Should You Stay Onsite Or Offsite At Walt Disney World? (a.k.a. Is Staying Onsite At WDW Worth It?)

The cost of a Walt Disney World (WDW) vacation has increased exponentially over the years.  Although “being in the Disney bubble” and staying at a Disney-owned hotel on property is preferable, if not downright mandatory for some, for others it means taking a long, hard look at all the circumstances, including finances.

Before Joe and I moved to Orlando, we were visiting WDW upwards of 6 times a year. Most of those were just long weekends, and some were trips where we stayed on property, and for others, we’d stay off site. We rented a car whether we stayed on or off property, because we found it faster and more convenient than using Disney’s bus system (heads up this was before the advent of Disney’s Magical Express, Minnie Vans, or ride sharing). But whatever the case, we can definitely say we experienced both sides of the on/off property coin. Even since moving to Orlando in 2002, we’ve spoken to dozens of friends over the years, some who’ve stayed on site, some who’ve stayed off property, and some who, like we used to do, have done one sometimes and the other at other times. So besides our own, admittedly older experiences, we have can drawn from the more recent experiences of our friends. Here are our thoughts…

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