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Old 01-30-2009, 11:44 AM   #16
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[quote=Disney Franatic;1191062]Since we are not staying at a Disney Resort this time, but are staying in a DTD hotel, I've checked this site out already myself.

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:55 PM   #17
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Any opinions on Regal Sun?

I've never stayed "off-site" and was thinking of giving this resort a try.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:29 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by monica31671 View Post
Any opinions on Regal Sun Orlando Hotel?

I've never stayed "off-site" and was thinking of giving this resort a try.
I have always stayed at the disney resorts so I don't have any advice on staying off property. All I know is that everytime I try to save money on vacation, I always wished that I would have paid the little bit more and stayed where I really wanted to stay.
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Thanks for the link!

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I need to know is that What is date of the reopen of Holiday Inn in DTD?

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Old 10-10-2009, 07:01 AM   #21
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We are booked for our first trip to a Moderate Disney resort CB for the end of the month. At the last moment, when looking at off site properties, I almost cancelled our reservations for one of the downtown disney hotels. It got decent reviews and the cost was less than half. There was still access to the busses at DTD and walking distance to more food choices. The big give ups seemed to be the ME transportation, but I think I could have found out if the hotel offered transportation from the airport, and the extended Magic Hours. On the Majic Hours, I felt that we wouldnt lose much, because MK is closed early for the NSSHP and there are no late nights for Epcot during our stay. I brought it up with my DF (Disney Fiancee'? lol we are celebrating our engagement) and he said NO. I was surprised because he has never even been to Disney and it took a little arm twisting to get him to agree to go. He reasoned its not a huge amount of money at the end of the day, and what if it turns out to be a motel I still think I want to try an OS hotel again. The first time I went though it was with a friend who had a family member with a time share, and the time share was first class.

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I have stayed at the Regal Sun Resort (formerly the Grosveno) and the DoubleTree Suites at DTD previously. The DoubleTree is a bit of a hike to DTD as it's on the far end; however, the rooms are quite nice...and they're suites. We did pretty well & had a high tower room facing DTD at the Regal Sun, so that was nice; the property is OK & the location it as close to DTD as you can get. We usually skipped the hotel bus and took the bus from DTD wherever we were headed.

As for pricing, it really depends upon the time of year you're going & what deals everyone has running. For instance, I checked the DTD as well as Disney hotels for our upcoming trip & found that we could stay at POFQ for as much or less than the DTD hotels. I say check them all & then make your decision based upon price, amenities & location, as well as how immersed in the Disney experience you really want to be.
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My in-laws stayed at the Doubletree last year and loved it. We will be staying there one night in June. I have always had great luck with Doubletree Hotels.

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Has anyone stayed at the Lake Buena vista resort it's the Best western one


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We've decided to always stay onsite from now on.

We just finished a stay at the Lake Buena Vista Resort (Best Western). It was not our favorite. We had problems at check-in with the room we booked. It wasn't available because they said they gave it to someone who wanted it and was staying 8 or 9 nights; our stay was shorter so they just moved us and gave it to them the room because it had two beds and ours would only have one. Problem was, our room was supposed to be a handicapped room with a roll-in shower. My mother couldn't get in the bath tub in the other room. Not a nice surprise. And a major problem for us. There were other little things such as the coffee pot was missing when we got to the room and they brought us a broken coffee pot! Someone kept calling our room in the middle of the night, speaking another language and we couldn't seem to prevent that from happening. 5 to 7 pizza flyers were shoved under our door each day. We were also missing $40 and, since we write down every cent we send, we believe someone at the hotel took it - we found too late the safe was broken and didn't really lock. All in all, the great money saving venture didn't save money and we missed the extras Disney offers. To us, it's not worth it to stay offsite anymore!
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:15 AM   #27
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Holiday Inn Downtown Disney

We are looking to stay at this hotel for two nights because we didn't see disney resort hotels having two night packages.

Biggest concern, transportation is the issue to/fr this hotel to Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Also my sister and I will be on a disney package in december and are thinking of upgrading our pass to an annual pass since we are looking at going back for the Holiday Inn trip.

What do you all think?
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hello..i am going for a trip to disney and i want to stay for 5 days...please can anyone provide me complete information about downtown disney resorts.
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hello..i am going for a trip to disney and i want to stay for 5 days...please can anyone provide me complete information about downtown disney resorts.

When looking for a place to stay for a WDW vacation, consider the benefits of staying on site at a Disney-owned resort: extra magic hours in the parks, free parking at the parks and transportation around WDW, free Magical Express from/to the Orlando airport, ability to charge to your room and to purchase a dining plan (or take advantage of free dining if offered).

The Disney Springs hotels are not Disney-owned, so you don't get most of these benefits, but many people enjoy staying there, especially if they are going to visit other attractions in the area or are looking for a lower priced but still nice room near all the action.
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