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collegejunkie
03-08-2011, 10:29 PM
we don't mind staying at a budget motel/hotel. i found one for 2 weeks for $350, which i think is great.

park tickets will be around $260 per person for the 10 day (no hopper or extra), and then MVMCP would be another $60ish so $320 a person.

don't know if we'll have a kitchen/fridge, as we're not staying where we normally stay, which is a timeshare/villa that has one.

that said, how can we do food and things as cheap as possible? how much are lockers? is it worth it to bring a cooler?

also, we'll be driving, so gas and parking fees are also in there

Amyhoff
03-08-2011, 10:46 PM
Wow! That's a great deal on the hotel!

We packed a cooler for all our snacks and drinks as well as lunch one day. We did breakfast most days at our hotel, which had a full kitchen. We only booked one nice meal per day and we had a blast.

It would be really nice to eat all our meals at the fancy restaurants, but we just couldn't afford to do that.

Have fun!!

cajunbaby1
03-08-2011, 10:58 PM
Well if your driving you could always bring a cooler from home for h2o,cokes. Buy/bring lunchmeat or pb&j to fix sandwiches. Take snack food.sand and h2o in your backpack to take to the parks.You can rent a locker for $5 or 6 a day and you'll get part of that back. Ice water is free at most QS places.

You really found some place in Orlando that you can stay for $350 for 14 days?!
Makes me wonder what kind of place it is. Maybe that's the mom in me questioning how clean/safe it is :scared1: Better check it out pretty good. Don't want to have to worry about ya :goodvibes

Cheshire Figment
03-09-2011, 06:06 AM
Just wondering. could you give a name and location for the hotel so we may be able to comment on it, and how difficult or easy it will be to get to Parks from there.

And don't forget to add $140 for ten days of parking.

torinsmom
03-09-2011, 07:20 AM
When are you going? If you are going in summer or early fall, and have kids, you could get the YES tickets for a lot less.

Also, just make sure the hotel is in a safe location and not too far from the parks. It wouldn't be worth the savings if you felt unsafe. If its too far from the parks, your savings will be eaten up by gas and losing so much time. Did you use Priceline or something? I know I've seen people get 3* for that price, so it may be a decent hotel.

Bring your cooler with you if the hotel does not have a fridge. That will save money, because you could bring drinks, milk, sandwich meat, cheese, etc. In the parks, you can get free ice water at any restaurant or kiosk. We bring little flavor packs to add in. That saves us lots of money over sodas or bottled water. We also bring in a few snacks, like pringles and fruit snacks(things that won't crush or melt) just for those in between times. For meals in the parks, we share meals or get kids meals(CS). Sometimes we just get lunch when we leave for our midday break and get dinner before coming back(at the condo or offsite).

I'd love to spend 2 weeks at Disney. So far, the closest we've gotten in 10 days.

Pembo
03-09-2011, 07:21 AM
Personally I'd scout around for a condo deal..then you'd save more money on food and you would have laundry for free.

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 09:09 AM
we don't mind staying at a budget motel/hotel. i found one for 2 weeks for $350, which i think is great.

park tickets will be around $260 per person for the 10 day (no hopper or extra), and then MVMCP would be another $60ish so $320 a person.

don't know if we'll have a kitchen/fridge, as we're not staying where we normally stay, which is a timeshare/villa that has one.

that said, how can we do food and things as cheap as possible? how much are lockers? is it worth it to bring a cooler?

also, we'll be driving, so gas and parking fees are also in there

you might have to pay just a bit more but you would get lots of space if you got a condo through Skyauction.com or skyselect.skyauction.com. That way you could have a full kitchen. Not that you have to cook but I like a regular fridge and mic, toaster for bagels, etc.

For example, one auction just ended with no one bidding so someone could have gotten it for $1. It was for any 1 bedroom suite (they had a huge list to choose from) for $1. Taxes and fees were $315 so total $316 for 7 nights, dates were from now through Dec. 18th.

I've only gotten 2 bedroom condos but that's just to let you know what's out there.

