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 :)