Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Many mom-and-pop hoteliers in the Four Corners and Kissimmee areas are wary of the massive "value-priced" resort project announced March 3 by Walt Disney World. Some even predict at least a few lodging operators could be driven out of business by the project, which Disney says will include 4,000 to 5,000 competitively priced hotel and time share units near the west side of Disney property.
Read more from Orlando Business Journal via MSNBC.
Seriously though, if you run any sort of run-of-the-mill property in the area, I'd be looking to get out.
^ Pssssst. Old Town has no gate. :)
If Disney goes $50 per or lower...then the other guys are in trouble!
P.S. I can only imgine how fun the bus service will be for another 4000 rooms. ;)
I would guess it depends on What Disney charges for the rooms. I just don't see Disney going much below $100/night.
The last news story on the subject mentioned (and I quote):
"The emphasis is on hotels in the $70 to $100 nightly range."
To me, that pretty much cuts across the board. If you're under $70 a night, you're in a dive.
Just for fun I checked out hotels.com (to get a general idea of rates) for a week in June. In the first 100 results, only 18 came in under $70 - which sounds pretty good, except that includes anything under $70 - even $69. I don't honestly think $69 is enough to beat Disney's $70.
Unless you use Priceline...hehe. I've stayed at more REALLY nice places for around 50/night. The Rosen Center was nice, but the best was the place in San Antonio...4-star hotels at less than 2-star rates.
All priceline does is find that info and group it into one place for you (which is a very useful service).
But really, that's the point - these Orlando hotels can't exist on $40 and $50 rates and if they go any higher, Disney becomes a more attractive option.
Instead, I view off-property as a way to SIGNIFICANTLY upgrade my lodging at a modest increase in price. From now on, we'll be staying in a 2BR/2BA condo. The development is literally next to Caribbean Beach, and is landlocked by Disney property. So, even though it is not on Disney-owned land, it "feels" like it is, as it is inside The Bubble. It's a timeshare I bought for a pennies on the dollar resale, and our effective cost (annual maintenance plus the opportunity cost of the TS purchase price) for that 2BR condo will be LESS than it would cost to rent a 314 sq ft. box in CBR next door.
It's not the cheapest you can go, but it certainly is in style.
But we're not exactly the $60 a night crowd, are we? ;)
What are the "cheap" Disney offerings like? I've only ever stayed at the Polynesian Resort as far as Disney lodging goes. Are the All-Star and Pop Century resorts comparable to a $75-$100 per night hotel off property or more like a $50 economy motel?
It's important to note that the new Western Beltway development is technically outside the WDW gates, though it is on Disney-owned land. Thus, it may be treated more like the DTD resorts (which get few or none of the onsite perks) rather than a "Disney" resort.
Another interesting factoid: the land on which the new timeshare property is being developed, up by the Four Seasons, is being de-annexed from RCID. The mouse doesn't want any new voters. ;)
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