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|01-26-2013 06:19 PM|
"Limit 1 Friends and Fans coupon per guest and transaction. Valid in-store only. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold or prohibited by law. GiftCards and tax will not be included in determining purchase total. Free GiftCard not valid as payment on this purchase. Terms and conditions apply to GiftCards. No rain checks. Maximum retail value $10 for free GiftCard. No cash value."
So I have two concerns: It's limit one per person, and the second is it says gift cards don't count towards the $50.
|01-25-2013 07:39 PM|
|patriotsrock76||I went to Disney last May, and stayed at the POP... loved it. First time staying on Property, and first time there since 94!! I always book through AAA... you don't have to be a member, they know everything and work to find out any info you want, you make your payments through them... starting with $200. down, and final payment due 45 days before you arrive. I'm going this Christmas,, and can not wait!!! I get the dining plan too... that really pays off having your trip all inclusive. No worries when your there.|
|01-19-2013 01:17 PM|
The biggest decision is probably whether to stay off-site or on-site.
On-site, you are immersed in the experience and transport is easy (although not always quick). We stayed at the Pop Century, which has(had?) its own shuttle so the wait was minimal.
Off-site you have more options and more space (ideal if travelling with several people, or a family of 5 or more. In most cases you can rent off property for less than it costs to get a suite or adjoining rooms.
My mom owns a vacation property in the area and lists at http://www.findmeavaca
The second thing, tickets, can seem complicated but I agree with above poster who suggests not wasting the $ on park hoppers. The parks aren't very close together, and generally you can enjoy an entire day at a park without feeling the need to hop.
My first trip I spent a lot of time on Disboards and paid for a subscription to www.TourGuideMi
I don't have a Disney Visa, but I've been tempted several times.
|01-19-2013 08:23 AM|
Disney Gift Cards
Since it sounds like you are not going for another year, keep your eyes open for the Target buy $50 get a $10 gift card deal. Target has run this for the last 2 years in December. It enables you to save between 20-28% on your entire vacation.
It works like this: you use the coupon to buy a $50 Disney gift card and get an additional $10 Target GC. You rinse and repeat untile you have the dollar amount you need in Disney GCs. In addition, if you use your Target Redcard you get another 5% off (it actually comes to 4% off because they deduct $10. Finally, if you have qualified for their pharmacy deal (buy 5 prescriptions get 5% off for one day), you can get another 5% off your purchases. I bought $3,500 worth of gift cards last month with a 23% discount. This of course stacks on top of any other disney deals you snag. The gift cards can be used for your hotel tickets, all of your disney meals and incidentals, any package you buy etc.
If Target does not run this deal next year, you can still work it to get the 10% off for the Redcard and pharmacy savings. You can search for more info at www.disboards.c
|01-18-2013 09:48 AM|
We are planning a trip to Disney for the last week of August. I would like to know how the weather is during this time (Hurricane season). Will all the rides stay open?
|11-28-2012 11:34 AM|
Super super important to your overall experience!!
Line management!!!! You can seriously wait like 90 minutes for a ride if you don't plan things out right. Ourcheapdisneyvacation site recommends tour guide mike. We followed their lead and spent minimal time waiting in lines.
Good luck, Disney can be amazing if done correctly.
|11-21-2012 12:04 PM|
|shifty1981||Anyone know of an RCI resort that has free shuttle to and from the park?|
|10-09-2012 03:02 PM|
|10-09-2012 11:37 AM|
|abner463||Definitely check out disboards.com. Also sign up for email newsletters now to start understanding the lingo and what is going on, plus keeping track of the planned ride and attraction closures. Check out Allears.net, they have great weekly newsletters. Happy planning!|
|10-09-2012 08:30 AM|
we have done the time share tours many times in Pigeon Forge TN for show tickets, etc.. I don't hate it as bad as DH. I can easily sit and say no for 2 hours too!
|10-08-2012 07:57 AM|
|bigauditone||I know everyone HATES timeshare deals, but the past 2 times we went to Disney, we did this (family of 4). We had hotel for 4 nights (waterpark on site, free breakfasts, full kitchen & shuttle transportation to disney), 2 days at disney parks (we did magic kingdom & hollywood studios last time) and 1 day at typhoon lagoon for under $600. I don't think my wallet or my patience could handle a full week of disney - don't think the kids (DS is 7 & DD is 5)could handle it either - it is a lot of walking & crowds. You just have to keep saying no for 90 minutes, but I am a pro at saying no! I can say no all day long to my kiddos! DH & I just ogt bakc from cruise by ourselves, so already planning for Disney with kids next summer.|
|10-07-2012 09:03 PM|
|10-07-2012 10:39 AM|
|StarNova||Who have you used in the past to rent a Disney vacation condo? Did anyone rent directly from an owner? Thanks!|
|10-06-2012 07:37 AM|
I don't like dealing with the buses at all. Especially with little kids. Having to take the kids out of the stroller, unload all the crap, fold it up, get on the bus, and reload it all back up is alot of work. Besides, I don't like waiting for the buses when it is hot and I don't like the thought of not being able to just leave anytime I want to. Our hotel actually had shuttles to the parks this trip and we had planned on using them to save on parking, but at the last minute, DH decided we should drive. He was afraid we would get out of the park late and end up missing the last bus.
We just got back last night from our 5th or 6th trip..
This trip my oldest didn't go.. We were a family of 5 (4 adults price wise, and 1 child) We stayed 5 nights.. did 3 park days (2 at universal and 1 at magic kingdom)
Universal tickets were just over 600.00
disney tickets were 300.00
2 bedroom/2 bath suite (slept 10- we were thinking inlaws may come) 370.00
Meals - less than 280.00 and 120.00 of that was a nice meal at Rainforest cafe for 120.00
parking - 45.00
grocery store- 20.00
under 1500.00 for 4 adults and 1 child..
I think it is all about what you like. I don't care about trying alot of fancy places to eat.. if you do, then paying extra for disney property and doing the dining plan is a good deal. We either stay at a condo and do our own breakfast or like this time we find a hotel with a hot and cold breakfast bar for free.. We take bottled water and snacks into the park each day (granola bars, crackers, peanuts, etc) we typically eat one meal in the park around 2-3 pm.. Then we either grab something quick after we leave, or just eat back at the condo/hotel. Honestly we were so tired most nights when we left that we really just wanted something to drink and a light snack. We came back and had popcorn, fruit, sandwich, etc. and were content with that, a nice shower, and comfy bed.
|10-06-2012 06:09 AM|
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