English nurses need disneyworld advice!

  1. 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
    I guess you can look up travel info on expedia.com. I heard they offer mondo cheap travel packages. You should be okay in the Kissimee/Orlando areas, just stay far away from West Miami! Good luck and congradulations! See you on the boards!
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  3. by   JennieBSN
    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!

  4. 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
  5. by   TracyRN
    All the advice about staying off-Disney is accurate as far as price is concerned but consider forking over the bucks to stay at one of the minor Disney resorts for a few days (Sports and Music are the two low-end resorts). If you stay in a Disney resort you have access to all the other Disney resorts and their ammenities, including the $250./night ones. Sports & Music can be had for as low as $75 depending on the season.

    Depending on your time limits: when you get to Orlando, in just about every tourist-geared area, there are small kiosks that will give free park tickets for viewing their time share. I know people who will plan to spend one day doing nothing but going around and viewing time shares to get the free tickets to Disney, Universal, Sea World, etc... You just have to make sure you don't get sucked into actually BUYING a time share!! Each one takes about 1.5 hours so you have to decide how much time you have v. how much money you have.

    Congrats on your upcoming graduation and hope your D.W. trip is a success.

    P.S. the slowest season at D.W. is between Thanksgiving (late November) and Christmas and the weather is usually great down here then, too, so you might consider delaying the trip by a couple of months.
  6. by   Huganurse
    Hi!! Have FUN!!!
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  7. by   NicuGal
    Come over to my friends board http://pub33.ezboard.com/bwdwmania

    We will help you! We are all Disney buffs and know the ins and outs for getting cheap stuff! And we will be more than happy to help you out!!!!!

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