I have been to Disney World many times now. Well many times for me, perhaps not compared to others.
I have stayed at the Polynesian, the Contemporary, the Beach Club, the Grand Floridian, Port Orleans Riverside, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and Pop Century. On my very last vacation, we did something a little different. We did a split stay between Pop Century, and then moved off site to Bonnet Creek, which is a nearby Wyndham Hotel.
I have enjoyed myself on all of my WDW vacations. I don't drive, so unless I travel with someone who does, I need the WDW transportation system, from the time I get off the plane, until I get back on it again.
I know that there are many other people who visit WDW, and do not stay on property at all. They have marvelous vacations, and wouldn't do it any other way. Still another group of WDW visitors spend their entire vacations staying in the WDW hotels, and never leave the property once, not even to visit nearby Florida destinations like Sea World and Universal. That's their plan for a perfect WDW vacation.
What do you do? Is staying on property a key factor in your mind, or does lodging not play a part in your successful WDW vacation at all.