Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 4, 2008
    Gwyneth from OH Asked

    The cost difference for onsite vs offsite can be quite a difference. What are the pros of staying on the premises other than the obvious Extra Magic Hours and dining plan? I need to convince my husband it is worth it! Dtrs will 12 and 7. Going in OCT 2008.

    Hi Gwyneth,

    First, tell your husband that October has some of the least expensive rates available.  Then show him my response.

    DH (dear husband) my family and I stayed for the first time outside of Walt Disney World Resort last April for four days.  I found a room on W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. It took us about 20-25  minutes to drive to the parks which could be about the same as the bus.  However, that was only to the gate, and then we had to go to the parking lot. For the Magic Kingdom, we added another 30 minutes because we boarded the paddleboat to get to the front gate.  Finding the car after a long day and getting back to it was longer as well.

    Now when you think about staying outside, you need to figure in a car rental, parking, gas, tolls and your time especially if you are there for a short trip.  What if you want to park hop for dinner or simply to split your day?  You have to move the car.  Do you want to build in down time and swim at your resort? 

    Staying at the Walt Disney World Resort, you could take the free Magical Express and the transportation system to get you around.  This allows for family bonding and not worrying about which exit to take for which park.

    I know I will probably never stay outside of the World again.  If I added my room and all the extras mentioned above, I could have stayed at an All-Star or Pop Century for about the same.

    DH - I rest my case! (My DH would agree with me, too!)

    Beth

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