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Orlando Without Going Broke

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A February 2004 trip to Orlando by nonniepazonnie

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Quote: We did Orlando (two adults and two kids) on $100 a day, including meals, entertainment, and admission to theme parks. See how, with a little planning and persistence, you can go to Disney and not go broke.

Orlando Without Going Broke

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Overview

Magic Kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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We had never taken the kids to Orlando. But it finally seemed time. So we started planning early--to raise the money. We travel a lot, but mostly within driving distance. The major expenses of Orlando--airfare, rental car, and park admittance--were going to be more than double what we normally spend on a week's vacation. At an average of per person, each day in a theme park costs , not counting parking or meals. Two hundred dollars a day is what I'd normally expect to pay for lodging, not entertainment alone. So we drafted a fundraising plan. The kids (and their parents) asked for Disney Dollars for Christmas. This Magic Kingdom currency is fun and colorful and the kids enjoyed getting it...Read More

Two Bedroom Villa

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Hotel

Two Bedroom Villa Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Bryan's Spanish Cove is more of a retreat than a resort; you go there to get away, not to find more attractions (or distractions). It's a place you where you can get away find some peace and quiet. The pool is rather small. The resort is small, Located on a short stretch of waterfront on Lake Bryant, The far end of this resort is just two rows of timeshares. But the timeshares are the largest you'll find anywhere. These are not condos; they are apartments, full size and then some with all the conveniences, appliances, and luxuries of home. The grounds are not overly impressive, but improvements are underway to turn around the outside, as they have turned around the inside of these units. At the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2004

Two Bedroom Villa
Bryan's Spanish Cove
Orlando, Florida
(407) 239-4222

Bryans Spanish Cove Condos

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Hotel | "Bryan's Spanish Cove"

Bryans Spanish Cove Condos Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Best Things Nearby: Bryan's Spanish Cove has location, location, location. In this up-and-coming Lake Buena Vista neighborhood of Orlando, you are a few miles east of Disney World and a few miles west of Seaworld. No matter where you want to go, you are one exit away. And you don't even need to get on the highway to reach downtown Disney, it is just down the road. The setting is a quieter area than most. It's not on one of these commercial stretches overrun with neon blinking signs, fast food restaurants, and souvenir shops. Bryan's Spanish Cove is on a mile or two stretch that primarily hosts large lavish resorts, most notably Sheraton Vistana Resort. The resort nature of the area translates in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2004

Bryans Spanish Cove Condos
13875 STATE RD 535
Orlando, Florida 32819
407239-4222

Theme Park Picnics

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Restaurant | "The No Dining Out Solution"

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We only ate out three times during our seven days in Orlando. A hot dog costs $4 at Disney World and even a can of soda from a machine costs $2.50. I estimate that we would have spent a minimum of $150 a day on food if all four of us dined out daily, $50 of which would have been spent on lunch in the park. Even though the theme parks say that they do not allow "outside food" inside the parks, we brought a picnic lunch in every day to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Sea World. Me and my collapsible coolerOn our first day in Orlando, I bought a small collapsible cooler, a little larger than one foot cubed, plus a few blue freezer packs. Every night, I filled four plastic spor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2004

Theme Park Picnics
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SeaWorld Orlando

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Attraction | "Discovery Cove"

SeaWorld Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a pristine park. The grounds are meticulously manicured and it is simply gorgeous. Although we went for the featured dolphin encounter, we enjoyed every aspect of our stay. It is more of luxury theme park with very personalized service, well appointed bathrooms, upscale shopping, and sit down dining. It's not a typical trek around all day and sweat experience. You are given a locker and a beach bag with supplies (diving mask, fins, suntan lotion, towel) and outfitted with a wet suit (full length, short sleeved, or vests depending on the weather). The clean towel supply is never ending with rows and rows available to you in the locker room. We also were able to change out of wet suit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(888) 800-5447

Liki Tiki Water Park

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Attraction

Liki Tiki Water Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This water park is a members' benefit for owners at Bryan's Spanish Cove. You can get in free on one day only. We paid only $4 to get in. This pool complex is located at another resort and is not worth committing a whole day to. It best serves your needs if you have a few hours in the afternoon that you want to kill--not enough time to pay the big ticket prices at larger water parks. There's plenty to keep a kid occupied for several hours. It can also serve kids of all ages. There's a toddler wading pool, multiple pools, slides, and attractions, plus a snack bar, activity area (drawing, bingo, etc) and rows and rows of chairs. They also have themed dinners each night (BBQ, Luau, M...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Liki Tiki Water Park
Liki Tiki Resort
Orlando, Florida