Budget Orlando

Had to go to Orlando for a family event. My challenge was to turn this into both a fun extended family time and a small vacation for my wife, son and I with little money, since there was no time to save for this trip.

Budget Orlando

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by joebm on April 25, 2001

Talked up both my family and my in-laws. Sister-in-law works at Disney, but had used all her single day tickets. She, in turn, talked to friends at work and got us 3 one-day passes to Disney World. MGM, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. The Rock & Roll Roller Coaster at MGM was the highlight of my trip. I was so high from that ride I couldn't tell you what Aerosmith music was playing.${QuickSuggestions} Call Starwood, Marriott and Hilton hotel chains. Spent 1 1/2 hours looking at a Starwood timeshare and got 3 tickets to Seaworld and free breakfast. Reserved a room at Courtyard at WDW for $45 a day through Priceline. The Orlando Science Museum is a great low-priced place to bring the kids. The young relatives loved this place.${BestWay} You could get around Disneyworld, Universal or Seaworld without a car, but to see all of them and to sightsee, you need to rent a car. That was our big outlay $145 for a Dodge Intrepid through Dollar rental. Worth it for carting family members around.

Courtyard by Marriott at Walt Disney World

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by joebm on April 25, 2001

These were $150 rooms. $150. Doesn''t get much on Disney Property. Served a nice breakfast buffet for $7.95. Room was clean and large enough for the three of us. It was within walking distance of the Disney shops and also a group of reasonable restaurants just off site.
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, 32821


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by joebm on April 25, 2001

If you have older children this is a restaurant that has fine dining at a very reasonable price. For something even more reasonable (under $10.) try Chevy's a Mexican restaurant in the same Crossroads Plaza. With small children their are a couple of chains, which offer children's menus. Eat twice as good as Disney for half the price at Pebbles.
Pebbles Restaurant
12551 State Road 535
Orlando, Florida, 32836
(407) 827-1111

Orlando Science Center

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by joebm on April 25, 2001

Large, with 10 exhibit halls. Children can touch almost anything in the place including bugs and lizards, which most kids love. When my son was 5 we had to pull him away from this place. He was more entertained here than at Disney World.
Orlando Science Center
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando, Florida, 32803
(407) 514-2230


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