Do You Stay On Property
YES! YES! YES!
There are so many options and different ways to do Disney– which is one of the things that makes vacationing there so fabulous! There is no ONE WAY. When planning, you have to realize that your family is one of a kind and that your way to do things is not going to look exactly like someone else. I’ve known lots of people who rent a house and drive into the parks and have a grand time. so weigh out what fits for your family.
My first trip to Disney World was when I was 12 and my parents and I stayed off property. My husband and I went in 2002 and stayed at Caribbean Beach, both of our first on property experiences. Oh my goodness. We used Disney transportation– the buses, boats and monorail. You are dropped off right outside the gate– no taking a tram to your parking lot and no parking fees. You meet lots of other fabulous Disney vacationers on the commutes AND (perhaps my most favorite), when you call the front desk or visit Guest Services they say, “Have a Magical Day!” Walt had Cast Members, not employees, and they create the magic for all their Guests.
Disney Resorts We’ve Stayed
2002- Caribbean Beach
2003- French Quarter
2004- Old Key West
2005- Saratoga Springs – our DVC home resort
2006- Saratoga Springs
2009- Old Key West
2011- Grand Californian A Disneyland Resort in Disney’s California Adventure
2012- Aulani on Oahu, Hawaii
2013- Disney Cruise aboard the Disney Dream
2015- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian – our DVC home resort