$600 is too rich for my blood as well, however 2 years ago we got a great deal at GC and LOVED it! My boys loved not having to share a bed (bunk beds) and we were up graded to a Downtown Disney view and were able to watch the fireworks from our room each night. It was Christmas time and the environment at the hotel was magical! We especially love the fact that when we got off the elevator, we were about 10 steps from CA park. We almost always stay on property (usually at PP), but just recently I stayed at a wonderful hotel off property. I have to say, I have really gotten used to my Disney bubble and despite the hotel being great off site, we will be returning when we can afford a Disney Hotel. I really didn’t enjoy having to enter from the East side. It was far less magical for me. We even had Uber take us to GC to drop us off on one occasion, so we could get the resort feel again. Obviously for me and my family, it isn’t just about the room, it is about the total ambience. When the new hotel opens, I doubt I will be staying there unless they offer a great promotional rate, or maybe I should just start saving now!