Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Disney World: On Property or Off Property

So you have decided to go to Disney World. Another question I get is do we stay on-property or off-property?

King bed room at WDW Coronado Springs
Any decision about a vacation is a serious of trade-offs.

Disney World  resorts have two big advantages:
1. Transportation - The resorts are connected to all the Parks by boats, buses or Monrail. This means you don't have a rent a car and withing 30 minutes (usually), you are on your way to the next location.
2. Entertainment - Each resort has a series of activities poolside on any given day: movies, games or scavenger hunts. Some resorts like Fort Wilderness and the Polynesian  even have their own special events. The pools at the Disney Resorts include water features and water slides so it's easy to spend a day there instead of in the park.

Non-Disney World resorts have one big advantage: Price.
It is also much easier to secure a multi-bedroom room at a non-Disney resort.

Let me give you an example. Let's say you were considering going to Disney World October 7th - October 13th  with 2 adults and 2 kids

Disney World Resort
You could get a Family Suite at one of the Value Resorts with 1 queen size bed, 1 double sofa and 1 twin chair for approximaltey $1,600.00.  
This includes your transportation to/from the airport including an option where Disney will claim and check in your luggage for you.

Baymont Inn and Suites Celebration with 1 queen size bed, 1 junior bed and 1 set of bunk beds for approximatley $500. The Baymont does have shuttles to the Parks, but they may not run as frequently or consistently so you'd budget at least $300 for taxis just in case including your transporation from the airport.

Once again, it's all what you value on vacation. Some people would go crazy waiting for a shuttle that is off schedule. Other people could tolerate a lot to save $800.00.

This is where I can be really helpful in figuring out what you value and the vacation that will deliver just what you want.

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