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Old 04-15-2013, 09:31 AM   #16
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In any event, if I were doing "those other parks", I would not be staying at a Disney resort. I would look into a timeshare rental at Bonnet Creek or even a vacation home rental. There are plenty of places that can accommodate a family of five without breaking the bank.
Great advice. You'll save a lot of money by renting outside of Disney. Bonnet Creek is an excellent choice and it's on Disney property.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #17
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Another option you may want to consider (if you really want to stay on-site) is a cabin at FT Wilderness. Doing a quick check of prices for this late May-early June came up to $5,557.26 for 6 nights, 7 day hoppers with Water Parks and More, and the DDP. So that is not much above your stated $5,000 budget. The cabins have a full kitchen soif you remove the DDP you are down to $4,350 plus whatever you spend OOP for food and the non-Disney parks. None of this takes into consideration any discounts since there is no way to anticipate what may be offered a year from now.

Your trip is probably doable for around $5,000 but I think you would enjoy it a lot more (given all that you want to do) if you could raise your budget to around $6,000.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #18
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I'd stay at the doubletree DTD or POR. Also skip going to EPcot just to eat. Eat at the resorts. Eat at Boma if you like AK. As others have said its a lot to pay for a park jus to pay to eat. Since you don't have any off days don't pay for deluxe.

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Old 04-15-2013, 04:10 PM   #19
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You have all been so helpful thank you so much!! As it happens, a friend just returned from a non-Disney Orlando vacation where they stayed at the Marriot Grande Vista which was reasonably priced for a villa with a full kitchen (big enough for all five of us, and I can save money on some meals) and then got the bundle with SW, DC, and Aquatica -- she said Aquatica was very nice and I trust her, so I think I'm just going to go with that...doing it this way makes much more sense, I think...
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:42 PM   #20
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OMG, just shared my fabulous non-Disney Orlando touring plan with DH but he isn't on board AT ALL!!! He does not believe in going to Orlando without going to Disney, and his plan for saving tons of $$$ is simply not buying park hoppers...this is what his ideal vacation looks like:

Day 1 arrive, check out hotel (he really wants to stay Deluxe)
Day 2, Disney water park, dinner outside of parks
Day 3, MK all day with dinner
Day 4, Epcot all day with dinner
Day 5, If affordable rent a car and go to Legoland, if not stay at resort, have dinner in room
Day 6, Disney water park, dinner outside of parks
Day 7, depart

I guess I can live with that (Will I ever get to swim with a dolphin?????)...off to crunch the numbers...thanks again...
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:07 AM   #21
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Ideal Vacation is Too Much $$$, what can we do?
Story of my life..... You're getting some good advice here.....
That's what I was thinking. With no disrespect to the OP, I think all of our 'ideal' vacations are too expensive.

However, it sounds to me like OP is barely doing any WDW parks at all. WHy not just skip those tix altogether and do the water parks, resort hop and dinners at resorts, and the 'other' parks?
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:04 AM   #22
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ok I think Disney is a vacation in itself. Especially price/budget wise. The offsite places are a whole other vacation. Legoland well lets just say its costly for what you get and not real close to Disney.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:36 AM   #23
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OMG, just shared my fabulous non-Disney Orlando touring plan with DH but he isn't on board AT ALL!!! He does not believe in going to Orlando without going to Disney, and his plan for saving tons of $$$ is simply not buying park hoppers...this is what his ideal vacation looks like:

Day 1 arrive, check out hotel (he really wants to stay Deluxe)
Day 2, Disney water park, dinner outside of parks
Day 3, MK all day with dinner
Day 4, Epcot all day with dinner
Day 5, If affordable rent a car and go to Legoland, if not stay at resort, have dinner in room
Day 6, Disney water park, dinner outside of parks
Day 7, depart

I guess I can live with that (Will I ever get to swim with a dolphin?????)...off to crunch the numbers...thanks again...
That doesn't sound like too much of a bad itinerary to me! You're definitely getting more use out of your Disney tickets too. Just a thought (this is probably going to sound a bit selfish and mean, but I bring it up as it worked for a friend's family) what if you went to Discovery Cove alone while he took the rest of your family to Legoland, or even while he stayed and swam/did savannah things at AKL? It sounds like you're the only one who's really excited about Discovery Cove, could you get away with going to do that while they do something else? He's excited about the resort, you're excited about the dolphin swim...maybe split and do both, then meet for dinner?
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Just a thought (this is probably going to sound a bit selfish and mean, but I bring it up as it worked for a friend's family) what if you went to Discovery Cove alone while he took the rest of your family to Legoland,
that's a great suggestion because legoland is more age appropriate for the younger ones and a dolphin swim more appropriate for the older one
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OP...are you going with the WDW plan, or trying to come up with something else?
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that's a great suggestion because legoland is more age appropriate for the younger ones and a dolphin swim more appropriate for the older one
Excellent suggestion. If both parents aren't set on both of those parks, you save quite a bit. I have only done LL in California, but 10 is about the top of the target demographic, I think.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #27
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Have you checked rates at the Swan or Dolphin? They often offer some good discounts and they sit right outside of Epcot, so you get very much of that Disney feel. They are very nice resorts with a mostly moderate price tag. Also there are a number of good resort restaurants close by. And if you do decide to partake of those Epcot dinners, you are conveniently located.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:20 PM   #28
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I would suggest giving serious thought to Art of Animation family suites or the All Star Music family suites. We also have a family of 5 and the deluxes are very pricey. Your kids are young enough that they would still love the over the top theming of those 2 resorts. I took my oldest two (they were 4 and 6) and we stayed at Pop Century that trip since it was just the 3 of us. Last month all 5 of us went and we stayed at the Contemporary. My kids kept asking when we could go to the hotel with the "big things". Young kids like that sort of stuff. And those 2 are a lot cheaper. Check it out. You'd still be on site for the Disney magic!
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:20 AM   #29
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OP...are you going with the WDW plan, or trying to come up with something else?
I'm not sure, I'm so confused...I was looking forward to seeing some new things but DH does not believe in going to Orlando w/o going to Disney. We had an absolute blast last time so maybe he is right. I think the way to go like many people have suggested is to stay on-site at a moderate (and I am very intrigued by AoA) to save some money, and then do a day trip or two to Legoland and/or DC. I love the idea of splitting up in some way too, so I am exploring that. Thanks to everyone for all of your ideas, they have all been great, my mind is swimming (in a good way)...when I do book something and it is all final I will post back here...
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After reading this I realize how thankful I am that vacation planning with DH is I plan everything and he shows up and enjoys the benefits of my planning
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