How We Saved Money and Time on our Disney Trip

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  1. patclairesmom

    patclairesmom Mouseketeer

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    I think that it's a great idea, especially time wise. If you want a full day in the parks on your "travel" day, you really have to catch an early flight.
     
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  3. jaceraden

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    Thanks!

    I've used ME twice but never got any Mickey mail so I've never known what people were talking about.
     
  4. Mynamewastaken

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    I think i may have to use your idea. I am a teacher as is DH. We are leaving for Florida from Manchester on April 12th... I am leavign work at 3 for our flight at 5pm. We have a stop over and are not getting to Orlando until after 11 pm. We were going to wait to get on the Magical Express in hopes of making it on before midnight and then checking into AOA. Maybe this would be a better plan.
     
  5. momto3gr8boys

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    We did this on our way home once. We got cheap flights home early in the morning. Instead of paying for an extra night at the BC we stayed at the Hyatt. In the morning I brought down the luggage and checked us in for the flights early then went back to the room and showered and got ready to go. Walked downstairs, grabbed a bite to eat at the gate and headed home. We left Disney at midnight the night before and were sleeping by 1:00 am. Worked great!
     
  6. camdensmom

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    We'll be flying out of Manchester on either the 12th or the 13th of April as well. I also need to teach on the 12th and am nervous about making it to MHT for a 4:30 flight. We live about an hour away.
     
  7. sunsetbeachgal

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    Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
     
  8. searlproudbottom

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    We Have been using camdensmom plan for the last 3 years staying at the Hyatt. Our Flight usually arrives around 11:30 pm. We have not used ME for our checked baggage. A couple of months ago I called ME and discussed our plans. That is arriving late, staying at the Hyatt and taking ME over the next morning. The CM specifically said that it shouldn't be a problem because ME doesn't deliver luggage that lat at night. Our Next trip is in June and we will be using ME luggage service. I will report back to let you all know how it works.

    Searl
     
  9. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

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    How did you get your ME vouchers if you did not get mail?
     
  10. LucyBC80

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    They have you on their schedule. Otherwise foreigners, who btw do not ever get Mickey Mail wouldn't be able to use ME.

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  11. jamescanuck2001

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    will be doing this in february

    just debating whether to stay at hyatt for $ or marriott using free night voucher

    not crazy about the hassle of taking shuttle back and forth from marriott
     
  12. 5bound4wdw

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    Always looking for another way to save some cash! Great option...Thanks!:woohoo:
     
  13. Wanna be Ariel

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    This is so good to hear. I love it! We have always rented a car(when it was DH and I) but now with DS we are going to try the ME. I do have a few questions if someone could help me

    1-What time will the ME start in the morning?

    2-What is a good price for the Hyatt? Right now for our date it would be $152 + taxs

    3-Since we will have suitcases we need to pick them up at baggage claim then check into the Hyatt and then the next morning bring them down to ME and they will take them from us??? Is that how it would work?

    Thank you so much for the idea and the help. Anything else I should know???
     
  14. M-I-C-K-E-Y

    M-I-C-K-E-Y DIS Veteran

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    I was wondering about the noise. We have some light sleepers in our family, and I'm uncertain about their ability to sleep well that first night in both a new bed and with plane noise...
     
  15. camdensmom

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    ME runs 24/7. We are early risers so we got up around 6 and went straight down to ME (with a quick Starbucks stop in between). There was a bus waiting for us...well not really for us...but there was a bus waiting and we hopped right onto it and it drove us to the hotel. LOVED that.

    I think that price sounds pretty good, but I would check back as they always fluctuate. Maybe lock in that rate and then check in periodically.

    You will need to grab your bags. If it is late when you are getting in you could go to check in and have hubby grab the bags and meet you at the hotel. We checked in in a matter of minutes. The Hyatt room was spacious with a good sized closet. My recommendation would be to pack an "overnight bag" so you don't need to unpack any of the other bags. In the morning the crowds are non-existent at ME so it will be very easy to bring your bags down and the driver will put them on the bus (since we were the only people we didn't even need to close our stroller). When you check in at the hotel just drop them off (the desk will tell you where) and they'll bring them to your room when it's ready. So easy!

    On a sidenote I don't know how old your little one is, but the Hyatt had actual cribs with nice thick mattresses that they wheeled in for us (we have twins). I was expecting to see pack n plays and was delighted with the full crib because the girls slept so well in them.

    Happy Travels!
     
  16. camdensmom

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    We had a room with a balcony that looked down into the terminal which was kind of fun. We didn't hear any airplane noise, but could hear noise down there until it got to be a bit later. The site does mention quiet rooms. If you asked for a room across the hall from the terminal you should be fine. You need to take a tram-thingy to get to the terminal from the boarding gates so there is some distance between them. :)
     
  17. wallawallakids

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    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
     
  18. 2ndStarr

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    Love this! It never would have occurred to me.
     
  19. Wanna be Ariel

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    Thank you for the info. That rate is no refundable so I guess I will wait since we still are a ways out. My DS will be a little shy of 2.5 when we go. I am wishing that by then we would be okay in a big bed with rails, but that is great to know about the crib. Might go with that just for the night. Thank you again for all the great info. This is really going to help.:thumbsup2
     
  20. pigletto

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    Well you sure just helped me. I have to work on the Friday before our trip. However, we could comfortably make the Friday 8:20pm flight. We wouldn't get there until 10:50 or so but I kind of just want to get going! We've been debating between that and the 6a.m. flight the next morning. One means a hotel stay at the airport here and fly out the next morning.. the other means fly first and stay there. I think my mind is made up. I would LOVE to wake up and walk down to ME and be ready to go!!:cool1:

    Now it will technically cost us more money because the hotel for the night here is only 120 and and the Hyatt will be quite a bit more. But to wake up and have a full day to have a ride on ME, check in, have a nice breakfast and head to a park sounds like a wonderful way to start the trip!!
     
  21. FantasiaMagic

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    That is such a great idea! Esp to save some money and for a quick trip. The hotel at MCO always looked interesting...

    Glad your family had a good trip! :goodvibes
     

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