Post # 1
We are thinking about doing a 5-7 day trip to Disney World. I live in Southern California and have been to Disneyland many times. I have no clue about planning a Disney World trip though, it is so much bigger and more overwhelming. Seems like there are a million hotels too.
If any of you have planned a Disney trip or live in Orlando, any words of advice? How long to stay, where to stay, when is a good time to go, helpful hints and tips? I would really, really, really appreciate it!
Post # 3
Last time we went we stayed for 5 days which was pretty good. Depending on when you go you may want to stay a little longer if its the high season when lines can be crazy. I have stayed both inside the park and outside. Outside is definitely cheaper – you can get some super great deals, but we agreed that next time we go we are staying inside (staying outside last time). The convenience is worth the extra cost for us, plus we typically stay in the parks late to see the firework shows. If you consider staying outside I know a lot of people stay in Kissimmee which is only like 10 minutes away. Most hotels have shuttles to take you to the park too so you don’t have to worry about transport.
We weren’t traveling with kids – just me and my Fiance. We love, love, love Epcot – the firework show there is seriously amazing. But honestly I still loved every park, even Magic Kingdom which is definitely geared more toward children. We spent one day per park and on the last day we just went back around to catch little things we missed. I love Disney World now more than I did when I was a kid!
Post # 4
Go to MGM and Typhoon Lagoon! I was there when I was about 14 though… But MGM was awesome.
Post # 5
I was just there 2 weeks ago. I say skip Hollywood Studios!
Post # 6
I went in October last year which was good and bad.
Good= no lines at all. Quiet hotels.
Bad= Parks closed early for Halloween events all week.
I stayed inside the resort, because I had a discount through a friend. Any of the Disney hotels are good if you don’t need anything special.
I am so glad we paid for a day at Universal. It was one of my favorites.
Post # 7
Ohhh my there is so much for you to plan out if you want to do WDW.
First off, I would recommend staying at an on-site Disney hotel. They have their own bus transportation around the entire resort so you don’t have to worry about driving, Depending on your price point for a hotel room, I recommend the Polynesian at the deluxe level, Port Orleans French Quarter at the moderate level and Pop Century at the value level.
I would try for a 7 day trip. Epcot is a 2 day park as it is and depending on when you go, you might need more time to go back and see things you didn’t get to on the first visit.
Check out wdwinfo.com for a lot of info and these forums: disboards.com
Post # 8
Also, another plus to going between Sept-Nov is the International Food and Wine Festival. SO worth it.
Agreed on staying within Disney for the free bus shuttles. Super convenient. We also took the shuttle Disney has from the airport to the hotel.
But I didn’t pay for anything while there except 50% of the hotel rate and food. haha
Post # 9
We can trade homes if you want so I can go to Disneyland =) lol I live in East Orlando…sadly enough I haven’t been to Disney World since I moved to Orlando because I’m a poor ass student =/ Definitely stay in a Disney hotel, it might be more expensive but it’s so much less stressful. I also go EARLY & stay till close. I don’t get why some people go for like 5 hours & pay that much freaking money for it!
Post # 10
Last time we stayed for 5 days & were really hoping for about 2 more. We went down for the marathon (it was sooo hot during the marathon.. I don’t know how we finished!), so the parks weren’t too crowded.
Def stay on property and take advantage of the transportation and the extra park hours! I would suggest a dining plan as well. I don’t know how much we actually saved (some of our meals were pretty pricey.. $150 for a breakfast??), but it was so nice to not have to worry about carrying money around. Anything we wanted we just charged back to the room, but the dining plan was key. We never ate our snacks, so we came home with a carry-on full of disney treats.
Post # 11
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Post # 12
I was there recently! A week is perfect timing. Go off season. I went in January and it was still 70 something degrees every day. The budget resorts are decent. Nothing to complain or write home about. I’ve stayed at Pop Century and All Star Music. Stay on property because the extra park hours and easy transportation are worth it. We were at Hollywood Studios one night during their Extra Magic Hours and wandered to the back of the park. There was not a soul in sight. It was neat.
Post # 13
Go to this site. I went there before our first trip. Learned a ton. http://Www.Disboards.com.
Post # 14
what?! def do not skip hollywood studios! it’s one of my favorites… you know along with magic kingdom, epcot and animal kingdom. hehehe. hs has tower of terror rock and roller coaster, and there is animation academy… where you get to draw characters, great break from the heat and walking. def check out disboards. i would rather stay inside the property because of the bus/monorail/ferry. a day per park is good and a day for universal studios is necessary. i can talk about this topic for dayyssss, but i won’t. enjoy!
Post # 15
I agree with staying in the property. I stayed at All Star Sports. We went in March and the weather was great. MGM was my favorite of the Disney parks, but since I’m a thrill ride type of girl Universal/Islands of Adventure was actually so much more fun to me than Disney. I’d definitely suggest a day for that. Downtown Disney is great for souveneirs and getting out at night.
Post # 16
Definitely stay on the property! Buses come around to the resorts so that you can easily get to and from different parks that can’t be accessed by the monorail. I have been several times and always stayed at the Grand Floridian. It is very nice. I would recommend going during the off season. It is insane there during the summer!! My parents have been there around Christmas time and absolutely loved it, especially with it all lit up for Christmas!