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Old 03-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #76
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I have never used EMH. We can't get up early enough for AM EMH and with little kids, we have no interest in late night EMH. But staying on property is TOTALLY worth the $$$.

First of all, the off-site hotels I'd want to stay at aren't really that much cheaper than WDW. I actually booked the Doubletree in DTD with a Mousesavers deal for May and it definitely was lower cost, I think about $850 including tax compared to the $1500 for AoA. However, if I did Doubletree, the shuttle isn't NEARLY as good as WDW shuttles. I'd have to rent a car (at least $300 for the week for a car big enough to fit my family) and I'd have to worry about carseats, I'd have to pay for parking at WDW ($14 x 6), I'd lose out on the Magical Express luggage service and I'd have to haul my 3 kids and all the luggage to pick up the rental car. Not to mention, after a long day at the park, I'd have to remember where I parked that rental car and sit in a HOT rental car with the kids. I'd eat on-site just as much because, lets face it, I'm usually in the parks at meal times. And really, the food at WDW isn't THAT much more expensive than regular restaurants. I don't really eat at cheap restaurants at home. And that's just practical stuff. I like the Disney bubble, the Disney customer service. I like that the hotels are themed and not generic hotels. Oh, and that Doubletree? It may be cheaper, but the rooms only have one bathroom. There isn't a real door between the bedroom and the sofa. And I have to pay an extra $10 a day for a bed for my toddler. Once you add that all together, the cost difference narrows quite a bit and suddenly staying on-site isn't THAT much of a premium.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:42 PM   #77
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Pretzels und beer is our favorite...have to have one in Germany every trip!

We really miss the triple whammy though! ;p It's a shame they had to cut it for new fantasyland clips...

It doesn't feel like Disney until you fall asleep exhausted to Stacy reruns! LOL!
I wonder if Stacey realizes what an "icon" she has become!

It just wouldn't seem right to do a WDW trip without good,old Channel 18 playing on Resort TV all week!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:45 PM   #78
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I have never used EMH. We can't get up early enough for AM EMH and with little kids, we have no interest in late night EMH. But staying on property is TOTALLY worth the $$$.

First of all, the off-site hotels I'd want to stay at aren't really that much cheaper than WDW. I actually booked the Doubletree in DTD with a Mousesavers deal for May and it definitely was lower cost, I think about $850 including tax compared to the $1500 for AoA. However, if I did Doubletree, the shuttle isn't NEARLY as good as WDW shuttles. I'd have to rent a car (at least $300 for the week for a car big enough to fit my family) and I'd have to worry about carseats, I'd have to pay for parking at WDW ($14 x 6), I'd lose out on the Magical Express luggage service and I'd have to haul my 3 kids and all the luggage to pick up the rental car. Not to mention, after a long day at the park, I'd have to remember where I parked that rental car and sit in a HOT rental car with the kids. I'd eat on-site just as much because, lets face it, I'm usually in the parks at meal times. And really, the food at WDW isn't THAT much more expensive than regular restaurants. I don't really eat at cheap restaurants at home. And that's just practical stuff. I like the Disney bubble, the Disney customer service. I like that the hotels are themed and not generic hotels. Oh, and that Doubletree? It may be cheaper, but the rooms only have one bathroom. There isn't a real door between the bedroom and the sofa. And I have to pay an extra $10 a day for a bed for my toddler. Once you add that all together, the cost difference narrows quite a bit and suddenly staying on-site isn't THAT much of a premium.
Interesting cost comparison. I've been to AoA and have seen some of the pool and playground areas -- they're so cute and colorful. I think that you made the right choice for your vacation even if did spend a few extra bucks. There are a lot of intangibles that you can't put a price tag on when you stay on site at a Disney hotel.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:55 PM   #79
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I can't believe no one has mentioned the MOST amazing perk of staying on property:

STACEY!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:55 PM   #80
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As a DVC member who's a teacher & can only travel usually in the summer, these types of cutbacks make me furious. When we bought in at Disney the summer months were much longer. When they shortened them but added the EMH I was find w/ that, but they keep decreasing them. It's hot & for my fair skinned family downright dangerous. We sweat off the sunscreen: sweatproof sunscreen doesn't work. We rely on the late night EMH. We take a nap in the afternoon to get out of the sun.

