This is probably the most asked question by DisneyWorld first timers. There is no simple answer to this question. What I can do is explain the advantages and disadvantages to the different options. The first decision is Do I stay On Disney Property or Off Disney Property? To answer this question, you need to decide what you want to do on your vacation. Will you be visiting other attractions in Orlando (Universal Studios, Sea World, etc.)? Are you trying to stretch your budget? Are you planning to spend some vacation days NOT at the parks? Do you prefer roomier accomidations at a lower price? Do you prefer more privacy such as your own private pool? If you answered YES to these questions, then you might want to consider an off site location. The Orlando area offers a wide variaty of hotesl, condos, and even homes that you can book for your vacation. If cost is your main concern, there are many budget hotels near DisneyWorld that offer inexpensive rooms and complimentary transportation to the parks. If you prefer large accomidations, you can rent homes in the Disney area. These homes can range from 3 to 7 bedrooms with their own private pools. Most homes will rent for less than the dailey rate charged by Disney onsite hotels and offer much more room and privacy. The disadvantage to renting a house is that you typically do not get daily maid service. Also, you will more than likely need to rent a car to get around. Overall, however, the cost will probably be less than staying on site. Staying off site also gives you more flexibility to visit the the other attractions in Orlando. However, if your vacation plan is to totally immerse yourself in the Disney experience, nothing beats staying at an on-site hotel. Disney service is second to none. By staying onsite, you will literlayy never need to leave the property. Everything is provided. You can even choose to have your meals included in the package. Disney also provides several levels of onsite hotels based on your budget.