Backstory: We’re planning a trip for me and DH (both in our late 30’s, no kids). I’ve been to MK several times as a child/teen and he went with me for the first time several years ago - we were there for one day, and only did MK. Neither of us have been to the other parks. We’re both huge Disney lovers.
The trip will be early February 2020. I’m not yet sure if we’re going to drive or fly (Southwest releases the fares tomorrow). I’ve thoroughly researched on-site vs off-site, and now we are approacing the conundrum.
Option 1: DoubleTree Suites in Disney Springs. We spent an afternoon in DS last time we were in Orlando, and loved it. We’re hoping to take advantage of many of the restaurants in the area. I’ve already booked it for our dates at a good rate. We’re not planning on using our vehicle once we arrive, so we’ll use a combo of Disney transport and Uber/Lyft. It will be a little less convenient if we fly, but we don’t mind Uber/Lyft for airport transport.
Advantages here: plenty of space, DS is handy, still get 60 day FPP, hopefully quieter than a WDW resort.
Disadvantages: Disney transport will take a little longer, no ME if we fly, less utilization of Magic Band functionality
Option 2: Standard room at Pop. I got a quote from MVT that is several hundred dollars less than the DoubleTree.
Advantages: Cheaper, better transport (probably), 180+ for ADRs, can use magic bands for more stuff, ME if we fly
Disadvantages: much smaller room, lots more people around, probably much noisier, further from DS
Help me out here, please! What am I not considering? What would be more important to you? Which option would you choose?