In my previous post I listed the advantages and disadvantages of staying offsite versus staying on site at Walt Disney World. I did this without mentioning where I like to stay and why. Prior to 2012 I always stayed at one of the value resorts (Pop Century, All Star Music, All Start Sports, and All Start Movies). The primary reason I stayed at thee locations was the price. I did not care about the size of the room or the lack of amenities. I spent most of my waking hours in the parks. I did always have a few problems with the value resorts though.
- The rooms were small. It seemed like we were always getting in each others way, and getting ready to go in the morning took longer as we all waited for our turn in the bathroom.
- The long walk to the food court and bus stops. Depending on where our room was, it would take five to ten minutes of walking to get to either. That made it a little inconvenient for getting a drink in our refillable mugs in the morning, or when we got back from the park in the evening.
- The buses were always packed, and it often took as much as an hour to get from my room to the front gate of the parks.
In 2012 this all changed for me, as we were traveling to Disney World with a friend who suggested renting a condo. The place we finally choose was in a neighborhood called Windsor Hills. The condo had 3 bed rooms and two bathrooms and it had a kitchen. While we still eat most of our meals in the theme parks the kitchen made it easy to make a good breakfast. An other advantage I quickly discovered was the additional room that we had, it no longer seemed like we were tripping over each other while we were getting ready in the morning. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that the trip to the park was much quicker. We almost always drive our own car to Disney World, and with the condo only being two and a half miles from World Drive we would get to the parking lots very quickly. In fact, with the exception of the Magic Kingdom we were actually in the parks more quickly than when we stayed at Disney’s Value resorts. Every vacation since 2012 we have stayed in Windsor Hills in either a Condo or a Townhouse. The townhouses have three bedrooms and three bathrooms which we have found to be even more convenient. We no longer have to wait on the bathroom when we are getting ready for bed, or to go to the parks.
If you are considering staying offsite be sure to look around, there are plenty of options that just may be more to your liking than a hotel room somewhere. It also may be quite a bit cheaper, we stay at the townhouse for about $300 less per week than getting two rooms at a value resort (we usually have a group of six which necessitates the two rooms).