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Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld
Trip information is divided into five pages in order to help you plan your trip to Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld. Please read through all of these pages before registering.

CONTENTS
Introduction
Hotel Information ← you are here

Disney Educational Programs
Important Things to Know
Registration Form

Hotel Information

We do not require you to stay at a Disney Resort in order to join our group. You can stay at our group hotel, or plan your own accommodations, on- or off-property.

Consider the following options:

Option 1 - Staying at our Disney group hotel
Our group hotel is Disney's Dolphin Resort. It's become our favorite for many reasons. The service is great, the beds are very comfortable (they're the heavenly beds), numerous restaurants are located in the hotel and more are a short walk away at Disney's Boardwalk area, it has a nice game room, many nice pools and hot tubs, it's quieter than Disney's value resorts, less expensive than Disney's moderate and deluxe resorts, and has a great location.

Although it's not owned by Disney, it's on Disney property, with all the Disney perks except for Magical Express airport transportation, and you can't charge Disney purchases to your room. You'll still get Disney transportation to the parks, Downtown Disney, and the water parks, and you won't have to pay the parking fee if you drive your car to the parks. You'll also get to participate in Extra Magic Hours, and any other special events that are reserved for Disney resort guests.

The Dolphin is considered a deluxe resort, with two oversized double beds (1 inch less than queen size) that accommodate four guests comfortably, and a roll-away bed will be provided for a fifth person at no extra cost, depending on availability. Our rooms have a small refrigerator (no microwave - we bring a small one with us), coffee maker, safe, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, high speed internet access, two bottles of water a day, and the usual amenities.

It's located in the boardwalk area of Disney World, and is within walking distance to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios (or you can take the water taxi). Other transportation options include buses to other parks, the water parks, and Downtown Disney.

Our group rate is $172.63 a night, and includes tax, parking fee, and resort fee. (There are no extra fees above this rate.) This rate is good from 3 nights before and 3 days after our main group dates. If you're staying longer, ask them if they'll give you the group rate for those dates, too.

If you decide to stay at our group hotel, please note it on your registration form and I'll email the number to call and our group code when I confirm your registration.

(NOTE: A lot of families have decided to stay at the Dolphin this year, so they're running low on availability for some nights. If you want to stay with us at the Dolphin, register sooner rather than later!)

Option 2 - Staying at a Disney Resort on a budget
If you need less expensive rooms, but still want to stay at a Disney resort, consider staying at a Disney value resort.  These resorts have double beds and will sleep a maximum of four to a room, plus a baby in a crib. The rooms are small and have fewer amenities, and the resorts are louder (both in decor and noise level) but young children enjoy the theming. Visit this link for more information about Disney's value resorts.

(NOTE: I can book your Disney room and other Disney amenities for you, if you'd like. Just note your preferences in the comments section on the registration form and I'll work out the details with you after I confirm your registration.)

Option 3 - Arranging your own accommodations
You can arrange your own accommodations (at a Disney resort, or off-property, a time-share, vacation rental, campground, whatever) and still get your group park tickets through me.

Where should I stay? What are the pros and cons? Help me decide!

Please read through my recommendations below and to the right, and
email me if you have any questions.

Staying at our group hotel (the Dolphin)
Great location, within walking distance to many restaurants, two parks, Disney's Boardwalk area, and one of the miniature golf courses; has water transportation to two parks, and bus transportation to other parks and attractions.
Water sports and activities for guests are available here, many pools with slide and hot-tubs
Less expensive than Disney's other deluxe resorts and even their moderate resorts, but in a better location, and with more local food and entertainment options.

Buses and ferries will transport you around Disney property relatively frequently throughout the day
No $17 parking fee per day at the parks
You're right in the middle of the magic, and Disney does "magic" very well, but you're not bombarded with Disney at the hotel, it's much quieter than the Disney value resorts
You're able to visit Disney's parks during extra magic hours.

Staying off-property
Depending on hotel, probably less expensive for what you get
Depending on hotel, most likely bigger rooms and bigger beds than Disney's resorts, usually can accommodate more than four
Hotels often offer free breakfast (of varying quality)
Not usually themed as well as Disney's resorts, may not feel you're part of the "magic"
May not have the same level of customer service as Disney/Dolphin Resorts (Disney/Dolphin is hard to match in that respect)
Most likely won't be able to participate in Disney's Extra Magic Hours - a wonderful, low-crowd time at night when the parks are open only to resort guests. They look completely different, and feel different, at night. (If you're not a night owl, this may not matter to you.)
May feel disconnected from the group
If driving to the parks, parking will be an extra $17 per day
If you'll have a car at Disney, don't buy into the myth that you'll spend all your time on the road if you stay off-property. The various Disney resorts and parks are spread over miles, and even Disney resort guests have to drive to get to the different areas (or use Disney transportation). You probably won't have to drive much farther than Disney resort guests will.
If you don't have a car, transportation off-property won't be as convenient. Even if your hotel offers a shuttle, it may be only to the parks (not to the water parks, miniature golf courses, or Downtown Disney). And it'll almost certainly be much less frequent, with longer wait times than Disney transportation. To make it worse, hotels often share shuttles, making many lengthy stops along the way. Many travelers end up unexpectedly renting a car due to the inconvenience and hassle.


Still interested in going?
Please read the following links for more information:
Disney Educational Programs
Important Things to Know
Registration Form

Recommendations
If you'd like help planning your trip, consider joining my (affectionately titled) Disney Stalkers community, where other Disney families have gathered to help each other.



For travelers who don't have their own transportation and don't want to rent a car, I'd recommend staying at our group hotel (the Dolphin) or a Disney resort. The extra you'll spend each night will be offset by no parking fees at the parks and much better transportation options (more frequent and convenient, less time-consuming).

For travelers who will have their own transportation - if you want to be in the middle of the magic, choose our group hotel (the Dolphin) or a Disney Resort. If you want to be in the magic, but are on a budget, stay at one of Disney's value resorts. Pop Century is my favorite value, or you might want to try their new Art of Animation resort across the lake from Pop Century. (I can book your room for you, if you'd prefer. Just note it in the comments section of your registration form.)

If you're on a tight budget, have a car, and don't mind being more removed from it all, choose an off-site hotel that's near Disney property and offers a good free breakfast at the hotel (saves money and time). Also, if you have a camper, consider staying at a campground.

Choose whatever is best for your family's budget and preferences. You'll have a great time regardless of where you stay.

Remember, our group hotel will have a separate cancellation and refund policy from Carolina Homeschooler, so be sure you understand their policy before you reserve your room. I am not responsible for payments made to our group hotel, or for their refund policy.


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