2 Queen Beds,
2 Double Beds,
$1,476.54 for 6
2 Queen Beds,
It’s the convention hotel, which means that it’s
clientele is primarily adults. Less kids, less
overactive teenagers, less people in the pool.
Seriously how cool is that pool?
It’s rooms are slightly larger than the other two
The south of the border theming is, well, my
answer to a Southern California/so-close-to-
vacation gone wrong.
There. Are. Two. Bars.
It’s sitting on a 15 acre lake. Suck on that view.
But wait, do the ticket prices actually get
Yes. The difference between a 3-Day Ticket
and a 10-Day Ticket amounts to the cost for a
1-Day Ticket. Because Disney wants you to
stay there and spend more money buying
food and shopping and yeah this is totally my
economics class coming back to haunt me
What do those tickets let you do? The admit
you into one park a day. You can do the same
park two or three or four days if you
want, but you can’t visit two separate parks
in the same day.
What are our other options?
Park Hopper Option: +$121.41/ea flat fee.
Water Park Option (admission into the two
waterparks): +$121.41/ea flat fee.
Park Hopper & Water Park Option:
+$168.26/ea flat fee.
Dining plans enable you to pay for your food
ahead of time.
They come in three flavors: Quick Service Dining
Plan, Basic Dining Plan, & Premium Dining Plan.
Quick Service Dining Plan includes 2) Counter
Service Meals, 1) Snack, 1) Non-alcoholic
Beverage, for around $31/per person, per day.
Basic Dining Plan includes 1) Counter Service
Meal, 1) Table Service Meal, 1) Snack, 1) Non-
Alcoholic Beverage, for around $54/per
person, per day.
Premium Dining Plan includes 3) Table Service
Meals, 2) Snacks, 2) Non-Alcoholic Beverages, for
around $80/per person, per day.
I really, really, really know.
Not everyone buys a dining plan.
Not everyone says dining plans are actually
worth it because they are A) limit your food
choices (i.e. there are actual guidelines about
what constitutes a snack and what doesn’t), and
B) limit your restaurant choices.
Are we each going to eat $80 worth of food a
day? Hell no. Are we each going to eat $50 worth
of food a day? Probably not. Does the third
option severely limit our restaurant choices?
Pretty much. Do we need a dining plan? I think
you know what I’m going to say here.
Yes, yes it is.
Enter Disney Magical Express, a complimentary
service that will pick you and your baggage up
from the airport and deposit you and your
baggage in your room. And then do the same
thing over again for your return flight.
Cons? It’s like a 90 minute trip. Your baggage
may take up to eight hours to arrive in your room
(it usually does not, according to reviews, and
also that’s what a carry-on is for).
Pros? F-R-E-E. You don’t have to play around with
baggage claim. We don’t need a rental car. The
list goes on.
How long should we stay for?
There are four theme parks, plus Downtown
Disney, which is a day in and of itself.
That’s not counting if you want to go out to
Universal Studios (don’t ask, I didn’t price it
My best guess? Either 4 days/5 nights, or 5
days/6 nights. Tickets increase by about
$10/day, so you’re really just paying for the
hotel room. The prices I quoted for
hotels/tickets are for the longer stay.
There used to be something called Pleasure Island
which, I’m just guessing here, totes might have been
a strip club.
Cirque de Soleil ($68-154/each)
Swimming with dolphins. Seriously. That’s a thing
Watching fireworks from a hammock on the beach
while sipping margaritas and laughing at all the
assholes standing in line at Comic-Con.
Hanging around the boardwalk which is apparently
where the nightlife is don’t quote me on this.
All of these costs are pre-split and we will use
the money from the rental to pay part of them.
The numbers look big but this is significantly
LESS than what we were going to be spending on
Airfare is going to run you ~$200 vs. ~$400.
These are 25% discounted rooms and that offer is
only good for May-June 14 (the dates I run are
generally 6/5/13 – 6/10/13, but that’s entirely
I am open to any and all suggestions and changes
to rooms/tickets/dates/dining. My heart is set