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Old 11-02-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Disney World here we come..

OK, decided with the wifey we're doing Disney this summer with our two girls (10 & 7). We were just looking around for the best possible package for a 4-6 day stay/park pass along with lodging close by. I though it would be cheaper (lodging wise) to carry down the TT and stay at a campground close by but so far hotel cost is very competitive if not cheaper that what the CG cost would be and would take the added fuel/TT expense out of the overall cost. Any advise/reccomendations on where to stay at either a CG or hotel by those who have been recently? At this point staying at a hotel is fine with me since we will be there just to sleep. We are trying to go either in the begining of June or towards the end of Aug just before the kids go back to school so I know it going to be hot out reguardless but looking to find a decent/cheap place to stay. We will check with AAA on their packages next week and what they reccomend but just thought that I would ask around here to see who has been and where they stayed. Thanks!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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check out "Art of Animation". New value resort that looks awesome. We went in January and stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort. We have been in the past and stayed at coronado springs, Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter, and Beach Club Resort. All great experiences. Beach club was the best location but it's a deluxe resort so its expensive, so we tend to stay at moderate resorts now. Next time i think we will try art of animation.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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As a former travel agent, keep in mind the cost of food. It adds up in Disney's "Mousetrap!" The dining plan option has been worth the extra cost, although I haven't checked in awhile. The first time we took our 2 boys', we spent $1300 on food for a 7 night stay and they were young and barely ate! I couldn't imagine taking them now at ages 14 & 16 without some meal plan in place. I have been 15 times since 1990 and most of those visits have been enjoyed in the Swan or Dolphin hotels. Expensive, but in a great location. Walking/tram/boat ride to Epcot and MGM.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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I have stayed at either the Swan or Dolphin for a week every year the past 6 years on business. I can say the hotel seems to be getting rather worn. Also the rooms are rather small for a family of 4. Before that we stayed at the JW Marriott, off property and little far...but excellent resort.

DW and I taking our kids (7, 4, infnt) to Disney World on family trip next month, we really wanted space and an ability to prepare light meals opposed to eating out everything. We are staying off property, but got a great deal on 2 bedroom suite w/ living room and full kitchen at Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas. We have had family stay here and they raved about it. If you can stand staying off property you may want to check I out. Oh, I was able to get far better rates by calling direct opposed to the Internet.

If you are a Costco member, they have good packages too.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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I have stayed at either the Swan or Dolphin for a week every year the past 6 years on business. I can say the hotel seems to be getting rather worn. Also the rooms are rather small for a family of 4. Before that we stayed at the JW Marriott, off property and little far...but excellent resort.

DW and I taking our kids (7, 4, infnt) to Disney World on family trip next month, we really wanted space and an ability to prepare light meals opposed to eating out everything. We are staying off property, but got a great deal on 2 bedroom suite w/ living room and full kitchen at Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas. We have had family stay here and they raved about it. If you can stand staying off property you may want to check I out. Oh, I was able to get far better rates by calling direct opposed to the Internet.

If you are a Costco member, they have good packages too.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #6
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We are going to Art of Animation resort next month (Dec. 1-8). I will report back how that is.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advise and keep 'em coming. Yes, we are Costco members and didnt even think about checking with them (we're actually going shopping there later today). thanks again everyone.
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We went with our son, DIL and most importantly our g'son this May. Stayed in the Jambo House and purchased one of the dining plans. We, and again most importantly our g'son, had a wonderful time. The Jambo is a bit on the 'new' side which was nice (but be sure to take a large-ish stack of $$$) and the dining plan was for certain a plus. Best way for me to describe the dining plan is like a voucher system. Your dining card is loaded with x number of snack, b'fast, lunch and dinner 'tokens'. You can eat at higher end restaurants for 2 'tokens'. The most popular resturants will take reservations many months in advance which I'd recommend doing unless you don't mind eating burgers n dogs.
Transportation to the Magic Kingdom was via bus which worked OK, not great but OK. Riding the monorail or ferry to the older hotels has my vote (I'm nostalgic - that's my excuse and I'm stickin to it).
We totaly loved this trip which was only our third and very special since all our immediate family was there (did I mention our g'son?)
Keep in mind that the Mouse loves $$ but in exchange for a fair bit of it he will show you an awesome time.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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We've stayed at All Star Music, All Star Sports, Port Orleans, Coronada Springs, Fort Wilderness and scheduled to make our first long trip in the TT to Fort Wilderness Campground in March 2013.

We like staying at a Disney property to take advantage of early admission to the parks and using Disney transportation from the hotel to the various parks (no driving after a long day in the park and no parking fees).
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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We are heading to Disney's Fort Wilderness the Sunday after Thanksgiving for a week.

Hope the weather is cool and the crowds are small !!!!!
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