I ended up writing this as a separate post from How Experts Plan Their Adult Disney Trip, Pt 2. 

I have a lot to share about technical strategies for those looking to stay as cheap as possible, but at a clean and enjoyable resort that is off Disney World property.

While my blog is focused on Disney World for Adults, budget is a big concern for most of us when planning a vacation. While we may not be cheap, we do want to be economical.

Here are my strategies on staying off-property, and how to find great hotels for less than $45 a night.

When I stay off-property, here are the two options I look at: 

First, I consider staying at a Disney Springs Hotel so I still receive benefits such as 60 day FastPass booking and Extra Magic Hours. However, it’s not huge savings – you usually can’t find lower than about $90 after taxes a night.

But, that can be a big savings between an All-Star Resort that costs $130 a night if you’re staying for awhile! This is a usually the second best option to staying on-property but wanting to stay closer to the $100 or lower per night range.

OR…

If I’m looking to stay as cheap as possible at a decent hotel, I use Hotwire.com and their “Hot Rate” deals.

If you’re not set on a certain off-property hotel, you should be using these – you can find great hotels at amazing rates. I use Hotwire for almost all of my hotel needs across the US. I can narrow down to exactly what I need, and it is always cheaper than selecting a room directly from a website.

Once you’ve searched on Hotwire, you’re able to pick which location you want the hotel to be in, see TripAdvisor ratings, and much more. The only catch is that you can’t see the specific hotel name or location…HOWEVER…

Hotwire will typically show you what your hotel will be! Once you click a hotel you’re interested in from the search page, you’ll usually see something that states:

“Book soon! The last person got…” as seen here:       

Hotwire Hot Deal Showing Hotel NameVery often, Hotwire will show you what the “last person booked”. This has always been the hotel that I have received after checking out.

 

I use Hotwire Hot Deals for almost anywhere I travel in the US. In almost all of my experiences, I have got the same hotel that it is displaying. laughing

Since I typically only visit Disney World when I’m in Orlando, I will search for a hotel within a certain radius of the WDW entrance so that I can typically Uber for $6-$12 each way.

Amy and I stayed at a Quality Inn with free breakfast and amazing rooms for $60 a night this past January, and our Uber cost us just $6-7 to get to the Animal Kingdom park or lodge each day!

I also stayed $32 a night at an OK hotel, and $40 a night for a great hotel!

This is how I also stayed for $32 a night at the Baymont Inn Celebration right outside of the parks. Was it a beautiful hotel? No. The building was pretty outdated, and the rooms were also a bit outdated.

BUT, they were clean, and comfy. They also included a mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave, and were HUGE. And free breakfast. Not bad if you’re looking to go cheap, guys. 

What to do:

Head to Hotwire and search for Disney World or Lake Buena Vista in hotels. From here, use the “Areas” filter and pick only these two:

Disney Maingate – Celebration (sometimes says Old Town)

Disney Bonnet Creek Area

Then, sort the prices low to high. The first few will typically have 40% ratings or so, but then one will usually come up within a $30-$40 range and have a 65% thumbs up recommendation.

Click this, and it should say “Baymont Celebration” or something similar that has Baymont in the title. This is how to get this hotel. I obviously can’t guarantee you anything, but I can tell you that it has never not worked out for me.

Another great one in this search that I’d probably rather stay at is the Holiday Inn SW Celebration – it will come up as a 3-Star Resort, with 70% recommended, in the same Disney Maingate – Celebration Old Town area.

It is typically $40-$50 and is a great hotel. It also is less than a $10 Uber ride to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs. Cha-ching! 

Again, just check out Hotwire. It’s amazing!

Check out the Disney Springs resorts at the official site here. You can also attempt to book Disney Springs resorts on Hotwire as well, and can typically narrow down which hotel you may be getting by looking at the amenities. 

I hope this post has brought you some relief or money-saving ideas – it definitely did for me when I discovered it. As always, let me know if you have any questions on these strategies or how they work for you!

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