To recommend a decent, close, yet inexpensive place, I would recommend the Alpine. The rooms are clean, the people are nice, the rates are decent, and its close. If you look, the Hilton can even have rates as cheap as the Parkside on occasion. And Hojos with the Entertainment rate is cheaper! For Christmas, we are staying at the Residence Inn Maingate. I got the 1-bedroom unit for $119 (2 queeens, 1 sofa sleeper, full kitchen). There are decent rates out there, you just have to be willing to look. I use Trip Advisor to scour out advise on where to stay. A couple bad reports won't prevent me from staying someplace, but if every one says "STAY AWAY", I will stay away. The Anabella is nice. Its next to Tiffy's (but the quality doesn't spill over.) There are drawbacks, like an airconditioner that shuts off after 2 hours and you have to restart it (to save the bill from those who leave it on all day while they are at the park). Marriot Suites had good prices last I looked. And I liked the Carousel!! I've stayed at most of the smaller places at one time or another. Sheraton is fantastic and has huge rooms! Almost a suite in itself.