Walt Disney World: Onsite V Offsite Cost Comparison , Moderate Resorts

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Yesterday I put out a very popular post about the cost comparison of Onsite V Offsite for Walt Disney World. In my comparison I used like for like, which I believe is the only fair way to do a comparison. That post can be found – here.  Today I though I would do the same again but use different types of hotel. My original comparison used a deluxe resort but today’s will be using the Disney hotel categories of  Moderate.

Remember this is going to be a like for like comparison. Well as close to like for like as I can make it. Often when people are looking at Disney costs then they are comparing two completely different things. Like a Motel on the 192 cannot be compared to Animal Kingdom Lodge with free Dining.

I dont work for Disney and havent been asked by Disney to produce this post – I just love staying onsite at Disney and want people to really see the true cost when you compare hotels of the same star class. Obviously we all have different holiday styles and onsite at Disney may not be for you. Many of us, myself included, are looking for different things in our onsite and offsite accommodation which makes comparisons difficult.

Excluded Costs

There are a few things that I am going to exclude from the costings – flights, passports, esta’s, other theme park tickets, car hire and spends for shopping. I am excluding these items as you are going to have to pay for them no matter where you stay.

What I am comparing

Hotel Costs, Walt Disney World Park Tickets, Food Spending Money and Parking. To make it suit most people I am going to look at 14 Nights from 28 July 2018 at a 4 star resort with 14 night tickets, 10 days parking and 2 character meals. Prices will be based on a family of 4, 2 Adults and 2 Children one of whom is under 10 and one over 10. Value resorts are classed at 2.5 stars and moderate are classed as 3.5 stars and I will be using comparable hotels listed on Expedia with the same star level.

Onsite V Offsite Comparison

Moderate Hotel at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Coronado Springs                                                £2,688.00

14 Night Park Tickets                                                         £1576.00

10 Days Park Parking – Free for onsite guests              £0.00

Character Meals x 2 – Not Included in Dining Plan    £225

Food Spends                                                                       £480 ( $600 per day@ exchange rate of $1.24)

Free Gift Card $200                                                        -£161.00

Total Onsite Cost                                                       £4808.00

Offsite Hotel 

Hotel – Best Western Lake Buena Vista                         £1,351.00

14 Night Park Tickets                                                        £1,576.00

10 Days Parking                                                                 £161.00 ($20 per day @ $1.24)

Character Meals x 2                                                          £225.00 (based on $140 per meal)

Food Spends                                                                      £1700 ($150 per day)

Total Offsite Costs                                                    £5013.00

The Result

As you can see Disney is again working out cheaper when looking at the big picture. Many people when staying offsite are happy to take a lower star rated hotel than they would be looking for onsite which means they are comparing apples to oranges. If you look at the costs on a true like for like basis then Disney is coming out cheaper in all my calculations.  In addition Disney has lots of benefits for its onsite guests including extra magic hours, booking fast passes and dining reservations before offiste guests.

Results by Changing the Dining Plan

The Disney onsite comes with free quick service dining plan whilst the offsite dining is based on a mix of table service and quick service. If you wanted to upgrade the dining plan at Disney it would be an additional £392. However there would then be no charge for the character meals but the spends budget would need to be increased to $800 to cover the additional tips.  This actually makes the Disney onsite option even cheaper at a total cost of £4748.00

How to book your Walt Disney World Free Dining Trip 

My blog post all about UK Free Dining is here. On that post I go through all the different options and the pro’s and cons of each dining plan.

If you are ready to book then head over to www.disneypackages.co.uk to book now.


Originally posted 2017-04-03 12:07:07.


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