We're currently stay off property in a Vacation home. This is my first time, not staying at a Disney Resort in about 20 years, and I'm really noticing some big differences to me.
The resort home is beautiful, but it's a house, and I don't really feel like I'm on vacation. There's no maid, no H2O bath products (okay, there actually are, but that's because I bought them), no running down to the gift shop, or quick serve, no animals on the savanna. I sort of feel like I'm staying in a model home. It simply doesn't feel like I'm at Disney, probably because I'm not. The house is exquisite, but it just doesn't feel "right".
Driving has it's perks, no waiting for buses and heading straight for our location is super nice. However I'm not fond of this bare bones rental van, and the guy at the counter when I rented it tried to aggressively up-sell me $200 worth of insurance. Very aggressively... So much so that I'm unsure about ever renting a car again at this point.
It's really hard to get going in the morning, because I don't feel that vacation magic. We were supposed to be at the MK already, and I'm still here on the message board. and ... we just killed Roachzilla #2.
Do you ever stay off property? Do you like it? What benefit do you find? Do you rent a car?