Go Back   theDIBB > Walt Disney World and Other Florida Vacation Planning > Accommodation
Forgotten Password?
Notices
Accommodation Hotels, Resorts, Villas Questions and Info
Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unread 7 Jan 19, 01:05 PM  
Link to this Post
#1
sandslash
New Poster (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 19
Are Disney hotels worth more money?

Hi all,

I'm wondering what people's opinions are on a straight shootout between two similarly priced hotels. One is Disney All Stars and one is a motel style one - Cl, both nowhere near top of the range, but all we can afford.

I've been to Orlando before and stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton which I thought was great (could see Rip Ride Rocket from our room window) but that was without kids. Now I have a 2yo and a 5yo.

My question is - are the lower Disney hotels really full of magic, Disney theming and make you feel extra special about the holiday?

Footnote: i'm treating them as the same price because the motel one is cheaper, but the Disney hotel has transport to the Disney parks which i've counted in as the difference between the prices.
sandslash is offline Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:02 PM  
Link to this Post
#2
Burgmeister
Imagineer
 
Burgmeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 08

Burgmeister's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 4
Well, you get the EMH if you stay onsite.

Our first onsite stay was at ASMo and I really enjoyed it. I know it is just a glorified motel but the theming is nice and the staff are very good.

Also stayed at ASMu and Pop but, for me, the theming at ASMo was the best.
__________________
So that's how you do a signature!
Burgmeister is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Post GCSE De-Stressing Trip!
Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:21 PM  
Link to this Post
#3
Shifu
VIP Dibber

 
Shifu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 11

Shifu's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Restaurant Reviews: 6
As you have kids 2 and 5 I'd say Disney wins every time. What with transport there if you need it (frees up families and adults if there is more than one adult in your family, so they dont have to remain tied to each other if one of the kids gets too tired), throw your tickets into the mix (14 for 7 days) and you get more discount too by getting 'free' Dining plan if booking ahead of time so thats all your food sorted (ie becomes available to book around late April for the following year if you book with Disney).. ...you also usually get free photopass too. Disney have lots of activities around the pools.
Shifu is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Just the two of us...
Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:24 PM  
Link to this Post
#4
Shifu
VIP Dibber

 
Shifu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 11

Shifu's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Restaurant Reviews: 6
ps... and yes...as far as the 'magic' goes, its always made a difference to us- especially when we've had the kids with us over the years, CM's are great with the kids.

PLUS...forgot the best bit...you get to book your fastpasses and dining reservations way before time ahead of anyone staying off property.!
Shifu is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Just the two of us...
Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:25 PM  
Link to this Post
#5
Nimbus
Imagineer
 
Nimbus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 10
Location: South Manchester

Nimbus's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 7
Restaurant Reviews: 21

theDIBB Guidebook
Pages Created: 1
Guidebook Photos: 36
Guidebook Reviews: 2
Originally Posted by sandslash View Post
My question is - are the lower Disney hotels really full of magic, Disney theming and make you feel extra special about the holiday?
I've not stayed at any of the value Disney hotels - only at the Caribbean Beach Resort - but I would answer... no (but with an explanation of what I mean by that).

The hotels aren't really "full of magic" (that's just sales & marketing talk) and in themselves don't tend to make you feel extra special. You will find a better quality of hotel offsite for the same price - or the same quality for less price.

However...

Because the hotels are on Disney property, they are closer to the parks. And if you are primarily visiting Florida to go to the Disney parks, then being closer to those things you want to see is a definite bonus. It makes visiting the parks more convenient. Plus, if you are a fan of Disney theming, the hotels continue that theme (if you dislike the Disney theming then the Value hotels are not the best option).

There are other bonuses as well. Extra Magic Hours. Free MagicBands. Able to charge things to your room. Magical Express bus from the airport. Earlier fastpass booking. Etc. Sometimes these aren't an obvious bonus, but they do make things slightly more convenient. Which, in turn, can make things seem a little more "special", I suppose.

