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Old 04-09-2013, 03:03 PM   #91
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Try staying at the Swan or the Dolphin. They add a resort fee of $14 and then $15 for parking.

There seem to be fewer and fewer hotels in Orlando now that don't charge some sort of resort fee or parking charge. It really annoys me too!
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:38 PM   #92
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Really enjoying the trip report!

We fly into Miami in October so great to read about the experiences from Miami Airport.
We are also trying to decide on a hotel for the night we land and we are now swaying towards staying at the airport to avoid driving late in the evening.

Matthews blog is a great read too!
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:10 PM   #93
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Try staying at the Swan or the Dolphin. They add a resort fee of $14 and then $15 for parking.

There seem to be fewer and fewer hotels in Orlando now that don't charge some sort of resort fee or parking charge. It really annoys me too!
I had chance to stay at the Swan or Dolphin for a rate of $69, crazy low price but wasn't paying $29/nt for the extras, I just can't understand why they don't give a final price, as soon as I see parking fees and resort fees I don't look any further. Its the main reason that has kept us coming back to the Marriott Village, all inclusive price for room, internet, breakfast & parking.
Personally I would rather they charged $5\room for breakfast instead of parking, been here 2 mornings and still not had one.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #94
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I had chance to stay at the Swan or Dolphin for a rate of $69, crazy low price but wasn't paying $29/nt for the extras, I just can't understand why they don't give a final price, as soon as I see parking fees and resort fees I don't look any further. Its the main reason that has kept us coming back to the Marriott Village, all inclusive price for room, internet, breakfast & parking.
Personally I would rather they charged $5\room for breakfast instead of parking, been here 2 mornings and still not had one.
Agreed. Resort fees just irritate me. I would rather know what the price is full stop. Not all this add this in per day, then slap tax on that.

It's a bit like booking no frills airlines. You see a fantastic price then add £4 to book the seat, £25 for a bag and the cheeky monkeys have the cheek to charge you more money (card fees) to take your money. What is that about?!? Oh yes, please let me pay you so you can take my money! I don't think so!!!
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Good day in the Studios, walk on for ToT and RnRC. Got fast passes for TSM to use at 12:15. Watched LMA.
Saw something today we have never seen in all the years we have been coming. While in LMA there were Lovebugs everywhere, myself and a boy sat next to me killed about 15 between us, there were 1000's, they followed us right to the exit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovebug I have heard about them but this was the first time we have been pestered by them.
Meal this evening was at Mimi's Cafe to use a $10 voucher they sent me. Their Jambalaya is so good. 3 entrees, 3 cokes & 1 dessert came to $44.
Onto DTD Westside, great temps for a walk, sat opposite Raglan road for about half hour listening to the live Irish music. Back in room relaxing with a few vodka & cokes.
Tomorrow MK again & DISmeet.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:36 AM   #96
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Last night we ate at Logans Roadhouse, great server, well worth her 20%+ tip.
Huge meals as always, couldn't eat dessert, $44 for all 3 of us with $5 nut-e-club voucher (I thought it was $10 but thats Mimis tonight)
Onto DTD, quietest I have seen for a few years, really nice to walk about without being pushed and shoved, totally dislike World of Disney because of the crowds but last night was a pleasure to browse.
Off to the Studios now
Can't wait to be back in The World of Disney store. I went a bit mad in there when I last went in 2005, I bought a PalMickey and all sorts. Glad you enjoyed your browse and are having a great holiday. 132 days till I'll be in Disney
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #97
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Hi Wayne and co, sounds like you're having a fantastic time nice to hear things aren't crowded too

OK, we have stayed at Rosen Shingle Creek and it's a lovely hotel, quite upscale, large rooms, great area down near the pools to buy a snack for breakfast, from memory it even had a Haagen Daaz shop down there, we paid $69 per night for it back in 2009, and had to pay for internet at $9.99 (I think we had free valet thrown in), so if you can get the rate of £50 ish incl parking and internet I'd jump at it...some details...it's opposite a Publix, really handy for the 528 back to the airport, we go down Palm Pkwy to Disney when we're staying in that area, it's close to SW/US/IoA etc. Perhaps do a split stay to see if you like the area:
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:28 AM   #98
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Tomorrow MK again & DISmeet.
We are in MK today too, may see you there

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Seen others talk about Lovebugs and when I googled it did not like the sound of them at all.
Hopefully they will not plague to much for the rest of the holiday.

Congratulations to Karen on being the high scorer at TSM
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Saw something today we have never seen in all the years we have been coming. While in LMA there were Lovebugs everywhere, myself and a boy sat next to me killed about 15 between us, there were 1000's, they followed us right to the exit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovebug I have heard about them but this was the first time we have been pestered by them.
Hate, hate, hate the lovebugs! It's an unfortunate downside to going at this time of year. The mess they make of the cars is pretty dreadful too.

Please keep killing them all wherever you go and ensure there's none left when we arrive in two week's time! Thank you.
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Hate, hate, hate the lovebugs! It's an unfortunate downside to going at this time of year. The mess they make of the cars is pretty dreadful too.

Please keep killing them all wherever you go and ensure there's none left when we arrive in two week's time! Thank you.
Hope you will do another Live trip report this year - really enjoyed your last one.

I was drooling over your cracker barrel photos at lunchtime at work.
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I was drooling over your cracker barrel photos at lunchtime at work.
Will do! Glad you enjoyed it. We have quite a few things planned. Can't wait!
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Try catch up a bit, just got back from MK, late night tonight.

Yesterday we went into MK, relaxing walk around, lunch in Pecos Bills. Back to hotel to get showered and changed before the DISmeet at 4pm, great to meet everyone, shared a Dole whip with Matt. We had planned to goto Manny's but meet went on a bit longer than I expected and Luke and Matt had been talking about the Alehouse food so we ended up there, another huge meal then back to room for a few drinks. Didn't set the alarm today, decided we would catch up on sleep.
Got up just after 9am, left hotel about 11, did a Geocache close to the hotel, right outside an icecream shop, the owner gave us a hint where it was so we bought an ice cream from him, really nice so we will be back for more on another trip. Celebration for lunch, had a 15% coupon for Market st cafe, really good as always. called at Outlets stores but none of us wanted anything or could be bothered shopping, none of us enjoy shopping unless we have something specific to buy. Back to hotel for a quick swim, temps hit 90 today, just about warm enough to swim. After shower into MK again, good ride times, mostly walk on. Back in room again now, a drink or 2 before bed.

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sounds like a good day
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.........temps hit 90 today, just about warm enough to swim.
My thoughts exactly. Just back from 9 days in Tenerife visiting family. Temperature 23/24 ish. Lots of people in swimming but no chance of me joining them.

Sounds like you're having a blast.

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