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Old 01-11-2019, 03:04 PM   #11
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For me, it's on site. It may not be 'magical' exactly but it is more immersive. I hate when the ME bus takes me back to the airport, and I think 'I'm not in Disney any more!'

I also feel... well, maybe not more magical but safer and more comfortable being on site. And 4 nights is not very long.

I like using the Disney transportation instead of driving.
If they can afford on site, that's what I recommend. It's why I bought DVC all those years ago. If cost is an issue, then off site is the better choice. Or off - site if what you want is just a Florida vacation with a few days at Disney.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:26 PM   #12
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My go to response is to stay onsite.

Every single person we know that has stayed onsite, then gone and stayed offsite has regretted it.

However, sometimes logistics do not work in your favor and you need to take the other option of staying offsite. Friends of ours own other timeshares and can trade into Bonnet Creek regularly. They want to stay on property but have never been successful exchanging within RCI.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:21 PM   #13
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I do not think that this is the right place to ask if staying on site is worth it.

This place is filled with DVC owners and other on property fans. Of course we think itís worth it. Not everyone feels the same way though. I know at least 3 families who will only rent homes off site because that extra space is most important. Everyone has to answer that question for themselves.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:09 PM   #14
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As someone who did a trip like this about a year ago (grandparents, BIL, DH, DS, DD and myself), being onsite really allowed us all to come and go as we pleased. My father in law has issues with his hip and could take the bus back to the resort when he was tired even when the kids weren't. This allowed a lot more flexibility than one car off-site.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:38 PM   #15
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How about off site timeshares from Marriott and Hilton? I have stayed at both, pre and post DVC stays. Units are larger than comparable DVC units but then you are not in the Disney bubble. But a lot less unknowns as a vacation home rental and you get the resort atmosphere. Cheaper than DVC but might be more than a private home rental.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:46 PM   #16
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Havenít read all the replies, but the biggest issue staying offsite for me would be having only 30 day FastPass window.

Say goodbye to pandora, Star Wars, or you story fastpasses.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:02 PM   #17
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Just stayed at boardwalk with 3 kids in a studio. If it's cheaper I'd get the bigger place off property and just drive. Buses take a long while.
If it's the same price...then get dvc place.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:08 PM   #18
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That's a lot of driving to spend more of your 4 day vacation driving. But he'll I can't even do everything I want in wdw in 8 days or dlr in 5, so what do I know?
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:14 PM   #19
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Onsite for me, no question.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:40 AM   #20
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Stay on disney property. We stayed off our first 4 visits. Once you stay on, you can never go back if you are with a family, if they are only a couple, then you can stay off. As a family, staying on gives everyone flexibility of where and when they going.
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