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Again, transportation isn’t a factor for me. I’ve said that a million times. I cant justify spending an extra couple hundred dollars for such a small convenience.It seems like you've made up your mind and no contrary assessment will sway you differently-and in that case, I'm not sure why you're soliciting opinions-but, here goes:
Wherever you stay, you need to travel to/from the park. If you intend to Uber, there's a fee. Same if you intend to drive to the park. If you pay a little more to stay at a hotel where you can walk to the park, there's a saving there. And, even if transportation is offered, under the current circumstances, some folks may want to avoid bus transportation. I personally despise waiting for buses and being in them. Hence, I've tried to find hotels where I can either walk or boat service is offered to at least 1 park. To me, paying a little more to avoid buses has been worth it. (IMO, that's even more the case now.)
Next, I'm not sure how you can describe the Swan/Dolphin as an "atrocity" if you've never been there? That's simply not the case. At all. (And yes, the website is outdated.) Quite frankly, I'd likely never go back to the Gaylord. I don't think you can compare the two. I think flynnibus is right . . . if you want to save some $ over the Disney hotels, do some of the cheaper off-site options. But the Gaylord? But, whatever. To each's own.
As for the Gaylord vs Swan/Dolphin, that was a defeated argument on my end since I brought it up. (Gaylord does look a lot better to me still, though) Swan/Dolphin just looks quite boring to me. Like the worlds biggest retirement home. So, therefore, if I’m going to stay somewhere boring, I’m just going to get a nice condo offsite for $80 for the entire trip... or something, anything, less than $100 per night.
I also wasn’t really asking much for opinions because, as you said, I’ve made up my mind. I was asking why does disney charge such a ridiculous amount of money for such smaller benefits than offsite hotels. It seems to me that the only benefit IS the transportation..
no EMH, discounts don’t make sense because of yearly price fluctuation... I’m just not seeing where paying an extra few HUNDREDS of dollars makes any sense just to be able to walk to the park. (Unless you’re rich)