Post # 1
My DH and I are planning one last hurrah before kids. I have a long weekend in January so I think we will take the vacation there.
I’ve looked online and I’ve checked AAA but sometimes the best advice comes from those with experience and not salemanship 😉
So WDW bees, suggestions on best “couples” resorts in WDW that are more reasonable? I’d LOVE to find one with a nice spa but that would just be a plus 😉 Best dining packages? are the dining packages even worth it? We were hoping to save a bit of cash by going on the off season but please any suggestions for lodging, dining, and passes would be super!
Post # 3
I haven’t been there, but from what I’ve read and heard, Port Orleans, either Riverside or French Quarter, are very nice, and they’re in the ‘moderate’ level so they’re not as crazy expensive as like, The Grand Floridian (which maybe you could still do a spa there? I’ve never checked it out.) I definitely want to stay at one of the Port Orleans next time we go :]
Depending on where you go to eat and when, the dining packages could save you a lot! We went for our honeymoon over Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day ate at Biergarten in Epcot- it’s a buffet, and it was a holiday, so it was suuuper expensive but the meal plan covered it! Even the ‘quick service’ meals don’t have to just be burgers or chicken nuggets, there are some really nice places! There was a nice little place in Epcot, I think its name had Sunshine or Seasons in it (it’s near the globe and not the world showcase) that counted as ‘quick service’ but it had nice rice bowls and other things, plus it included a really nice dessert!
That said, there were a few times where we’d each use a meal and I’d feel like we were left with too much food- at Pizza Planet for lunch one day, just a quick little place, we both got a mini salad, personal pizza, drink and cupcake (HUGE cupcake!). We could have easily shared just one, but then we would’ve been left with unused meals. I think if we wouldn’t have had the meal plan we still would’ve been Ok because we tend to split things pretty often. So I guess it mostly depends if you plan on eating at a lot of the sit-down restaurants or if you think you’ll mostly be going for the quicker, less-fancy places. Both are great, but I’ve also noticed it’s nice to do the sit-down restaurants so I don’t get completely exhausted by the end of the day, I’m like a little kid there running around trying to do everything so having a forced break is nice, haha.
There’s a website called Mousesavers that has all kinds of money-saving tips, from resorts and food ideas and other things, too, you should give it a look! And if you sign up for their newsletter, they sometimes have special room rates for some of the non-Disney-owned resorts either on or off-property, if those interest you, and slightly discounted tickets. The newsletter goes out the 15th of each month so if you sign up you’d probably get it for Sunday.
Post # 4
Does it have to be Disney World? You’re celebrating a last hurrah before kids by going to arguably the most kid-centered place in the world! Lol
I would look around other places in Florida (or elsewhere in the Carribbean). Tampa/Palm Beach/Miami has tons of beautiful, relaxing, and affordable spas and hotels. You’d probably stay in a nicer place for less money than Disney.
Post # 5
@GoldfishPie: Haha fair point but this is something DH really wanted to do: have one more “kid-free” trip to Disney as an adult and since he’s gone to Virgin Islands, Las Vegas, Great Britain and Ireland with me (weren’t his first choices) I think I can take a DisneyWorld trip for him.
@Fireferret: Thanks for the tips! Looks like the meal plans might be worth it. we weren’t sure if they were or not. And I’ll definitely look into Mousesavers. Thank you thank you!