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smithstation
04-15-2006, 08:53 AM
We are trying to book our trip in October for my family of four. We've been told by everyone that it's worth it to stay at the resort because we'll get in earlier and be able to stay later, plus we won't have to get a rental car, etc.

Is this true? It's pretty pricey, but I agree that it sounds easier to just hop the rail back to the room (I have two SMALL kids) for naps and such than to go back out to the parking lot and find a car, etc.

Do we really need a hopper pass?

Is there anyplace for deals on Disney Resorts?

Any info or threads you can direct me to would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

First-timer
04-15-2006, 09:11 AM
well i have only gone once with my family a month ago...but this is the board to find out the answers to all of your questions since i have only been to disney once im sorry im not to much help..... but we stayed at animal kingdom lodge.... it was beautiful!!! and the bus rides were fast to get to the other parks.... we chose that resort because we are animal lovers.... vicki

magicaldisney
04-15-2006, 10:47 AM
We have always gone in October. It is a great time to go!! :thumbsup2

When you say hop the rail, I assume you are referring to the monorail. Please remember that only 3 resorts have access to the monorail. All others will need either bus or boat tranportation. However, yes it is still much easier to stay on site if you will be going back and forth.

I would never go without using the hopper. You are so much more flexible that way. Some will say it's no big deal, but to us it definately is.

As for discounts....They use to give great discounts for the fall but have not been doing that lately. Right now free dining seems to be the biggy, but that only runs through September. Keep watching for package deals though, I would bet on it that you will see something, even if a minor discount towards the end of summer. AAA will give cheaper room rates.

A don't miss for October is MNSSHP.

Just keep asking questions and you'll get answers. It helps to hear from others. Have a great time!! :mickeyjum

lustergirl
04-15-2006, 01:45 PM
My suggestion to you is: keep reading and posting. The people are great on these boards- they are very helpful. Everyone here wants to see others have a great time at Disney. I have learned so much on these boards that I feel like a professional on the subject of Disney!!!! Buy one of those guidebooks on Disney- they are great. Also you can visit the mouseforless or allearsnet websites,they have great tools that only help enhance your disney experience.

Beana9802
04-15-2006, 02:09 PM
I have to agree with Lustergirl. Just keep asking questions and these lovely people will be glad to help.

I would say yes to staying on Property. Also, how long did you say you were going for. If you 're only going three days, I would say no to a hopper, as you'll probably just want to do one park a day, but then you've never been there, so I'd say yes to a hopper so you have the flexibilty to go to another park when you're through with one (which, you wont' be, HA!)

Enjoy and keep asking questions! :banana:

HAVE FUN :woohoo:

byoung
04-15-2006, 02:19 PM
Do we really need a hopper pass?
No if you only want to go to one park each day.

Is there anyplace for deals on Disney Resorts?
AAA has discounts. You can look into buying one AP and used the AP discounts.

Buy the way WELCOME TO THE DIS!!!

smithstation
04-15-2006, 02:53 PM
We'll be there a week, but think we should only try to do about 4 days at Disney. Blasphemy! I know!

but our kiddos are very young (they'll be 4 and 2) and we're meeting some other family there that wants us to take one day off from the kids and go with them to MGM or something. by the time we travel...4 days is plenty.

I know we'll do epcot at least one day, because our children won't enjoy it as much (but we will), and we want to see the fireworks there. we'll do the parade once in DW and I've gotten suggestions on rides..

I'm just wondering how worth the money the hoppers are? Do you really go back and forth between parks? Does that take awhile? Why couldn't you just do things in one park one day and then save the other stuff for another day? Not being sarcastic, I truly don't know. If it's easier, then I'm all for it.

If my hotel doesn't have rail access, is it hard to get bus/boat access? Anyone been to All Star Movies?
and what is MNSSHP??