On our last holiday we chose to stay onsite for two main reasons - free quick service dining and convenient access to the Disney parks. We felt it was worth paying more for those and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there (and would consider doing so again). However, the hotel and the room we were in wasn't any better than others we'd stayed at for less price.
__________________
DLC: Jun 95 - Holiday Inn // WDW: Dec 97 - Gateway Inn | Feb 00 - Gateway Inn | Mar 01 - Best Western | Feb 06 - Embassy Suites | Oct 10 - Hawthorn Suites | May 12 - Homewood Suites | Aug 14 - CBR&Doubletree | Apr 16 - Caribbean Beach // DLP: Aug 13 - Sequoia Lodge

~ Trip Report Indexes ~
Nimbus is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Nimbus is a DIBBcast Disney Podcast Fan
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:34 PM  
Link to this Post
#6
Lostbrain
I want to go now!
 
Join Date: Apr 16
I would say that with small children the onsite option is worth it. Not because the hotels themselves are better in anyway, but because its so much easier to get back to them and head back for a nap or pool time mid day. We have done both and managed to avoid big queues using the fast pass system but onsite it was easier to get some of the more popular rides which with little ones will be useful.
Lostbrain is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Cheeky Universal week.
Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:40 PM  
Link to this Post
#7
Shroom
VIP Dibber

 
Shroom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 16
100% you get the Disney theming at the All Star Resorts, a heck of a lot more than the dearer resorts.

The huge stair well characters are from Disney movies, the pools are themed from Movies. There are activities around the pool for kids and it's very convenient to get to all of the parks and Disney springs. No parking charges and anything you buy can be sent straight to the hotel so no need to carry it all around.
__________________
Disney CSR/AKL February 2021
Disney ASR - Movies (November 2017)
Ramada Plaza, Int Drive (February 2016)
Shroom is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 7 Jan 19, 02:49 PM  
Link to this Post
#8
loves2plan
VIP Dibber

 
loves2plan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 12
There's loads of Disney theming at the value resorts and your kids would love it! I do think staying onsite with younger children is much easier too as the buses run all day every day and you're not stuck with set shuttle times from offsite hotels. They also run directly to the parks, whereas a lot of offsite shuttle buses stop elsewhere on site and you have to transfer to another bus/boat/monorail to get to the park.

It's much easier to break up the day too and go back to your room for a few hours, use the pool etc, and go out again.

You get extra magical hours, 60 days fastpass booking (instead of 30), magic bands, can have shopping sent back to your room rather than carrying it around etc.

I do think there's something magical about staying in the Disney bubble too rather than a hotel on I-drive, which isn't particularly attractive and just doesn't appeal to me personally.
__________________

POFQ: Our 'once in a lifetime' trip 31st Oct - 14th Nov 2012
SSR: 40th birthday trip 2nd - 16th Jan 2014
SSR 2 bed villa: my mums first trip 7th - 21st Feb 2015
POR: An unexpected Easter break 2nd - 15th April 2016
CBR: Another unexpected Easter trip 29th March - 12th April 2017
Food report - the unexpected Easter QSDP extravagana!
loves2plan is online now Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Taking a break and booked CBR for 2019
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump

QuickSilver

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Attraction Tickets Direct

theDIBB Menu


US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.2617
CaxtonFX  $1.2603
Covent Garden FX  $1.2739
FAIRFX  $1.2611
John Lewis  $1.2689
M&S  $1.2386
Post Office  $1.2480
Sainsburys  $1.2604
TESCO  $1.2618
Travelex  $1.2555
Updated: 22:30 21/01/2019

theDIBB Charities
Cancer Research UK
DIBB Members have Donated: £10,130
£


Macmillan Cancer Support
DIBB Members have Donated: £1,055
£

Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.1076
CaxtonFX  €1.1085
Covent Garden FX  €1.1178
FAIRFX  €1.1100
John Lewis  €1.1144
M&S  €1.0858
Post Office  €1.0959
Sainsburys  €1.1067
TESCO  €1.1084
Travelex  €1.1024
Updated: 22:30 21/01/2019

Orlando Weather
Florida Time
Mon 21st Jan 5:33pm
Now: 15C/59F
Broken Clouds
Broken Clouds
Cloud Cover: 75%
Wind: 16mph - NE Arrow points to where the wind is coming from.
Pressure: 1027mb
Humidity: 50%
Illuminations Smoke
Updated: 21:55 21/01/2019