I wanted to add a few points that were inspired by the commentary that was generated in response to Kevin Yee's Miceage article from today, well, yesterday now technically. Anyway, if you haven't read it, the article talked about whether or not the Disney Hotels at WDW were worth the price, compared to staying off-property. The article is an interesting read, but the commentary was fascinating, and I highly recommend you read it, especially if you're planning a trip to WDW.
What really struck me was how many people so eloquently described the benefits of staying on property, and how enjoyable their vacations were because of it. It only strengthened by belief that this plan is a good idea. In fact, I was actually surprised how so many of the features that people really appreciated, were factors that were a big part of my plan for DLR. In some ways, it actually made me think that my plan was much better than even I realized.
If this type of thing interests you, I recommend you read that thread, and see what you think. Many people stress how they enjoy many things about WDW that are central to my plan for DLR, they include:
Feeling “at Disney” their whole trip and the unique Disney experiences. Having the option to go back to the room during the day and relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the hotel and just feeling relaxed the whole trip. Having access to good, and particularly the unique, transportation options, which add to the experience, save time, enable park hopping and most importantly, allow guests to NOT HAVE TO GET IN A CAR their whole vacation. (I have to stress that, as it was tremendously appreciated by many posters, and a huge part of my ideas as well.) People especially loved when they could just walk to things as well. They also really appreciated the variety of dinning, shopping and other entertainment. All of these are things that I focused on providing in my plan.