Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide
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Getting the lowest airfare

October 2011: Business travelers know how to book an airline flight, but many Orlando visitors book flights rarely, if at all. In the olden days, you booked through a travel agent and she tracked down the lowest fare possible. In the here-and-now, a travel agent may find the lowest fare, but most then tack a […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Travel Guide
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Renting a car

A handful of car rental companies say “located at the Orlando airport,” meaning they have a rental booth within the terminal. Some, but not all, also have rental cars within walking distance. In general, it doesn’t matter too much, and all offsite rental companies offer a free transfer from Orlando International or the nearby Sanford […] Read more...

Chapter 3, Planning an Orlando trip, Resorts and hotels, Travel Guide
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Should you stay at a Disney hotel

Disney Polynesian

In years gone by, this decision was simple. If you wanted the total Disney experience, convenient access to parks and entertainment, and all resort amenities, you stayed at a Disney hotel. If you wanted to save money – a lot of it ­– you stayed somewhere else. (Note: Disney doesn’t have hotels. They have “resorts,” […] Read more...

Chapter 3, Planning an Orlando trip, Resorts and hotels, Travel Guide
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Staying outside the ‘world’

Many people visiting for the second, third, or tenth time may include a Disney day in their vacation itinerary; but otherwise, they plan to see other things in Orlando. Off-site hotels can be less expensive and offer easier access to non-Disney destinations – and Orlando boasts a mind-boggling number of them. Major Hotel Areas “Outside […] Read more...

Chapter 3, Planning an Orlando trip, Resorts and hotels, Travel Guide
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Ask the right questions – get the right hotel

Questions to ask when booking an off-site hotel 1. Is that your least expensive room? To obtain the lowest possible rate, scour online travel sites and also call the hotel directly. Most hotels are franchised, meaning that local reservation agents can offer lower rates than those quoted online or by the corporate chain. If you […] Read more...

Chapter 3, Planning an Orlando trip, Resorts and hotels, Travel Guide
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Where to stay within Disney World

What’s the best Disney hotel? Or, for many visitors: “What’s the best Disney hotel I can afford?” Assuming you already made a decision to stay within Walt Disney World (See “Should you stay at a Disney hotel (resort)?”), how do you pick a specific property? First, the fifty-foot view: Disney has three general levels for […] Read more...

Chapter 3, Planning an Orlando trip, Resorts and hotels, Travel Guide
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Universal Studios Resort hotels

Universal Studios has three hotels that offer park perks, free transportation, and other on-site amenities. Unlike Disney, Universal leaves hotel operations to other professionals, however. One hotel/resort is a Hard Rock, while Loews operates the other two. In general, Universal’s themed hotels don’t have quite as much follow-through on their respective themes as Disney resorts. […] Read more...

Chapter 4, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Travel Guide
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What do you want to do?

Tickets are a secondary concern. Your first decision? Decide what you want to see. If you don’t talk about that first, you’ll end up buying more tickets for one attraction and less for another based on price and not personal happiness. To figure that out, however, you have to do some homework. Check out this […] Read more...

Chapter 4, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Travel Guide
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Ticket prices: It’s all a game

July 2012: When the number of Orlando attractions surpassed the number of days in a week, the theme parks’ accountants and marketing people got creative. How, they reasoned, can I get tourists to spend one or two more days here than with my competition? In each case, they created a ticket system (or “passport” in […] Read more...