Post # 1
My SO and I are planning a Valentine’s trip to Magic Kingdom in Orlando. We have been kind of slacking in choosing a hotel mostly because I am a little bummed about the prices of the hotel I wanted (Port Orleans). For the nights we are going, it is out of our price range.
What I want to know is this: Where have past Bees stayed when they went to Disney and how would you rate it? It doesn’t have to be an onsight hotel, either. Everyone is encouraging us to stay onsight for the shuttles, but I had a bad experience with them back in May (we waited over an hour each day and the buses were so packed it was incredibly uncomfortable) so it is not a necessity.
I want to say our price range is under $200 a night. Also, we do not have kids, so I am not concerned about anything kid friendly. We are heading up on a Friday and doing dinner in downtown Disney. On the Saturday we are going to the park and plan on being there all. day. The Sunday we are aiming for a late checkout and want to relax by a pool, etc.
Past experiences and names of hotels would be appreciated! 🙂
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
@birchwood29: Been to disney once. We stayed at the boardwalk inn…I liked it. It was pricey though. I would just say stay off sight and rent a car.
Post # 4
We stayed at Coronado Spring and usually only waited 5 minutes or so. We also got the free dining plan so it was well worth going for a little more expensive hotel. We loved it and will probably stay there the next time we go back. I also thought the luggage service through Disney also made up for the price difference of staying on site, to not have to pick up or check your own bags was awesome!
ETA: The volumes you will see in February will be drasticly different than May!
Post # 5
@birchwood29: Well it depends on WHICH park you are planning to visit as your stay is short. Different hotels offer better access to certain parks so it really all depends.
For our Honeymoon we stayed at the WDW Dolphin Hotel and it was perfect as Epcot was our main focus. It provided us with a boat shuttle to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Resort. For Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom we had to take the shuttle (45 minutes approximately). Downtown Disney was also a 30 minute shuttle ride away. Also, the Swan and Dolphin are not over the top Disney so they are quieter and have more of an adult vibe (less screaming children).
We booked on Expedia and saved a ton. They offered us dining credits and we got our fourth night free.
WDW is enormous and frankly for us staying off site wasn’t even an option. We didn’t want to waste so much time getting to and from our destinations. I would much prefer to spend a little more and stay closer. Plus you get Magic Hours!
Post # 6
Also, we live 2.5 hrs away and will be driving, so that factors largely into my frustration/confusion.
Post # 7
For a value resort (cheap), we like Pop Century.
We stayed at Caribbean Beach last September. It was nice, but HUGE. CB is a moderate hotel. I would have hated to be at this resort without a car, but you are driving so that won’t be a problem.
I stayed at the Yacht Club once, which is a deluxe resort. It was gorgeous, but I felt like I was out of my league so to speak.
I am not wild about using the Disney transportation. Too many people crowded into the buses just doesn’t appeal to me. Having a car gives you a lot more freedom to come and go.
Post # 8
@birchwood29: It is absolutely worth it to stay on site. Port Orleans is my favorite ‘budget’ hotel, but you’re going right before they offer all their spring discounts (30% off moderate resorts) so that’s out.
Check out EasyWDW. It’s a great site that has a wide range of resources. First thing I’d say to check out is their assessment of the best hotel in the ‘value’ category. They have rankings based on different preferences of what’s important to you in a hotel.
The next thing, since you’re there for such a short amount of time, is to look at the crowd calendars. They’ll tell you which days will be best for which park and why — these are incredibly accurate.
Let me know if you have any questions. Don’t forget to have fun!