Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Jan 17, 2016
    Joseph Asked

    Going to WDW in early Dec 2017 from the UK with my wife. Initially talked about staying in a moderate Disney resort and not having a car. However we are now being swayed by staying off site in a villa and getting a car as its cheaper. Now just confused.

    Hi, Joseph!

    The debate of staying on-property vs. off-property can be a tough decision.  Let me give you some thoughts about each option.

    There are many benefits of staying on property. There will be no need to rent a car as Disney will provide door to door transportation from the airport via Disney's Magical Express.  Once at your Disney resort, you are right in the middle of the magic for your entire stay.  Staying on property will also allow you to add on the Disney Dining Plan which is a very convenient way to budget your meals and even get a refillable resort beverage mug included!  Resort guests also get to book their FastPass+ selections 60 days out allowing for the best options. The down-side of staying at Disney is that the Moderate Resort rooms are very comfortable and nice, but not very spacious.

    By staying off-property, you may be able to find cheaper rooms that will give you more space.  There are some beautiful resorts around Orlando to choose from.  If you plan to spend time outside Walt Disney World whether shopping or dining, this might be a good option. Just remember that you will be farther away from the theme parks, will have to rent a car (plus pay tolls and gas), pay for parking at any of the Disney theme parks, and you may have additional resort fees and/or parking fees at your resort (check the fine print very carefully when booking any reservations). Guests are often surprised how much the "extras" add-up when staying off property.

    So what is the magical answer?  My family always opts to stay on property.  We enjoy being surrounded by all things Disney 24 hours a day!  We like the pools, the location of the resorts, and extra perks like complimentary MagicBands and Extra Magic Hours allowing us bonus time in the theme parks. I suggest you go with your first option of a Moderate Resort, but choose what works for your travel plans and your budget. 
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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