I've used skyauction many times. It's a great way to get a great condo at a discount hotel price. If you want to know more you can search the Orlando Hotels and Attractions board. :)

ETA: I see one on there for a 2 bed. for total of $216. I don't know your dates so I don't know what's available for your time.

blessedby3
03-09-2011, 10:19 AM
I would check out that hotel with a fine tooth comb....sounds awfully cheap for a nice hotel. We booked a hotel off property once (1999) and the pictures looked wonderful online. When we arrived, it backed up to a parking lot carnival, had nasty carpets, it was dirty, and you had to leave a deposit for the remote and dishes:scared1: We hightailed it out of there and found another hotel (for more money of course) but it was worth it for our sanity and safety. We have stayed on property ever since, but Im sure there are some nice places off too.....I would just be very choosy and read lots of reviews:thumbsup2

rvchat
03-09-2011, 10:26 AM
you might have to pay just a bit more but you would get lots of space if you got a condo through Skyauction.com or skyselect.skyauction.com. That way you could have a full kitchen. Not that you have to cook but I like a regular fridge and mic, toaster for bagels, etc.

For example, one auction just ended with no one bidding so someone could have gotten it for $1. It was for any 1 bedroom suite (they had a huge list to choose from) for $1. Taxes and fees were $315 so total $316 for 7 nights, dates were from now through Dec. 18th.

I've only gotten 2 bedroom condos but that's just to let you know what's out there.

I've used skyauction many times. It's a great way to get a great condo at a discount hotel price. If you want to know more you can search the Orlando Hotels and Attractions board. :)

ETA: I see one on there for a 2 bed. for total of $216. I don't know your dates so I don't know what's available for your time.

Where did you see the 2 bed for 216? on skyauction? i can't find it. was it for one week? name? thanks

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 10:36 AM
Where did you see the 2 bed for 216? on skyauction? i can't find it. was it for one week? name? thanks

don't know if this will show up or not but here is the link....

http://www.skyauction.com/action/offer/1914606

Florida Vacation Villas, different dates, 2 bedrooms and yes, for one week.

I'm pretty picky at where I stay but most of these places I would take over a bad hotel in Orlando in a NY minute! :laughing:

not saying the OP's hotel is bad, we've just been in one.....for one night....nuff said. ;)

DawnM
03-09-2011, 10:37 AM
We do SkyAuction.com blow out condo deals. The last deal was $149 for a week including tax. The problem is, you have to buy them when they are available and book them later. If I see any blowout deals I will let you know. We love the blowout deals! They range from about $149-$249 per 7 night stay including all taxes and fees.

I would opt for a condo too for that length of stay, you will be far more comfortable. Kitchen for some of your own food and to store leftovers and heat them up, multiple TVs if you care to veg and don't want to watch the same thing.....heck, just having space to not have to go to bed at the same time is great. And yes, the laundry is GREAT! With 5 of us, I find we do laundry almost daily to every other day and just take 3 changes of clothes with us. We love it!

Dawn

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 10:48 AM
We do SkyAuction.com blow out condo deals. The last deal was $149 for a week including tax. The problem is, you have to buy them when they are available and book them later. If I see any blowout deals I will let you know. We love the blowout deals! They range from about $149-$249 per 7 night stay including all taxes and fees.

I would opt for a condo too for that length of stay, you will be far more comfortable. Kitchen for some of your own food and to store leftovers and heat them up, multiple TVs if you care to veg and don't want to watch the same thing.....heck, just having space to not have to go to bed at the same time is great. And yes, the laundry is GREAT! With 5 of us, I find we do laundry almost daily to every other day and just take 3 changes of clothes with us. We love it!

Dawn

I've done a couple on Ready,Set,Go auctions, but that's not the same as the blowout, right? I haven't seen those before.


Dawn, what places have you gotten with the blowout deals?

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 10:52 AM
Holy Cow I see a Bonnet Creek one bedroom on there.....

http://www.skyauction.com/action/offer/1913742

gillenkl
03-09-2011, 10:55 AM
make sure you check those hotel reviews before you book - try tripadvisor.com, sorry but that hotel sounds so cheap it makes me wonder. ...

DawnM
03-09-2011, 11:13 AM
No, if you sign up for email notification, they will send it through email when it is available.

Here are the ones we have stayed in:

Orbit One (nice and offers $5 waterparks to LikKi Tikki)
Vacation Village (no longer offered)
Westgate (do NOT go there!)
Florida Vacation Villas (our new fav as it has wireless!)
Celebrity Resofts (eh, not our favorite but ok)

Now, we have to get a 2 bedroom as we have 5 of us. If you only need a 1 bedroom you have more options.

Dawn


I've done a couple on Ready,Set,Go auctions, but that's not the same as the blowout, right? I haven't seen those before.


Dawn, what places have you gotten with the blowout deals?

DawnM
03-09-2011, 11:17 AM
Considering it is still a $295 taxes and fees auction, is this really a good deal? I thought people were able to find 2 bedrooms for just over $300/week.

