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Old 04-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Apr 2013
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Hotels with benefits?

Hi all!

First off, I apologize as my questions has as much to do with Sea World and IOA as it does Disney.

My family (4 of us, with daughters aged 7 and 9) will be staying in the Orlando area July 2014 for roughly 3 days before a Disney cruise.

We have been through many of the parks before - 2011 - but may want to revisit some (MK, IOA, SeaWorld - we haven't been to SW before).

The previous trip had us at the Coronado Springs and we really liked that that allowed us to bypass parking fees at all Disney Parks. We didn't use the extra hours, but might do this time around.

I guess my big question(s) here are:

1. )Given that each (MK, IOA, SW) are completely different resorts and that we're only going to be in the area for 3 days, what hotel(s) would you choose to maximize hotel affiliated theme park benefits?

2.) Are the prices you would pay for these resorts worth the perks?

3.) What perks would you say are most important? What hotels offer those?

My personal take is this, given that we will be there in July (early July 2014), the crowds and the heat will be oppressive. In an effort to combat this, paying an extra $50,$60, even $100/night for hotels that offer front of line (or equivalent) passes would be SUPER handy. Early opening hours and closings might also be nice.

What do you think? I don't need the Ritz Carlton. In fact value or moderate accommodation is fine for me (unless it's a 5 star that the kids would LOVE). But some of the perks seem to be really compelling.

Finally, as you probably can tell, I really don't have too much of a problem jumping from hotel to hotel over the course of the 3 or 4 days if it means I don't need to stand in super long ride lines with kids.

Anyways, thoughts? Specific hotel names would be super helpful and of course, if you have personal experience here that would be even better!


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