Hello everyone. I have never made a post before so I apologize if I did not set this up right -- and I thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.
I can't afford to go to WDW very often -- so it's like an every 3 or 4 year experience for me. The last time I was able to go was in 2010 and I had a really great time. I did not stay on property though because I thought it would be too expensive so I did not even consider staying at a Disney hotel.
I'm starting to plan my next trip to WDW and it looks like I will be able to afford to go down to Orlando for 7 days in 2013 or maybe early 2014. I am hopefully timing this so that the Fantasyland Expansion will be done as I am very excited about that. It will just be me and my boyfriend going, and we are both in our late 20s.
Can anyone point me to a thread or article that has good advice for planning a 7-day stay at WDW and what hotels I should look at if I want a good value but still be able to stay somewhere cool? Looking at my budget, I am willing to pay up to $160/night for the hotel.
I bet prices will be higher in 2013, but where would YOU look to stay if $160/night was your budget TODAY? I would most likely be going to WDW when it was the cheapest, like in the off season. I think February or March before spring break might be a good time to go if I understand things correctly. Please correct me if I have that wrong.
I think it would be cool to stay somewhere that I would not need to rent a car at all so that I can avoid that expense. I would like to take the Disney transportation from the airport to whatever hotel we stay at, and then take Disney transportation to the parks. I definitely want to go to MK a few times while I am there and would also like to see Epcot for the first time. I am still not sure if I want to go to AK or HS because I don't know if they have things that interest me but I am thinking about it. Are there nice hotels that give transportation to all the parks? I'd like to have one day of fun just at Typhoon Lagoon too because I think that place is really fun.
If I had to boil down what I am looking for, I guess it would be to find the coolest room I could get for $160/night. I live in Chicago and have a view that looks out into an alley so when I travel I think it's nice to stay somewhere that has a nice view out the hotel window -- so I'd like to avoid looking at a parking lot if I can. Maybe something with a view of water as that would be so relaxing.
We plan on staying in the parks until the last possible moment when they close and we can still get transportation back to the hotel so I don't care if we have a view of fireworks or not because we will still be in the parks when those are going off if that's possible.
It would be fun to stay in a hotel that had a really awesome, themed pool too. I would really enjoy that.
I'd also like a place that was more grown-up focused as we won't be going with any kids and I'd like something that was not too cartoon-looking. I don't know how affordable the Polynesian resort is or the one with the French Quarter New Orleans themes, but maybe someone can give advice on this.
I really enjoy this site and love how helpful people are. Thank you all for any help you can give me. I have a very unpleasant job that makes me very unhappy and am unfortunately stuck in it in this economy as I really need to work to stay alive...so planning a trip to WDW next year or the year after is what I do to keep my spirits up. Every time my boss yells at me or calls me stupid or makes me feel bad about myself, I just go home that night and open my "Disney Vacation Planner" notebook and jot down some of the cool things I hope to do on my next vacation. I save up about $100 a month or so towards my vacation fund and I just keep focusing on this positive reward for myself to get me through the bad days I have to endure to make it happen.
I really want to have a great time and stay on property and take advantage of all the cool things that WDW has to offer, so I really need some help looking at a great hotel to stay at.
Thank you for your kind help and ideas and much love from Chicago!