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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:06 PM   #21
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Disney World is very efficient at extracting your money. One thing I can say, don't accept free tickets that require you to listen to a presentation. They will attempt to bully you into buying a timeshare. When we were on our honeymoon, my wife insisted on this deal to save a few bucks. What a load of shit! Luck for us, I have no problem telling people to fukc off so we were the first ones out after the brain washing session.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 06:59 PM   #22
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We just went a few weeks ago, stayed at all star movies. Our girls are 7 and 5 and had a blast. We did the meal plan and loved it. There are some great places to eat downtown Disney and we had some awesome meals. The "quick service" or lunches we kind so-so but it is all so expensive I was glad we payed for it up front and didn't have to see all that money go away every time we ate. We used some of the extra snacks and drinks for breakfast stuff and brought it back to the room.

Don't get the deluxe dining plan though, we had the Disney dining plan and it was almost to much food, I can't imagine adding any more.

We did order some water/snacks/milk from www.gardengrocer.com and had it delivered the day we arrived.

We also rented a dbl. stroller from one of the stroller rental company's and had it delivered to the room, that way it was ours for the trip and it was way nicer than the Disney ones.

All said and done it was just over 4K including airfare. 8 days/7 nights. we spent 5 at Disney and one at sea world.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:08 PM   #23
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I enjoy Disney too, its not just a trip for the kids.
But we all know your just a big kid with a moustache
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:36 PM   #24
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thanks for all the tips guys!!

were just pricing stuff out and looking at packages. it wouldnt be til next winter so our kids would be 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 yrs old. i did see they have a bass fishing charter as well for dear ole dad. landing a 10lb large mouth would be nice. maybe we will stay one night at disney and then head to the beach for a few days and sea world for a day. keep the info coming.

did you use a travel agent? buy bits and pieces? or whole packages.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:47 PM   #25
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I booked everything thru Disney's site.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:56 PM   #26
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Its cheaper to show up at the front gate, drop trow an grab your ankles while Goofy, Mickey and Donald run a train on ya.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:12 PM   #27
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Get ahold of Greenway. Not sure why but he has (or had) a LOT of info on inside deals, etc. He might have been Mickey years ago not sure but he saved me enough $ I felt it necessary to buy him a couple drinks at Snofari a couple years ago. My only advice is give a day for rest between resort visits. Enjoy!
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:13 PM   #28
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thanks for all the tips guys!!

were just pricing stuff out and looking at packages. it wouldnt be til next winter so our kids would be 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 yrs old. i did see they have a bass fishing charter as well for dear ole dad. landing a 10lb large mouth would be nice. maybe we will stay one night at disney and then head to the beach for a few days and sea world for a day. keep the info coming.

did you use a travel agent? buy bits and pieces? or whole packages.
A bass fishing trip eh... now I see the motivater to this trip...lol WE should go to Texas for bass!!!
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:16 PM   #29
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I enjoy Disney too, its not just a trip for the kids.
I just got a visual of you creepen around Disney with that killer stache you had at KOM....lol
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:22 PM   #30
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:35 PM   #31
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This thread is full of don't want.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:06 PM   #32
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We took the motorhome and camped at the Disney campground. It was nice for the kids to be able to kick back in familiar surroundings. They were 3 and 5. We'll be going back when they are 8 and 10 (real soon now).
The quick serve meal plan, we thought, was a good price for what you got in quantity/quality. We did have a lot of tickets left over, but that was only due to our inexperience in how they work.

Debating if we are going to take the 5th wheel down the next trip or fly and stay in motel.

There's a big difference in price if you go in the off-season (they list the dates when to go). Seems like TDay, Xmas and Feb were the big "off-season" times. We went in Feb. Weather was perfect and the crowds were not bad.

We booked everything direct through Disney's site.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #33
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Xmas is the busiest day of their year. Wife and I took kids there the year my mother in law died. Holy shit the bed fred, everything was expensive. We stayed in a Holiday Inn suite in Orlando, and a must see is the McDonalds with the worlds biggest play place. The playground is 3 stories high, has a restaurant on 3 levels, indoor arcade, and the best damn pizza ever eaten by man or machine. They have lots of different foods than typical at fast food joints. Kids had a blast, but it was NOT the off season. Wait til Ryan at least is tall enough to ride the rides, or you will be bored.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 09:54 AM   #34
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Staying on Disney property has benefits (like early park access) but comes at a cost.

I've been a bunch of times (5-6?) as recently as last Jan.

I find the best option to be staying at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake or Sheraton Sultana/Vistana properties. They're condos, so there's plenty of room (i.e. 2 or more bedrooms) and I find that I can get them through Expedia/Travelocity for motel money. close to Disney, etc..., very nice properties with excellent facilities (resort-style pools, lazy river at Orange Lake, etc...). You'll need to rent a car (assuming you fly) but cars are cheap in Orlando. And definitely get a park-hopper pass - the flexibility is needed.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #35
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My wife and I have been with our daughter, Daughter and friend about five times. You are an 18 hour drive from Kissimiee. I here people talking about flying all the time, and I suppose it is all if you can stand the run. I always believed by the time you drive to the air port, get on the plain, get off, get your bags, rent a car, you have spent the 18 hour day. I always arranged it so I would go to sleep take a nap, and leave at the time when the girls would go to sleep in the car, get a portable dvd player and your on for the ride. the last time we went we were gone 9 days and spent 3700.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #36
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Staying on Disney property has benefits (like early park access) but comes at a cost.

I've been a bunch of times (5-6?) as recently as last Jan.

I find the best option to be staying at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake or Sheraton Sultana/Vistana properties. They're condos, so there's plenty of room (i.e. 2 or more bedrooms) and I find that I can get them through Expedia/Travelocity for motel money. close to Disney, etc..., very nice properties with excellent facilities (resort-style pools, lazy river at Orange Lake, etc...). You'll need to rent a car (assuming you fly) but cars are cheap in Orlando. And definitely get a park-hopper pass - the flexibility is needed.
The busses are nice that will bring you to the park and back to your hotel if you stay at Disney. Its nice if you have kids that still need naps. My wife and kids took a nap every day we were there,I spent that time at the pool side bar. :)
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Old December 9th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #37
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Old December 9th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #38
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anyone been on a disney cruise? was looking at that also.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #39
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park hopper past is must i think

and dont wear flip flops.. my feet still hurt from all that walking
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Old December 10th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #40
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my parents took us to disney when i was really around 10-12 (im 21 now) my sister was around 8 and my brother was around 4-5 my parents said they would never do that again.
they said my brother and sister were to young. my mom was saying something about the trip costing close to 4500-5000

we went to kalahari in ohio two years ago with my little cousins they were 4,5,7,8,9
and that was pretty fun and much cheaper the disney.
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