NWR - Who knows DisneyWorld??

So ladies, some of you may know that FI and I have decided to have a pre-wedding honeymoon with our little boys at DisneyWorld in February.

I can now finally book it so was wondering if any of you lovely ladies have any advice on where to get good prices.

When I've been before (pre-babies) I either stayed in Villas, but we are trying not to hire a car because of car seats etc, or at Doubletree SeaWorld, but I've always booked from England so don't know how to get good deals from Canada! We'd love to stay within DisneyWorld to make it easier for getting to & from the parks.

Anyone got any tips for me? Worth a try!!
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:12 am
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mom2757
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I'm not sure about the deals, but I will recommend the All Star Resorts.  They are not fancy, but they are nice and adequate and very reasonable!  My brother recently went and bought the meal plan, which they said was a good value.

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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Well i'm from Florida and about an hour and a half from Disney. But Disney is in Kississmee/Buena Vista about 10 miles away i think? Everytime I went I rented a house. Its is small and not like Orlando where you can walk, bus or shuttle everywhere. My opinion is to stay in Orlando or Buena Vista and find a hotel that will shuttle to Disney. Most Will. But If you stay somewhere like International Drive thats where EVERYTHING is. Orlando is fairly clean as far as hotels. But that's if you stay outside Disney. With Kiddies. Probably better getting a package deal but its pretty costly....They do have some pretty cool hotels for the kids though. I do know if you stay at Disney they have complimentary pick-up and drop off to the airport. Sorry if that didnt help much. 

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm
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Thanks ladies. We have looked at the All-Sports resort (sports crazy boys!) and the Port Orleans ones....agh the choices!!

I have found out that buying park tickets from the Disney Store is cheaper than anywhere else though so that made me happy!
Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:52 am
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ooo i stayed in port orleans!! their water slide at the hotel is AWESOMEEEEEEEE!!!! your boys will loveee it if you stay there!! i was 8 when i stayed there, and we were with my younger cousins who were 8(me),6,5(my brother),4,3 <<crazy right! but we aLL had a great time at that resort! and we walked everywhere or took the resort shuttle, so its a good location

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:34 am
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Thanks Kelly! FI liked the Art of Animation resort, but I'm pushing for something less 'Disneyfied' so the boys can shut down once we leave the park!!

Wow! I am similarly close in age with all my siblings, but my parents would never have been brave enough to take us to Disney!! Lol
Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:49 am
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yea, there were 3 adults and 5 kids, needless to say, even as an 8 year old, i felt the chaos!! i would NEVER take that many young kids to disney haha. but it was deff a great place to "shut down". the rooms were very "standard" hotel rooms, but the hotel staff who came to make the beds daily, always made the towels into different shapes which was cool. one night we came back and my brothers and mine new mickey and goofy stuffed animals were sitting on our beds between a molded swan hand towel! i specifically remember thinking that was the coolest thing in the world haha. 

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:55 am
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I can't wait to go, last time we went I came back pregnant with our twins so taking them there is really exciting....and getting away from the snow for a week will be wonderful too!!

We've decided not to tell them that we are going until the day we leave - I can't handle the "how many sleeps" countdown for that long!!
Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:58 am
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haha, what a great souvineer! i seriously cry at the disney commercials when the parents tell the kids at the airport or the night before or when they pull up to the park and the kids get so excited!! i think that is the most fantastic way to do it!!! when you come back, let me know how the weather was!! my daughter will be 2 in february, and we want to take her for her 4th birthday so id be interested to hear how florida is in feb!! 

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 2:13 am
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My bestie took her daughters last February and they were in t-shirts every day. They had 1 grey day and the usual afternoon shower some days but it's because of them that we decided on February! It's probably going to snow knowing my luck! Lol
Posted on December 5, 2012 at 2:48 am
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my uncle lives in Miami and is a Disney nut, he goes alllll the time...he says its for his kids, but i know the truth lol hes been obsessed with Disney loooong before kids were even a thought lol...I'm calling him later today, i'll ask if he knows where to score some Disney deals.

