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Old 02-05-2013, 02:23 PM   #16
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #17
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I found on a ASM resort Facts sheet that there IS a 7% tax (of course) PLUS an additional 6% resort fee. The ASM resort is not for us.

Looks like we'll be staying at the Ramada, not far from the ASM resort. Prices are low and they have 2 pools. That is really all we wanted anyhow.

Thanks for all of your help!!

If anyone has anything to add, another place to stay, please DO let me know--as we have not made reservations yet. I just can't sit here any longer today trying to sort this mess out, my head is swimming!!! :-) This is TOUGH trying to book a nice place to stay!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #18
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No there IS NO resort fee at All Star Music. The tax rate for ALL HOTELS in the entire area on Disney Property and Off Disney Property is 13%. It is called a tourist tax. That is the additional 6% you are referring to. You will be paying that 13% regardless of where you stay.

A resort fee is a daily fee charged by many hotels in addition to the rate you see advertised or the price you are quoted. Many hotels also charge a fee to park your car at the hotel.


In addition, if you stay off Disney Property you will be charged $14 a day to park at the theme parks.

Disney owned hotels such as All Stars do not charge a resort fee or a parking fee. Parking is free at the hotel and also at the theme parks for resort guests.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #19
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I found on a ASM resort Facts sheet that there IS a 7% tax (of course) PLUS an additional 6% resort fee. The ASM resort is not for us.

Looks like we'll be staying at the Ramada, not far from the ASM resort. Prices are low and they have 2 pools. That is really all we wanted anyhow.

Thanks for all of your help!!

If anyone has anything to add, another place to stay, please DO let me know--as we have not made reservations yet. I just can't sit here any longer today trying to sort this mess out, my head is swimming!!! :-) This is TOUGH trying to book a nice place to stay!!
You need to believe the answers that we post. Disney doesn't charge a resort fee. The tax consists of sales tax of 7% + a hotel tax of 6% totaling 13% Check other hotels, 13% is the tax rate. Many hotels charge a resort fee in addition to local taxes.

You're considering the Ramada.

Check the reviews on sites like Trip Advisor. 60 of the 173 people who reviewed the hotel rated it terrible (the lowest rating).

One recent review:

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This place may have been a great place in its day but that day has long passed. Sitting in the restroom and had a cockroach run a crossed my foot. It wasn't even dark in the restroom. The furnishings in the room were old, beat up and from the 80's
Older properties have a choice. They can spend $$$ and renovate or they can let the property deteriorate and discount. A $40 rate doesn't give the hotel enough money to clean carpets, offer decent bedding, fumigate....

All Star Music would be my first choice, your criteria.Otherwise look at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. Currently $49 through bookit.com, maybe the same from other places, my guess the hotel's site will match the price.

The difference The Ramada's regular rate is around $50, the Clarion's regular rate is $70-$100. The bookit deal is a good promotion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:20 PM   #20
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Agree with the other posters, you pay the 13% tax at any hotel, including ASM and any other off-site place. The only place that won't charge those is renting a timeshare from an owner.

Are you staying at the Ramada Gateway Kissimmee? Good luck and pray you get a Tower room. I checked out the reviews on Trip Advisor (a travel resource that has always helped me plan my trips) and everyone who is staying in the non-tower rooms is saying they are moldy, dirty, paint chipping, etc. I don't mean to scare you, just sharing their feedback.

I agree with the previous poster...keep looking or book ASM.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #21
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There are hotels in your price range near Silver Spurs arena. My daughter has cheer competitions there.

If you can get a good FL resident discount, check out Gaylord Palms. Your mom would LOVE it.

Sometimes you have to call to ask the FL Resident rates.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #22
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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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Old 02-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #23
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There are hotels in your price range near Silver Spurs arena. My daughter has cheer competitions there.

If you can get a good FL resident discount, check out Gaylord Palms. Your mom would LOVE it.

