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Old 08-29-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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The cheapest idea would be to take your kids out of school in February and head down for two weeks. Get the kids assignments and make sure they spend a 1/2 to 45 minutes everyday working on their assisgnments. The park will not be busy during this time AND hotels are SO MUCH cheaper! ALSO...go on price line.....We stayed at the Doubletree Castle hotel....(which has transportation to the parks) We got it on price line for 50 dollars a night. In February, you may be able to get it cheaper. ALSO...renting a condo in Kissimmee, FL (which is close to the parks) is an idea too.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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We stay in a SkyAuction condo (typically 2 bedroom with a full kitchen for $295/week including taxes), we eat b-fast and some dinners in the condo.

We go off-season and usually walk on the rides! We are heading again in January.

You can carry in your own snacks and even lunch if you want to. We typically carry in only snacks.....nuts/raisins, granola bars, that sort of thing.

Our trips are typically 8 days and including tickets, gas, parking, food, and dog sitting, we can do the world for around $1700 for a family of 5.

Dawn
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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The cheapest idea would be to take your kids out of school in February and head down for two weeks. Get the kids assignments and make sure they spend a 1/2 to 45 minutes everyday working on their assisgnments. The park will not be busy during this time AND hotels are SO MUCH cheaper! ALSO...go on price line.....We stayed at the Doubletree Castle hotel....(which has transportation to the parks) We got it on price line for 50 dollars a night. In February, you may be able to get it cheaper. ALSO...renting a condo in Kissimmee, FL (which is close to the parks) is an idea too.

That might be an excellent cost savings idea but I don't know a school around us that would allow students to be gone for 2 weeks. Especially after they had just gotten back from 2 weeks off around Christmas. Where do you live? How old are your children? Boy I would love to do that though!
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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My dad has the Disney Vacation points, although not sure it is the best deal. The yearly cost is quite a bit and you own them for 45 years. But it is great to stay on the grounds. The upside is the bus system and when the kids are tired or usually me who is tired, you can run back grab a nap and still head back out for more. We stay at Key West since it is a bit older we think the rooms are bigger. It is spread out and seems more quiet. There is a back trail that you can walk to Downtown Disney which we love to do and then can take the boat back. Disney has gotten to be less of a bargain...my dad says when we are there that he can hear "the great sucking sound" grabbing your money at every turn. The food has gotten more expensive. And most of the shops, some of which had very unique items, have all gone to the mouse, which is a real shame.
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