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  • Last minute trip help (12/8-12/15) please!

    Hello,
    Trying to squeeze out a last minute trip next month for my birthday and just had a couple questions, mainly concerning accommodations:
    What are your best budget recommendations for places to stay on property (or nearby)?
    Would staying off property/being out of the "Disney bubble" make much of a difference getting to/from the parks? I'm sure it'd add a bit more time travel wise but if there's anything else I should know about, let me know!

    Coming out from California so all help is very much appreciated! Thanks
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  • #2
    Given my choice, I will always stay on property. I honestly feel you can't go wrong with any of the DIsney resorts, but like everyone, I have my favorites.
    Personally, I look at a resort's overall aesthetic, based largely on its theme. That said, Wilderness Lodge and Polynesian Resort are two of my absolute favorites. (Never stayed at either.)
    Of the ones I've stayed at, Port Orleans Riverside is my personal favorite. It's a beautiful, tranquil location.
    As for the budget hotels, I've stayed only at the All Star Movies, and that was certainly okay. Nothing special, but very clean, and the cast members there were always helpful. Again, I look for the visual aesthetic. But as I said, can't go wrong with any.

    Of course, sometimes you can't stay on property. This happened to us in 2016. We stayed at a timeshare through our RCI exchange. Since we were very close to the resort, transportation wasn't really a problem.
    We would UBER in every day. Usually the driver would drop us off at the ANimal Kingdom, since that was the closest resort to us. Then we'd use the resort buses to get to our destination on property. This worked well, especially in the evenings when we wanted to avoid crowded buses and waiting.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sheriff Lightyear View Post
      Hello,
      Trying to squeeze out a last minute trip next month for my birthday and just had a couple questions, mainly concerning accommodations:
      What are your best budget recommendations for places to stay on property (or nearby)?
      Would staying off property/being out of the "Disney bubble" make much of a difference getting to/from the parks? I'm sure it'd add a bit more time travel wise but if there's anything else I should know about, let me know!

      Coming out from California so all help is very much appreciated! Thanks
      My personal recommendation for the perfect combination of value/efficiency/Disney magic is Port Orleans French Quarter. It's greatly themed and has bigger rooms and more amenities than the Values, for not a huge increase in price. It is the smallest moderate resort and therefore has the most efficient bus transportation. Only one stop and, during most of the year, it goes straight to your destination -- no looping around the resort or picking up guests elsewhere (although in slow times I've heard it may pick up guests at Riverside).

      Personally I like to stay in the bubble. But it depends. If you just need a place to rest your head and plan to be out all day, off-property may work (and you can easily visit Disney resorts anytime). But if you like to relax at your resorts or have so-called resort days, nothing like staying on property.

      If you could swing the cost, you'd love a Deluxe resort like Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Boardwalk, or Yacht & Beach Club.

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      • #4
        If you're trying to work the budget, then you're looking at the All Star or Pop Century resorts. Assuming that they aren't all booked up already. They're going to be closer to prices of off property resorts, but their "budget" is still likely to set you about $150/ night right now, especially booking this close to your trip. Something like Port Orleans is going to run you well over $200/ night, and probably closer to $300 at this late date.

        However, that does come with a lot of benefits. If you're flying in, then transportation from Orlando airport to the Disney resort is free and easy. And you can use the busses and other transport systems at WDW to get around, no rental car needed. And no parking fees that way (if you dont have a rental that is), which would normally run you $25/ day. Those costs combined can make up the difference between staying on property or off. And just the ease of getting around without having to deal with the parking lots is wonderful.

        It also makes it nice if you're in a group and some want to go to the parks later. They can just catch the bus when they are ready to go, or if they want head back to the room early, instead of everyone having to be ready at the same time to be in the one and only rental car.

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        • #5
          Thanks so much for the input guys! It looked like most of the places you guys recommended were booked, so we just decided to go about 10 minutes off-site. We'll be getting a rental and exploring outside of the bubble so it shouldn't be too big a deal. Appreciate all the help everyone!

          Just one question I forgot: What should I expect weather-wise? Last time we visited was a few years ago, but in the summer. We saw a lot of on and off showers - should I expect the same? Possibly even more with it being December? Trying to make sure I pack correctly - I've got rain clothes ready but not sure about the temperatures (my weather app has been all over the place with its forecast and is usually wrong lol)!

          Thanks again everyone!
          Check out my latest adventures!
          --> https://youtu.be/Pummk-zjMq8
          (Tower VS Guardians!)

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          • #6
            We stayed off site our last trip. My advice, if you want to save some money, is DONT rent a car. Use Uber. We took it from our hotel to the Animial Kingdom Lodge (which was the closest location to where we were staying,) and then took Disney transportation from there, and could get around to everywhere on property. Considering parking is at least $20 a day, (on top of rental fees and gas) we ended up spending a lot less than if we had rented a car.
            Yes, it took a little more planning, but I personally like NOT driving when I'm on vacation.
            By the way, there were 5 of us, so we had to spring for the largest - and therefore most expensive - Uber they had. You can probably save even more if your group is smaller.
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            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...something.html

            No matter where you go, there you are.

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            • #7
              And don't forget to post a trip report with many photos when you get back!
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              http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...ip-report.html
              http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
              http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
              http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...something.html

              No matter where you go, there you are.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sheriff Lightyear View Post
                Just one question I forgot: What should I expect weather-wise? Last time we visited was a few years ago, but in the summer. We saw a lot of on and off showers - should I expect the same? Possibly even more with it being December? Trying to make sure I pack correctly - I've got rain clothes ready but not sure about the temperatures (my weather app has been all over the place with its forecast and is usually wrong lol)!

                Thanks again everyone!
                Be sure to watch the weather forecasts up to the day before you leave, because December can be tricky in Florida. It could be in the mid 70's, but it might also drop down into the low 40's if a cold front comes through (and the cold in Florida sometimes feels even colder). Unless you have a front come through though, there won't be any rain. Winter is actually Florida's dry season.

                Looking now, it looks like there might be some rain on Sunday, the day after you arrive, with a light cool front, then in the 60's for highs and 40's for lows. So you'll want coats. If you're from SoCal, make them heavy coats, but NorCal you're probably a bit more used to cooler weather. Hats and gloves don't hurt for those mornings and evenings, but it will feel very nice in the afternoons. So make sure you have a way to carry the cold gear with you or rent a locker to keep it in.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post
                  Personally I like to stay in the bubble. But it depends. If you just need a place to rest your head and plan to be out all day, off-property may work (and you can easily visit Disney resorts anytime). But if you like to relax at your resorts or have so-called resort days, nothing like staying on property.
                  TBH, I think that the bubble is the biggest plus of a WDW resort stay relative to Disneyland. The additional parks are certainly fun, but what the resorts are what make it feel like a special environment. I probably won't ever stay off site. I'd rather just have to save an extra $200 per night and visit less frequently.

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