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Checking out WDW resorts

Manchester
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Checking out WDW resorts

Hi all

We are off to Orlando in 26 days (yay!!) and staying off property. We have been 4 times before and never yet stayed in the World. We'd like to go again in 2015 if finances permit and would quite like to stay in WDW if we can get free dining. Ideally we would like to stay at at deluxe, or a moderate if not.

We have never even been to a resort but wondered about using a little bit of time this trip to do a bit of a reccy and check out a couple of resorts. We already have a reservation at Chef Mickey's so can take a look at the Contemporary but wondered if anyone had any suggestions for checking out other resorts besides booking a meal at a resort restaurant.

We are self, DH & DD nearly 3 so whatever we do needs to be kid friendly eg chilling in a resort bar etc isn't an option!!!

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

You can pop in at any Resort you like, anyone can go visit them, you don't have to have a Reservation to Dine

From the Contemporary, hop on the Monorail to visit the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. From the Contemporary you can take the Boat over the Wilderness Lodge. If visiting Epcot or Hollywood Studios, take the Boat or walk from either to visit the Boardwalk Inn and the Yacht and Beach Clubs. Animal Kingdom Lodge is a 5 minute ride from the Animal Kingdom. Have fun

Hopefully you can book for next year soon, while the Free Dining Offer is still available :)

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2. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

Well, "just looking around" is good enough to get you in to check things out if you are driving yourself. But in addition to Contemporary it's easy to stop in at Polynesian and Grand Floridian via the monorail. Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian is a popular activity and good excuse to go. You can get to Wilderness Lodge via boat from the Contemporary or Magic Kingdom - an enjoyable activity in itself. It's fun to check out including a "geyser" and perhaps the most stunning lobby of the Disney resorts. Animal Kingdom Lodge with another stunning one and some activity in the animal overlooks. The walk between Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside is pleasant along the water. They have beignets at the French Quarter food court. And the playground at Riverside is one of the best on property. And so on. Your 3 year old will be happy simply exploring the different themes, walkways, etc.

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3. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

You can just visit the resorts - we do it all the time. Before going, you can check out lots and lots of resort photos at www.buildabettermousetrip.com/Hotels.php All of the deluxe resorts are very nice, of course. For moderate resorts, I like Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort because of the pool and splash zone, though it is a huge resort so upgrading to a preferred location room may make sense. Port Orleans French Quarter is nice because of its small size and proximity to Downtown Disney.

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4. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

We've been to Orlando loads of times and always stayed off property, but just once I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so a few years ago we spent a few days staying at Port Orleans FQ and took a day out to look at all the WDW resorts. Really enjoyed our day. It was a relaxing day and good to see all the wonderful resorts. See my review "using disney transportation for the day...."

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If you want "cheap and awesome" go to Pop Century we did and we didnt regret it, the rooms are clean and just what you need (a bed at the end of the day to flop into) this resort is built for the kids. Pools, food, shop, bus stops to other disney parks - we loved it so much we are going back again this year, and although we looked at some stunning cheap Villas we couldnt resist going back to Disney for the same price.

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6. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

Thanks all, you've given me some good ideas. Hope we can manage to tear ourselves away from the parks etc to have a look around.

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7. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

If you are checking out the Boardwalk, and Yacht & Beach Hotels, we like renting a bike (in front of the Boardwalk Hotel) and riding around the lagoon in the evening. They have 'surrey' bikes with little seats for little ones, and it's a lot of fun :)

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8. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

When you are at any park simply hop on whatever resort bus you would like to visit. No one has ever said anything to us. That is how we get to dining and no ones has ever ask us why we are there. Now they might ask for ID around the pool areas but just walking the grounds and such you will be fine. We went and took a walk along the Boardwalk last January sat in lounge chairs and enjoyed the view. Check out the bathrooms in the lobby as well. Some are just out of this world nice.

Have a Fab trip!

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9. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

When my DH was still my "future-DH" - we spent a couple of days doing nothing but touring resorts to pick a site for our wedding, honeymoon, restaurants and first trip as a family (and maybe just so he could see what he was marrying into by marrying a mouselover :-)) We stayed off property and drove over to DTD and parked the car. From there we used Disney Transportation (boats to the DTD resorts, buses to the others, transferring to monorails when possible) and visited almost all of the resorts. We had a lot of fun and then when it came time to make decisions we both felt like we were choosing the best places for the things that were most appealing to us.

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10. Re: Checking out WDW resorts

what a sensible girl you are tink....where did you end up getting married?