SpongeBob Fan? You Can Sleep In A Real Life Pineapple Under The Sea Hotel! (OK, Not Under The Sea – But Near It!)

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? *Add Your Name* SquarePants! Well, OK, you won’t really be under the sea. But you’ll be just a short walk away from it, and that counts, right? And hello, LIVING IN A PINEAPPLE!

Yup, in mid-2016, Nickelodeon built the Nick Resort Punta Cana ( a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Resort) in the Dominican Republic and besides the entire complex being Nickelodeon themed, they included a one-of-a-kind SpongeBob SquarePants themed villa. Here’s more about it…

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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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Stay Off WDW Property & Still Have Disney Theming? Yes, You Can!

When you visit Walt Disney World, you may decide to stay on site at one of the WDW resort hotels, which gives you perks that include, among other things, being immersed in “the Disney experience” for the entire time you stay on property. In fact, even your hotel room will have a select Disney theme. Of course, a vacation/holiday comes with a relatively hefty price for that on-site hotel stay, where the cheapest “value resort” price is about $127 for a 260 square foot room.

You may instead decide to stay at an off-site hotel, which will potentially save you quite a sum of money, but, of course, doesn’t give you that “immersive Disney experience.”

But what if you could find a place to stay that offered Disney theme inside but since it was off WDW property (but only 2 miles away!), was still an overall reasonable cost? There is such a place!

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