Vote of the week: Where do you stay?
Sometimes a visit to a theme park is a day trip (if you're fortunate enough to live near one), and sometimes it's part of a family vacation.
This week's question asks where you stay for the night on your typical theme park trip. If you've stayed with several these options over the years, pick the one you've stayed at the most.
And please do click over to our theme park hotels section to submit ratings and reviews for the hotels that you've stayed at on recent trips.
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Am I one of the few with family members in Orlando, then? ;-)
IF YOU HAVE KIDS, A REALLY NICE HOTEL TO STAY AT IS HOLIDAY IN SUNSPREE KIDS SUITS!! IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED! POOL, GAMES, THEY EVEN HAVE A DAYCARE FOR SMALL KIDS. ALSO THERE IS A MOIVE SCREEN THEY PUT UP EVERY NIGHT AT THE POOL, SO WHEN ALL THE KIDS ARE IN THE POOL THEY CAN STILL LOOK AT MOVIES!! THEY HAVE BUNK BED AS WELL AS A SMALL BED FOR A TODDLER. YOU ALSO CAN EAT DINNER THERE, AND ONLY ABOUT 5 MINS AWAY FROM DISNEY AND 10 MINS FROM UNIVERSAL. ITS A WONDER PLACE FOR A FAMILY WITH KIDS!! I HAVE STAY THERE ABOUT 8 TIMES! WWW.KIDSUITES.COM
Whoa, caps lock off there, please?
I'm in So Cal. Day trips for me.
Living in Orlando, all the area parks are a day trip for us.
Living in the orlando area Im only 13 miles from the Disney parks, 15 mins. from Universal and SeaWorld, 1 hr to both Busch Gardens and Cypress Gardens so its always a dady trip for us as well.
I have many opinions on this issue as my wife and I were frequent visitors to Orlando before we moved here. Our first trip was exausting! We stayed in Kissimmee at one of the "$29.95" a night hotels. We were going after the most we could do with our money via the longest stay and pack stuff in every day route. This is a flawed method used by many first timers. Please listen to this warning: IT IS NOT THE WAY TO GO!!! The "$29.95" per night hotels typically have management that doesn't care how many you pack into a room and our neighbors were a church group on holiday! There were like 8-10 people in the room with one adult to keep them from burning the place down and the rest were kids. YIKES!!!
Although we're close enough to make day trips to the Central Florida parks, we like to make an annual "special" trip to one of the resort hotels and stay on (or very near) property. Advantages are numerous - early entry, free transportation (and parking!), package delivery, excellent food and accomodations, and you don't have to worry about traffic, timing, or other hassles. I can see the day coming when you won't be able to get into a Disney park unless you're staying on property...
For me it depends were I am for vaction. Whatever park I may be at I go to the nicest looking hotel in the area. But I usally do day trips to SFGAdv and Dorney, because I live in NYC.
We have always stayed on site, whether in Disneyland, CA or WDW. The number one convenience is being right where all the action is and I feel safer staying on site. With the Disney resorts, the theming is always an added bonus, particularly for our son and any other children we may be taking with us. At WDW, we didn't use the on-site transportation but drove from park to park. Because parking is included with your package if you purchase from WDW, we left our sticker on the dash and didn't have to worry about paying that fee each time we went to a park. Also, being on site, you can't beat the extra magic hours. There were days when we would hit a park for a few hours in the morning and come back to our hotel to do absolutely nothing but relax and nap. Once rested, we could hit one of the park that had the extended hours that night. And the extra hour in the morning to Disney's water parks for resort guests... we were able to do everything several times before those parks opened to the general public and were eating breakfast by 10:30am.
I really love to stay in the Port Orleans French Quarter this time!
I live within 15 miles of Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country, USA, so most of my theme park visits are day trips from home. But when we travel once or twice a year to Orlando, we generally stay in a time share resort with extended family. The extra bathrooms (usually three full bathrooms for 6-8 guests) and full kitchen are especially nice features. We save a lot of money by eating breakfast and dinner at the resort, and we enjoy our time relaxing at the resort almost as much as our theme park fun time!
for years my parents could barely afford to take us to Disney world and the Oralndo area comming from Md.. So, we always stayed in a budget hotel, when I got old enough to take myself and my wife we would up-grade our accomidations every time, from a budget hotel to timeshare resort to resort hotel on Disney property. My goal is to stay at the Contemporary one day. I have dreamed ever since i was little to stay there.
I live in RI and have a timeshare in Kissimmee. It's easy to know I have the place to stay and just "wing it" as far as deciding which parks on which days. I would like to try to say at a park resort at least once to get in the parks earlier, though.
I read the commment about the $29.95 hotels and I couldn't agree more. In 2003 I went to Disney World and stayed in Kissemee. The hotel we stayed at advertised a shuttle to and from the parks. What they didn't say was that they shared it with every hotel in town. On top of that the bus picked up before all the nightly closing events at the park. On top of that we ended up in the wrong parking lot to catch the bus home and ended up having to take a cab back to the hotel. After that $30 trip we drove into the parks after that.
Most of the time, the parks are day trips since we're about an hour and a half from Tampa and Orlando - but the past couple of years we did make occasional weekend trips to WDW and stayed at an All Star resort.
I agree with the people who live in Orlando it is cheaper to live there. My husband is hoping to get a job there when the housing market here picks up a bit. I also love Florida so that is a plus.
It really depends on what perks (if any) there are with the resort hotels. Clearly Universal has the Front-of-the-Line thing, but since I go out of season lines are rarely a problem. Usually we stay at the aforementioned $29.95 hotels in Kissimmee, but we've never had any problems with other guests there (again, out of season).
As it is my first comment, first a great thank you for Robert Miles who created this useful web resource for theme park fans.
We tend to mix it up a little so we get the best of all worlds.
D'oh! Spaced the vacation homes option. Sorry about that one.
We are DVC’ers and really enjoy all the perks of staying on property; however we still tend to travel off and check out non-disney entertainment. Our favorites are Old Key West, Wilderness Lodge, and Saratoga Springs, each have their own unique interests and seem to be the ones that we tend to repeat again and again. We are planning to use our package to travel to some nice resort hotels in non-park related areas as well.
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