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  • On Jan 23, 2008
    Ruth from BC Asked

    We are 2 families of four. I have found amazing homes to rent for a week, 5miles from Disneyworld. Is there any accommodations within DW that could be an option for us, keeping our total cost to $1000wk? I look forward to your advice

    With two families of four, one of your cheapest on-site options would be two rooms at a value resort.  The lowest current rate is about $82 per room, per night, plus tax.  So, that gets you to $1,148, plus tax, for two rooms for seven nights, if you can get this lowest rate.  You might be able to find some discounts to bring this lower, but I'll be conservative for the purpose of answering your question.

    So, you probably can't keep cost the below $1,000, but you can get fairly close.

    However, you should also factor in other considerations beyond just the cost of your housing, including:

    Immersion in the magic:  Many prefer to stay onsite, so they can be within the "Magic" 24/7
    Room: Rental houses typically give you much more square footage.  We've rented off-site, and the amount of room we had was amazing.  You also typically get your own private pool.
    Theming: Most rental homes can't match the Disney theming that you find on-site
    Cooking and laundry: Rental houses have full kitchens, and laundry machines.  For some this is a nice feature (and can save you money), while others have no interest in domestic activity while on vacation
    Transportation costs:
    A rental house will likely require you to rent a car, and pay for gas and parking.  If you stay on-site, you can use Disney's transportation for free.
    Timing and convenience:
    Even though the house is "5 miles from Disney World", don't be surprised if the "commute" is 10-15 minutes more each way than if you stayed on-site.  Due to the distance, this also makes an afternoon break back at the room, a bit less appealing.

    We've done both.  Either way can provide a great memorable vacation.  Home rentals will typically win if the decision is purely economic or you highly value some extra elbow room, but may not be the best choice for 100% immersion in Disney's magic.
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