DLR vet here making plans for my sister's upcoming trip to WDW. (Lucky her!!) She and her friend want to visit in early or mid November (10 days) and stay in a moderate resort, preferably one that's a bit quieter. I thought Port Orleans. Being the MiceGeek that I am, I started looking at package pricing and then over to kayak to look for hotels around Universal studios since they want to spend a day there as well. Imagine my surprise when I saw Port Orleans rooms on Kayak for $24 less per night than on the WDW website.
You can imagine a bunch of questions flew through my head so I'm asking for your thoughts and experiences planning such a trip and the most meaningful ways to save money. I mean $24 a night for 9 nights is significant.
Some questions I considered:
Would it be better to start the trip at Universal studios for 2 days and then go to WDW?
How difficult would it be to make a Universal visit while staying on WDW property? Would a rental car be required?
My sister likes the idea of extra hours and the "free" bus ride from the airport, would you get those perks if you booked through another travel site like Kayak?
Thanks for all your help!