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Old 06-09-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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May sound crazy, but...

We plan on taking an 11 day vacation at SSR end of this month... and not go to any parks! Anyone else have first hand experience in this? Any recommendations? We are a family of 5: myself, wife and 3 girls: 14, 10 and 7. Will we be arrested for child abuse??? Thanks for any advice...

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Old 06-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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We have not done that before; however, when I was at SSR in January we met a family at the pool that was doing just that. The children were having a GREAT time enjoying the multiple pools and playgrounds right at SSR and going to DTD. They ate at several off-site locations and went to the Outlets.

There is so much to do in Orlando, I imagine a trip like this is in our future as well. The resort is so relaxing-enjoy!!
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We've done non-park trips that were couple of days. DVC members can pool hop to other onsite WDW resorts and to other DVC resorts except AKV, BCV & BLT(you'd need to be staying at these 3 in order to use pools there). There is a good amount of non-park activities to do onsite (& nearby offsite too) but jmho I think 11 days is going to be stretch without any park time whatsoever especially given the ages of your kids.

If you don't want to do WDW parks maybe look into Universal/IOA - they've got a special $99 for 7 day pass - you may be able to use it on non-consecutive days too but I'm not 100% certain on this. Or checkout Undercover Tourist - they've got some savings on various short & longterm passes for WDW parks & waterparks and other parks as well.

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Old 06-09-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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My kids might tie us up and steal our credit cards and hit the parks if we tried this, but we are seriously thinking of doing this in the next couple of years. Park tickets are so pricey for the 6 of us. We have the accommodations paid for and we will start driving down to save money also.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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Universal's $99 deal is definitely something we've been comtemplating... Would love if this could be non-consecutive days... I also though some disney-type things like HDDR, Chef Mickey's, etc. would be good since you don't need park access for them... Any other disney-themed ideas along these lines?
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:23 PM   #6
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Resorts and no parks.

I would think that would be a stretch. Have you thought of going to Vero Beach or HH instead? That way the allure of the parks wouldn't be there, but you could still enjoy the Disney Quality resort?
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:27 PM   #7
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We are doing just that next year after our cruise. We sail on a Sunday and since it is only 4 nights we'll be back Thursday so we will stay onsite until the next Sunday without park time. I am very excited to wake up whenever we want and really enjoy the pool. But that is only three days. I don't think I would have the willpower to do 11. Have fun!
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:16 PM   #8

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I used to think going and not doing any parks was a simply mad idea however the more I see of Disney and now that we own DVC, I like the idea.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:21 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by djmkam View Post
Universal's $99 deal is definitely something we've been comtemplating... Would love if this could be non-consecutive days...
We've used those passes and they expire on the 7th calendar day from first use regardless of whether you visit the parks on 1 day, 2 or any number of days up to the 7th day. So if you first use them on a Tuesday (day 1), you may visit either or both Universal parks on any days through the very next Monday (day 7) as much or as little as you want.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:17 PM   #10
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You can get an adult waterpark annual pass for $99 (at least I think that was the cost). So you could go to TL or BB every day.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:25 PM   #11
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It is possible, even a great idea. We have two teenagers (and often travel with two more) and our trips are never commando anymore. If we go a week we may not hit the parks at all or maybe just a day or so. It is important that you decide before you go and then plan accordingly.

Our kids love SSR especially since they can hit DTD regularly and they enjoy Disney quest. They keep themselves busy with the pools, community hall, DTD, bike riding etc. We do make time to go see the fireworks from the Poly as that is a favourite for everyone.

We did do a few days at Universal a few years back. They liked it but enjoy WDW more. Still it was really reasonable cost-wise.

We also do more cooking at WDW than we do at home. We are so busy at home that these vacations really give us a good time to be together peacefully. The kids like to cook as well, so they may plan breakfast or lunch for a number of the days.

As previous posters have noted, 11 days may be a bit long but with good planning I think you can have a great vacation with lots of great family memories !
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:33 PM   #12
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I did this once for a very short weekend trip to BCV...my daughter spent may 12 or 13 hrs in the pool...there is tons to do if you dont want to enter the parks...i was not too thrilled...but my DD on the other hand probably didnt even notice!!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:57 AM   #13
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We do this every 2-3rd trip. It's wonderful and I highly recommend it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:15 AM   #14
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I always want to have some non-park days and it never seems to work. I think you will enjoy it!
I would definitely start planning some other activities- visiting the space center, a day trip to the coast for some beach-time, Audobon center for birds of prey, Gatorland, SeaWorld, Botanical Gardens, World of Orchids
I hear the town of Celebration is great to visit.
Try www.orlandookay.com for suggestions on stuff to do

I honestly feel like WDW has so much to offer that we miss because we are always headed ot the parks.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:56 AM   #15
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If you have a membership to your local science center, you can use your membership at the Orlando Science Center. We had a fun day there away from the theme parks.
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