Convince me to stay at Disney Resort

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by blackacex2, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2011
    I've been pricing out different options for our 7 night stay for April. (just my wife and I)

    Option 1: Sign up for Starwood credit card, get first night free at Swan/Dolphin. Stay six nights at bonnet creek 1 BR (on property, next to CBR) for $514 total.

    Rental Car and Flights- Free (southwest credit card sign up points)

    Pay out of pocket for quick service lunch at parks and snacks, dine out at O'Hana, Jiko, Chef Mickey's, Flying Fish, Le Cellier, Be our guest, beaches and cream, garden view tea room. ~$700

    Two 5 day single park tickets from undercover tourist- $540

    Option 1 total: $1,754

    Option 2

    Swan and Dolphin 1 night- Free (starwood card sign up bonus)

    Flight/Rental Car- Free (southwest card sign up bonus)

    Boardwalk Villas Studio- $291/night + tax= $1,970

    Disney Dining Plan 2 adults for 6 nights- $670

    Two 5 day single park tickets from Disney- $570.84

    Option 2 total: $3,210

    Cost difference between option 1 and option 2 is $1,456

    That's a hefty sum, almost double the cost so we can stay at the boardwalk, have the "care-free" convenience of the dining plan, get extra magic hours etc. We will also be sacrificing an 875 square foot room with kitchen/laundry for a 359 square foot room at the boardwalk.

    So is the boardwalk worth it? Should there be an option 3 I should consider at another deluxe resort or moderate? A lot of you here on disboards could save big bucks staying at bonnet creek etc. but you choose to pay Disney prices. Should I suck it up and pay ~$1456 to have the full Disney experience?
  2. rachellm

    rachellm Mouseketeer

    May 5, 2010
    Do you really want the kitchenette with the Villa?
    It looks like you're planning to eat at least the majority of your meals out, so maybe it's not something you need.

    If that's the case - I'd go with a different resort. Either a mod, WL or AKL. Depending on your interests/what parks you prefer.

    It'll be cheaper than the Villa, still get the Disney feel and perks. You can take advantage of any discounts that are available during your trip (if there are any.)

    You mention getting the rental car free, but you don't really need one on property. I know some people prefer their own transportation though. If you didn't use those points on a car, can you use them for anything else that would help with your trip?

    eta: Just saw that this is for April. There's 30% off and discounted tickets ... try pricing that out for a different (non-villa) resort.

    eta2: I also wouldn't bother with the free Starwood night. It seems like too much effort to switch rooms after just one night.
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  4. FantasiaMagic

    FantasiaMagic DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2012
    Yes, I think it is worth it to pay those prices. The resorts immerse you into the Disney magic.

    The BWI is also in a great location. You have walking/boat distance to HS and EPCOT. A few of your restaurants you plan on going to are also in the EPCOT area.

    If the disney prices fit into your budget then I would go for it.
  5. twoplustwins

    twoplustwins DIS Veteran

    Aug 4, 2009
    $1500 is a lot of money. I would stay at Bonnet Creek and save the extra or find another resort on site that is less per night.
  6. PrincessSuzanne

    PrincessSuzanne <font color=red>Guess I will be eating crow tonigh

    Jan 1, 2007
    I would go for option 2 and drop the dining plan, unless you have priced out the meals and it comes out cheaper to get it, which I can't imagine it would with the price of it for 2013.

    The Boardwalk is a great place to stay, we stayed there twice last year and fell in love with it, especially if you don't have children or won't have them with you. DH and I don't and it seemed like a very grown up resort, we saw very few children.
  7. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2011
    Those prices I listed from Disney are from their special offer for spring rooms, and the Villa at boardwalk is actually cheaper than the regular room. As far as a mod goes, I think that Port Orleans riverside is a beautiful resort, but it's not $1,500 worth of awesome the way boardwalk or beach club would be. I'd do the poly or Grand Floridian in a heartbeat though if the prices weren't $500 a night!! Wilderness Lodge is beautiful but my wife and I stayed 3 nights there and it had bats flying around in the lobby and restaurants, so she is traumatized and will never go back!
  8. stargazertechie

    stargazertechie Toy Story Midway Maniac

    Jun 17, 2009
    Have you looked into renting DVC points? You could probably shave off $700 or so from the cost of your boardwalk room if you're willing to give up daily mousekeeping and rent a studio room (roughly the same size as your average Disney hotel room).

    This late in the game you SHOULD be able to get points for $10 each, and you will probably be able to find a studio SOMEWHERE on property, even if it's not at Boardwalk.
  9. budafam

    budafam DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2009
    We stayed at Bonnet Creek in May. It's a great place to stay, VERY cheap and really close to everything. With that said, I would stay on property just because it's Disney. If it were anywhere else, Bonnet Creek would win but staying on property just seems so much better (I really don't know why but it just does!)
  10. ExpatDisneyLover

    ExpatDisneyLover DIS Veteran

    Jan 1, 2009
    I think BWI would be a fantastic choice! The full Disney experience is a happy thing - but if you really don't want to spend the money, I might look into the same thing at AKL - you get a unique deluxe resort experience for less dough and in my mind totally worth it. You can sometimes get AKL for about $200/night with a good discount.

    Otherwise I'd just go for Bonnet Creek.

    Either way you'll have a great time. I think staying on property does make for an extra magical trip experience.:wizard:

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