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This thread is for Disney World (Orlando, Florida) Deals and Discussion.

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Last Edited by MidnightSwinga February 7, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Helpful Disney Trip Planning Sites:
these 2 sites are an absolute MUST if you are planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland. You can find info on saving tons of money on your trip, including discounts on Disney onsite Resorts as well as Disney Theme Park passes.

two more great sites:

www.allears.net
www.passporter.com

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#241
Quote from love2beeamom View Post :
We did the YES program in October and there was no proof of age needed. The discounts were awesome!

And, we took a family of 6, stayed 9 days, 8 nights with 8 days in the park for a little under 3000 total for everything.. with the YES program the 8 day tickets were under 1100 for 6 of us, and the pool house we rented was 600 for the 8 nights. We bought groceries, packed some lunches, and other days ate meals at the park (ordered off the kids menu sometime, shared food sometimes as well), and had several dinners in the house. Still had money left the last day for some last minute souveniers too.

have fun!
That's awesome! 8 days at Disney for under $3k for 6 people!

The time we are looking to go is considered holiday rates for all vrbo rentals. We did find one for $350 but it seems a little small.
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#242
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Thanks Jeimygirl & kdawg954! I've been doing more thinking....We will be flying in on the 3rd and I have been looking on vrbo for short stay rentals for the nights of the 3rd, 4th and 5th (check-out on the 6th). It looks like we can get a nice 3bdr/2 bath condo for $450 including taxes & fees. I am hoping to do the YES program for the kids (the youngest program starts at 5yrs old) and get the discounted 3-day starter package for $150 per person, so we are at $1350 for lodging and Disney tickets. We would be doing our meals at the condo and packing lunches for the park (my kids have food allergies and all I have to do is flash the Epi pen and we can get food in). So about another $80 in bought food for those three days. So my parents will come up on our last day and join us at Disney and drive us down to their place after for the remainder of the trip. So much to think about!

I will be checking out Expedia though to see what kind of package deals with flight & hotel Smilie

A question about the YES program...they 2 youngest will be 2 months shy of being 5, do you have to provide proof of age?
I am also going at end of March and checked on YES program and they said they do not have any indivdual programs for spring break. We have 5 kids going and you need ten to get in on group rates. Anyone find anything different out?
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#243
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I am also going at end of March and checked on YES program and they said they do not have any indivdual programs for spring break. We have 5 kids going and you need ten to get in on group rates. Anyone find anything different out?
Oh my! I didn't even think that they wouldn't have the classes during that time Frown I also called and confirmed. They run through February and start again in May/June. I think we may have to nix the whole Disney part of our trip.
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#244
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Oh my! I didn't even think that they wouldn't have the classes during that time Frown I also called and confirmed. They run through February and start again in May/June. I think we may have to nix the whole Disney part of our trip.
I was wondering if anyone knows if you can put adults down as part of the 10. I know 1 adult can go per child. Do they ask for ages when you sign up?
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I was wondering if anyone knows if you can put adults down as part of the 10. I know 1 adult can go per child. Do they ask for ages when you sign up?
It asks you the ages of the children only, but no birthdays. I think there has to be a group of 10 kids.
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Quote from danicole View Post :
That's awesome! 8 days at Disney for under $3k for 6 people!

The time we are looking to go is considered holiday rates for all vrbo rentals. We did find one for $350 but it seems a little small.
Our rental this time wasn't quite as nice as one we rented before in Orlando.. but, compared to staying in a cramped hotel for a week it was nice.. And, we really never spend that much time there anyway.. out by 9 am, return sometimes after 9 pm.. other than eating an occasional meal, bathing, and sleeping, we didn't hang out there much.. We did have our own pool and it was nice, but we were so busy we only got in about 4 times or so the whole time.

Quote from rhondaham View Post :
I was wondering if anyone knows if you can put adults down as part of the 10. I know 1 adult can go per child. Do they ask for ages when you sign up?
Yes, they do ask for ages, and they will expect you to attend the class if you register someone.. So, unless the adult actually looks young enough to pass for a teen, I doubt that will work..
maybe you can talk a few friends and there families into going as well...
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Quote from love2beeamom View Post :
Our rental this time wasn't quite as nice as one we rented before in Orlando.. but, compared to staying in a cramped hotel for a week it was nice.. And, we really never spend that much time there anyway.. out by 9 am, return sometimes after 9 pm.. other than eating an occasional meal, bathing, and sleeping, we didn't hang out there much.. We did have our own pool and it was nice, but we were so busy we only got in about 4 times or so the whole time.



Yes, they do ask for ages, and they will expect you to attend the class if you register someone.. So, unless the adult actually looks young enough to pass for a teen, I doubt that will work..
maybe you can talk a few friends and there families into going as well...
Thanks for all the info. Guess I will keeping looking for discounts since didn't want to pay 3,000.00 just for tickets. Hope they do the volunteer thing this year or I can get in on the people living in Florida deal.
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#248
We are going to Disney world December 17-22. There are 8 kids in our group. We would like to be able to take advantage of the group rates for 10 or more. if anyone is going during this time please pm and maybe we could work it out to get the group discount
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I'm planning a suprise trip Feb 18th thru 25th. I'm looking at staying off property at a hotel that has a mini fridge,toaster,and microwave so we can have our own food at the hotel. Can anyone recommend a good place to stay that isn't over $75 a night? It'll be 2 adults,and 3 children (one is 2 years old)
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I'm planning a suprise trip Feb 18th thru 25th. I'm looking at staying off property at a hotel that has a mini fridge,toaster,and microwave so we can have our own food at the hotel. Can anyone recommend a good place to stay that isn't over $75 a night? It'll be 2 adults,and 3 children (one is 2 years old)

Do the Seralago Kid's Suite. You get a king size bed for the adults, along with a bunk bed and a twin bed for the kids. Comes with a Mini Fridge and Microwave (you can ask to see if they offer toasters or go to the local Walmart and buy a cheap $5 toaster for the week). They also shuttle you to Disney (save on parking) and kids eat breakfast free with paying adult. Free Internet and Parking as well at the hotel. I think the rates while you are staying there are around $68 bucks a night pretax so that may be in your range. I have never stayed but I have been in the rooms before (friends/family have booked there and enjoyed their stay) and they are a solid value. Sure there are nicer hotels in the Disney area but you get alot of bang for your buck at the Seralago . . . especially with the kids.

Take a look:

http://www.seralagohotel.com/acco...suites.php

Alot of stuff for the kids to do, pools, game rooms, etc.
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#251
Well, we switched around our trip dates so we could take advantage of the YES program Smilie Instead of Easter break, we will be going around Valentines Day. Already bought the YES tickets but only one of our kids met the age limit for the available classes. We were still able to buy for all 6 of us plus 2 tickets for my parents (4 adults, 4 kids). I inquired about a very nice 5 bedroom/4 bath VRBO rental. They had a 5 day span between bookings and asked if I could get a lower rate and they came back at $120/night that includes all taxes and fees. Next is airfare and we will be all set! Thanks for all the tips everyone! I would have never have known about the YES program and probably wouldn't have been able to afford to take the kids to Disney.
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I'm planning a suprise trip Feb 18th thru 25th. I'm looking at staying off property at a hotel that has a mini fridge,toaster,and microwave so we can have our own food at the hotel. Can anyone recommend a good place to stay that isn't over $75 a night? It'll be 2 adults,and 3 children (one is 2 years old)
What about a villa/rental vacation home?? I find these to be PERFECT for vacations. You will be traveling in the low season, meaning cheaper rates and more of a chance of getting great deals. You can find 3-4 bedroom places, a true "home away from home" for $75 a night after taxes and fees easily. you would have yourself a full kitchen and the comfort of a home. Not just a hotel.

This is a search of your dates in orlando. I suggest you look into these. I've stayed in a couple just for a weekend and couldn't imagine doing a hotel for a week stay.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/VRACSe...=02%2F2012

The only drawback is you have to pay for parking at the park. A benefit you get with staying at a hotel with a shuttle. But that would be a personal choice. Would paying for parking outweigh having a home for you vacation? Then there are hotels with buffets for breakfast that also save money as well. But villas/condos/homes are excellent, can be about the same price as a hotel.
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#253
Quote from Jeimygirl View Post :
What about a villa/rental vacation home?? I find these to be PERFECT for vacations. You will be traveling in the low season, meaning cheaper rates and more of a chance of getting great deals. You can find 3-4 bedroom places, a true "home away from home" for $75 a night after taxes and fees easily. you would have yourself a full kitchen and the comfort of a home. Not just a hotel.

This is a search of your dates in orlando. I suggest you look into these. I've stayed in a couple just for a weekend and couldn't imagine doing a hotel for a week stay.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/VRACSe...=02%2F2012

The only drawback is you have to pay for parking at the park. A benefit you get with staying at a hotel with a shuttle. But that would be a personal choice. Would paying for parking outweigh having a home for you vacation? Then there are hotels with buffets for breakfast that also save money as well. But villas/condos/homes are excellent, can be about the same price as a hotel.
I actually did a Westgate 3 room villa back in Memorial Day weekend. 4 nights for $480 . . . awesome deal considering they threw in 2 Activity passes for my group of 11 (room sleeps 12) and we were treated to paddle boats, all sports, pools, mini golf, etc. They also had a shuttle to the parks. The only thing we were missing was the free interent and free breakfast but when you factor in we went to Wal-Mart and bought a few things and had the convenience of a full kitchen and fridge to cook everything . . . I say we saved alot more over the weekend.

Westgate tends to get a bad rap, but the room they gave us was the perfect view over the Lake and Activity Center and we all had a blast. Villas are a great convenience.
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Quote from kdawg954 View Post :
I actually did a Westgate 3 room villa back in Memorial Day weekend. 4 nights for $480 . . . awesome deal considering they threw in 2 Activity passes for my group of 11 (room sleeps 12) and we were treated to paddle boats, all sports, pools, mini golf, etc. They also had a shuttle to the parks. The only thing we were missing was the free interent and free breakfast but when you factor in we went to Wal-Mart and bought a few things and had the convenience of a full kitchen and fridge to cook everything . . . I say we saved alot more over the weekend.

Westgate tends to get a bad rap, but the room they gave us was the perfect view over the Lake and Activity Center and we all had a blast. Villas are a great convenience.
Westgate as in westgate resorts? If so I stayed there myself about 10 years ago. Very nice place.
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#255
I looked at vacation homes,we stayed and Windsor Hills and liked it,but the 30 or so people have all been full or wanted about $800 for a week's stay.
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