So excited – potential Orlando Disneymoon! Few questions, any advice?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

Undercovertourist.com has some pretty useful tools around wait times and expected crowd levels. They also list the current menus with prices for all the parks, universal as well. 

I think they also have information on the local hotels as well. 

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Busy Beekeeper

chronicwhimsy:  I have been finding it really useful to plan our trip later this year. The ticket prices are good as well!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I can answer your Disney-related questions 🙂 

Crowds: You’re going at one of the cheapest, and lowest crowd part of the year. I use easywdw.com crowd calendars and they are insanely accurate. They don’t have October 2014 up yet, but it should be up within the next couple of days. Flying in during the week is certainly the best idea, and you’ll want to get as much of your park experiences done before Friday/Saturday to minimize crowds. Generally, they’ll be a 4/5 on a scale of 10 in terms of amount of people. 

All Star Resorts: I haven’t stayed in one of the ‘Value’ resorts, but I know people who have. They’re clean, and nice, and don’t have any more or less screaming children than other Disney hotels. I’d also look at Port Orleans — sometimes during the ‘low tourism’ seasons, they bring the price of the moderates down enough where it’s like an extra $30 over a week to stay at Port Orleans, and it makes a world of difference. It’s Disney though, everywhere you go the people will be lovely. 

Disney Resort Perks:

  • Free shuttles from the airport, as well as free inter-park and Downtown Disney shuttles. 
  • Checking-in Online
  • Generally bigger/better swimming pools
  • Option for the Free Dining Plan (optional)
  • Refillable Mug Program (optional)

Meal Plans: 

I am a huge advocate for the meal plans, particularly when travelling with two people (I think it’s insane for kids who won’t eat everything anyway). I like it because it takes a lot of the budgeting out of planning a trip — I didn’t have to ever worry about money because it was all paid in advance. So do some calcuations. If you are going to be walking several miles every day, are you good with breakfast of a granola bar? Or are you going to want something more substatial/want to do the character breakfasts that cost 30-40/person off the dining plan? Easy WDW has all the menus with pricing — as well as a ranking for the best values on the dining plan and best values out of pocket. Doing a couple ‘sample days’ will make it clear to you whether you need a dining plan, or if you can skip it. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

chronicwhimsy:  Yep! I guess I shouldn’t have put that down as a perk for just disney guests — all park guests regardless of hotel get to ride the buses, boats, and monorails for free. But the airport transfer is just for disney resort guests. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Disneyland is in Calfornia.

Disney World is in Florida.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

So one major perk of staying on property right now is the benefit of My Magic+ which will allow you to pretty much plan out your days in the parks with Fast Passes. Also the bus transportation is extremly benificial in terms of staying on property. 

My family used to stay at All Star Sports growing up, I don’t know that it’d be somewhere I’d want to spend a Honeymoon. I would suggest Pop Century if you’re really set on a Value Resort. 

Also note that there are often vacation pacakges offered by Disney that could allow your great discounts when buying tickets, meal plan and resort stay all together.

As for timing http://www.dadsguidetowdw.com/october-disney-world-crowds.html is helpful and looks like that week is pretty free. October is one of my favorite times of year at Disney as it’s Food and Wine time! at Epcot! Seriously wonderful, through I do recommend walking World Showcase from 11 a.m. -4:30 p.m. as after that is when Cast Members and locals show up and the crowds tend to grow, but it is my favorite Disney thing as an adult!

For travel needs unfortunately taxis aren’t cheap around here, at all. You might make out better getting a rental car for just part of your trip so you can plan to do the things you want off property in a series of days and not need the car for your entire trip! 

Hope this all helps a bit 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

chronicwhimsy:  Sorry just realized there’s a lot of these answered in a previous post! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

chronicwhimsy:  Oh and in regard to kayak tours, you might be able to find deals on Groupon/Living social! My FI and I do so many local things because of Groupon! I even had bought a groupon for a kayaking adventure but we neer got around to using it 🙁 

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