There are lots of "where to stay" at Disney, both on property and in the surrounding areas.
My dad was a State Farm agent when I was growing up, and SF hosted a number of conventions at Disney. The first was the year it opened and we got to go. We stayed at the Contemporary Resort and loved riding the monorail to the Magic Kingdom (the only park at the time).
Since then I have stayed at Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort and RV camped. All were wonderful and the RV camping was so quiet and peaceful!
There are lots of hotels and timeshare options in the areas surrounding the park. We have been able to stay at timeshare condos which for us are great. You can get a lot of folks into the condo (several families) and have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Until recently we had "bought" on of my sisters timeshare weeks but now we have our own and can utilize it.
Advantages of staying on property ~ you can park your car when you get there and not drive again till your vacation is over. Your on property hotel includes your parking and all the Disney transportation system....monorails and buses. And at different times of the years, you can get extra hours in the park that are only for Disney guests. Downside~this is usually a pricier option. There are a variety of hotel choices on property but none are really a "value" resort anymore.
Advantages of staying off property ~ its cheaper, especially if you need more than one room to accommodate your family//friends. You can have larger accomodations and a kitchen to help with meal costs. Downside~ driving to the park and paying parking (but with the annual pass parking is included).
We love both options. Since we now have a timeshare ~ we will be using it to the fullest. Hopefully in the future, we can treat some grandboys to a magical adventure.
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