Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Where to stay?
Deciding where to stay when visiting Disney World is an important decision. Many things factor into what is best for you. Money, is probably the biggest, at least for us it is.
Of our eight trips to Disney World, 1 was off-property (our first trip), 5 were value, and 2 were moderate.
We mainly stay at the values for the price. We're not rolling in dough, so most of the time, to be able to afford a Disney vacation every year, we have to stay as cheaply as possible. But it works out great for us. We love the theming of the value resorts, the larger than life icons, and bright colors. Tons of Disney magic!! And great photo ops! The pools are fun and the food court is great. We usually only eat there once or twice a trip anyway. We spend very little time at our resort, as we'd rather spend our time at the parks. So for us, spending more money on a place to basically sleep and shower is just silly.
We have stayed at a moderate resort twice and had our reasons for the upgrade, which I'm sure are the same reasons many people stay there as opposed to value resorts. The first time was our 10th anniversary trip. We wanted something a little fancier and since our son was only 9 months old at the time, we figured we'd spend more time at the resort and take advance of the amenities more, like the water slide and hot tub. (We didn't though. We still spent most of our time at the parks and only swam once.) The second time was just me and hubby, so we decided a resort with a hot tub was a valuable upgrade. We used it every single night. The moderate resorts do a really fantastic job of transporting you to another place. You do lose the Disney magic, but the resorts are pretty peaceful and serene and really relaxing.
We have never stayed at a deluxe resort, but have visited plenty of them. They have the best restaurants!! Everything is high class all the way and transport you somewhere really fabulous. Most have at least two forms of transportation, so that's nice..not always having to take the bus.
So, where do you stay?? Do you always stay in a certain category, or do you like to try different ones? Is money a factor in your decision?