Originally posted by susie.c.c:
We are a group of english student nurses graduating in august. We are planning a trip to disneyworld to celebrate but guess what, we're "financially challenged"! We'd love some inside-info on how to do it on the cheap. Accommodation, eating, clubs, excursions, any advice gratefully recieved, also where not to go! Thanx alot
Congrats on your impending graduation, and welcome to nursing!!
Okay....here goes my advice on the Disney thing:
1) accommodations--don't stay IN the Disney park. Stay at a cheap hotel (comfort inn, holiday inn express, etc.,) outside the park. Most of them offer free shuttles to and from Disney, and are MUCH, MUCH cheaper than staying at the resort hotels.
2)food--stay at a hotel that offers a free breakfast bar, and LOAD UP in the morning. Buy yourselves 'fanny packs' and pack them full of granola bars, fruit, bottled water, soda...but not TOO heavy!! That way, you should only have to eat one meal at the most inside the park.
3)clubs--there's a place at Disney specifically for adults, called 'Pleasure Island.' It has bars, clubs, places to go dancing, etc.. Can't speak from personal experience on that one, though.
4)excursions--well, how long are you going to be in the country, and how much cash are you going to have? Disney is a pricey vacation all by itself, and you'll have plenty to do. HOWEVER...if you're dead set on 'going somewhere,' there's a place about 4 hours north of Disney called the Itchetucnee river. It's the most BEAUTIFUL spring-fed river I've ever been to in my LIFE. Crystal clear, and full of beautiful fish, eels, butterflies, and underwater vegetation. You rent an innertube (about $4/day) and take an innertube down the river, which is approximately a 3 hour trip. It is STUNNING. If you can go there, GO!!! It's in a state park, so admission is only a few dollars per car. WELL WORTH IT!!
5)where not to go--universal studios was pretty boring when I went. Not very exciting. I'd stick to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and MGM. Those take a good day apiece to see, two if you're slow or the park is crowded.
Last, go to Disney.com, which is the official website. Contact a good travel agent, and go through them to book the trip. You'll get better deals, cheaper tickets, group prices, etc.. Have fun!