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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2016, 06:27:50 PM »
And I feel that even though there's a commute time, it wasn't any problem.

I'm visiting WDW for the first time later this year. Finding reliable information on the commute system and travel times was one of the hardest nuts to crack. From an American point of view it seems like it's a huge mission to get from point A to B as they prefer to travel by car, but as a European I presume that it might be all quite doable. But anyway, I'll have to experience the commutes myself to know my truth. :)
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2016, 06:39:03 PM »

^^^This. Well written.


Thank you.

I later considered that I spent a lot of time basically repeating something that EasyWDW has written out much more thoroughly.
Each of the following article is an almost exhaustive breakdown and ranking of the resorts in a whole bunch of categories (including transportation to the parks etc.), and deciding on a final overall ranking.

These are all quite long, but they're very well written in my opinion, and I've used the Moderate Resort one to pick my location to stay for my first visit in May 2015.

Best Value Resorts
Best Moderate Resorts
Best Deluxe Resorts

To be fair, EasyWDW provided me with a ton of info that I made good use of.
Their crowd calender is really handy as well for instance.
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2016, 07:05:47 PM »
And I feel that even though there's a commute time, it wasn't any problem.

I'm visiting WDW for the first time later this year. Finding reliable information on the commute system and travel times was one of the hardest nuts to crack. From an American point of view it seems like it's a huge mission to get from point A to B as they prefer to travel by car, but as a European I presume that it might be all quite doable. But anyway, I'll have to experience the commutes myself to know my truth. :)

Yeah, Americans do love their cars. I know that, at least for me, when I'm on holiday at WDW, I don't stress using the transport system. And to be honest, when I'm on a Disney bus, I kinda enjoy traveling on the bus. It's something about just relaxing on the bus, listen to the music and spiel.

But don't stress. Take your time. And IF you should use a car at WDW, be advised that you can't park directly in front of the Magic Kindom. You have to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center and then take either the resort or express monorail or the boat. For my first time at WDW, I wasn't too sure about their transport system, but it worked out well after a while. And a another tip, if you got the time when you get there, take a Monorail trip on the resort line and visit the resorts, or take one of the boats that go outside the gates at MK to some of the resorts. And there's also boats going from Disney Springs to some resorts.

And also, can this links to WDWINFO.COM help?
http://www.wdwinfo.com/transportation/bus_schedules.htm
http://www.wdwinfo.com/transportation/monorail.htm
http://www.wdwinfo.com/transportation/water.htm
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/Parking.htm
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/miles.htm
« Last Edit: April 11, 2016, 07:10:30 PM by norhel »
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2016, 07:09:25 PM »

^^^This. Well written.


Thank you.

I later considered that I spent a lot of time basically repeating something that EasyWDW has written out much more thoroughly.
Each of the following article is an almost exhaustive breakdown and ranking of the resorts in a whole bunch of categories (including transportation to the parks etc.), and deciding on a final overall ranking.

These are all quite long, but they're very well written in my opinion, and I've used the Moderate Resort one to pick my location to stay for my first visit in May 2015.

Best Value Resorts
Best Moderate Resorts
Best Deluxe Resorts

To be fair, EasyWDW provided me with a ton of info that I made good use of.
Their crowd calender is really handy as well for instance.

I'm not sure if it's my computer, but it might be something wrong with the links you provides.
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2016, 08:02:37 PM »
The links don't work for me either, but I really appreciate the responses. It's easy to see where the hotels are but not so easy to work out the ease/difficulty of travelling around WDW. I hadn't considered the size of the moderates, though to be honest the overall scale is probably beyond my imagination hahaha

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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2016, 09:36:53 PM »
I'm not sure if it's my computer, but it might be something wrong with the links you provides.

The links don't work for me either, but I really appreciate the responses. It's easy to see where the hotels are but not so easy to work out the ease/difficulty of travelling around WDW. I hadn't considered the size of the moderates, though to be honest the overall scale is probably beyond my imagination hahaha

My apologies, made a mistake in creating the links, they're fixed now, and will open to the pages they should. :)

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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2016, 11:09:08 PM »
Ron, good tip for the EasyWDW site. Thanks

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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2016, 08:33:01 AM »
When we went for the first time we also used allears.net.
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2016, 09:12:32 PM »
When we went for the first time we also used allears.net.

I quite like All Ears as well, now that they've updated the layout it's pretty nice, much more user-friendly.

Ron, good tip for the EasyWDW site. Thanks

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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2016, 09:38:41 AM »
OK...think my hotel choices are narrowing down. Are there "set" deals (like the DLP recurring ones) that I should look out for? Are the dining plans necessary and/or worthwhile? I'm still premature with my planning, so I'm in no rush

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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2016, 09:52:41 AM »
OK...think my hotel choices are narrowing down. Are there "set" deals (like the DLP recurring ones) that I should look out for? Are the dining plans necessary and/or worthwhile? I'm still premature with my planning, so I'm in no rush

The Free Dining Plan offers are really popular.
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2016/04/14/news-disney-world-free-dining-plan-offer-may-be-coming-soon/

As for other fixed offers, not sure.

As for the Dining Plan being worth it... That's tricky to say.
It's certainly convenient, I had the Deluxe Dining Plan on my visit, and while it's expensive, it's really easy not having to worry about the cost of food, only the cost of tips (18% by default, ouch).

Is it cheaper than paying as you go?
Especially on the Standard Dining Plan, I doubt it.
Though Disney has recently started making the price for Lunch and Dinner the same (usually the Lunch menu was cheaper), which makes it a little more attractive.
But if you want to do character meals (which are usually 2 credits on the Dining Plan), then paying as you go is probably cheaper for a family.
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2016, 03:43:25 PM »
OK...think my hotel choices are narrowing down. Are there "set" deals (like the DLP recurring ones) that I should look out for? Are the dining plans necessary and/or worthwhile? I'm still premature with my planning, so I'm in no rush

I'm not sure if the dining plan is worthit or not, but on a podcast I listen to, one of the guys in there gave the advise to check the prices on a a large carte basic vs buy a package as it sometimes may be a discounton the room that you don't get in a package (for example).
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Re: very excited - WDW planning starts here
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2016, 02:05:07 PM »
We have been to WDW twice, 1st without a dining plan and the second with. For us( family of 5) it was easier with the plan. saves a lot of ensuring you have enough cash for dinner. Un like DLP all the restaurants in Downtown accept the plan vouchers. The only concern was ensuring you kept an eye on what was redeemed etc. This only lasted a few days.
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