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Old 11-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #16
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If I had DVC points to use, and wanted a more budget friendly trip I would go to Disney Hilton Head. Love that place. I would have a hard time being at AKL and not hitting the parks. There are plenty of things to do, but over a week I would be itching to be in the parks.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #17
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Checking out other resorts? Watching fireworks from the Poly? The boardwalk at night? Fishing? Go to Fort Wilderness and rent bikes? Ride the boat from Hollywood Studios? Tea at the grand Floridian?

I couldn't do it. I would need to go to the parks some!

Bus roulette? Get on the first bus that shows up at the resort, get on it and go to that theme park and then get on the next bus that shows up and explore there?
We've been to most of the resorts, but DBF hasn't seen a few Values and Moderates so I may have to take him there to explore! We love the Poly, so watching fireworks from the beach there sounds beautiful! I love the boardwalk, we always go there. We're not the fishing type, so I think we'll skip that one I didn't realize they did tea at GF. I will have to look into that. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:55 PM   #18
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I could do it if we had a car...but I don't know if we cold keep it all that cheap. We do a lot of non parks things, but many cost money.

*check out Celebration or other neighboring towns
*gatorland
*rent a boat at yacht club ,the poly or DTD (we rent a pontoon nearly every trip.)
*Winter Summerland mini golf
*Disney Quest
* Regal Boat Plant tour (DBF is dying to do this.)
*beach day
We have talked about renting a car, so that is probably going to happen. We don't mind spending money, just trying to keep down to less than we would spend on park admission, which I'm not sure we can do

We have never been to Celebration and I've always wanted to go there, so I think we will do that! Idk what Gatorland is, so I will have to Google it. Renting a boat sounds nice too. Mike hates putt-putt even though I love it, so I think we'll pass on the mini-golf. Disney Quest is a no-go. We went there last time (part of our PAPs so it was free) and Mike really didn't enjoy it much. I've been there several times over the year. Definitely am down for a beach day though! What is the Regal Boat Plant Tour?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #19
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For sure you can go to WDW and not go to the Parks and have a very magical time! AKL is a great resort to just enjoy being - kick back relax and enjoy! Especially since you are booked club level - should be very nice! Since I am in the area I often go to WDW and not hit the Parks - some things I enjoy -

-riding the boat transportation - go to Ft. Wilderness, watch the ponies eating their dinner, sit on the dock watch the sunset over Bay Lake - Hoop de Doo or Mickey's BBQ and Trail End is good value for a buffet IMO.
-POR - go see Yee Haw Bob, carriage ride, boat to DTD
-SSR - play a game of pool in the Turf Club lounge - have a drink, sit in the rocking chair at High Rock Springs
-GF - listen to the jazz band - walk around the grounds, sit as Gasparillas watching the world go by, tea at the Garden View Tea Room
-CSR - love the gift shop - have a drink or bite to eat sitting outside by the lake, hammock
- DTD of course - I love the concerts in the evenings
- icecream at the Boardwalk - Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk

And if you are really itching for a park but don't want to dish out for the AP just yet - Seaword is a fairly good bargain IMO.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #20
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We are booked for 7 nights Club Level at AKL. Here is the crazy part: we don't want to do any parks, at all, for the whole week.

We are a couple in our 30's traveling without our teenager.

We've done the theme parks a lot in the past year, plus a 7 night cruise on the Fantasy. We had APs but they recently expired, and we don't want to purchase park tickets, as we are trying to keep the costs down. We booked the room using DVC so there was no cost to us OOP.

I just worry that when I get there I'm going to get the itch to go to the parks! I'm almost to our 180 days so we are getting ready to contact IPO and I am looking for suggestions of things to do that would be fun, relatively inexpensive, and maybe something we don't normally do since we are usually in the parks. For example, we've never seen La Nouba, but I have a feeling the ticket prices will eliminate that from our itinerary.

Am I crazy to think that I can last a week in The World without theme parks??
the temptation would do me in...I would HAVE to go to the parks
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:59 PM   #21
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I couldn't do it.

If I'm paying to stay at a Disney Resort, I'm going to the parks.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:28 PM   #22
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I don't think it's crazy. Between the parks and the resorts, the thing I most look forward to on our trips is the time at the resort. I have considered a resorts only trip, and will probably do it someday. I enjoy the parks, but the relaxation at the resort is my favorite part of the trip.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:15 PM   #23
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I don't think I could do it. I have to see the castle at least once per trip up close and personal.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #24
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We have talked about renting a car, so that is probably going to happen. We don't mind spending money, just trying to keep down to less than we would spend on park admission, which I'm not sure we can do

We have never been to Celebration and I've always wanted to go there, so I think we will do that! Idk what Gatorland is, so I will have to Google it. Renting a boat sounds nice too. Mike hates putt-putt even though I love it, so I think we'll pass on the mini-golf. Disney Quest is a no-go. We went there last time (part of our PAPs so it was free) and Mike really didn't enjoy it much. I've been there several times over the year. Definitely am down for a beach day though! What is the Regal Boat Plant Tour?

