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Accommodation help!

Discussion in 'Accomodation away from the Resorts' started by Helen Nicholas, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Helen Nicholas

    Helen Nicholas New Member

    Please can anyone offer me some advice! We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children age 14 and 10) planning our first Orlando holiday next August. We don't want to hire a car so will be relying on Uber, bus or shuttles to get to theme parks. After looking at many options, I think a condo would be great, giving us that extra space so kids can have their own beds at least! I would also like to be able to walk to restaurants etc in the evening- thinking possibly i-drive????

    Can anyone recommend somewhere that will tick these boxes?
  2. winnie72

    winnie72 Well-Known Member

    Hi Helen, welcome to the group. I can't really help as we always stay at Disney but someone will be give you some ideas
  3. tinklancs

    tinklancs Well-Known Member

    Welcome from me too Helen. Equally useless on the information front but Dave and Jen stay on I-Drive and so does Janeyliz. I'm sure they will be able to help.
  4. disney sharon

    disney sharon DoingFlorida Associate

    Welcome from me too Helen, we are not fans of I Drive, prefer to be in the Lake Buena vista area, in the middle of Disney :)
    But I am sure Jane or Dave and Jen will be able to help you.
  5. LivingTheDream

    LivingTheDream Active Member

    Have to agree with @disney sharon .. but, each to their own.

    We have booked to stay at 'Regal Oaks' next April which is a gated condo site behind 'Old Town' on the 192 and minutes from Disney. It also have a ton of restaurants etc. right next to it.

    We love Disney resorts also but you don't have any separation as most of them are room only. A few resorts have family style rooms but can be pricy

    We booked through Thomson.
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  6. Helen Nicholas

    Helen Nicholas New Member

    @LivingTheDream I love the look of Regal Oaks! Do you need a car? How far is it from parks etc? Are restaurants within walking distance?

    DAVE&JEN Well-Known Member

    Welcome Helen. Although we stay on i-drive its at the hotels so dont know how that would work with you. There are the enclave suites, staysky suites or avanti on idrive. Most places will provide free transport to universal and seaworld and a local charge to disney. We've never used a car as we either use the shuttle buses or the local buses. As for eatiers you can have your pick along idrive of bars and restaurants, never eating the same place again. From crazy golf to the orlando eye, cinemas to museums you have a lot going on. Feel free to ask whatever you need as someone will be able to help you out.
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  8. LivingTheDream

    LivingTheDream Active Member

    @Helen Nicholas It does look a nice resort and heard good things about it.
    We always hire a car. You could Uber or Taxi to places if not.

    You have Old Town and a ton of restaurants near by. Take a look on Google Maps so you can get an idea of what's nearby and how far.
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  9. Disney Duck

    Disney Duck Well-Known Member

    Welcome Helen from me too, sorry I'm just as useless as we stay in Disney but I do know that in Art of Animation all but Little Mermaid have separate rooms in the suites, however the price does go up then.
  10. magic

    magic Active Member

    Welcome aboard Helen. We have always hired or had use of a car in Florida as we like the freedom that provides. Those we know who have used ‘public’ transport have managed OK but they have stayed either on Disney property or hotels very close to the theme parks. We totally agree that a condo / apartment / villa would be best but of course they are not ‘close’ to the theme parks and you would be reliant on taxis (by any other name) to get almost anywhere. We are not fans of I-Drive ~ certainly not as a place to stay. Why don’t you want to hire a car ?

    There are a few on here that don’t use hire cars and we’re sure that can give you better advice from that point of view.

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