true 5 star hotel experience with Disney Resort perks: *EXTRA MAGIC HOURS! *Free Parking at all theme parks *Charge everything to your Disney room key and settle the bill when you check out. *Tee time preference over non-resort guests *Preferred admission on the busiest days Resort perks you probably won't use: *Refillable resort mug (you will only be going there to check in or out) *Babysitting (but you can get that at the Waldorf) *Disney Transportation to and from the hotel (I assume you have a car, but if not, the Waldorf does have a shuttle) *Magic Express For peak season, the price is less than most of the Deluxe Disney Resorts, and you get a TRUE 5 star experience. (I couldn't compare prices because Disney's system is now down for updating). I would definitely suggest working with a Disney obsessed travel agent who can make sure you get any discounts or promotions for your travel package. Things like Free Dining, etc. could sweeten the perks a lot. In fact, if you want a dining package, have at it, and order your tickets as well, so it's all on one card! How to: Check in to your Disney Value Resort- get room keys. Walk to assigned room and put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door so housekeeping isn't confused, enjoy your luxury stay at the Waldorf! At the end of your trip, settle your account at the value resort desk and be on your way! Yes, it requires the effort of checking in and out, but if the Disney Resort Perks are worth it to you, it's a very good option. Non-peak season can get you even better deals.