Arrive day ahead - where to stay?

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  1. eculmone

    eculmone Mouseketeer

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    Nervous about bed bugs, clean rooms, shuttles to cruise etc? We arrive Saturday March 9th for our cruise Sunday March 10th, 2013. Was thinking to stay at a Disney resort on Saturday and take the shuttle to the Disney Cruise for the next day? Is it complimentary when you book the Disney hotel? Or just free from Airport to Disney hotel on magical express?

    Has anyone ever done this? Or should we just get private transportation and stay in Port canaveral? I'm nervous about hotels around there as we've never been here. Anyone have exceptional experience? Any recommendations on the best way to do this are greatly appreciated :confused:
     
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  3. PrincessShmoo

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    Magical Express runs to/from MCO/WDW. It's free.

    Transportation from MCO to port; WDW to port; port to MCO; port to WDW is DCL transportation. It costs $35 per person one way.

    Personally, next time we go, we're staying at the Hyatt MCO and using DCL transfers.

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  4. phoenixleigh

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    That's what we are doing. Hyatt MCO and then Disney transfers. I am sooo excited :-)
     
  5. dbarker

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    We haven't done this yet,but....................

    Our next cruise is July 2013 and we will be staying at AS Sports and taking Disney transport to Port and back to MCO.

    I promised DH that he would not have to schlep luggage this trip. (I will tip well for that service).
     
  6. eculmone

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    Thanks. Just trying to budget and preparation info. I was thinking of possibly renting a car after arriving at mco, driving down to Cocoa Beach area and take advantage of park and fly? We wanted to drive to Universal Studios for the 2nd half of the adventure but this lack of vehicle is becoming very frustrating. If we rent a car we are paying for 4 days of no use. ??? We need to get to Port Canaveral, cruise, return to Universal studios and then back to airport. What a problematic & expensive idea... All ideas welcome on how to do this with the least amount of headaches and not causing it to cost more than the dang cruise alone?:confused3
     
  7. eculmone

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    What's a DCL transfer?
     
  8. phoenixleigh

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    It will take you from MCO to port and then port to MCO. Its $70 per person round-trip
     
  9. eculmone

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    Hmmm, I think free magical express, then - Disney Port @ $35 pp = $105 total for all 3 of us one way down, then I'm thinking rent a car in Port Canaveral, drive to Universal for 4 nights and then return rental car to MCO IF I can rent a car in Port Canaveral?

    OR

    Rent the car in MCO when we arrive on the Saturday, travel down to Port Canaveral stay at a hotel with free park and fly with shuttle to port then hop back in rental car when we return from cruise and drive to Universal with our final stop and drop off of car back at MCO?

    Any thoughts?:confused3
     
  10. cypressmom

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    So, for a family of 4, it's $140 each way? How much is a cab or private car? Is there a benefit to using Disney transportation from MCO?
     
  11. 2CME911

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    Based on what you are describing as your rough itinerary, I would say...

    Arrive at MCO on D day minus 1
    Stay night at Hyatt MCO
    Take DCL transfer morning of D day
    Cruise
    Hold onto your bags during debarkation
    Take DCL transfer back to MCO with the rest of us
    Rent car at MCO as you usually do
    Proceed to Universal Studios

    Other options:
    Do one way DCL transfer to port, at end of cruise rent car in Coco Beach, returning to MCO after Universal
    Also could substitute private towncar transportation instead of DCL if you prefer

    I don't think this sounds all that complicated, you just need to have it all pre-arranged.
     
  12. PrincessShmoo

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    Yes, $140. Sorry, don't know the costs of private transportation. It's just 2 of us and DCL transfers works for us.

    On the transfer bus, they show videos - information about the ship and cartoons on the way to the port. Don't know the ages of your kids, but in a cab or private vehicle small children need car seats (some rental car companies have them for rent to use in their vehicles). With DCL transfers you enter the terminal when the bus gets there, regardless of your selected Port Arrival Time. And with DCL transfers you don't have to handle your bags from airport (or WDW resort/Hyatt MCO) to your room aboard the ship

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  13. eculmone

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    ok, here is what I've checked out so far.

    1. Arrive at MCO Sat. March 9th; free Magical Express to Disney Resort (choice still pending) :)

    2. DCL from resort to Port $35 pp x 3 = $105 one way to port next day and enjoy the ride and video's there

    3. Enjoy our 4 night cruise on Disney Dream :cool1:

    4. Car Rental at Alamo (signed up member) from March 14th to the 17th $188.97 and drive from Port Canaveral to Universal Studios and enjoy 4 nights at Hard Rock Hotel:car:

    5. Return Rental car to MCO on Sunday March 17th to return to reality:sad:

    Hmmmm what say you all? pixiedust:
     
  14. PrincessShmoo

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    Looks good to me :goodvibes

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  15. cypressmom

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    Thanks. Kids are 7 and 10, so I would travel with backless boosters if using a taxi or private transfer. We have not cruised from PC, so I am researching the option now.
     
  16. eculmone

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    I think *********** transportation is aprx. $115 one way and something like $220 return for family of 4. I'm not sure there is any easy way around this? But we have used them in the past and where well taken care of. Good luck and thank you all for the help and ideas. :grouphug:
     
  17. eculmone

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    Thanks princess Shmo cute name :wave2:
     
  18. ruadisneyfan2

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    We just did this for our 11/3 cruise. Sooo convenient! We have stayed at the Hyatt in the past but never took the DCL bus RT.
    Unless you have enough time to visit parks, it's not worth driving west to WDW just to drive that much further east the next day to the port. jmho
     
  19. tessasmom

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    That sounds like a good plan. Another option would be do 1. What you said. 2. We rented a car from Budget on our last day at Disney. Car was picked up at the Radisson(?) in DTD. Drove to port there. DH dropped DD and I at port and returned the car at PC. 3. Enjoyed our Dream cruise! 4. Pick up a car at PC when you return and drive to Universal. 5. Return car to MCO :(. Just A thought!
     
  20. Djjsperry

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    We always rent a car from MCO airport stay at a local resort usually Marriot then drive to port drop off kids and luggage and me while husband takes car rental to local agency we use Avis and then he rides their shuttle (free) back to port. When we return from cruise he takes the shuttle to Avis rents the car and picks us up. It's cheaper when you are a family of six, we then return it at the Avis in downtown Disney and ride the bus back to our resort BCV. That way it's easy to stop and purchase last minute items too.
    Janelle
     
  21. eculmone

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    Sounds convenient but have you ever stayed at airport hotel? Is it nice? Does it have a pool? Is it clean? Does it compare to Disney Deluxe hotels? :scratchin
     

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