I'm eager to learn, if my questions are answered elsewhere feel free to just point the thread out, I won't be offended. I'm reading as much as I can but it's hard to get through it all!

smithstation
04-15-2006, 02:55 PM
oh, and if I get a deal through AAA, a "room only" discount, can I still get a package so that my tickets are all included??

and if I get a room only deal, and buy my tickets through something else, am I still entitled to getting in the park early like the others who stay on site?

Leah and Emily's mom
04-15-2006, 03:03 PM
We have stayed at off site hotel, rented a house and DISNEY resort. We too have small children and they loved ASMovies. It was great for children and as cheap as a off site hotel. It was a great plus to use Disney transportation. Waiting for buses was not long waits. Either way - you'll have a great vacation.

First-timer
04-15-2006, 09:01 PM
when we went we had hopper tickets...... and we deffinatly used them..... we went to MK 3 times and epcot twice....... each time we always went back to the hotel for a rest and to change into warmer clothes before we went to see the fireworks.... so im my opinion the hopper tickets are great!!
vicki

epfootballcutie04
04-17-2006, 12:35 PM
Just because i like throwing my two cents in, this is what I have to say:

Definitely do a hopper pass. That gives you the freedom to go from park to park or from park-hotel-park as much as you want to on any given day without having to re-pay park admission, and especially if you have little kids who may need naps.... going from park-hotel-park, a hopper pass might not be a bad idea.

And i would suggest staying on Disney property. You will pay more, but the convienece of everything is SOOOOO nice. you will also have a Disney bus that can transport you to Animal Kingdom and MGM if you decide to go there. Plus the monorail is nice to hotel hop too. I like doing that with my family to see where we would like to stay next:)

Hope my advice helped! I'm only 19, but i've been to Disney World twice, been on 3 disney cruises (big red boat, wonder AND magic) and going back to disney world in October this year! And I'm also considering doing Disney's College Internship Program.

What can I say, I'm a Disney FANATIC!!!!

HAVE A FUN TIME ON YOUR VACATION!

pepe of ohio
04-17-2006, 02:09 PM
Just because i like throwing my two cents in, this is what I have to say:

Definitely do a hopper pass. That gives you the freedom to go from park to park or from park-hotel-park as much as you want to on any given day without having to re-pay park admission, and especially if you have little kids who may need naps.... going from park-hotel-park, a hopper pass might not be a bad idea.

And i would suggest staying on Disney property. You will pay more, but the convienece of everything is SOOOOO nice. you will also have a Disney bus that can transport you to Animal Kingdom and MGM if you decide to go there. Plus the monorail is nice to hotel hop too. I like doing that with my family to see where we would like to stay next:)

Hope my advice helped! I'm only 19, but i've been to Disney World twice, been on 3 disney cruises (big red boat, wonder AND magic) and going back to disney world in October this year! And I'm also considering doing Disney's College Internship Program.

What can I say, I'm a Disney FANATIC!!!!

HAVE A FUN TIME ON YOUR VACATION!


I just want to say I agree with you, and just being 19, very worldly. Do the college program, our daughter did it in 2001, was there Sept 11 and it was her check in day and the whole park was closed. But after that she had the time of her life, made alot of friends, didn't make much money but the experience was tremendous. She was brought up as a Disney child and moving down, tough on us parents, and working for the mouse was always a dream. We went down 2 times during her stay, she got great discounts. Go, its a once in a lifetime dream. You'll never regret it.

epfootballcutie04
04-17-2006, 03:02 PM
Thanks for your reply!

I'm super excited that Disney has that internship program. I have a meeting with my college councler on Thursday to discuss the program and to see what they know about it.

I have been reading their website, and i've been talking non stop about it. (I think my parents are getting sick of the non-stop disney talk!!!--- but im just excited!)

I'm glad your daughter had a good time down there! I'm a 2nd year student at a community college, and just recently made up my mind that i want to work for mickey in pretty much any way possible. I had some rough semesters previously with school, and not taking it as seriously as i should have, and therefore, have had some issues with my GPA, etc... BUT... I'm turning everything around, in hopes to make my Mickey dreams come true!!!

