On- or Off-Site? That Is The Question

When booking a vacation to Disney, finding a resort is one of the top priorities.  There are many advantages to staying on Disney property:

  • More Time for Fun
    • As a Disney Resort guest, you are able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, hours when one of the four parks opens early or stays open later in the day.
    • The resort is on Disney property so travel time to the park is minimized.
  • Complimentary Transportation
    • With Disney’s Magical Express, your vacation begins as soon as you arrive at Orlando International Airport. You don’t even have to worry with baggage claim! You just make your way from your terminal to the Magical Express check-in, board the bus, and they will take you (and your carry-on luggage) right to your Disney Resort hotel. Your checked bags will arrive in your room later on that day – as if by magic! 😉
    • Disney also makes it super easy to get around the Walt Disney World Resort with all of their other transportation options during your stay – buses that go to and from all of the parks (including the water parks) and Downtown Disney, ferry boats to and from various locations, and of course, the monorail.
    • If you have a vehicle on property, Disney also offers free parking to all on-site Resort guests.

On the other hand, if you are not as big of a Disney nut as I, you may not want to be surrounded by Disney 24/7, and that is okay, too. There are other reasons why you may choose to stay off-site:

  • Your party includes a larger number of people.  Staying off property is often much less expensive, especially for larger parties.
  • You plan to visit other Orlando attractions.
  • You want better access to non-Disney shops and restaurants, etc.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both choices!

9 comments for “On- or Off-Site? That Is The Question

  1. Thomas
    February 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I always used to stay offsite…then one year I made the mistake of staying in animal kingdom lodge….now I can’t imagine staying off site!

    • February 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Wow! When you made the move, you jumped WAY up!

  2. February 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I am with you – stay on property! There are so many conveniences of being a Disney resort guest. Not only the things you listed, but also, if you decide to play golf at one of the courses on Disney property, you are given free transportation to the course from your resort. I believe it was last year that for a short term promotion, if you were a Disney resort guest, you had the option of renting golf clubs for free. Otherwise, we love that we do not need to be responsible to drive anywhere. We can hop on Disney transportation to take us everywhere. Plus, you are completely surround by Disney’s great cast members and customer service every moment of your vacation.

    • February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks for the additional ideas:) Love them!

  3. February 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    for my next trip, I looked into staying off property. I was mostly concerned with saving $$. however, with most hotels around, they add a $10-15 resort fee AND you have to pay $14 per day to park at disney. so any savings is pretty much negated, especially if you’re flying in and can take advantage of disney transportation

    • February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      So very true. Stupid parking costs.

  4. February 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I honestly loved staying OFF property during our last trip.. Especially since we were only in the parks 3 out of 6 days, it just didn’t make sense otherwise. No room sharing with my son and parents. Plus, thanks to a friend staying on property, we only had to pay to park 1 day – But I’ve heard if you meet the right cast member and sing them a pretty song, you can sometimes park for free (chickened out of trying it!). If we’re going all WDW every day of a trip, we’ll stay on property, otherwise, we’ll probably go back to the hills.

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