Trying to decide - onsite or offsite....

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Trying to decide - onsite or offsite....
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Sat, 07-28-2007 - 4:44pm

In looking at the resorts on the WDW site and comparing them to offsite rooms I had thought I'd rather stay offsite. For one thing...the price. There are six of us (3 adults, 3 kids) going. We have to have 2 bedrooms at least b/c two of the adults are my parents. I am also partial to having a kitchen so that we don't have to rely on eating out for every meal. Not just to avoid extra expense but b/c we have some picky eaters among us (like all but 2 of us LOL) and it is always a headache to get everyone to agree on ONE place to eat. I know we will eat out a few times on the Disney grounds but I'd like that to be the exception rather than the rule to try to keep harmony at it's best.

So...the onsite resorts that have a kitchen and enough room seem to be few and far btwn, not to mention downright expensive per night. If I am looking at it right I could get almost 2 nights (if not 3) offsite for the price of similar accomodations onsite. I don't want to be a Scrooge on this vacation, it is supposed to be an indulgence but still! So...cost is the only real reason that I'm leaning to staying offsite - that and I don't think the resort descriptions are that great on the WDW site and I'm having trouble deciphering which ones offer the accomodations (2 bdrms and a kitchen) that I'm looking for. Now, there do seem to be benefits of being onsite. You don't have drive time to the park (even if the drive time is short it's there) and apparently you qualify for EMH...are those daily or only certain days and if only certain days how do you determine what days and what times? Also, just the added Disney "experience". Orlando is soooo far away and I doubt we'll go again for a number of years. I want my kids to have really good memories of the trip. I'm just wondering if, in our case since we can't do a "value" type room, it'll be worth it to be onsite. Any ideas? I even considered just getting two value or moderate rooms to accomodate the privacy issue but that still doesn't resolve a kitchen. Do any of you stay in those rooms and still eat in? What do you keep on hand to fix? I mean a mini fridge and a microwave...I can't imagine much more than snacks but maybe I haven't gotten creative enough :)

Leanne

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Sat, 07-28-2007 - 6:52pm

I'm not sure whether to give you more information or to answer your questions first! LOL


Ok - let me give a disclaimer first and foremost - There is no right or wrong answer to this. Once everything is considered and put into perspective for your family and your trip you will make the right decision for your own family. None of us can do that for you.


Make sure when you are looking at the cost of an offsite property you are remembering the following things



  • resort tax

  • rental car

  • parking fees (at the parks and possibly at the resort)

  • gas

  • how travel time will effect your plans

  • what exactly it is you think you want to have on hand to make so you can make a better decision about what you need in the room (do you really need a stove or will a microwave do, etc)

  • sleping arrangements

  • season of travel

When you're looking at onsite rooms make sure you remember the following in your cost calculations



  • resort tax

  • how travel time will effect your plans

  • what exactly itis you think you want to have on hand to make so you can make a better decision about what you need in the room

  • sleeping arangements

  • season of travel

Now on to your questions and thoughts


Have you considered the All Star Music Family suites?

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Sat, 07-28-2007 - 7:36pm

Hmm, those are all good points. One thing I can tell you is we won't need a rental car as we are driving. Orlando is 12 hours from us so not across the world BUT far enough away that we will do two days down and two days up therefore making it a once every few years kind of thing. I will look at those resorts you mentioned. Am I understanding that you don't get a microwave in your room in the value/moderate rooms? Ick LOL

Leanne

Edit: Oh, when you say "kitchenette" is that like a mini fridge and microwave only? What about the cabins? They seem to offer more onsite stuff for less money - however, I'm guessing you don't get EMH with them? I wonder if I actually need them? I was thinking that since it is busy in the spring we might utilize them but then again that means getting up way early in the mornings or only using the evenings....we aren't "early" morning people. 8 is about as early as we can stand it LOL I can't see the kids rolling out and being in a park by 6, not and being happy. What do you think?




Edited 7/28/2007 8:14 pm ET by tootsie_78
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Sat, 07-28-2007 - 8:29pm

Here is a link to a fact-sheet page on allearsnet.com. If you scroll about halfway down, there is a place to click for pics of the ASMusic Family suites. There is also info about the suites on the first page.

http://www.allearsnet.com/acc/faq_asm.htm

To answer your other question, no. The regular resort rooms do not have microwaves, they are a fire hazard. There are microwaves in each food court that anyone can use, and I believe they have toasters as well.

