JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3094 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
I am planning a trip to Disneyworld in early May and would like some of your opinions regarding where to stay. We will be traveling with my 4 year old niece (the trip is mainly for her). After looking online, I noticed that all of the Disney resorts are quite a bit more expensive then others. They are on the park property, have the Disney theme, and seem to be decent quality. So my simple question is, is it worth it? What hotels/resorts do you guys recommend? I personally wouldn't mind staying somewhere decent that is cheaper just because it's further from the park...
Lastly, we are looking at spending a week there. We want to do most of Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and the Space Center.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1286 times:
Try to book a package. I have found, from my many trips to DisneyWorld that little kids couldn't care less about where they stay.....(Epcot...not for a 4-year old; she wouldn't appreciate it).
Bear in mind that Disney is expensive, period....which is why I don't go as often as I'd like....but we always stay at the Polynesian...definitely wouldn't be appreciated by a 4-year old, but somewhere to keep in mind for future trips; it's lovely...but pricey.....I have to save my pennies for those trips.
The package deals are your best bet.....they'll include hotel, transport from the airport, some meals.....but do it through Disney itself, not a travel agent. You can book right from the website....and even "explore" the hotels before you book.
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DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1273 times:
If you don't know enough about it then by all means consult a good travel agent. Make sure they know the different properties and have stayed there or have first hand knowledge.
The stay isn't as expensive as some other vacations are, and it's a great value when you consider what you're getting.
On the property usually works out well, but off-property locations can offer some deals if cost is a real concern. Just watch what they promise. Again, use a good travel agent to get questions answered.
For a kid the best resort and room is the Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah room. Hands down the best at Disney for me. I have stayed at many of the Disney resorts and have never had a bad room. It may be pricier but the quality is always good.
Another good centrally located one is the Residence Inn Seaworld. Good Central location, nice sized rooms for families and they have a full breakfast buffett. It also has a decent pool and play area for the youngsters.
Quoting JetsGo (Thread starter): Lastly, we are looking at spending a week there. We want to do most of Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and the Space Center.
The space center is not for the kids. It is also 40+ dollars now with the new simulator ride. Universal studios and Islands of adventure are good for young kids but for the 4 year old I would stick with the Islands of Adventure. More kid rides for the age.
At Disney EPCOT is our favorite but it has nothing for the 5 and under crowd.
The Magic Kingdom of course is great for the kids.
MGM is a no for the youngsters.
Animal kingdom is pretty good for the kids.
Also Seaworld has quite a few rides and shows for the kids.
YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
I was down there almost 1 year ago.
We stayed at an "off property" home about 15 minutes away by car. The home was wonderful and was clean and included your own private pool and hot tub. For a one week rental this home which had 4 bedrooms cost about $950. This price may go up a bit during your travel dates. I also book this on-line.
If you want more info, IM me.
My 3 year old loved Epcot btw....as did my 5 year old. Granted we did have a Princess breakfast and some of the rides are perfectly suited for the young.
Animal Kingdom was mine and the kids least fav.
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AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1212 times:
Embassy Suites is just a few blocks away, free transportation, two bedrooms, free real breakfast, plus free happy hour, and with a government rate its a steal. I sure they have good rates for AAA, corporate, etc.
Sprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1858 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
Try the "ALL STARS" hotels for the cheapest price on property. Not real fancy but not rundown either. I have stayed in the music one. I now stay at the campground--I own a pop-up camper. If you can afford it stay on property. No worries about parking--take the busses everywhere, usually you get to go into one park early each day, and stay in one park later. The campground is great.
The service you get inside Disney is second to none, for instance, when I was there in 98, my 6 month old daughter started to run a fever, so I went to the front desk to ask for a thermometer, the manage said he didn't have one but will call around and I should wait into my room. There was a knock on the door and it was the chief lifeguard, and then the general manager for all the ALL STARS hotels showed up and about 2 min. later the Reedy Creek Fire Dept showed up. All for a six month old with a fever. The EMTs checked her out--she was fine.
CasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4953 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
Disney is second to none for hospitality. Even with the extra costs the in park resort Hotels will not be a dissapointement if affordable.
My shining moment for hospitality came when my car got a flat tire in the park at the Magic Kingdom lot. The tow truck driver I flagged down, patched it on the spot for free. Not sure if it was cause I was a poor college student, but it was good service none the less.
Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3094 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
Thanks for all of your replies guys. We ended up settling on the Sheraton Vistana Orlando. It seemed to be an excellent value and in a prime location. And for the inner heart of all anetters, we are flying CO SMF-IAH-MCO.