Does any one else know anything about the Disney college program?

ENSOCK
04-17-2006, 04:05 PM
We are going in June for the first time. I booked with my travel agent and got a great deal. Looking at the disney site they had the 6 night 7 day for $1500. The flight I would have had to book extra. My travel agent got us 7 nights and 8 days with flight, park hopper, magic express from the airport, everything but dining for less than I could get myself. :goodvibes I do not have to do anything but bring money for dining and things we want to purchase. :banana: It was a load off my mind.
Others who have been may be able to tell you better ways but this worked for me.

smithstation
04-17-2006, 07:14 PM
sorry to repost the same question....but just in case it's buried..

If my hotel doesn't have rail access, is it hard to get bus/boat access? Anyone been to All Star Movies?
and what is MNSSHP??

rigs32
04-17-2006, 07:28 PM
Busses show up every 10-15 min to pick you up. I wouldn't think of renting a car. Like most theme parks, the parking lots are HUGE. As in, you have to take a tram to the gates. By the time you deal with all that, it's just as long as taking the bus.

MNSSHP = Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

While people here, including me, are more than willing to answer questions, you should do some reading before posting. Many of the basics will be answered. A good starting place is www.allearsnet.com

Also, try reading a lot of posts on the boards - lots of questions come up over and over again.

First-timer
04-17-2006, 08:59 PM
sorry to repost the same question....but just in case it's buried..

If my hotel doesn't have rail access, is it hard to get bus/boat access? Anyone been to All Star Movies?
and what is MNSSHP??


no i have not stayed at All star movies...... but the MNSSHP is mickeys not so scary halloween party..... vicki

magicaldisney
04-17-2006, 09:18 PM
sorry to repost the same question....but just in case it's buried..

If my hotel doesn't have rail access, is it hard to get bus/boat access? Anyone been to All Star Movies?
and what is MNSSHP??

If you are staying at the All Stars, there will only be bus transportation, no boat. When we stayed at the All Stars (years ago, maybe things have changed), we stayed at the Sports. All three resorts (sports, movie and music) share busing. Sports was the first pick up and usually buses were quiet full by the time they stopped there. Only a few more could fit on when we went to the other two resorts. Maybe someone who has stayed there more recently can update you on that situation.

MNSSHP is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. It is a separate party held on select evenings in late September and all of October. It is a separate ticket price, not included in park tickets. It runs from 7:00 p.m. until midnight at the Magic Kingdom. There are special events....Characters are in cosutme, trick or treating for children and adults, special parades and fireworks, dance parties, free family photo, and no waiting for any of the rides. Only a small number of tickets are sold for each evening it is offered, hence, no lines for rides. Stay away from Halloween evening and weekends for smallest crowds.

smithstation
04-17-2006, 09:46 PM
Thanks guys! I appreciate all the time you've taken in answering these. I finally found the "cheat" thread for the DIS abbreviations. For a first timer, there's alot of new things to learn!

fancythemouse
04-17-2006, 10:31 PM
We are going in June for the first time. I booked with my travel agent and got a great deal. Looking at the disney site they had the 6 night 7 day for $1500. The flight I would have had to book extra. My travel agent got us 7 nights and 8 days with flight, park hopper, magic express from the airport, everything but dining for less than I could get myself. :goodvibes I do not have to do anything but bring money for dining and things we want to purchase. :banana: It was a load off my mind.
Others who have been may be able to tell you better ways but this worked for me.