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:09 am
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Thank you lovely lady xx
Posted on December 6, 2012 at 2:42 am
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We have also stayed at the Coronado, it has a really cool pyramid pool with a slide, but for the money, All Stars can't be beat.  We stayed there 3 years in a row.  You really just have to go in knowing things are a little expensive, but it is so much fun it's worth it!  I went one year in June ( a nightmare) and 4 years in a row in February.  Let me tell you, February is the best!  Water rides may be too cold, but one year it was 80 degrees.  Lines are short, not too crowded, restaurants aren't too crowded, it was a dream!

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm
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Thanks mom2757! I have been in July (never again!) and at the end of October (never going to Universal on Halloween again!!) so February is a new one for me.
We've decided on Port Orleans as FI works with an ex-Disney employee and he has said it is the only hotel he stays at - cant ask for much better reassurance than that!! We have got an amazing deal and have got reservations for the T-Rex cafe! The boys will go crazy!!
It's going to be a loooong 9 weeks!
Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:17 am
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I just got back from Disney World! Super jealous your going!! We stayed at Saratoga Springs. It was beautiful! I recommend 2 things...stay on property and get the meal plan plus dining. Not the deluxe plan (too much food). You get a sit down meal, quick serve and a snack with the dining plan and that's just right!! I have also stayed at the all star resorts and they are nice as well. Don't forget to make reservations for dinner if you the meal plan. My fav resurants were Ohana and Liberty Tree.


 

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:53 am
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Thanks rigormort, we're so excited to be going with our boys - I've only ever been with adults and that was a lot of roller-coasters and beer at SeaWorld !! It's going to be a very different experience is time!!
Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:57 am
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My Hubby and I are going to Disney for our anniversary in a few months we cant decide between feb or march/// is it crowded in March? Question that I also have is if i stay outside disney wouldnt it be cheaper/? we are only planning on going to the parks just two days....help


and thanks Canooknic for posting this!

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 4:07 am
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You can find some really good deals outside Disney, but because it's our boy's first trip and it's our pre-wedding honeymoon so we want it to be that little bit more special. We also didn't want to hire a car because then we needed to think about car seats etc, we just want to get up, go act like kids, have dinner and sleep!! Lol

The Doubletree near SeaWorld is wonderful, you can walk to SeaWorld in about 3 minutes though the back of the hotel and it is right on the I-drive bus stop/trolley stop route. When we stayed there we were the first drop off/last pick-up on the park shuttle too. There is a bus from the SeaWorld car park to Busch Gardens too.

We chose February because it is right before any school breaks (US or Canada - I'm very thorough with my Googling! Lol) but the weather is still nice. I don't need short & t-shirt weather because we'll be coming from -crazy temperatures, but jeans & t-shirts weather is ideal!

Have a great time!!
Posted on December 9, 2012 at 5:15 am
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My DH and I stayed in the Buena Vista Palace Hotel. Its just outside Downtown Disney (walking distance to the great dinner places there). It was really reasonable, comfortable and convenient. They have shuttles that take you to all the other parks so you wouldn't need a car :) Hope this helps!


 


 

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 10:54 am
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oops double post

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 10:55 am
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We go two or three times a year.  My favorite month to go is January - wonderful weather, no lines.  We stay on Disney property usually at Pop Century (value resort) when Disney offers free dining, which makes the trip very affordable.  Allears.net is a great free website that will update you on special offers and gives you all kinds of tips to get the best trip at the best price.


Touring plans.com is a website that will give detail every day of the year what the crowds will be.  This website offers touring plans to maximize your trip.  It has a free section, but there is also a pay version at a nominal fee of $11 or $12 a year.  We have used their service every time to plan our trip with great success.


Good luck.  You will have a great time!


 


 


 


 

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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