Earning My Ears
- Jul 17, 2010
I wouldn't let this thread discourage you from staying on-property. That the people commenting here have stayed many, many times on property and keep returning is more telling than their gripes with a couple specific resorts. I think you can usually tell beforehand if a resort is going to be for you or not, but some people (like me!) want to try them all anyway! FWIW - I would never stay off property - I need to be totally in the bubble or it's not really a Disney trip , in which case I'd prefer a different type of vacation entirely.
The above is the best advice on this thread. An additional piece of advice, when watching videos of the resorts, be sure you check the date on it. A few of the resorts underwent renovations in the past couple years. You would want to see the most recent video tours.To some extent, that most here indicate they've stayed in several resorts over years of returns means they've fine tuned their preferences and know pretty well what they like/dislike. That they have can be a fruitful source if you use it.
Some simply don't care for the theming, door-to-outside, other features of certain levels of stay, etc. So, the details given reflect their particular preferences, not necessarily anything inherently wrong with a given resort. In that sense, making a few notes of details people give about a resort you're considering for the first time can be very helpful. When you see things mentioned by more than one person, things that would bother you, that's something to consider.
Then, watch video tours of the resort itself and of the specific room type you're considering. Check to see if you can find room tours made by guests (more than one if possible) as well as those filmed by professional vloggers. Guest videos often have a much different, more down to earth approach to what works/doesn't work for ordinary people.
All of these will give you a pretty good basis for deciding if the resort will suit you/your family.
And what I've said above is the "homework" that will make it far more likely you can determine a resort is likely to please you/your family. Because I don't think you can tell much by the theming, the photos of a resort, the price--none of those will tell you that parking is a hassle; the buses are mobbed trying to get to rope drop; the resort is looking shabby and needs a refurb/reno.