Where would you stay (best deal all around)?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by apugslife, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. apugslife

    apugslife Earning My Ears

    Nov 21, 2003
    We are starting to plan a trip to WDW. We will probably stay 6 or 7 nights. We also will be trying to save money where we can. We will be meeting with a ton of family and friends there who will stay on property mostly. We will probably fly down. It is me, dh, and dd who will be almost 3 at the time. Dh has been there before, but yrs and yrs ago (when Epcot first opened). DD and I have not. Since the rates are outragous on property, we were wondering if we should stay off property, but near by? And should we rent a car? We plan on spending the morning until mid afternoon (around 3 at the parks) and then eating dinner somewhere and relaxing at our hotel/pool in the evening each day. We may reverse this one day. The only park we will probably go to is MK and possibly checking out the shopping in DTD (or is it a lot cheaper to go to the outlets?) We also will probably spend our last day at the hotel winding down and playing at the pool. I would appreciate your help with suggestions! Thank you so much!
  2. PrincessKitty

    PrincessKitty I'm walkin' on sunshine!

    Aug 14, 2005
    If you plan to stay off site, you MUST have a car. The off-site shuttles (with the possible exception of the Downtown Disney hotels) are a joke. Generally, DH and I think it is worth it to stay at a Value resort rather than an offsite hotel--but we have never gone in peak times so we have never had to pay rackrate for a Value Resort. Still, if you have to rent a car to stay offsite, you may as well save the car rental $$ and just stay onsite, where the shuttles are excellent.

    The other option, since you are staying for a week, would be to rent a condo. You would still need a rental car, but you would have more room plus a kitchen. I would suggest posting your question on the Orlando Hotels board.
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  4. sk!mom

    sk!mom DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2000
    I would stay on property. At a value if saving money is the most important or a moderate if you want a nicer pool. Pop Century or All Star Movies should work well for your family.
  5. raysnkaysmom

    raysnkaysmom <font color=coral>I don't think I'd mention I was

    Aug 15, 2004
    I stayed at the Clarion by Universal...and their shuttle was fine!! Disney hotels of course are the most conveient...and it may be financially better to stay there than off site to rent a car... BUT...I don't think allll offsite hotels are bad with transportation...
  6. keishashadow

    keishashadow Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!

    Dec 30, 2004
    On site Value Resorts start @ less than $80 night depending on the season; much less than a roadside motel, (look into AAA discounts, etc.). The pools & theming @ the All Stars would delight your daughter. There's always DVC rental if you have the patience to line up the details (IMO, the best bargin @ WDW).

    Additionally, the complimentary transportation system saves aggravation, time & money. Keep an eye out for any upcoming "free dining" options; research the different sites devoted to WDW; read some guidebooks & you'll be well-prepared to make a decision that's right for your family.

    Good luck, planning is half the fun. :goodvibes
  7. Colinsmom

    Colinsmom DIS Veteran

    Dec 15, 2004
    If you decide that offsite is right for you, look into renting a condo. Depending on when you go, there are some fantastic deals on nice 2-3 bedroom condos out there!
  8. pyrxtc

    pyrxtc <font color=deeppink>Married 10-5-02<br><font colo

    Jan 21, 2004
    I would stay onsite by renting DVC points. You get a Deluxe resort for a value price. i'm paying about $90 a night for the Boardwalk. Plus they nice pools and extra stuff to do. Plus you get most all the disney extra perks of staying onsite.
  9. luvdisney14

    luvdisney14 Mother of 3 Great Boys

    Jul 17, 2002
    How on earth did you get the boardwalk for so cheap? I was researching the dvc board and I couldn't find anything cheap. I wouldn't even give it a second thought. :flower:
  10. InstImpres

    InstImpres DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 1999
    DVC points rent for an average of $10 each. There are times where a standard studio at BWV is 9 points and others were it is 11. If you leave out the ultimate peak holiday weeks, that makes the studio $90 or $110 and there's no tax.

    9 point season
    January 1 - 31
    September 1–30
    December 1–14
    October 1–31
    November 1–23
    November 27–30
    December 15–23

    11 point season
    February 1–15
    May 1–31
    June 1–10
    August 16–31
    February 16–29
    March 1–31
    April 1–3
    April 18–30
    June 11–30
    July 1–31
    August 1–15
    November 24–26
  11. zaja

    zaja Mouseketeer

    Apr 14, 2005

    How do you get the Boardwalk for about $90 a night? I would like to this. Thanks!
  12. zaja

    zaja Mouseketeer

    Apr 14, 2005
    Nevermind. Didn't read the rest of the thread.
  13. snappy

    snappy Survivor

    Apr 15, 2002
    I thought the Standard view Boardwalk studios were hard to come by?
  14. poohj80

    poohj80 Got Hunny?

