I’m looking at a mid-September trip this year, I figured going before all the 50th anniversary hullabaloo would be lower crowds. Yikes! For my selected dates the WDW website says only one hotel (AofA) has any availability at all, and even MVT is quoting over $200/night for Pop, my preferred hotel, I’ve never paid that much before.
DFB had an interesting post a while back pointing out that with the current lack of perks, WDW hotels really aren’t as valuable anymore. I’ve only stayed at a non-WDW hotel once 20+ years ago, very much liking to be in the bubble, but now waffling. Not sure i trust it, but I can get a quote for the Waldorf Astoria for less than the Pop! Adding to the dilemma is that while we normally fly, I will be driving this time, so have a car. No value to DME and have to pay for parking. With those rates, lodging is 50% of the entire trip cost.
This isn’t just a rant (but clearly starting off that way!), just curious if I’m doing something wrong or looking at this the wrong way somehow. Is this the reality of this fall? I see a few other posts with folk in a similar situation. I figure three options, bite the bullet and book the Pop, try an outside hotel (which I may find out isn’t so bad), or just skip this year. Seems as though Disney feels they have enough people already. I truly thought going the month before the 50th would be a slow/cheap time to go.