<font color=red>I have someone coming to scoop<br>
- Apr 7, 2004
Valet parking is different. You're paying for your spot, so you can stay as long as you want.I was with a friend who insisted on doing this once. I felt bad, but she didn't and she was driving. The only reason she considered it was that we were going to MK and were leaving straight for home when we were done. She didn't want to deal with the car/tram/monorail situation at that park.
She pulled into Grand Floridian, the nice man at the booth didn't ask what we were there for and she just said we're going to valet park. He pointed the way to her and off we went. I felt so guilty knowing we were getting out of the car and going to the monorail though, I was sure everyone knew what we were doing.
In the end it did save a lot of time, but not money since she used valet anyway. We also got food & gifts at the gift store there. I'm sure I'll get flamed for even being with her, oh well.
As far as onsite/offsite, if you need more than one value room, offsite will almost always beat onsite, unless you get free dining. We stayed in a 5 bedroom pool home at Indian Creek last year for $90/night. There were 8 of us, and we would have needed 3 rooms onsite to even be slightly comfortable(youngest of the 8 was 12 years old) Values averaged $100/night during the summer, so we saved about $210/night, $1470 over the week. Car rental was $150 for the week(discount code) and parking was $98, so we still came out $1200 ahead. We saved even more money by having breakfast at the house. It was summer and HOT, so we took a break around 12:30 or 1 and had lunch either at the house or got fast food. We did about 1/2 dinners onsite and 1/2 at offsite sit down restaurants.
Our totals for the week:
8 YES tickets(7 day hoppers)---$1500
5 bedroom pool home(7 nights)--$625
7 day car rental---$150
Amtrak for 2--$230
Gas for others to drive from NC round trip--$150
This does not include food, but that is very flexible, depending on how you want to eat.
We made it to AK in 8 minutes, DHS in 10 minutes, Epcot and TTC in 15 minutes. The best parts of staying offsite were:
--being able to spread out
--not having to lug towels, sunscreen, etc to get to a pool
--having a full kitchen
--having a washer/dryer(may sound weird, but I like to change clothes in the summer, but I also like to pack light)
--more than one bathroom
--no waiting in line for the bus in the a.m. or p.m.
--A/C on the ride back to the house
--not having to watch the same thing on tv
I could go on and on, but unless I am taking someone for their first trip and want all the bells and whistles, I will always stay offsite.