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    Hotel Selection Dilemma

    I need some opinions on something. I almost always stay on site at WDW, if for no other reason than I get to book FP's 60 days out. But for my next trip in September, right in the middle of the F&W, a lot of hotels are already booked up, and the best rate I can find is a book rate at the All Stars for around $600 for my 4 night stay.

    Now, if I go offsite, there's a great Mousesavers rate at the Buena Vista Suites - $85-$95 per night, with every other night $59. So the total would be around $300 for a 4 night stay. This is a killer deal, but I'd lose out on 60-day FP's. I'd still do 30-day FP's, and since I have an AP I'll get to park for free.

    So, what would you do? Stay on site and get the early FP booking window, or go off site and save about $300?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    I need some opinions on something. I almost always stay on site at WDW, if for no other reason than I get to book FP's 60 days out. But for my next trip in September, right in the middle of the F&W, a lot of hotels are already booked up, and the best rate I can find is a book rate at the All Stars for around $600 for my 4 night stay.

    Now, if I go offsite, there's a great Mousesavers rate at the Buena Vista Suites - $85-$95 per night, with every other night $59. So the total would be around $300 for a 4 night stay. This is a killer deal, but I'd lose out on 60-day FP's. I'd still do 30-day FP's, and since I have an AP I'll get to park for free.

    So, what would you do? Stay on site and get the early FP booking window, or go off site and save about $300?
    Personally I can't imagine staying anywhere but on site at WDW. But looking at your case, what FastPasses would be worth $300 to you?
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    I'd agree with pixar.

    With you being a frequent visitor, unless you will absolutely feel bad about not being on site (in which case I assume you wouldn't have asked for opinions ), I would go the off-site route. That being said, I have a very wide range of acceptable hotel/motel accommodations that would probably make some cringe.

    The new Pandora attractions are probably the only things you have got small to zero chance of getting a FP+ looking only 30 days out (at least when I looked slightly after it opened - maybe this will change with school back in session when you go - but as we all know there really is no "slow" time at WDW). Maybe Frozen Ever After is still a challenge, I'm not sure. Other stuff, I would guess you could get a FP+ for sometime, just maybe not have good luck optimizing with other planned activities (not sure how many other ADR's you generally try to do during F&W trips?).

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    Hotel Selection Dilemma

    I'd stay off site given you don't mind driving and invest in the Ultimate Day of Thrills Tour. Best day out me and DD have ever had at Disney I can highly recommend. Apart from the food. The food was dire. (Sunshine Seasons. It used to be Hollywood Brown Derby).

     

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    I guess for me, I would at least split the difference. Maybe start out off site then go onsite....
    I really cant imagine staying off site - I think I would constantly be judging things.

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    I haven't stayed offsite since my first trip in '86. Next May we will have 4 adults (in Disney's eyes) and 1 child in one room. I want to stay at POR for a bit so our newbie can experience it. However, Disney has raised the additional adult fee to $25/night so our rate will be $50 more. We are going to stay at POR for 3 nights, get 60 day FP+ then move to hopefully Caribe Royale for the next 5 nights. I would rather stay at POR the entire trip but 5 in 1 room will get too crowded and the suites at AoA are too $$$. My suggestion is try a split stay of 1 night onsite then relocate for remainder. You still get 60 day fp+ just have to do it daily rather than all at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GusMan View Post
    I really cant imagine staying off site - I think I would constantly be judging things.
    This is what I was going to chime in with! Dan - (like us!!! haha!) you enjoy a cocktail or three whilst at EPCOT, wouldn't staying onsite afford you the ability to still be able to indulge in the places you like to frequent with the benefit of having free transportation back to your resort. That would be worth the $300 to me alone, being able to enjoy a drink or three without worrying about it. Myself personally, I think I'd be faced with the prospect of having to drive back to another place and thinking to myself "I should have ponied up the extra $300".
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    I'm normally pro-bubble too. And an extra $300 for a moderate would be worth it. I'm not sure if it's worth it for an All Stars.

    Dan
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    Either way, looking forward to the trip report. Maybe something will open up for you at one of the moderates soon? I am really looking forward to the release of the fall/winter hotel specials. Any day now.


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    There's an idea, make reservations at the All Star and keep checking moderates for openings.


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    Not a bad idea, ericles.

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    Dan I'm pro-bubble too. But if you have to stay off site maybe you can get a room across from Disney Springs. Then you might still feel like you are near the magic.
    Also, I wanted you to know that I had the weirdest prices pop up when looking for September rooms. Stuff like All Star at $600 and a moderate at $1423. Just weird stuff?! So I'd close my browser and wait 15 minutes and try again. Then I got an awesome rate! Keep trying me friend.


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    Time is running out. If I want to take advantage of this $300 deal I have to book (and pay in full!) by tomorrow. I'm still not sure which way I'm gonna go.

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    In reading back over your responses, I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and book the All Stars. My vacation time is very valuable to me, and I don't want to waste any time being upset at my choices. It's a few extra bucks, but as someone said I can still keep an eye out for a better deal. Thanks for your input!

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    Have a fun trip, I'm hoping to pull the trigger on a early 2018 trip once I get back from my non-wdw trip in Sept.!

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    Our staying off property for half of our trip didn't last long. Yesterday, my folks said they'll come with us, so now my youngest can bunk with them. We'll still have 4 adults in a room but we can sleep comfortably at POR for the length of our stay. Happy to be staying in the bubble for the whole trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    In reading back over your responses, I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and book the All Stars. My vacation time is very valuable to me, and I don't want to waste any time being upset at my choices. It's a few extra bucks, but as someone said I can still keep an eye out for a better deal. Thanks for your input!
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    I managed to get a good deal (at an all-star) by going through priceline a week before. Might be worth trying!


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    Well, the main reason to book is to get the 60 day FP deal, so I went ahead and booked.

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    Hey, LoveCats - what's with us having the same ticker? Did you copy me, or did I copy you? Or are we both just brilliant designers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    Hey, LoveCats - what's with us having the same ticker? Did you copy me, or did I copy you? Or are we both just brilliant designers?
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    We always stay at the SoG, but if we didn't I would have booked on-site like you did.

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