I'm especially angry b/c I specifically bought place tickets a couple weeks ago to fly out on Fri afternoon, so we could get in the Late EMH at MK. My eldest son is ticked off. I could be saving a night of DVC points.

I love DVC, but I can honestly say to friends the perks of staying on property are declining.

Early EMH isn't all that great. It's really hard to make it to rope drop if relying on WDW transportation. Especially if you're trying to make it to MK & you're staying at AKL or the Boardwalk resorts.

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:05 PM   #81
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I have to respectfully disagree their is now no real slow time for Disney, the parks are full as are the resorts, DIsney has been telling us for a while now that they are going to be doing away with the free DDP and as much as I will be gutted I truelly believe its going to happen!

In the UK they have already opened up the next years prices and nothing has been mentioned about any discounts when it comes to the DDP, this yr we only got free QS at mod deluxe resorts so they have already lowered the plan from DDP to QS! only a matter of time before they don't offer it at all!
And free dining is the reason for fewer slow weeks. If Disney lost their minds and ended free dining this year, within a year or two those busier weeks will become empty weeks again. And there are still a few slow weeks - Labor Day week we can walk on to most headliners in the middle of the day. Disney isn't going to get rid of free dining during the height of hurricane season - just isn't going to happen.

As for UK offers, those don't ever dictate US offers, promos or discounts.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:08 PM   #82
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They are taking away all the perks of staying at a Disney hotel. It's not worth paying the extra $$$$. Stay off site, and extend your vacation.
For traveling by myself with my 3 children, the additional ease of WDW transportation is worth a bit extra. We own DVC, so most of our trips are on Disney property even if we're not in Disney's parks, which with the increasing ticket prices, might happen more often. Especially given that there's not much "new" to see & Universal is expanding WWOHP & my kids & dh are big HP fans...
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:12 PM   #83
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This discussion is better suited for the Resorts board, so I've moved it here.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #84
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Not to question a mod, but it seems like a pretty good thread that was getting a lot of response where it could be seen; I don't think Resorts gets near as much traffic...

Back to the topic at hand - I haven't stayed off property but I'm certainly considering it. I've been renting a car for years while staying on site because the bus system is a waste of time; at this point my lodging dollars will be better spent off site.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:44 PM   #85
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When did they announce they were taking away the EMH and when will it go into effect?
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:59 PM   #86
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w h a t - $66/night for a one bedroom villa?? Where is this magical place???????
We got a 2 bedroom condo at Windsor Hills for our upcoming trip for $70/night. Even with parking it's still a HUGE discount.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:18 AM   #87
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This has been probably been said, but....

When the family and I do Disney, we want to DO Disney....I want to be completely immersed in the world. When I pass through that arch I know I am not leaving until I am headed home. It is escapism at its best...for me Disney is not in Florida or even in the USA, but some magical place where princesses live, Mice talk, where I can visit the the world of tomorrow and the frontier in the same day, where waffles are shaped like Mickey, buses and boats take you to a Zoo, a Studio, Castle, and a chance to visit multiple countries around the world. I want nothing to take that escape away....
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After an incredibly stressful spring (I haven't had a total day off since January 2nd), I will be glad to get back to the magic, even if it's only for 4 days...WDW is a place of magic, and it is worth the extra just to hold on to it for a few extra hours...while I sleep!
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:20 AM   #88
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We recently stayed off site this past January for the first time and it was no big deal because the parks aren't opened that late then. But normally we go in June and I love being able to stay in the parks late on a beautiful hot summer night with my family. Plus, where else you gonna get a hotel room off property where a giraffe walks up to greet you as you walk out on your balcony to have your morning coffee??
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And free dining is the reason for fewer slow weeks. If Disney lost their minds and ended free dining this year, within a year or two those busier weeks will become empty weeks again. And there are still a few slow weeks - Labor Day week we can walk on to most headliners in the middle of the day. Disney isn't going to get rid of free dining during the height of hurricane season - just isn't going to happen.

As for UK offers, those don't ever dictate US offers, promos or discounts.
I never said the UK offers did???? I just commented on what WAS & HAS been happening with our discounts, I guess we will see then what will happen!
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