MouseFest is coming up, and this girl’s mind turns to thoughts of rental cars and living in the Disney bubble.
And alas, my pocketbook is looking mighty slender in this downsized economy, so it looks like I’ll have to choose. Do I stick with my All Star reservation (at the stellar AAA discount of about $74/night, including tax), or do I book a dirt-cheap room outside the World so I can afford that rental car which I hear is all-important at MouseFest?
I can almost hear the purists already. Given the overall cost of a Disney vacation, isn’t it worth those few extra dollars to stay on-site? Well maybe yes…if I had those few extra dollars to spend. So we’re talking zero-sum game here. It’s either off-site with car, or on-site without.
And I gotta tell you, the downturn in Orlando tourism means there are some pretty cheap deals out there off-site. For less than the price of those 5 nights at an All Star, I could stay at a two-star hotel a mile or two from the Disney border, and have a compact car to get me around. I start to think, hey, wouldn’t it be nice to just jump in the car and drive 10-15 minutes back to my hotel after that YeeHaw Bob meet? Or after the All About the Mouse meet at Jellyrolls? I have not heard particularly promising stories about taking Disney transit between resorts late at night…so without a car, and despite the fact that I’ll surely catch a ride with friends now and then, I’m likely to be cabbing it from time to time (sadly, so far at least the price of a rental car is still higher than the cost of the two or three cabs I’d likely take….but I may still try Priceline right before I leave anyway).
For the moment at least, I’m sticking with on-site. I want a little time in that Disney bubble, even if it means a few long waits at the bus stop, and the other petty inconveniences that come with public transit. Plus, while the All Stars ain’t deluxe, they are a whole lot more pleasant than the TripAdvisor reviews lead me to believe those two-star bargains would be. But of course y’all know I’m pretty fickle, so I might always change my mind, at least up until that 5-day cancellation date for room-only reservations. And given the economy, ya never know what might show up on the opaque sites a week before departure.