Sometimes you have to call to ask the FL Resident rates.
Gaylord charges around $20 a day to park at the hotel, plus a daily resort fee, plus the $14 to park at the theme parks. Plus even with the FL resident rate Gaylord won't be $50 a night.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #24
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We are staying 2 night at the Clarion Lake Buena Vista- deal through travelzoo. Room is $45 a night- with taxes it comes to $50.63. No hidden fees- you will still have to pay to park your car at WDW parks though. Here's where I found the deal. Here's a link to the hotel and the deal currently- it's now $45 a night- not $49- even better!. There is a shuttle (not sure if it's handicapped accessible) and 2 pools.
https://reservations.ihotelier.com/c...1&LanguageID=1
I have never stayed there, but I am sure you could request a 1st floor or handicapped accessible room if they have them. HTH

I think the hotel has a shuttle to WDW- not sure b/c we won't be needing it. It has 2 pools. Gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #26
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Just got back and stayed at the Howard Johnson Lakeside on 192. It is full of Snowbirds. This makes the age range a little older, but they were very friendly. Some families but the pool is actually quiet. It is two story so ask for a first floor room. The view of Lake Cecile is beautiful. It is an older motel but well maintained and clean. They have new pillow top beds and they were really comfortable. The rate is around $39.95 plus 13% tax and $1.00 per day for the safe. Ask for their best rate. The breakfast is pretty standard but it does save a few bucks each day. Ask for building three at the back it would be the quietest. We look for clean and safe and this what this is. The staff is super friendly and seem to enjoy their work and take pride in it.

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Old 02-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #27
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I found on a ASM resort Facts sheet that there IS a 7% tax (of course) PLUS an additional 6% resort fee. The ASM resort is not for us.

Looks like we'll be staying at the Ramada, not far from the ASM resort. Prices are low and they have 2 pools. That is really all we wanted anyhow.

Thanks for all of your help!!

If anyone has anything to add, another place to stay, please DO let me know--as we have not made reservations yet. I just can't sit here any longer today trying to sort this mess out, my head is swimming!!! :-) This is TOUGH trying to book a nice place to stay!!
Put the information in for where you want to stay and you will see that 13% in taxes is added onto it. Resort fees are added (at some places) on top of that 13%, but definitely NOT at Disney Hotels.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #28
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We are staying 2 night at the Clarion Lake Buena Vista- deal through travelzoo. Room is $45 a night- with taxes it comes to $50.63. No hidden fees- you will still have to pay to park your car at WDW parks though. Here's where I found the deal. Here's a link to the hotel and the deal currently- it's now $45 a night- not $49- even better!. There is a shuttle (not sure if it's handicapped accessible) and 2 pools.
https://reservations.ihotelier.com/c...1&LanguageID=1
I have never stayed there, but I am sure you could request a 1st floor or handicapped accessible room if they have them. HTH

I think the hotel has a shuttle to WDW- not sure b/c we won't be needing it. It has 2 pools. Gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.
I just about post travelzoo deal about the Clarion Lake Buena Vista. it excellent deal.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:31 AM   #29
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I have booked LBV hotels for $55-65/night through lastminutetravel and hotwire - you can use betterbidding.com for reference. I agree that I think the Clarion LBV would be a good choice for an inexpensive hotel - the #50 Lynx runs by Palm Parkway to DTD and Ticket and Transportation Center if you don't want to park at the Parks or take the hotel shuttle - fare is $2 and bus runs every half hour. I think if you search around you may very well be able to get a hotel for that price.
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Gaylord charges around $20 a day to park at the hotel, plus a daily resort fee, plus the $14 to park at the theme parks. Plus even with the FL resident rate Gaylord won't be $50 a night.
I didn't say Gaylord would be $50 a night. I was suggesting a hotel her mom would love. I stay in Orlando so often I don't know what is the absolute lowest I have paid for Gaylord, but I know we once paid $83 a night there. We get the military rate. Only thing for us is we have to get two rooms because of the 4 kiddos.
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