You are allowed to use the EMH by staying at the cabins. Any on-site resort guest may do this. I'd love to stay in the cabins, but I can't quite swallow the price, since we're only a family of four. They look really nice though! On thought though, if you don't mind, if you are going to the morning EMH, you really need to be there when it opens, or it's not really worth it. The EMH parks tend to get more crowded at regular opening time, and the EMH is no longer a benefit if you don't get there until regular opening. DH and I stayed for part of night EMH at Epcot in February, and it was really cool. Definitely do the night ones, if you can stay up that late!! I like being in the parks after dark though, seeing all the lights and things.

OK, I'm giving info you didn't ask for, so I'll stop!

Steph

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Sat, 07-28-2007 - 9:00pm

Steph,

No,no! Actually you are giving me great info. I don't know what time the EMH are in the a.m. but I doubt they'd be worth it to us b/c, like you said, we wouldn't get there at opening. However, we are total night people (well me and the kids, my parents might go back to the room with the youngest and start preparing for bed while the older two and I did EMH at night.) We're like you, love the lights and stuff too. I'm glad to hear you can get EMH in the cabins that is probably our best option so far. Thanks again!

Leanne

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Sun, 07-29-2007 - 9:26am

It depends on the time of year. It depends on what time the regular opoening is, but in May/June when we were there, regualr opening was at 9, so EMH was at 8. I think (could be wrong, lol), I've read that at super busy times at least the MK opens at 8, so EMH would be 7:00 a.m. No thanks, lol!!

Steph

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Sun, 07-29-2007 - 9:38am

Like Steph said - you are entitled to EMH as a guest of any of the onsite Disney owned and operated properties.

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Sun, 07-29-2007 - 11:51am

Hey Leanne!

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Mon, 07-30-2007 - 2:49am

M'shel - thank you so much for all the information. I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who freaks out in standard hotel room LOL I let my husband talk us into driving up to Nashville this past weekend and I had booked a suite at the DoubleTree but then he wanted us to come up a day early (he was playing in a softball tournament) and just stay with him at the Microtel where the team was staying. I kid you not, I thought I would go insane! The room was a closet, the pull out bed on the couch was like sleeping on a quilt over a bunch of boards so the 2 kids we had with us ended up sleeping in the tiniest double bed I've ever seen in addition to me and my husband. Not to mention that there was this "island" thing with a fridge and a sink that divided the room and one side of the bed was smacked up against it. I know call that place "Microhell" LOL

We might try an a.m. EMH the first day and see how we like it. Who knows, it might be so great that rolling out earlier than usual wouldn't be a problem! Never know 'til you try right?

Sonya - I'm SO glad to hear that you guys stay at the cabins and love them. I'm sure I will have questions for you as I plan! They just sound so nice on the DW website :)

Leanne

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Mon, 07-30-2007 - 7:55am

Hi, I just thought I would let you know that you are not the only one that dont like to stay in hotel rooms. I can do it with my kids it is just to much. That and I have picky eaters in my family to its nice to have a kitchen to make sure they got some decent food. Well anyway why I am really writing is to let you know of a offsite place that we stayed and really enjoyed. It is Holiday Villas. It is like 5 miles from the parks. never took longer than 10 to 15 mins to get any or the parks. We had a 3br 2ba, kitchen, washer and dryer which was nice we came home with no dirty clothes!! Well just thought I would give you another place to look at if you wanted to.

Yvonne

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Mon, 07-30-2007 - 5:30pm

An option I haven't seen mentioned (I don't think!) is a Downtown Disney hotel. We've stayed in a Doubletree suite twice, and it was very enjoyable. Plenty of space, and a divider between rooms. There is a microwave and a small fridge.....however, we booked through mousesavers (dot com), and a free continental breakfast was included for us every morning. A NICE breakfast, with fruit and cereal and all kinds of healthy goodies. I have 3 extremely picky eaters in my bunch, but we were all happy with the breakfast. We used the fridge and microwave for snacks, which was nice. This has by far been our most affordable option, and I think the atmosphere is nice - being right across from downtown Disney. For the dates we'll be visiting this year, I'm showing a rate of $109 per night (vs. $174 that we'll be paying for a cabin, and we got lucky with a 40% room only code).

EMH are not available at this hotel, but we are not fans of EMH. We try to avoid them, even when we stay at a WDW resort.

We have stayed at the value resort suites (my favorite) and a cabin (DH's favorite), and they also gave us plenty of space. For me, having a door to shut between DH and I and the kids is a must. I need that bit of "privacy" with 4 kids, or I might go a bit nuts. :)

Good luck deciding! If we were driving vs. flying, I can see leaning towards something offsite because of the price difference and such.

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