Great site! We visit both the Florida and California parks fairly frequently, but have always stayed onsite for the past 15 years or so. For the California park we usually stay at the classic Disney hotel. This has been a Florida year, but next year back to the original (I miss Mr Toad...Alice...etc). We are also bringing a larger group this time (oldest daughter just got married) and will consider staying at one of the nearby good neighbor hotels to save some $$. From what I have read the howard johnson's sounds nice and close enough...maybe 2 rooms with park views in the first tower...perhaps late April or early May? At any rate I was wondering what the neighborhood is like and the walk between the park and hotel. Are they nice and clean/safe? I am used to a nice stroll through downtown disney to go to the parks. Any thoughts or suggestions would be most welcome.