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Help! Where do I stay?!

Hi again guys, I hope everyone had a good week! I know we did. We got to spend the week at Casa Grace Victoria with our family! It’s nice to go on vacation, but when a big group of your friends or family get to go, it is always so much more fun! So, since we stayed at Casa Grace Victoria, I figured I would talk about different options of lodging when you come to Orlando.

So, there is the obvious first option which is a hotel. Disney World and Universal Studios offer onsite hotels for their guests to stay at. There are also a ton of offsite hotels for Orlando vacationers near the parks. Then you also have the option of renting a home or condo.

I personally have spent a lot of time at the Disney World resorts, and I’m not going to lie there is something very special about staying on Disney property. You feel like the magic is always with you. The cast members are just as wonderful at the hotel as they are at the parks. Onsite guests get the privilege of using Extra Magic Hours in the parks. You have an option of using Disney free transportation to the Disney parks and the airport. It is important to know though that if you are planning on visiting any other parks, you will need to rent a car or use a taxi/ Uber to get there and back. Disney does not offer off site transportation. Disney offers different levels of hotels for different price ranges. There are Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts. These hotels are a great option, but it’s important to remember that it is still a hotel room. So, there is limited space. Below I have listed the starting prices for each level of hotel. With each level, the hotels get nicer. It is important to remember that the prices change depending on when you visit.
• Value (All -Star Sports, etc.) – starting at $100 per night
• Moderate (Coronado Springs, etc.) – starting at $191 per night
• Deluxe (Wilderness Lodge, etc.) – starting at $326 per night

Universal Studios hotels also have their own benefits. They offer transportation to and from their parks. Unfortunately, though, you would have to find a way to and from the Orlando airport. When you stay in a Universal hotel, you will be able to get early admission into their parks. Universal also has different price options to choose from. Below I have listed the starting prices for their hotels. It is important to remember that the prices change depending on when you visit.
• Aventura – starting at $116 per night
• Cabana Bay Beach – starting at $112 per night
• Sapphire Falls – starting at $152 per night
• Loews Royal Pacific – starting at $208 per night
• Hard Rock Hotel – starting at $244 per night
• Loews Portofino Bay – starting at $256 per night

Now to what I think is your best option, not only because we have a house for rent, but mainly because you are getting the most for your money, renting a home. When you decide to rent a home, it is a totally different experience. Space is a big positive to renting! Everyone will not be crammed into one small room, but instead you will all have your own bedroom along with multiple living spaces. We all love being with our families, but that doesn’t mean we want to be on top of each other the entire time. You also have more space for more people at the same price! Instead of paying $150 per room per night for a group, imagine splitting $150 per night. Another positive is having your own personal pool. Instead of having so share a pool with hundreds of other hotel guests, imagine having to share it with just your family. I know what you’re thinking, Chels renting is expensive. Let me tell you, it really isn’t. You will spend the same amount of money on a 5-bedroom home that you will on 1 hotel room. Crazy, right?! Below I have listed our rates for you to compare.
Low Season: (Jan 2nd – Feb. 28th & Sept 2nd – Sept 29th) – $139 per night
Mid Season: (Mar 1st – June 16th & Sept 30th – Dec 15th) – $149
High Season: (June 17th – Sept 1st) – $159
Peak Season: (Dec 16th – Jan 1st & 2nd week of Easter Season) – $199

So, there’s a lot to think about. Each offers their own advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day you need to decide what is best for your family not only price wise but fun wise as well!

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