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  • On May 31, 2014
    Hayley from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, I wanted to know if it is cheaper to go through the resort hotels or to go stay at a regular hotel? I want to make this trip special for my parents but I am on a pretty tight budget since I am a college student. Any suggestions would be great :)

    Hi Hayley:

    Whether you stay on property or off site, it sounds like you are planning a wonderful vacation for your parents.  In general, you usually can find the lowest hotel room rates off site.  A number of off site hotels also feature free breakfast and other amenities.  However, staying off site can mean traffic to and from the Disney parks as well as a different level of quality. 

    There are a number of benefits to staying on property.  My favorites include complimentary transportation to and from your Disney Resort and the Orlando International airport as well as extended theme park hours.  If you are considering one of the Disney property Resorts, look at the Value Resorts, which feature the most affordable rates on property. 

    In the end, it sounds like budget is an important consideration.  If staying off Disney property makes sense for this trip, I would not give the matter much thought.  Your parents are in for a magical vacation and may enjoy the break heading to an off site hotel at the end of the day.

    Consider looking at independent websites such as and working with a Disney approved travel agent, who can lay out specific options for you.

    Enjoy the vacation. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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