• On Oct 9, 2008
    Maria corona from iloilo Asked

    My 11 year old daughter and I are planning to go to DW this April 2009 for 7 days. I cannot decide whether to stay at Disney resort Value hotel or stay outside of disneyworld. What are the advantages and disadvantages in staying in DW?

    The main reasons that people stay off-site rather than at a Disney resort are:

    - Sometimes the pricing can be lower
    - The can get more space for the money
    - They need/want kitchen facilities and can't or don't want to stay at the Disney resorts that offer this

    In my mind, these possible benefits pale in comparison to the countless reasons to stay at one of the Disney resorts:

    - The ability to get into the theme parks early and stay late during park Extra Magic Hours.
    - Use of the free Magical Express bus service to/from the Orlando airport
    - The ability to participate in the Disney Dining Plan, a discounted meal program
    - Use of the free WDW transportation system to/from your hotel to the theme parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney
    - Use of the WDW childcare centers
    - Free parking at the theme parks
    - Proximity to the theme parks means ease of getting back to your room for naps/rest
    - Incredible themeing and attention to detail,

    If you're looking to save money, staying at one of Disney's value resorts during value season can be quite affordable.

    Good luck with your planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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