YOu might want to consider adding the disney dining plan, we did for our first trip in june and it seems like a good idea, to save you money and all but thats just my thought, from someone who has never gone....well i hear good things about it from other DISers

mickeymousemom
04-18-2006, 10:03 AM
If you want the full bucket o' Disney magic, then you really should stay onsite. As far as it being more expensive, this is not necessarily true. If you're trying to save some money, then by all means, try the value resorts. POP Century is the newest and Allearsnet.com has pictures of all the resorts. You should be able to get a value resort for well under $100 a night, as low as $79/night. There are other offsite resorts that are more than this. As nice as they may be, your kids should absolutely love the theming at any of the value resorts! Busses will be your mode of transportation to the parks, unless you drive(or rent a car). We stay at Port Orleans Riverside and take the bus all the time. My almost 3yo DD thinks its a ride and ever since we first stayed onsite(she's been 5 times since she was born :rolleyes: ), she even gets excited about the busses at home. If you've never been to WDW, or went as child, you can't imagine how different things are. The whole resort is amazing. The magic you feel is wonderful! Yes, you(might possibly) encounter some UN-magical things while there(like rude guests and the rare rude Castmember)...ignore it and go on as it rarely happens! Also, WDW is HUGE. You can't fathom everything it's about until you are there! Regardless of that, TAKE YOUR TIME...enjoy all the details around you. It's this that makes your trip worthwhile(and lessens the chance for a meltdown). As your kids get older, and you decide to visit again, then do things you couldn't do on this trip, etc. If you should stay onsite(which, again, I highly recommend) then take your little ones back to the resort mid day for a nap or at least a resting period. You won't regret it!
As far as the Park Hoppers go, I recommend these also. You can take the monorail from the MK to Epcot and back again(which the kids will love and you can do without a hopper also) and if you go back to the room for a rest, then you can go to another park in the afternoon. I would hate to be at WDW without them.
As another poster mentioned, Allearsnet.com is a great place to get more tips, see dining menus, pictures of resorts and more. Its pretty easy to navigate, just look to the top and to your left for where you might want to go within the site!
BTW, When are you going in October? We'll be there the 22-28th. October is a great time to go! Have a wonderful trip!

adhelove
04-18-2006, 05:33 PM
Yes you can still go in Oct with the free dining pass which is great. If you check in on Sept 30 you can go the first week in Oct and you eat for free. You don't have to stay at the deluxe resorts to enjoy the early entry, late nights and easy transportation. We love all of the All-Star resorts and have had one of the best bus services there. We have stayed at Wilderness Lodge, Carribbean Beach, Riverside, and Coronado and the best buses were at All-Star and Riverside. Carribbean Beach was awful so was Coronado due to how huge the resorts are. The All-Star have their own per each resort and since everyone likes to stay where it is cheaper they are always fast with their buses. We are going Sept 30 and this is our 10th trip with two kids and their favorite to stay is All-Star. We are at the movies this time for the second time. The weather is great and the crowds are so light it is great with the kids. We also love the park hopper but if your kids are young you don't have to have it. Hope this helps.
adhelove

winniethepoohsmom
04-18-2006, 06:30 PM
We are planning to go Sept. 30 till Oct. 7 and taking advantage of the free dining plan, there's always a chance of a hurricane then so we will purchase trip insurance, as we did last year. We had rain at some point everyday (sure glad we brought the rain ponchos) but we managed to have a great time we got to do everything we planned on doing even spend a whole day in the waterpark. The dining plan works great and when it's free it's even better. We have used always used hopper passes except for our last trip we were trying to cut corners so we could fit in a 2nd trip last year. I felt more relaxed not trying to get too many things in when only attending a park for half a day. We have been to Disney several times and did'nt feel the need to try get everything in as we used to. If it seems crucial for you to see fireworks, or a parade or an outside show at a particular theme park, you may want a hopper in case it is rained out you can come back another day or night to see it. If you don't purchase the tickets with the hopper option you can add it on when you get to disney, they always make it convenient for you to spend more money, and we can't help but do it. Linda

clonetothebone
04-18-2006, 07:12 PM
If you are only going for 5 days I would say that I would skip the park hopper. The parks won't be open as late then as they are in the summer and by the time you transport back and forth you've burned up a lot of touring time. We used them the first time and have them again for our trip in June but we are there for 9 days/8 nights when the parks stay open late so makes sense for us. Not sure if it would in your case. Anyway you do it you'll have a great time. Disney is the best! :sunny: