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Posted: July 21, 2003 6:49 am/pm Quote

Okay, my preference would be to always stay onsite at WDW, but when I go this October (21-27), I will not be able to afford it.  Well, I could probably do All Stars, but that's not really all that appealing to me.  I know I'm going to get really spoiled having gone to the Poly in August, but would love to hear any advice about off site accommodations.  I have found some great deals on Expedia.com, but am always a bit leery till I hear reviews.  And even then I take reviews with a grain of salt.

I've included some quotes below.  Keep in mind these are WITH a car rental, economy class; I plan to purchase my own four-day Park Hopper pass online at www.disneyworld.com for $192, too, but haven't included this in my pricing below.  My airfare was booked with DH's frequent flyer miles.

Comfort Inn Lake Buena $394.84 (works out to $65.80 per night with car and room)--too good to be true?

Doubletree Club Hotel $561.40

Sierra Suites $514.84

Grosvenor $771.19  

There are tons of other options, some at Maingate, Maingate West.  The above are all in the Downtown Disney/LBV area.  On Expedia.com I believe All Stars was over $1000 with a seven day ticket and the car rental.  I know I could shop all that individually.

So, if you couldn't stay on site, where would you stay?  I need a car this trip because I will be spending a lot of time with my mom.


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Posted: July 21, 2003 7:00 am/pm Quote

Of those on your list, I've only stayed at the Grosvenor -- and that was years ago. But we had a good time there, and even had an upper level view of the Marketplace.

We've also stayed at Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and Holiday Inn Nikki Bird. Decades ago we stayed at the Days Inn near the CrossRoads shopping center -- I wouldn't recommend that place, but the others are okay if you can't do Disney.


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Posted: July 21, 2003 7:55 am/pm Quote

Thanks, Rich.  The quote on the Nikki Bird is $427.60, about $71.26 per night with the car.  Not bad either.  Just gotta try and do this as inexpensively as possible.  Don't want to jeopardize Christmas plans!

Any comments on transportation to and from WDW from there?


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Posted: July 22, 2003 1:34 am/pm Quote

Quote (WebTink @ July 21, 2003 6:55 am/pm)
Thanks, Rich.  The quote on the Nikki Bird is $427.60, about $71.26 per night with the car.  Not bad either.  Just gotta try and do this as inexpensively as possible.  Don't want to jeopardize Christmas plans!

Any comments on transportation to and from WDW from there?

Caveat about off-site: We swear we will never do it again -- but I understand that sometimes if the choice is between being able to afford the WDW trip by staying offsite as opposed to not being able to afford the WDW at all if you stay onsite, then of course go for the offsite trip. But anytime we've stayed offsite, it is very obvious that we're not onsite A Holiday Inn remains a Holiday Inn (and the HI food is worse than the worse food at Disney). Transportation is another problem with offsite: I've never seen a convenient shuttle service provided by an offsite hotel. So, always have a car (your own or a rental) if you need to stay offsite, that's the only way. Of course, then you need to factor into your budget the daily parking fee at WDW if you stay offsite, so add that in before you decide about onsite or offsite. As to the Nikki Bird in particular, it seems to be the closest offsite hotel to WDW -- by the crow flies it is about 2 blocks from All Star Music!
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Posted: July 22, 2003 1:48 am/pm Quote

All good tips!  Thanks, Rich!  I definitely would drive to WDW when I go to the parks and not rely on the shuttle service, but Disney's not all I'll be doing on this trip.  My mom lives between Orlando and Tampa, so I will be with her some days, and my cousin may come down from Detroit to share our birthdays together (her mom, my mom's sister, lives down there, too! ).  My mom, stepdad and I are going to La Nouba together on my birthday--Mom already got tickets to the 9:00 show on Oct. 25th.  Can't wait!  And she's planning dinner out beforehand.  I feel so spoiled!

I'm thinking how cool it will be to be unencumbered on this trip--a free spirit roaming the World with no one else's agenda.  That's got to be a kick.  Of course, when I see neat things happening to little kids, I will probably wish mine were there!  :cry:


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We've stayed at the Holiday Inn Nikki Bird on three trips. My aunt works at Holiday Inn so she gets the rooms for $15.00 a night    :buttrock:  Can't beat that!  Anyway, it is extremely close to the 192 Disney exits.  And, every time that we have stayed there it has been very nice, clean, and not very noisy.
We never ate there, so I have no idea what the food is like.  And, we always drive so we didn't have to use the hotel transportation.  The one year that we did use hotel transportation, at a different hotel, it was a nightmare.......but that's a whole different story.  :uhoh:


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