(Closed) Disney World Honeymoon: Onsite or Offsite Hotel?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Stay in a Disney On Property Hotel which costs more, or stay Off-Site which costs a lot less?

    Stay at a Disney Hotel on property, the benefits are well worth the price!

    No, save your money for shopping and stay at the Fairfield Inn!

  • Post # 2
    1117 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It is very much worth it to stay in a disneyeirld hotel. You never have to pay for any transportation (they’ll pick you up and drop you off at the airport) and you get extra hours in the parks. Also, if you get the Disney meal plan you can have fantastic food, often for less than you would have paid otherwise. DH and I found that on our honeymoon we generally didn’t get up before lunch, and if we did we used our snack on the dining plan as a small breakfast. 

    Post # 4
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Personally, I think staying at the Disney hotels makes it so much more magical.  If you can afford it, I think you should choose a Disney property.  It’s your honeymoon!!  

    Post # 5
    3 posts

    We didn’t have a Disney honeymoon, but I’ve been several times, and stayed both on (moderate Disney hotel) and off-site. Personally, I prefer off-site.  The hotels are often smaller and more personal, the parking is closer to your room, and free breakfast is WAY less hectic. You can get a much nicer room for much less $ off-site. Just my 2 cents. 

    Some people (including my husband) feel that staying off-site just doesn’t have the same “Disney feel”, but it never bothered me a bit.  You’ll be so tired at the end of the day, you won’t care that your towels weren’t folded into the shape of Dumbo. 🙂

    Post # 8
    593 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 1993

    I would definately stay on site.  We have been 3 times and although more the experience is so worth it.  I love Beach Club or any hotel by Epcot (We love being able to walk to Epcot) Not sure when you plan to go but they do run specials. Check out this web site. Those Disney fans know everything. http://Www.disboards.com

    Post # 10
    969 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Ok I have a few ideas for you!

    What if you split it up and stayed at the nice hotel for a  few days and the one you Already booked for a few days? it’s annoying to switch hotels but worth it if you really want to find a way to compromise!! the Disney hotels are amazing and really pay attention to detail/cater to your needs.

     Another option is to stay at the holiday inn or one of the other hotels in downtown Disney. They arent Disney specific hotels so don’t offer all of the magic that the others do but most of them cater to the Disney crowd. There is a shuttle bus (free) that runs to all of the parks every day on a pretty regular schedule. I would highly recommend looking into that!! Fiance and I stayed in one when he was there for a conference (didn’t get to pick our hotel) and it actually worked out great!! They had a Disney gift shop/ room keys and everything so it almost felt like being at one of our usual haunts. 

    You could also consider splitting your time between the downtown Disney hotel and a Disney hotel for a few nights so you get je best of both worlds! 

    Have fun! feel free to message me if you have any other Disney questions we seriously go like once a year lol 

    Post # 11
    1117 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    raziel1687:  Well I live in Canada so I never even considered the effect of those things! You have no idea how lucky you to live so close!

    Post # 12
    103 posts
    Blushing bee

    My fiancé and I stayed at the Polynesian resort last year. It was absolutely amazing ! We had a theme park view room that allowed us to have an awesome view of the firework every night ! That experience alone was absolutely magical and worth the money to us. The convenience is amazing too, we were close to the TTC so it took 20 mins to MK by ferry and 20 mins to Epcot by monorail.  We actually forgot our ID twice and it only took 30 mins ( we were buying drinks at Epcot too, we were there during the food and wine festival). The trip would had definitely taken more than an hour if we stayed elsewhere.  Since it is your honeymoon, I will definitely go for the best ! Plus I believe they have discounts on their resort every so often especially if you are going in the off-season 

    Post # 13
    1609 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’ve never stayed onsite but stayed offsite in a condo last year. We were about 5 minutes from the maingate by car which was great. We were in Orlando for a week but only went to Disney for 2 days.

    We’re planning on a cruise for our honeymoon but are going to visit Disney for 2 or 3 nights prior. My Fiance has only been to Disney once (in 1980) and has wanted to stay at the Contemporary Resort since then so we’re going to spend the extra money to stay there. We only plan on going to Disney in the Orlando area.

    I’d say its worth it if you are only planning on doing Disney and nothing else. You get the dining plan (which I think they have a special on right now), Magic hours, and the transportation system. If you are planning on visiting other places (Universal, Cape Canaveral, etc) I’d stay offsite and get a car rental.

    Post # 14
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

    I didnt honeymoon at Disney, but I am an Annual Passholder and also part of their Vacation Club Timeshare so I am  probably a little biased but I say absolutly stay at one of their hotels!

    The hotels are just gorgeous and the service is unbeatable. You will probably get upgraded due to it being your honeymoon. They have bus transportation to all of the parks and extra hours at the parks if you stay at one of their hotels. I would recomend the Polynesian for a honeymoon, it’s beautiful!

    Post # 15
    9129 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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    raziel1687:  If you can afford it staying onsite even at the value resorts is worth the price, especially with the new My Magic+ program.  I live in Orlando and now resort guests get so many perks which are not avilable to regular ticket buyers that it’s almost worth it for me to stay at their hotel rather than sleep in my own bed.  Resort guests even get perks the annual pass holders don’t get such as advanced reservations for Fast Pass and dining well before it’s open to pass holders and the general public.

    It’s also probably why I own a Universal Annual Pass rather than a Disney Annual Pass.

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