Inside the park:
There are some advantages of staying in one of the 20-plus resorts within the borders of
Disney World.  Transportation systems make it easy to get in and out of the park for a
midday break; it's nice to park the car for the length of your stay; and resort guests have a
crack at early opening times at the parks on certain days.  The range of choices is wide,
from the low-end "value resorts" (All-Star Sports Resort, The Pop Century Resort) with
rack rates starting at $77 a night, to the "moderate resorts" (Caribbean Beach, Coronado
Springs) starting at $133, to the plusher "deluxe resorts" (Animal Kingdom Lodge, The
Polynesian) starting at $199.

Outside the park:
Orlando has a massive cut-throat hotel market.  The Orlando visitors bureau is very helpful
in sorting through the choices and getting good packages, discount tickets, etc.  
SellMyTimeshareNow.com is also a great resource for getting good deals on timeshares.
You can check out what's available for timeshare rentals in Orlando by visiting

Budgeting your time:
It is possible to do the Magic Kingdom in one day, but you'll be moving pretty fast and
you'll just get a sampling.  You'll need several days to thoroughly experience that park and
it's satellites:  Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios, not to mention the
various water parks, miniature golf courses, boardwalks, etc.  

Single-day admissions are $54.75 ($43.75 for kids 3-9), but are only good for one park
at a time.  The most flexible way to divide your time, if you'll be there at least four days, is
to buy Disney's Park Hopper Pass, which allows you to go into any or all of the parks on
any given day.  They cost $219 at the gate for 10 and older, $176 for kids 3-9 ($202 and
$162 if purchased in advance via the website or other discount locations)

Helpful resources:  
One of the most useful guidebooks I know of is called the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney
World by Bob Sehlinger.  You can also visit the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau
Web Site at

Note: Prices mentioned are accurate as of July 2004.
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