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Old 02-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Mom & I travelling alone, need avg $50 a night hotel near parks

Hi,
My mom and I are travelling alone. Just the 2 of us, our first trip to Disney/Epcot/Disney Hollywood Studios.
We are pulling our hair out using tripadvisor, google earth, hotels.com, etc., trying to find a DECENT hotel near the parks, for around $50 or so a night.
Looking for a place that is safe, has a pool or two, and has decent ratings. Mom is handicapped, so a place with multiple floors is okay as long as there is an elevator. We're not spring chickens anymore, hahah! So we are two older ladies travelling alone, hoping to find a good rate at a safe hotel.
We'll be staying a week or so. Multiple nights, that is.
Can anyone give us some guidance?
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Are you driving to Orlando? If you're flying will you be renting a car?

Many hotels either charge a resort fee, charge for parking or charge for shuttle buses. Disney charges $14 /day for theme parking.

You're going to have a hard time finding a decent place for $50 including those fees.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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We are driving our own car. We are FL residents.

I know it's hard to find a place for that price, maybe we could bump it up a bit to around $60 a night?

What about those travel discount mags---are they any good? Are there deals in those? I am ready to scream in frustration!! HELLLPPPP! LOL!


***I should add that we are planning to leave THIS Monday, the 11th! Time is running out.... our schedule is somewhat flexible, but we want to go while the weather is still tolerable. From Monday 11, checkout on Friday, the 15th.***

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Cut you trip shorter and stay on site, or save up until you can save enough money to stay on site. Anyplace you stay for $50 a night will be a dump. You will have to pay for parking at the theme parks so now you are up to $64 a day. If you stay on site, Disney buses will take you to and from the parks or if you prefer to drive yourself, parking is free to onsite guests.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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What do you mean by 'on-site'? A Disney resort? Can you tell me which one would be good?

Okay, here's a crazy thing to say, but my mom is older, and she was hoping to find a 'quiet' hotel with a pool that isn't brimming and overflowing with kids! It's a minor thing, but we talked about staying at a disney resort and we both agreed that it would be full of screaming kids---something neither of us want to deal with. I know Disney is KID-LAND, and this sounds nuts, our request, but surely some older travellers can sympathize with us?? Please don't bash me!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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Cheap places are definitely going to appeal to budget oriented families. $$$ resorts might have, slightly, fewer kids.

I think your best bet is the All Star Music Resort with a FL resident discount. Y You can save a few dollars if you book an offiste, or DTD, hotel but your resort fees and parking fees will take back much of your savings.

I'd call now and see what's available with the FL resident rate. All Star Music has the lowest rack rate.

The feature pool at any resort, any star level, will be full of kids. Best bet is one of the quiet pools. The pool without the slide.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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I just went on the WDW site and got a FL resident rate of $63 a night for Monday, Tues, Wed, and then $101 on Thursday night at All Star Music or Sports. Total $331

Free parking and less hassle.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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We looked into the Music place, but mom was afraid there would be so many kids there... can anyone tell me, ARE there a ton of kids at these Disney resorts?

We've compared bits and pieces and the only advantage we could see to stay there was that they'd pay for Disney parking, saving us $14 a day...... there were no other perks for us to staying at the Music resort.......

Still looking for a deal-- looking into Country Inns and Suites, rates are under $50 a night, 3 pools, free breakfast, free shuttle service. Any ideas on this place?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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We looked into the Music place, but mom was afraid there would be so many kids there... can anyone tell me, ARE there a ton of kids at these Disney resorts?

We've compared bits and pieces and the only advantage we could see to stay there was that they'd pay for Disney parking, saving us $14 a day...... there were no other perks for us to staying at the Music resort.......

Still looking for a deal-- looking into Country Inns and Suites, rates are under $50 a night, 3 pools, free breakfast, free shuttle service. Any ideas on this place?
What's the FL resident price for All Star Music?

Country Inns and Suites has a $15/night resort fee. That means your cost, if you drive to Disney, will be $79/night. Disney runs buses about every 20 minutes. Country Inns probably has a limited scheduled shuttle service.

3 pools and free breakfast. You don't think they'll be a ton of kids in that place?

Accept the fact that they'll be a lot of kids or find a different place to go.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:51 PM   #10
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Baymont inn on black lake. We got it for $42 but there was a $6 resort charge. Typical hotel breakfast and ask for a courtyard room.

It is just outside the property, 5 minutes from the akl and park. 5 mins from target if you go the other way!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:23 PM   #11
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The tea is wonderful.

No resort fee at asm
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #12
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Security will be better on site at the values than offsite where you will end up paying more.


Why are you so resistant to the advice given here? Everyone wants to help you save money and give you a clean safe place.

I think the transportation available where she can get on the bus right away is a great thing.

Good luck. Read the reviews. Kids are every where in Orlando but usually they are in the parks during th day so pool time then would be good.
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