WDW in March, just the wife and I
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I’ve posted before and truly appreciated your response. Well on with my new question, which is being typed under the cover of darkness because if my 8 year old son knew, there may be a mutiny?
My wife and I have decided to take a four day getaway trip just for us while the little guy stays with Nana and Papa over spring break. We tossed around lots of ideas and have decided to go to WDW in March; before you hate us, we just did a day WDW family trip with our son in September so we’re not feeling too guilty – well a little bit.
1. How will crowds be on March 27th – 30th, 2010?
3. Are there less expensive (decent) hotels offsite near downtown Disney were we could still use the Disney transportation system? We are flying in and want to avoid the whole rental car thing.
4. Is it very expensive to take a taxi from the airport to WDW?
5. If we end up staying offsite is there a place to buy discounted park tickets? We’re looking at a 3 day Magic your way hopper deal?
6. If we stay onsite we are looking at Coronado Springs – any comments as it relates to this resort?
7. The WDW site has this package at $1,315 without air; if we decide to stay onsite is this our best price?
Dad's Comprehensive Answer
Welcome back. Thanks for the great comments.
Sneaking off without the kid, that's almost scary. We only did that once, the Princess was only 2 and couldn't really complain.
On to your questions about WDW in March1. How will crowds be on March 27th – 30th, 2010?
I think Dad's answer might surprise a few. I getting a feeling (not really based on anything other than my gut) that Disney World is going to have a down year crowd wise in 2010. Not anything drastic, but maybe between 5% and 7% down from 2009.
Why? The obvious answer is the economy, but also there is no new attraction to draw guests to. The only thing Disney added in 2009 was hotels and they were all Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
What does 5% to 7% less crowds mean to you? It means shorter lines. How much shorter? 5%. Yeah, Dad's being a wise guy. (Isn't that term a little oxymoronic?) If a line would normally be 45 minutes and it's 5% shorter that saves around 2.5 minutes. Not much but something.
Now to your specific week, even with reduced crowds it will be moderately to very busy. Spring break time always is.2. What will the weather be like at WDW in March?
Springtime in Orlando is a great time to visit especially because of the weather. (Of course it could rain everyday.) Temperatures are great. Highs will be in the upper 70's to low 80's lows will be in the 50's and 60's. The rain chances are usually pretty low. Perfect.3. Are there less expensive (decent) hotels offsite near downtown Disney were we could still use the Disney transportation system? We are flying in and want to avoid the whole rental car thing.
I'm going to break this into 2 questions because I want to talk about offsite hotels.
Dad loves staying in Disney Resorts. You've probably figured that out by now, however, they are more expensive than most of the offsite hotels. You can find great deals on hotels outside Disney World. Deals that will save you enough money that you can afford to rent a car.
Dad has a new offsite hotel and ticket partner who has great prices. You can book the Radisson Worldgate Resort and Convention Center (for your dates) with 3 day park hopper tickets for $766.59. Even if you add in $200.00 for a car you'd still save money over staying at a Disney Resort.
The second part of your questions concerns getting into the Disney Transportation System. There is only one hotel close to Disney World where guests can officially take Disney Transportation to the parks. That's the Hilton at Downtown Disney.
However, almost all hotels close to WDW have shuttles that will take you to the parks. How convenient are they? Some are better than others.
Not all hotels are as bad as that one, you'll just have to check with them for shuttle schedules. 4. Is it very expensive to take a taxi from the airport to WDW?
It was in 1980 at least for 2 struggling newlyweds
. The current price for a cab between the airport and WDW is around $60.00 each way. (You could probably rent a car for that price.)
If you stay in a Disney Resort at WDW in March and decide not to rent a car you should, by all means, use Disney's Magical Express. It's FREE.
If you don't stay in a Disney Resort, and don't rent a car, try a Mears shuttle, it will cost around $35.00 each round trip.5. If we end up staying offsite is there a place to buy discounted park tickets? We’re looking at a 3 day Magic your way hopper deal?
Whether you stay onsite or offsite you should check out ticket prices. You will find some slightly discounted tickets available. (Dad's ticket prices are some of the best you will find.)6. If we stay onsite we are looking at Coronado Springs – any comments as it relates to this resort?
I walked through Coronado Spring this summer. It's an interesting resort. Like all of the Disney Moderate Resorts it's really spread out. Some of the guest rooms are a long way from the main building. A lot of people complain about the food court. You are charged a gratuity for eating in the food court.
But I must say it was a very beautiful resort. 7. The WDW site has this package at $1,315 without air; if we decide to stay onsite is this our best price?
Yes, no, maybe. Yeah, I know, you only asked one question and Dad gave you 3 answers. You can save money if you order tickets separately. You can save money if you find a better price on your hotel. BUT, you have to be careful. Disney allows you to put down a deposit and cancel your reservations without penalty (mostly), but some of the non-Disney sites don't allow cancellations and want 100% of your money when you book.
We almost always booked with Disney unless airline tickets were involved.
Dad's Bottom Line
Todd, I hope that helps. Have a great time at WDW in March. Let Dad know if there's any thing else you need.
Sneaking off without the kids...
Hey, Mrs. Mom, what are we doing in December?