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Old 06-17-2015, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Here and there
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LOL, this is America people don't have so many vacation days.
Really?? Sad My company has great vacation time benefits...sitting at just under 7 now. I really, honestly, don't know anyone who doesn't get at least 2 weeks. Piggy back weekends on there (leaving on a Friday, come back on a following weekend Sunday) and you get a good, solid 8 day vacation!

We typically leave on a Tues or Wed and then stay thru until the following week's Saturday or Sunday.

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There are three "value" resorts that I could check into today and pay under $100/night. There are a few moderate resorts priced around $150.
Agreed. We never pay over $90/night in August.

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Yeah, people don't realize that it becomes a better value the longer the trip. Just look at the park tickets:

3 Day: $275 (~$92/day)
6 Day: $325 (~$54/day)
9 Day: $355 (~$40/day)

Sure, you're paying more for lodging, but paying less in admission (per day). So the overall price doesn't go up as much as people think.

So for a family of 4 staying in a value resort:

3 Days: $300 lodging plus $1100 admission = $1400 (~$467/day)
6 Days: $600 lodging plus $1300 Admission = $1900 (~$317/day)
9 Days: $900 lodging plus $1420 admission = $2320 (~$258/day)

I think people start pricing out a short trip because they assume that's all they'll be able to afford. So they don't bother to look at the possibility of staying longer. They think that if a 3 day stay is $1400, that means a 6 day stay would be $2800 and a 9 day stay is $4200.

One of the many many reasons that so many of us have said that planning is CRUCIAL.
1000% agree.
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:21 PM
 
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LOL, this is America people don't have so many vacation days.
Most everyone I know has at least 2 weeks, often more. If they don't get at least 2 weeks, they likely are in a lower paying job and won't be able to afford even a 3 day Disney vacation.
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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LOL, this is America people don't have so many vacation days.
My husband gets five weeks plus holidays as an engineer. He got three weeks for the first 10 years and then up from there. Lots of people get at least two weeks vacation. If you join it to a holiday weekend, you barely use any days for a vacation.
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:56 PM
 
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5) Ideally, stay in a monorail (or water ferry) hotel to cut down on travel time/ waiting. I guess a hotel with a shuttle works too.
So, any Disney hotel. They all have at least a shuttle.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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There are three "value" resorts that I could check into today and pay under $100/night. There are a few moderate resorts priced around $150.
Looking at the below page, Pop Century is over $100 a night for midweek/standard view/value season, though you can get into AS Music/Movies/Sports for $92 during those times - so you are correct, though those few windows are the only times overall price is under $100/day. The cheapest price for a moderate midweek/standard view/value season appears to be $182 midweek. I stand corrected as that is a little less than the Maui oceanfront condo I mentioned, but it's still fairly ballpark. The prices even out somewhat when you include weekends.

MouseSavers.com - 2015 Disney World Resort Room Rates

I'm assuming the difference is that the listed prices appear to be "rack rates" and include tax. I'm guessing the lower prices paid are for the promotions where you can save something like 30% off of rack rate for certain periods of time; I get those mailings from time to time.

I have relatives who have gone regularly in the past and stayed at Bonnet Creek, which is pretty much on Disney property (next to Caribbean Beach) but not owned by Disney. They've always paid quite a bit less for a multi-bedroom condo there than what you would pay for a comparable Disney property. You can't use Magical Express or Disney transit, but it seems to be a good compromise between a convenient location and lower priced lodging.

And I agree you can make a Disney vacation cheap(er) if you really want to. I think the trick is going during value season and limiting theme park days - taking more advantage of the non theme park amenities such as those mentioned earlier by AndreaSoup. There are a lot of them on WDW property, which is why I think Disney succeeds as a "destination" better than, say, Universal - even though Universal's parks are better (IMO). And everyone does have different preferences when going on vacation. I'm finding myself less tolerant of crowds/lines and drawn to places with intense natural beauty and interesting topography with active outdoor activities that are more quiet/secluded (such as natural parks), as well as different countries/cultures, so Disney (and Florida in general) isn't as appealing to me anymore.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:09 PM
 
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Looking at the below page, Pop Century is over $100 a night for midweek/standard view/value season, though you can get into AS Music/Movies/Sports for $92 during those times - so you are correct, though those few windows are the only times overall price is under $100/day. The cheapest price for a moderate midweek/standard view/value season appears to be $182 midweek. I stand corrected as that is a little less than the Maui oceanfront condo I mentioned, but it's still fairly ballpark. The prices even out somewhat when you include weekends.

MouseSavers.com - 2015 Disney World Resort Room Rates

I'm assuming the difference is that the listed prices appear to be "rack rates" and include tax. I'm guessing the lower prices paid are for the promotions where you can save something like 30% off of rack rate for certain periods of time; I get those mailings from time to time.
I went to the actual Disney website to look up the hotel prices, and they were under $100 on there. Then there were some moderate hotels that were around $150. I just did a few random dates, so I don't know if it was "value season" or not.. or when "value season" even is. But there seems to be plenty of dates when you can get a reasonably priced hotel room.

Any vacation we take the hotels are around $100-$150 for a moderately priced hotel. Saying you can get an oceanfront condo in Maui isn't saying much... I can go on VRBO and rent an oceanfront condo for $90 a night. That doesn't mean that paying $90 to go somewhere else is a huge ripe off. Its just the price you pay to stay when on vacation. Anywhere you go you can stay somewhere relatively cheap or you can spend hundreds a night. Disney is no different.

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I have relatives who have gone regularly in the past and stayed at Bonnet Creek, which is pretty much on Disney property (next to Caribbean Beach) but not owned by Disney. They've always paid quite a bit less for a multi-bedroom condo there than what you would pay for a comparable Disney property. You can't use Magical Express or Disney transit, but it seems to be a good compromise between a convenient location and lower priced lodging.
I looked up Bonnet Creek, and for a weeknight in mid September it was $140 for a one bedroom. So the few dollars you save by staying there instead of a moderate Disney resort is spent on a rental car and paying to park. I'd much rather pay a few extra a night and get all the conveniences you get with a Disney resort, and a few extra hours at the parks.

Last time we went to Disney, we stayed off property, and it was such a hassle each morning getting to the park. I like just being able to walk out of my hotel and onto a shuttle or boat that takes me to the entrance of the park.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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I thought Disneylands/worlds are meant for little girls under the age of 14. Do adults really spend thousands of $ there waiting for all sorts of "rides" in the heat?

Really? There are no better destinations to visit in the US/North America than a giant man-made theme park filled with fake castles?
No, there are quite a few adults who love going, I know some of them family).

I don't get it, but to each their own. I'd rather spend that money traveling and learning about other cultures.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:24 PM
 
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Let's cut to the chase. The famous turkey legs are horrible and now cost upwards of $10.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Sugarland
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I thought Disneylands/worlds are meant for little girls under the age of 14. Do adults really spend thousands of $ there waiting for all sorts of "rides" in the heat?

Really? There are no better destinations to visit in the US/North America than a giant man-made theme park filled with fake castles?
Yup, there are adult men and women who love Disney and go there often. Some have even taken solo trips to Disney! Imagine that.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:11 PM
 
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Let's cut to the chase. The famous turkey legs are horrible and now cost upwards of $10.
That's cutting to the chase?

Despite multiple visits, I've never had a turkey leg at Disney, and I don't think I've missed out on anything.
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