Hi everyone, I am looking for some expert advice on our trip to WDW. I will try to be brief as to what we are trying to plan. My DH and I are retired and will be traveling w/ our DD, SIL and 2 gdaughters (5 & 3). We are looking to find accommodations Aug. 17-23 (6 nights) at an affordable resort. WDW is a bit on the high side for our daughter's budget. I am told that this is considered "prime or high" season. We thought that it would be a good time to visit as a lot of the kids are gone back to school. My daughter is a teacher so the reason we are going during summer season, we cannot go any later than this date. She will be heading back to teaching the last week in Aug.
We have been looking at non-WDW resorts w/in WDW. One of the resorts is Wyndham Bonnet Creek. Reviews seem to be good, it has tons of amenities, etc. We can cook and/or do takeout and same some money by not eating in the park. It does have bus transportion to WDW parks but don't know how frequently or dependable the busses would be. We hoped not to rent a car. There are some negative reviews.
I have been looking at timeshare rentals through VRBO sites, etc. Prices for a week seem ok but get different prices from everyone I have contacted. I understand that you don't know where you will be staying until you check in. I would like to pick the building we want to stay at and also make sure our units are in same building and/or on same floor. We are looking at 2 rentals: 1) 2 br. for our family; and 2) 1 BR for my husband and myself. We would prefer our own space! LOL
If anyone that has stayed there can shed some light on the rental procedure, it would be much appreciated. I am also told that it is cheaper to wait and book rentals 60 days prior to your stay.
I would like suggestions for eating, bringing food into park (water, PBJ sandwiches, etc.) to save money. Where to eat near BC?
If there anything for restaurants that is walkable from BC or do we need to rent a car?
Thanks so much for any advice. My husband & I have been to WDW b4 but our family has not.
One more question, please! Does anyone know when or if the WDW free dining plan becomes available for August? Also any WDW hotel specials and when? We would consider w/in the park if we knew there were specials coming along.