I know March is one of the worst times to go, but we have to work with our 9-year-old son's school schedule. We're looking at 7 nights somewhere between March 8th and 17th (either Th-Th, Fri-Fri or Sat-Sat) for our first visit to Disney (well, husband and I both went as very young kids, but first family trip/making the decisions)
Should we book airfare now or will there likely be deals coming up? It's prime spring break time so I can't imagine the rates will get much better the closer it gets, but I don't know. The best I'm finding is about $380-400 each, either separately or in a package with hotel and car.
We're looking at staying at the Radisson Hotel Orlando - Lake Buena Vista. Seems to get good reviews (TA rank of #8 of all Orlando hotels). Anyone have any personal experience there?
We also considered the Caribe Royal which looks like it has fancier pools and more of a true resort feel, but it's about $200 more for the week, plus having to pay for internet access every day (which I'll need for work check-ins).
We also looked at staying at Disney and if we arrived 3/8, we could still get in on the free dining plan deal (1 snack, 1 quick, 1 table). However, staying at at Coronado Springs (we want queen beds minimum), it comes out to about $750 more than staying offsite for the same length of time with same park tickets/etc. I know the table service option on the meal plan can save a lot of money compared to paying outright for the meal, but we're really more Perkins/Applebees/etc type of diners, not big seafood, steaks, ribs every night and we also aren't really interested in having to make table reservations now in order to get in places and not being more flexible with when and where we eat. So I'm not sure we'd benefit from the Disney Dining Plan when we can just wait and eat at a chain place near the Radisson or make another choice when it works in our schedule.
We can get airfare for 3, hotel and an economy car through Hotwire or Expedia right now for just over $2000 at the Radisson. Is that something I should jump on now?
We're also planning to do Kennedy Space Center (son is a HUGE space fan - in fact, we expect him to enjoy that day more than Disney really). Also, maybe an afternoon at a nearby beach. Thought about Sea World or one of the Universal parks, but not sure it's worth the extra money on top of Disney and Kennedy. Our son is a VERY timid 9-year-old - he doesn't like anything that goes fast or makes you lean sideways or really does much of anything *grin*
Any other suggestions we should consider for activities or hotels?