C.H. asks from Overland Park, KS on April 03, 2008
K.B. answers from Kansas City on April 03, 2008
My advice for Disney World is to stay on site at one of the resorts. They have resort hotels from budget to luxury. We stayed at the budget Disney Pop Century and loved it. They also have an option for a dining plan which I'd highly recommend. Your room key, park ticket, meal plan is all on one plastic card for you to use throughout the park. You can even register a credit card to be used with that so you don't have to bring any extra credit cards along with you for purchasing those must-have Mickey ears.
As for airfare, you can go online and get pretty cheap fights to Orlando. I went on Southwest non-stop flight.
You might be able to get cheaper rooms off the Disney site in other areas of Orlando but once I figured in a rental car, gasoline, paying to park at the Disney parks, time travelling etc. It just wasn't worth the savings. Plus, no messing with maps and wrong turns and heated arguements about stopping to ask for directions. ;) Some of the offsite hotels offer "free shuttles" but you have to be careful about that. I booked at an offsite hotel at first and canceled when I found out the "free shuttles" meant one shuttle and 11:30am and another coming back at 6pm or 10pm. The disney shuttles onsite run every 15-20 minutes or so from 7am to midnight. This offers so much more flexibility when you want to go back to the hotel and rest and maybe take a swim before heading back out to the parks at night.
You can also probably do all of this through a travel agent. But I can't stress enough how convenient, clean, fun and efficient and hassle-free everything about Disney was from the point I got off the plane to the point I got back on it. I was really able to relax and enjoy the vacation.
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K.M. answers from Kansas City on April 09, 2008
Perfect ages to do Disney! They will love it.
We booked our entire vacation through the Disney webite and had a great time. They took care of everything and we were very happy with the service. We did not need to rent a car because we stayed at a Disney Resort. Disney had a nice shuttle waiting for us and we did not have to pick up our bags at the airport because they had a service that did it for us and delivered them to our room. (At no extra charge!)
For a more economical plan, you may want to try VRBO.com, which stands for vacation rentals by owner. You can get a house with a pool for very reasonable rates. If you don't mind cooking a meal or two, you can really save on the food costs by doing breakfast and dinner at the house.
The only other advice that I have is to get the autograph books the minute you walk into the park!! Splurge and get the ones with a page for the autograph and a slip for the picture. It was a great keepsake for our kids.
Bottom line, there is an overwhelming number of places and choices for you. If anything, check the Disney website just to get ideas of what the hotels look like and if any of them fit into your budget. Then you can take that info and use another service to book or look for cheaper prices.
Good luck and have a fabulous time!
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V.M. answers from Kansas City on April 03, 2008
I'm jealous! I wish I we were going to Florida this year. We are waiting a few more years, my son is only 2 right now.
Try this website www.marketamerica.com/2bewell across the top click on MA travel, there are packages to Florida that I've heard can be more affordable.
Good luck and have fun in May!
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R.F. answers from Kansas City on April 04, 2008
C., I just did my families vacation in July last year and I found out it was way more cheaper doing everything seperatly, now sometimes it is cheaper doing it as a package but you would have to do research and compare pricing. When I did our trip I got us a vacation home instead of a hotel first because they are more cozy and more private than a hotel, you have a kitchen, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, I mean its a reall good deal well at least for me. I ended up getting my tickets throu travelation.com but any of those websites like expedia, cheaptickets, ect. On the parks take in mind if you want to go to every single park it can get pretty pricy, there's stands just about on every corner in Florida where you can buy retail tickets which sometimes work and sometimes they don't I recommend you get your tickets online way more secure that you will actually get in the parks, yes I will say that when we went thats what we used the retail tickets, we got in universal & adventure land (something like that) but when we got our tickets to wet-n-wild they didn't work so thats just something if you want to go cheaper than you might want to do the retail, if you want something secure buy your tickets online. Car rental its always better to get a car to move around there's so many places to go but they're not all in the same area, um another thing southwest airlines will be your most cheapest way to travel they are pretty reasonable in price, so you might want to check that out. Have fun!!! And i hoped i've helped. :)If you need more info you can email me and i'll give you more details.
M.R. answers from Kansas City on April 05, 2008
HI! I know that my sister went last May and she said that she would highly recommend the food package, if nothing else. She said it saved them a ton of money! Sorry, that is all I know, but hope it helps! have fun!!
S.I. answers from Kansas City on April 04, 2008
When we went a few years ago, we booked through a Travel agent. She was able to package, flight, rental car, hotel, and Disney tickets. I think we got a good deal. We used Kansas City Travel, in Shawnee. You might check. Sue
K.M. answers from Kansas City on April 04, 2008
We just planned our 1st family trip for this summer and used expedia.com. We were able to get hotel, car, and airfare and tickets for various attractions. We checked other websites such as travelocity and one other (sorry, can't think of the name right off) but found expedia to be less.