Gaylord Palms

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  1. Iowa

    Iowa Earning My Ears

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    Has anyone stayed at the Gaylord Palms resort? I will be traveling to Orlando in May on business. I have at least one free day and was wondering if anyone had used this resorts shuttle to WDW? If so, is it an efficient choice or should I plan on using a taxi?
     
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  3. Massillon Dad

    Massillon Dad Mouseketeer

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    it stops at other hotels as well as delivers to other parks. Taxi might cost $15...but I'll bet you can split that fare with 2-3 other people wantin to get out of the drooling bus line wait. P.S. : definitely eat @ the Gaylord's Mediterrenian buffet
     
  4. dvcHammer

    dvcHammer Drinking at Disney

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    The Gaylord is a great hotel, but call a cab to get to the parks.
     
  5. disnut8

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    If you have only one free day, then call a cab. Don't waste time with the shuttles. And check out the alligators on the first floor of the Gaylord.
     
  6. i3utterfli82

    i3utterfli82 Disneyliscious

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    I LOVE Gaylord Palms...take a cab, the shuttles are not practical.
     
  7. jgates

    jgates <font color=teal>Must vow NEVER to toggle the tags

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    You may actually want to check into car rental rates for your trip. There is a daily parking fee at GP, HOWEVER.............

    Food at GP is very expensive (our software company goes to a Gaylord Property for conference every year - same at each location $$$). If you do not get served supper by the conference sponsor, those meals can be very pricey. Best example - we ate at Gaylord Texan - supper for 2 of us with 1 drink each was $100 with tip. At GP we drove offsite & ate at Earl of Sandwich at DTD for under $20. That $80 paid over half of our rental fee.

    Factor in shuttle cost to & from the hotel. That took care of the rest of the rental for us.

    We ate off-site 3 other meals I believe which MORE than paid for double or so of the parking fee. Our employer actually came out WAY ahead by us renting a vehicle when you factored everything into the equation.

    If not, if you can work the shuttle for getting to a park, you can always taxi back from whatever place you end up at your own convenience - then you are only paying for one direction.

    And there's always the 'tacky' method. You could take a bus back to the closest Disney resort (???POP or All Stars??? - it's one of the values) & then take a taxi from there LOL!!!
     
  8. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Just once, I want to see a liar's pants on fire.

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    1) The Gaylord Palms is a huge conference resort.
    2) Although very big, it is also quite nice.
    3) We eat at the Gaylord Buffet 3-4 times per year.
    . . . twice per month we eat out at the local hotels
    . . . the Gaylord has a superior buffet, especially on holidays
    . . . we usually do it for Mother's Day, Christmas Day, Valentines Day, Easter
    4) As for Disney
    . . . the taxi is by far the best way to get to/from Disney
    . . . there are taxis available at the hotel and Disney, so no problems
    . . . the shuttle is very time-restricting, so I would not select it
     
  9. Iowa

    Iowa Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the advice...sounds like a taxi is the way to go....

    Anyone been to the spa at the resort?
     
  10. disnut1149

    disnut1149 DIS Veteran

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    HI
    My DH has a conference there in May. I thought I would go shopping at DTD while he was at his meeting, and would take a shuttle. But I think taking a taxi might be the way to go.
     
  11. jgates

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    The taxi to DTD shouldn't run too much. Three of the girls at our conference took one to the outlet mall (which is about 1.5 miles north of DTD) & they said it ran about $12 one way for the 3 of them. (We gave them a ride back).
     
  12. Lynne M

    Lynne M Moderator Moderator

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    Since the Gaylord Palms is off-property, I'm going to move this to the Orlando Hotels and Attractions board. :)
     
  13. rmm7e

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    I stayed at GP aka The Biodome in 12/2009 for work, and took their shuttle one evening and thought it was fine. I think it went to the TTC and I hopped on the monorail to Epcot. Coming back it was a bus direct from the Epcot lot back to the hotel.

    I obviously did not have a car on that trip and I have to say I felt trapped as far as eating in their WAY overpriced restaurants. The place is completely isolated meaning nothing within walking distance. i think its outrageous that they charge to park, and felt totally ripped off staying there, even tho my company paid.

    Sorry, unexpected rant there!
     

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