Dawn

Holy Cow I see a Bonnet Creek one bedroom on there.....

http://www.skyauction.com/action/offer/1913742

vleeth
03-09-2011, 11:20 AM
We do SkyAuction.com blow out condo deals. The last deal was $149 for a week including tax. The problem is, you have to buy them when they are available and book them later.
Dawn

Tell me more. Is it possible that I buy something now and find out later that it's not available for the days I want/need?

OP our cheapest trip to date was saying at a condo. We drove in a pickup so we brought 2 ice chests. One had drinks and water. The other had food that we cooked at home and froze. We had 5 or 6 days where all we had to do was heat up the food and maybe cook rice. In addition we brought a med. size stroller. We put drinks, & snacks in a small cooler in the bottom of the stroller, that way we didn't have to pay for a locker. We cooked breakfast each morning, so we only had one counter service meal in the park each day.

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 01:43 PM
Considering it is still a $295 taxes and fees auction, is this really a good deal? I thought people were able to find 2 bedrooms for just over $300/week.

Dawn

I have seen some cheap ones but not that cheap. On ebay, you might find some good ones but a lot or most are for 4 or 5 nights. And people are buying the actual timeshare on ebay for $1 but then they might have maintenance fees of $800 or more a year. I'd rather just rent the week.

Well, you could bid up to like $385 and it would still only be $100 a night. THat is awesome for that resort. This is one of Wyndham's crown jewels, a very highly rated resort. AND the only non-DVC timshare-like place ON Disney property so you are paying for that too.

Thanks for telling me about the blow out deals. I'll have to get signed up for that. :thumbsup2

mom to minnie&mickey
03-09-2011, 02:02 PM
I would be very cautious in staying in a motel that cost that little especially if there are children. If money was that tight I would give up MVMCP and add that money to upgrade to better accomodations. You will be there long enough to enjoy disney and all the decorations anyways. The party is certainly fun but that is one night versus 14. Whatever you decide have a magical trip.:)

rvchat
03-09-2011, 02:29 PM
We stayed here. It's nice, i like it, but is it really the crown jewel? are you sure? don't think so. maybe the LBV wyndham




I have seen some cheap ones but not that cheap. On ebay, you might find some good ones but a lot or most are for 4 or 5 nights. And people are buying the actual timeshare on ebay for $1 but then they might have maintenance fees of $800 or more a year. I'd rather just rent the week.

Well, you could bid up to like $385 and it would still only be $100 a night. THat is awesome for that resort. This is one of Wyndham's crown jewels, a very highly rated resort. AND the only non-DVC timshare-like place ON Disney property so you are paying for that too.

Thanks for telling me about the blow out deals. I'll have to get signed up for that. :thumbsup2

rvchat
03-09-2011, 02:30 PM
I don't mean Bonnet Creek (a CROWN JEWEL) I MEAN the other wyndham.

where they name the buidlings, starfish, dolphin, etc etc



We stayed here. It's nice, i like it, but is it really the crown jewel? are you sure? don't think so. maybe the LBV wyndham

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 04:11 PM
We stayed here. It's nice, i like it, but is it really the crown jewel? are you sure? don't think so. maybe the LBV wyndham


http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/media_center/pr/show_release.cfm?id=786

"This property has been an unprecedented success by every measure," said Jeff Myers, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. "Our owners and guests absolutely love the resort, the location and the service they receive while they're vacationing. Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort isn't just a crown jewel of our company we believe it's a crown jewel for our entire industry."
With an average annual occupancy rate of over 87 percent, the property also boasts RCI Gold Crown status and has consistently ranked among the top ten most highly sought after Wyndham Vacation Resorts properties since 2005.


I keep reading things like the above, especially on the Orlando hotels board. Me?? I know nothing since I haven't stayed there. lol

*disgal*
03-09-2011, 04:12 PM
I don't mean Bonnet Creek (a CROWN JEWEL) I MEAN the other wyndham.

where they name the buidlings, starfish, dolphin, etc etc

Oh, wait, you've stayed at the Wyndham hotel? not Bonnet creek. Is that right? sorry, I'm easily confused. :laughing:

rvchat
03-09-2011, 04:31 PM
Oh, wait, you've stayed at the Wyndham hotel? not Bonnet creek. Is that right? sorry, I'm easily confused. :laughing:

I have not been to bonnet creek? you wer ereferring to that one?
I have been to theoother wyndham near disney with the starfish buildings.

nice, but not outstanding.... kind of older units.:3dglasses

rvchat
03-09-2011, 04:33 PM
I have not been to bonnet creek you wer ereferring to that one?
I have been to theoother wyndham near disney with the starfish buildings.

nice, but not outstanding.... kind of older units.:3dglasses




Fwiw, Bonnit creek looks amazing and I have to get there soon!

