[QUOTE=cjtownman;1045070]Honestly, if you book out far enough, you can get Pop Century or any other value for about $65 a night to $75 a night. Why would you look elsewhere? I have stayed offsite more than once and every time I have a great trip, but it is just not the same. When I enter the gates to the Disney magic I just don’t want to leave.
My brother in law took his wife and kids last year and stayed offsite in a condo that was “a steal” at $350 for the week (rented from friends). They ended up spending more on food, park tickets, the room, and other things than they would have with getting a moderate with deluxe dining, not to mention the loss of time in the park and the “magic”.
He still refuses to listen, even though added up his receipts and showed me I was right.
I am sure there are some people that want offsite but I just don’t see the value with the discounts Disney still provides.[/QUOTE]
I sold timeshare and still have friends in the business. I was able to get a 2 bed, 2 bath, etc. at a resort that borders Animal Kingdom for $250 for the entire week.:biggrin: We bought our tickets before the rates went up and from a well-known discount company. We originally had POR booked with free dining and we are still saving $1000, even with that promotion. It can be done. I don’t know what your brothers family did that cost them more for tickets and food. At a timeshare you can save on food because you can have breakfast or whatever in your room, which for my family is pretty convenient. Also, we have stayed pretty much everywhere on WDW property and no cheap rate in the world is worth staying at any of the value resorts - for my family that is. We are just not comfortable there and we have tried every single one. This September will be our first trip off site so I will definately let you all know if the savings was worth it. It might just be a bust! :laugh::mickey: