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AlexandraJ 32 14 May 17, 2016 at 04:16 PM
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So, we've decided to go to Disney in Orlando but I am so un-savy when it comes to travel! I've googled my brains out and I'm just more confused. I figured it would be easy to find a package for airfare, hotel, and park tickets for a short trip...3-5 days? Any advice? Specifics are: 2 adults, 1 child (7 yrs) flying from NY, sometime this summer...dates would depend on the best deal. Thanks in advance for any/all help!

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First question - do you plan on staying on-site in a Disney hotel (typically more $, but more convenient) or off-site in a third-party hotel? What's your budget? From my experience, you can almost always get a better deal by booking components individually than by booking a package (particularly when it comes to airfare).
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We usually book a house that is near WDW. Usually they have a pool. We use VRBO or Home Away.
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Search the threads -- lots of advice about tickets and lodging. I've been looking at websites such as UndercoverTourist for tickets but the best price I found was through the Human Resources employee benefits at my job. I didn't think of it, but a co-worker talked about it being a great deal. I use VRBO often. We have never been disappointed. We also have a timeshare that we've traded for this year and also a couple of years ago. Good route to go if you own one.

Disney is a very tiring experience for parents with young children. Unless you have to spend today at Animal Kingdom and tonight at Illuminations, I would save money and not buy a park hopper.

If you do book through Disney resorts, you get pick up and drop off at the airport (no need for a rental car), extra park hours and transportation within the park. I have not done that, but I have family that say that's the only way to go.
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You better hop on it if you are going this summer! On site you can book Fastpass 60 days out and off site it's only 30 days out.

My family is headed down in 3 weeks. We are staying off site at Floridays. They are currently running a great special of $130 a night plus tax for a 2 bedroom condo. It's ranked as the #1 Family Hotel in the US and only a 10-15 minute drive to the park, which is essentially right outside the gates.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel...orida.html
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I am a member of Disney Vacation Club(DVC). If this is your first time, I would recommend staying on Disney grounds, this way you get the Magical Express take you to and from Airport in Orlando, and no rental is needed. Your luggage is taken directly to your resort. Bonus if you can find a Dining Plan for free.
Another option would be renting a room from a DVC member. Many DVC members can't use their timeshare points in a given year, so they rent them. you still stay on the Disney grounds and get transportation. You might get a bigger room for a similar price of booking online with Disney. Look up Davids DVC Rental for prices and resorts available in your time range.
Good Luck!
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Driving in or around Orlando can suck. Hopefully you have the budget to stay onsite since it's you're first time.
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Wow! Thanks for the comments. We were hoping to stay on Disney grounds for the sake of convenience but I'm unsure where. It seems like most people encourage booking air, hotel, and other necessities separately? If so, I don't even know where to begin. I'll look up the DVC rentals but I'm curious does that include park tickets? And, where do I get a food plan? Any and all suggestions for this Disney newbie would be appreciated.
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I think park tickets are always separate from hotel stays unless you book a package.
If you eat a lot I have heard the meal plan is good. I don't really eat gigantic meals so for me the meal plan wouldn't be a good value.
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I find this board helpful on anything disney... it gets overwhelming in the beginning but I took my time and read as much as I can. a lot of members also are kind enough to help out if I have any particular question. You can do a lot or as little pre planning as you want depending on how you want to do disney. If you want to avail of their fastpass system, that one needs to be booked in advance to get the rides you want as some of the more popular rides gets filled fast.

www.disboards.com
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So...to get things straight...there's no air, hotel, park ticket package deal?
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Quote from AlexandraJ View Post :
So...to get things straight...there's no air, hotel, park ticket package deal?
Of course there are packages with air, hotel, and park tickets. What myself and many others were trying to tell you, however, is that you will most likely get a much better deal by booking your different components separately (particularly air).

A truly successful trip to Disney World now requires a lot of work, research, and advance planning. I'm unsure what the allure of booking everything as a package is, as you likely won't be saving money.
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So...to get things straight...there's no air, hotel, park ticket package deal?
Sure, but we are trying to tell you to not be lazy when it comes to Disney. Put in the time and do some research. Again, If you are going this summer you need to hop on it. Fastpasses can and are booked 60 days in advance if you are staying on property.
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I'm by no means an expert (and I'm not a travel agent), but I've done hundreds of hours of research for our WDW trips over the years. I'd be happy to help guide you if you want to PM me.
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I need expert help for sure. Where is the best place to get Disney tickets if you don't have a package and you're not staying in the park hotels?
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