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Planning a stay at a Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Universal Orlando hotel soon?

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Published: October 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Are you planning to stay at any of these 10 on-site theme park hotels between now and next Memorial Day (May 31, 2010)?

Walt Disney World

Universal Orlando

Disneyland Resort

If so, please contact me, using the "Contact the Editor" link at the bottom of the page. I am looking for some folks to do in-depth write-ups of their stay at one of these resorts (with photos). I can provide a checklist of what I'm looking for in these write-ups, and will pay $50 for each write-up which follows that checklist. I know that's not much, but it is nice pocket change for the day in the parks.

If more than one person claims dibs on a particular hotel, I'll go with whomever shows me that they've been around the site for a while and gets what Theme Park Insider readers are looking for (i.e. sharp, skeptical reporting; no sucking up to a hotel just because it is from Disney or Universal, etc.)


[Update: Hotels with a line through their names have been claimed.]

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on October 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM
Dibs on the Boardwalk...

I am going tomorrow!

From TH Creative on October 20, 2009 at 11:59 AM
Mr. Spielberg will be 71 in 2017.
From Robert Niles on October 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM
Wrong thread, TH?

Anyway, one hotel down - nine to go.

From Amanda Jenkins on October 20, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Oh Robert! How dare you tempt us so soon. We are planning on going WDW possibly in Jan. or Feb. but sadly are going to be staying in the new Bay Lake Tower. Oh well, no extra spending money for us.
From on October 20, 2009 at 1:37 PM
Can't help you ...we are going in July 2010...would have loved to do it though!
From Amy Tupper on October 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM
Gee, too bad All Star Sports wasn't one of them. I stayed there almost 2 weeks ago, going this weekend, and again for my birthday in Nov. :) Maybe next year when we go to DL, we'll stay at the Grand Californian, based on the review, of course! :)
From Randy Scott on October 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM
We just got back yesterday from a 5 night stay at Universal's Royal Pacific Resort club level. I would be happy to submit a detailed report if you are interested.
From Nick Markham on October 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM
I will most likely be staying at the Portofino some time in June or July. Is that soon enough?
From James Rao on October 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM
Nothing definitive, yet, Robert. I will be staying at Universal but probably not until September.

I am planning on hitting one of the Disney resorts in May (provided buy-4-get-3-free is extended), but the ones you picked are a little too rich for my wallet.

From James Rao on October 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM
Beach Club would be my first choice, but it runs about $400 a night in May! Yikes!
From Beth Olliges on October 21, 2009 at 12:49 AM
I'll be staying at the Grand Californian in December!
From on October 21, 2009 at 6:59 AM
I will be staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge and the Beach Club Villas the first week of December 2009. I'd love to submit a write up with photos.

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