Thursday, 3 December 2015

Planning A Disney Holiday Part 2 | Where To Stay

If you've seen my previous post you might know that I'm in the process of planning a trip to the happiest place on earth! If not you can get up to speed here. Today I wanted to talk about probably the first thing you'll decide when planning a trip to Disney and that's where your going to stay. 

There are SO many options and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. This time we are staying on Disney property at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, but on previous trips we've stayed off property in a villa and also in a value hotel. So I feel like I have all angles covered here!

This time, for the first time, it's just my boyfriend and I so a villa was out because we didn't feel we needed all that space. However a villa can be a great idea for many reasons. I've stayed in villas twice before when I've travelled  with family and the space is welcome when your with so many people! It's so nice having your own bedroom, and a living room you can all relax in at the end of a long day at the parks. Also having your own kitchen and cooking for yourself can keep the cost down for a large family. 

The big question for us this time around was whether we were going to stay on or off Disney property. Now this will be the first time we've stayed at Disney so I can only talk about staying off site from experience. Staying off site can be a lot cheaper, we've stayed in various budget hotels in the past when we've been with family. When your paying for a big family like ours and you also want to do everything a cheaper hotel is sometimes the only way to go to be able to do that, well it was for us anyway! By doing everything I mean Disney, Universal, Sea World, Bush Gardens, Wet n Wild, driving down to Miami, honestly our 'down' days were the days we spent at the water parks! But staying somewhere cheaper was how we did this, and to be honest we were only sleeping there! We've stayed in a Quality Inn before on International Drive (which I don't think is even there anymore?!), also more recently we stayed at the Ramada Gateway Hotel just outside of Disney, we could see some of the Disney landmarks from the top floors of the hotel, so close!! 

This time we're staying at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, sorry have I mentioned that?! We were honestly umming and arring for a while trying to decide on or off property. We were prepared to spend a little bit more this time as it's just the two of us. There are some really nice hotels to choose from off property, The Buena Vista Place was a close contender! But after a lot, A LOT, of consideration we decided on Disney because:
1, We'll be in the magic ALL the time! 
2, We qualified for a free dining plan so don't have to budget for food everyday
3, We only have to hire a car for a week. to do things outside of Disney as whilst on site all transport is complementary.
4, We get picked up and dropped off at the airport which most importantly means we can have a cheeky celebratory drink(s) on the plane on the way over! 
5, We get a memory maker included.
6, We get magic bands!! 
7, We're planning to spend most of our time at Disney not just at the parks but exploring the resorts, Disney Springs and the Broadwalk so it made more sense.
8, We get a $200 Disney spending voucher included.
9, Disney customer service is amazing and we want to feel special for two weeks haha. 
10, I've dreamed about saying at a Disney resort hotel since watching the planning video as a little girl, and they say dreams come true. 

So, there we have it! Don't forget that these are my thoughts only and not every family will be the same, remember when planning a holiday like this it's YOUR holiday and you should do it how you like! 

Have you ever been to Orlando? Where did you stay? X

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