DawnM
03-09-2011, 05:35 PM
I don't know when you plan to travel, but I have NEVER had any issues booking during off season. I did have to book a 1 bedroom once and was worried about space but once we got there we were pleasantly surprised to get a 2 bedroom anyway! :cool1:

http://www.resortcerts.com/

This is the site you book through once you have a certificate numbers. It will or should let you look without one so you can get an idea of what you are looking for.

Prime weeks and busy season (from what I have read) will probably not work.

Dawn

PS: BTW we almost always take a seat out of our Sequoia and put a huge cooler in there filled with most food for the week. We find that we can get better deals if we plan ahead. We have done it where we get there and shop after we arrive but I find it harder to get deals and plan as I am not familiar with those stores and the deals they offer.

For dinners we typically have things like tacos, spaghetti, chicken and baked potatoes, salads, etc....
For the parks we carry a backpack cooler (igloo sold only at Target) and carry in sandwiches, drinks, chips, cookies, trail mix, cheese sticks, and granola bars.
B-fast is the easiest to plan for! Typically cereal or something fast so we can get to the parks!

Tell me more. Is it possible that I buy something now and find out later that it's not available for the days I want/need?

OP our cheapest trip to date was saying at a condo. We drove in a pickup so we brought 2 ice chests. One had drinks and water. The other had food that we cooked at home and froze. We had 5 or 6 days where all we had to do was heat up the food and maybe cook rice. In addition we brought a med. size stroller. We put drinks, & snacks in a small cooler in the bottom of the stroller, that way we didn't have to pay for a locker. We cooked breakfast each morning, so we only had one counter service meal in the park each day.

collegejunkie
03-09-2011, 06:28 PM
i will check out some of those auction/rental sites, thanks!

it's just dbf and i, we'll be driving from school in central NY to orlando. the hotel is continental plaza (or something like that?), 2 miles from WDW. i completely forgot about parking, so thank you for reminding me, as that's another $140+. we were planning on skipping this year and waiting for the renovations to end, but he really wants to go back and of course, i don't mind (just wish we had gotten APs last time!).

we were thinking of going when we usually go, which is the the week before and of christmas, which makes it difficult to find good deals on better places.

i just checked reviewed and some make it seem fine, others are saying there are bugs and the rooms smell bad.. hm. money is tight because he pays for everything on his own and if my family is going away in january, i don't know that i'd get help from my mom for a second trip. i will take a look at some condos for sure!

DawnM
03-09-2011, 06:33 PM
Well, if you are going at Christmas, the busiest time at Disney and Orlando, you will not get a SkyAuction deal, or at least I have never seen one.

As far as bugs....we have NOT had a problem with bugs at any of the places we have stayed. They are older units. Most are upgraded, although not the fancier types with the elevators and granite countertops.

Now, there are some that I wouldn't choose to return to if I don't have to. Westgate staff is horrible and their units are LOUD if you are on the bottom. I will never go there again. Celebrity wasn't all that nice so I won't go back there. But we do like Orbit One and Florida Vacation Villas.

Dawn

rvchat
03-09-2011, 07:05 PM
I have to sadly say had the same bad experience at westgate last year.

I felt really, bad but it 's not nice and they're obviously hurting.





Well, if you are going at Christmas, the busiest time at Disney and Orlando, you will not get a SkyAuction deal, or at least I have never seen one.

As far as bugs....we have NOT had a problem with bugs at any of the places we have stayed. They are older units. Most are upgraded, although not the fancier types with the elevators and granite countertops.

Now, there are some that I wouldn't choose to return to if I don't have to. Westgate staff is horrible and their units are LOUD if you are on the bottom. I will never go there again. Celebrity wasn't all that nice so I won't go back there. But we do like Orbit One and Florida Vacation Villas.

Dawn

DawnM
03-09-2011, 07:20 PM
The people above us moved in at 4am! Apparently they had driven all night or something. Then they rang our doorbell at 5am! I wanted the throttle them. They didn't get any better.

We complained to the front desk who said we should have called the front desk, but we had already reported that our phone wasn't working and noone had fixed it!

That night we DID call security at close to midnight. Even he reported back to the powers that be that it was VERY noisy upstairs!

