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  • On Jun 27, 2011
    Danielle from TX Asked

    Hello. I am trying to plan a trip for 5 to WDW in November. (3 adults and 2 children). I have looked at prices for staying in a WDW resort and staying off site. Is it better to pay more and stay at the resort or save money and stay off site?

    Hi Danielle,

    The choice to stay on-site or off-site will depend on your budget and vacation expectations. When we visit Walt Disney World, our family likes to immerse ourselves in the resort which includes staying at a WDW resort.

    For us, it's worth staying less nights and being on-site than staying more time and being off-site in order to leave "the real world" behind. The few times that we have ventured off-site for shopping or other activities, we feel "cheated" from the Disney experience and can't wait to get back to the buffer of fantasy that WDW provides from our mundane routines.

    A WDW resort will give your family:
    free parking
    complimentary Disney's Magical Express transportation to and from the airport
    Key to the World card for keeping track of onsite purchases/room charge account
    24-hours of magical Disney themes and friendly Cast Members
    option to purchase a Disney Dining Plan or purchase package with free dining when offered

    However, if your family's budget works better with an off-site accommodation. Choose wisely. Take a look at hotels at There are many good (and not so good) hotel choices nearby WDW. I would then recommend renting a vehicle. In fact, we rent a car even when staying on-site as we find it more time efficient to navigate with our own vehicle.

    Let me know if I can help further. Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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