    Jul 16, 2001
    They are but preferred view studios rent for around 12 points per night which is still a steal at $10 per point to stay at the Boardwalk!
  15. InstImpres

    InstImpres DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 1999
    They are hardest to come by in high seasons and the longer you wait. If you really want a standard view, I would recommend contacting someone about a year out. I have rented standard view for people many times.

    Good luck
  16. BethR

    BethR <font color=red>On Thread Killer Patrol<br><font c

    Aug 19, 1999

    I completely agree! We stayed at Cypress Pointe last year in a 3 bedroom condo that could have easily slept 8 (or more!) for about $90 a night. A full kitchen, jacuzzi, living area and a great pool. Lots of room for you to "entertain" your family members. And no further to the parks than some of the on-site locations. Of course you would need a car, but we have always rented a car regardless. :)

    Good Luck with your decision!
  17. PatsGirl

    PatsGirl <font color=teal>Kids will write the darndest thin

    Apr 22, 2005
    With AAA on the off-season, you can do a value for $64 including tax. That's about as reasonable as it gets. The only lower price I've seen in all my researching is probably Comfort Suites LBV for $45 or so and HoJOs for about the same. I've stayed at Comfort and it's certainly okay for that price but HoJos I'd pass on (according to a few people who have stayed there). Also, Radisson Resort Parkway was a good buy, with free full breakfast, a few years ago, maybe $75??

    Good luck. I think your DD would love staying at POP though, especially good if you can get a AAA price.

  18. Paxtrist

    Paxtrist Mouseketeer

    Jul 6, 2004
    If you decide to stay off sight, check out www.afvclub.com, where you can get a 1, 2, or 3 bedroom condo for $264 for a week. You need to be military or government employee or have someone who is, purchase it for you. Hope this helps. :wave:
  19. allaboutmm

    allaboutmm DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2005
    O.K. this is all new to me, so if this is a dumb question, please be kind.....
    We are going to DW 12/7-12/12,plane tickets,haven't booked a hotel...
    Is there a # that list people who belong to DVC, that are willing to rent (use their points) their condo's? Are most of the condo's on the transportation route so we wouldn't have to rent a car? Do you think the $ would be around the same ballpark as value hotel during the time of year we are going? If these questions don't make sense, please forgive me. This site is still new to me, all this extra info is making me head spin :rotfl: , but in a good way! Thanks!
    :earsboy: :earsgirl: pirate: :earboy2: princess:
  20. jgates

    jgates <font color=teal>Must vow NEVER to toggle the tags

    Oct 12, 1999
    My property choice is the Swan, LOL, however, this will not be in the budget you are looking for!!!

    I would agree if you want to stay on-site that one of the value resorts would be an ideal choice. You could by-pass the rental car unless you felt you would use it for other things. It just isn't time efficient most days to take it off-site to eat and go back to the park afterwards. The amount of $ you save eating off-site doesn't nearly make up for the lost time away from the parks.

    We did stay one night the beginning of this year at the Springhill Suites in the Marriott Village. This is directly across the interstate from the entrance to Hotel Plaza Blvd & Downtown Disney. Nice & Quiet even thou we were right by the interstate. You have a mini-kitchenette so that could be beneficial if you were planning on eating in the room at Springhill. Also, both the Fairfield Inn & the Springhill Suites provide a continental breakfast - that can really help off-set your room costs and get you a jump start on time in the morning. I picked a random week in November (11 - 17th) and their AAA rates are $62 Fairfield & $71 Springhill. They do provide a shuttle service but I don't know if it is 'on-call' or scheduled - we had our car since we had been to Tampa.
  21. MinnieMom

    MinnieMom Because everyone needs a little magic in their lif

    Mar 9, 2003
    I think renting a house off-site is by far the best value. We used to get a 3 BR private home for just the 3 of us (me, dd, and dh) for about $600 a week. We always had a private pool and you can cook some meals in and you just have so much more space than being in a tiny hotel room.

    Now we go with my parents and my sister's family and usually get a 5-6 BR home for about $1,800 a week. We have always had absolutely beautiful homes to stay in. Just being in the houses makes us feel like we're living the life of luxury!!

    I know there's a lot to be said for staying on property, but I really feel much more relaxed having all that space + the private pool and hot tub and being in a big, beautiful, luxurious house.

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