So, the next day they upgraded us to to an upstairs unit (3 bedroom, well 2 bedroom and a loft room) and not above anyone! The rest of the trip was ok.

It doesn't matter, there were more issues than that, and we won't go back!

Dawn

I have to sadly say had the same bad experience at westgate last year.

I felt really, bad but it 's not nice and they're obviously hurting.

disneysmiles
03-09-2011, 07:59 PM
we got gift cards for resturants from MyPoints. Be pateint but it can be free. Awesome. Our servers were cool and gave us refills on soups to go.

We have some other money saving things we did in our trip report blog. We outlined all our spending. You can do quite a bit of fun in 10 days. Jealous!

collegejunkie
03-10-2011, 12:16 AM
we got gift cards for resturants from MyPoints. Be pateint but it can be free. Awesome. Our servers were cool and gave us refills on soups to go.

We have some other money saving things we did in our trip report blog. We outlined all our spending.

i took a quick look at your site and it looks great! i'm going to explore it more soon, thanks!

does anyone know where i can find cheapish lodging? we wouldn't mind going when it's not the holidays, but finals end around the 18th so that means we can't be as flexible as we'd like, unfortunately.

torinsmom
03-10-2011, 07:10 AM
You could try Priceline. Choose 3* or better and usually it is a pretty decent place. You can choose different areas around Disney, and what price you are willing to pay. You can probably win a 3 or 3.5* for $35-$40/night.

beansmom
03-10-2011, 10:48 AM
coming from NY wouldn't it be just as cheap or cheaper to fly with the price of gas? We purchased our flights for October yesterday (with the assurance that Jetblue will credit us if prices drop). It costs me $40 to fill my tank and I'd have to fill it at LEAST five times to drive to Orlando from here not to mention time and at least one night in a motel on the way.

I have stayed in everything from onsite deluxe to offsite dumps....we stayed at the Baymont on Black Lake Road last year when it was $29 a nite. It looked awful outside but inside it was a dream. We have no qualms about staying there again next week.

If I was you, I'd fly down, stay at a value with a discount if i could get one, and order from gardengrocer.com for my water, soda, breakfast stuff, etc. Use Disney ME to get to your hotel and then Disney transportation. I'd ask all my friends and family to give me disney cards for gift occasions.

elainesj
03-11-2011, 09:46 AM
A friend of mine has stayed at one of those $25 a night hotels and he said it was just fine. One trip I was going down and actually had a free hotel through points but because I flew, the cost of car rental and parking made it so that it was cheaper for me to stay at a value and use ME.

One way to save is to plan your day so you spend the morning in the parks, eat a packed lunch, then go back to your hotel in the late afternoon for a break and eat dinner in your hotel/condo/cheap offsite place and then head back to the parks. CS in the parks isn't too bad - abt $5 pp if you split a meal/eat a kid's meal but you should be able to cook a big meal for both of you for under $5 if you had a kitchen.

I would also hunt down avg costs of eating out offsite as well.

It might work to your advantage to spend a bit more to get a place with a kitchen. The cheap place might cost you about $300 or so less - but will eating out more offset this savings? alternatively, if you will be eating out anyway, you might be worth it. I always end up putting together a spreadsheet. List all the costs of staying in a cheap hotel vs a more expensive condo

Cheap hotel:
$25 a night x 14 nights: $350
Food: estimate all your food costs keeping in mind you can't cook in your hotel room so you're more limited and will likely have to eat out more
Parking:
Gas:

Then do the same for a condo with a kitchen (incl. grocery costs for cooking in)

e.g.
Condo: $700 for 2 weeks (Pulling the number off the top of my head)
Food: $156 for 2 weeks. Breakdown: $10 for cereal and milk for all 2 weeks for both of you. $3 per day for a packed lunch for both of you (e.g. a bowl of cup noodles, sandwiches, hot dogs, etc), $5 per day for both of you for dinner (e.g. spaghetti, frozen dinner, etc), $20 for 2 weeks of snacks/drinks (pop, fruits, crackers, chips, etc).
Tickets: $310 x 2 = $620
Parking: $14 x 10 (for 10 park days) = $140
Gas: $400 or so?

TOTAL TRIP: $2016 for 14 days.
Then add a little more for misc. expenses.

For tix, unless you really want to do MVMCP, might it not be better to do the waterparks and more add-on? That way you can go to the waterparks and Disney Quest on your days off from the parks - that will take care of the 4 days you don't have park tickets for.

Good luck!! It's quite possible to manage a cheap Disney vacation.