OpEd: Why You Should Stay Offsite on Your Next Disney World Vacation - Inside the Magic

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  1. Bruce

    The author makes outstanding points. Off site is the way to go but not just in condos or homes. The major hotel companies have terrific hotels and villa properties nearby that offer a peaceful separation once the hours of enjoying WDW are over. The 12noon tickets for the parks are perfect after having a relaxing breakfast and coffee on your deck that has been made in the unit as well as some pool time. Many have their own whirlpool in the unit. Staying at those properties will also yield points and nights toward elite status in their loyalty programs. Many will offer free parking with free shuttles to WDW. Best of all, that peace and luxury comes at a far lower price than the Disney hotels, many of which have such staggeringly high prices it’s a wonder where they find all the people to fill them given the outstanding options nearby where one doesn’t have to depend on a packed monorail or tram system that could break down.

  2. David Cotton

    There is good and bad to all scenarios. If you are planning an Orlando vacation with a few days at Disney Parks or Universal Parks,or maybe just to check out the numerous activities, by all means the vacation home off property is a decent way to go. If you are planning a DISNEY ONLY(!) Vacation, than staying on property is the Best way to Go. Too much time is lost leaving the Parks. Waiting for dining is a huge problem as most restaurants will have at least a 30 min to 60 min wait just to be seated. (Leaving the Park, Drive time, wait time, get back time, park the car time get back through Security time,. In other words, ‘LOTS of TIME away from what you paid for.’ REMEMBER the PRICE YOU PAID FOR THE PARK TICKET! As Buzz Light Year said, “Up Up and Beyond!” I say weigh all Pros and Cons to your Vacation. Then after careful consideration do what’s Best for Your Family and your Dollars Spent!! Hope this Helps. This will be my Family’s 11th trip to Disney World.

    1. Tamara

      We have always stayed on property at value resorts when the parking was free. Now I would not even go to Disney to also pay for parking at their resorts or pay $25 for daily admission to parks! They are getting too greedy. Off site is better and go to other attractions not greedy Disney.

  3. Thanks Becky for a great piece, you hit on so many points that I agree on, I have stayed on property 6 times and off 14 trips and I prefer off for many of the reasons you state plus not having to pay for the recently added resort parking as we have annual passes so our park parking is free. The one real advantage is the magical express for resort stays but since they removed the luggage delivery its just not so great currently.

  4. Nathan

    I’ve actually written a book about how to travel while saving money, and I completely agree that staying offsite is totally worthwhile, especially if you have a larger family. There are six people in my family, and trying to get a hotel room that fits us all in one of the parks is nearly impossible or outrageously expensive. Having access to a full kitchen is also a huge plus, since feeding four children gets really expensive, awfully fast if we rely solely on food in the parks. I also like the freedom that staying off property grants. We normally drive to Florida, so we can drive wherever we wish without having to worry about getting park shuttles. Plus, if you want an off day to just unwind and relax, staying offsite lets you get away from all the hustle and bustle.

  5. Evan

    I’ll bet this article makes Academy Travel real happy. You know, that company that is (maybe the right word is “was”) an advertiser and major sponsor of the ITM’s Christmas Giveaway. Remember, the one that donated the 5 night stay, at a DISNEY WORLD RESORT. Don’t know if publishing an article that is counter intuitive to one of your major advertisers is a good business but it’s your website. Staying off site has always been less expensive, didn’t most everyone know that already?

  6. EMcG

    We always stayed onsite at a Value resort. Never wanted to rent a car and now you have to pay to park at the hotels. So staying onsite I save the expense of renting a car and paying to park at a hotel and the parks. We only have a family of 4 and don’t spend much time in the room.
    So you might be saving on the cost of your Hotel room but you have to add other expenses and the time it takes to get to the parks. That’s just me though, I hate to drive in that traffic and would rather relax and take the buses , Skyliner or Monorail.
    If we did have a bigger family I would look into comparing the costs of offsite.

  7. Eve

    I agree with a lot of this but why on any planet would you pay to keep your car at one of the parks to take a bus to Disney springs where parking is completely free??

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