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Old 08-04-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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My mom and brother are coming to Florida later this week, for a 1-day trip to Orlando. They just want to go to one of the Disney parks for a day, and they need probably 2 nights at a hotel. What's the best place to find a deal for that. I'll probably be driving down there on Friday, with my 2 girls, to meet them for the Disney park visit.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Eric
We really like staying on property so much easier that driving and waiting in line to get to the parking lot

Plus if you stay on property some of the parks have early or extended hours

Do you know anyone that works on one of the bases ? Sometimes they get a better price on the tickets or at least FL resident rates
We have bought tickets for non residents and there has never been a problem

Hopefully Mawipafl will see this she is very knowledgeable on Disney
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:27 PM
 
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Hey Eric,

We have been to Disney and Sea World a few times this year. We have stayed in some really nice hotels, very reasonably, by bidding on priceline. $85/night got us into The Peabody and the JW Marriot on two seperate occasions.
The cons to staying off site are the parking fees, you pay at the hotel and again at the park. The food is very expensive (IMO) at the onsite hotels.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I agree with Karla. Early and extended hours are a good thing. Last time we went, we stayed on property and went early, left at the heat of the day for the kids to play in the pool and a late nap (for all of us) and then went back around dinner time when the crowds left and enjoyed the cooler night time.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I'm a little late seeing this thread, but for the future, the best Disney deals I've found are right on the Disney website. Staying on property is usually the most convenient, and FL residents can get a good price sometimes.
Discounts for Florida Residents | Walt Disney World Resort
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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Thanks for the input, Ladies! We got it worked out. Actually, mom and bro decided to do something different and closer to their home in MS. (well, they're still driving a few hours out of state, but not the 12-13 hours to Orlando) But, we ended up with a family connection getting some passes for unbelievably cheap. Like "4 for the price of 1" cheap, and Park Hopper passes, too. Advice: get to know folks who work on Disney properties. So, it looks like we're doing one last vacation before school starts. Disney stuff on Friday, and Wet-n-Wild on Saturday.
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