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DisneyWorld On a Budget

A November 2000 trip to Orlando by Falstaff537

Quote: A Disney vacation doesn't have to cost your life savings, my sister and I managed a 16 day trip for $1200 Canadian.

DisneyWorld On a Budget

Overview

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Don't miss out on some of the less flashy sidetrips like Gatorland and Splendid China.

Quick Tips:

Shop around for the absolute best airfares you can get, go in the off season, and find a hotel that will give you a discount.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking is just not an option most of the time, as everything is so spread out. Taxis are horribly expensive, so I recommend either renting a car while you're there or booking shuttles. If you go the shuttle route, try Mears as they are one of the more reliable ones.

Knights Inn Orlando Central

Hotel | "Knight's Inn Maingate"

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Clean, comfortable, nothing fancy. The front desk is super friendly and helpful and sells tickets to local attractions. There is a free Disney shuttle and a free shuttle to a factory outlet shopping mall. Contrary to the website, there is no airport shuttle.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Knights Inn Orlando Central
221 E COLONIAL DRIVE
Orlando, Florida 32801
407 425-9065

McDonald's

Restaurant | "McDonalds"

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Don't eat here. The staff was rude and slow, and I walked out of this place twice before finally standing in a line long enough to get my meal which didn't have the advertised scratch card on it.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

McDonald's
2504 S Orange Ave
Orlando, Florida 32806
(407) 841-9472

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Attraction | "Islands of Adventure"

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Islands of Adventure is very well done. Each island has a completely different feel to it. There are plenty of places to buy trinkets of course and some interesting eats, like the green eggs mentioned above.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios Florida

Attraction | "Universal Studios"

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There's something for everyone. If you fly U.S. Air, you can get a discount by showing your ticket stub at the counter when purchasing tickets. If you can only go to one park, I would suggest Islands of Adventure instead of this one.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 363 8000

Gatorland

Attraction

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Very non-theme park. So, if you're getting tired of all the glitz of the parks, spend a day wandering through Gatorland for a refreshing change. There are miles of boardwalks above huge lagoons where hundreds of gators are resting or swimming. You can get a pretty close-up look at these animals. Look closely for the babies and nests hiding in the reeds in the Breeding Marsh.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Gatorland
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 855-5496

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom

Attraction | "Disney's Magic Kingdom"

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This is the best park for those of you with little ones (8 and under). Mickey Mouse and friends make frequent appearances and most of the rides are kid-friendly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom
Interstate 4 At U.S. Highway 192
Orlando, Florida
(407) 824-4321

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Epcot is more of a learning park than a thrill ride park. It does have Test Track and a couple of other features but the main attraction is the educational side of it, which kids may or may not like. It's also huge, so be prepared to have sore feet at the end of the day. Walking around the lagoon to visit the various countries is pretty cool and you can taste various foods from the countries. If you like marine life, make sure you hit the Living Seas where you decend by hydrolator to travel underwater in a train. There is an enormous fish tank where people actually go diving, complete with sharks and a myriad of fish and other sea life. The great part about this is the huge windows w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2001

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Attraction | "Animal Kingdom"

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They did a really good job on this park. I was quite impressed. As you walk the paths, there are animals and colorful birds to either side. The Tree of Life, a huge tree full of over 200 carved animals, is the central point of the park and everything leads out from it.
There are two main countries, Africa and Asia. There are times when you cannot tell you aren't actually in the country!
Make sure you go on the Jungle Trek after the safari ride, you get an even closer look at some of the animals and you can walk through a bird sanctuary.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2001

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Supermarkets

Story/Tip

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If you are looking to be really cost-effective, I cannot stress the importance of buying your own food enough. My sister and I budgeted $5 a day and easily stayed within that.

If you are staying on Irlo Bronson, there are plenty of supermarkets around. The best one is in a shopping complex down by Marker 4, just past the sign for Splendid China. It's a ways off the road, but it has the best prices and best selection. If you can get a room with a kitchenette, you'll be able to prepare your own food, or you can buy more ready to eat stuff.

Do make sure to treat yourself once in a while. The 7-11's have cheap hoagies for those nights when you get back from the parks totally bagged.