We had a lovely breakfast in Celebration last trip, the downtown is cute but small. We enjoyed driving around and discussing our favorite houses. Grab the town newspaper...it's an interesting read!

Regal is a boat manufacturer...by DBF loves to see how things are made.

Gatorland is enough to fill an afternoon or morning.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #25
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Am I crazy to think that I can last a week in The World without theme parks??
Depends - are you a grass-is-always-greener person? Will you feel like you're missing out?

I am. I book (normally AKL), then I think "Hey, if I stay at a Moderate, I'd have a lot more money to do other stuff." But, I know, I KNOW, every time I'd see an AKL bus, I would pine for it.

It comes down to your priorities. But you couldn't pick a better resort to spend time at. It makes me sad to think that even if I won the lottery, I still wouldn't be allowed to live there!
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #26
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There are certainly non-Park things that you could do -- I could send you my list of most-of-what-we-didn't-get-to-do from our trip last month , but...

I would have a hard time not going to the Parks. Since you seem to be okay with that idea, what if you budgeted for maybe two days Parkhoppers. Then you could do MOSTLY non-Park stuff, but fill that urge to go into the Parks if/when it hits, eat at restaurants you may want to dine at that are within a Park, and have the best of both worlds.

I don't know that I could do it, heck, I couldn't even set aside a day on our October visit at AKV to just "hang," but AK is definitely a place that offers a lot to do while "hanging" if you want to do it.

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Old 11-17-2012, 06:37 AM   #27
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If I were to do a no parks resort only trip I do think AKL is one of e best suited for it. Just te shire uniqueness of AKL makes it perfect for that type of trip. I spent a long weekend at AKL in 2006 before Kidani and spent much of my time at the resort. Wonderful photographic opportunities, interesting displays and the best breakfast buffet on Disney property IMO. The Mara is also a good option plus Jiko and now Sanna too. Yum!

Since you say you have visited the parks already this year I do not think the idea of not hitting the parks this trip is crazy at all. I know when I did go to the parks I could not wait to get back to AKL.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:23 AM   #28
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Are you a DVC member? Don't mean to temp you, but they are running a special on AP's until the end of the year - $399 for members.

Restaurant.com sometimes has coupons for the dinner shows in the Orlando area like Sleuth's, Arabian Knights, Pirates, etc. It would be pricey to do all of them, but maybe one would be affordable. Restaurant.com also has coupons for a couple of dining places in Celebration and Universal resorts.

Someone else mentioned Old Town.

We did Gatorland last year. If you are a fan of Animal Planet it is great. Wish we had gone earlier in the day.

...or you could just visit all the Walmart stores in Orlando... (I know my DH would loooove that!)

Have fun, whatever you decide!
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:16 AM   #29
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I agree with the others that said it can be done and you are not crazy. We started going to Disney in 2001 (on property starting in 2002) and went from spending all day at the parks to spending 2-3 hours in a park, with the rest of our time relaxing/swimming/enjoying the resort and hopping around to other resorts and DTD for shopping, eating, etc. As a pp mentioned, I also think AKL is a great resort to stay at if you're not going to any parks as the resort is kind of remote and out away from everything and less hustle and bustle than the other resorts. If you are one who gets to the parks at rope drop and stay there until closing, then it might be a little tough to not go. But if not, I think it is definitely doable to have a trip without any parks as there is so much to do on property that doesn't involve the parks. Have a great trip .
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I love a challenge While I most likely would not be able to resist the parks completely, I could definitely enjoy myself just with the resorts especially AK!!! Sleep in and then take WDW in, sounds like a great plan to me
Some suggestions I have would be: 1. Ask your CL IPO for a daily plan of events during your stay. Others have mentioned the safari's, culinary tours, wines tasting, evening movies, ect. . . Some have a cost others don't. Personally I am looking forward to purchasing the Wanyama Safari for my 2013 trip. While it is $190 pp, it includes the safari, dinner at Jiko (which I believe includes wine), tax, tip and a donation to the conservation. Since one could easily spend $60+ pp at Jiko without tax or tip, to me the cost seems worth it.
2. Pamper Yourself at a Spa. Disney World has two on site Spas. One at the Grand Floridian and the other at Saratoga Springs Resort. Go to the spa's website for coupons.
3. Sammy Duvall's watersports as well as the Richard Petty driving experience. You can often find discounts online, even Disney offers a discount (AP member's, MYW packages, online, ect). Undercovertourist also has the RP driving experience at a discount from it's normal $99 cost (cost of a ride along).
4. Specialty cruises for fireworks, beach activities at other resorts.
5. DTD and Boardwalk are theme parks in themselves.
6. Concerts at House of Blues or Planet Hollywood at DTD, check the schedules of performers and get tickets. Concerts on CityWalk at Universal.
7. Have your IPO help you see other activities offered at other resorts that you can participate in. Things such as hula lessons at Poly, Archery or horseback riding or campfires at WL.
Dine around at various resorts you normally can't get to and most importantly have a blast!!!
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