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Old 09-01-2009, 05:44 PM
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I'm headed to disney with the kids in February. Any Suggestions on where to rent. We're really looking for a nice condo instead of a Hotel.

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Disney has timeshare units that they also rent, supposed to be nice.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:09 PM
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Disney has timeshare units that they also rent, supposed to be nice.
They are nice. Nice and expensive. I wont go to Disney unless we stay on property though. The only thing I am willing to get in a car for after we get there is to go back and forth to golf courses. The rest of Orlando outside Disney, eh, either seen it once and not interested or not seen it and still not interested.

A 2br is $500++ a night , ++++++ if its during a holiday. 1Br is presumably less. We usually just go for 2 hotel rooms.
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I can give you a place where you simply can't go wrong.

Look at the Mike Ditka Runaway Beach Resorts. they have two and three room apartments, with living room which has a sleeper sofa as well, two or three baths, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and nice pool where they show family movies every evening.

The rates are unbeatable. We use MDR when we are at our daughter's basketball tourneys at Disneys Wide World of Sports. It is just down the road from Disney, by the Gaylord Palms. I believe we paid $94 per night for our apartment, however I think Feb may be peak season for Orlando so you may have to pay around $130 a night for the 2 bed, and there's a $10 a night resort fee. Still very good value though.

Before you use their site to book, I would give them a call and see what their counter rates are first! We did once and got a better deal than their web site!

Highly recommend it for a family - you can't go wrong! Immaculately clean and well kept. In fact I think they may be privately owned and Ditka Resorts manages them as rentals

I give them three thumbs up. I guess that' why we keep returning!

http://www.runawaybeachhotel.com/

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maybe a dumb question, but do you want to be in the parks every day? when i was a kid we used to rent a condo in st augustine and just drive over to disney for a day. of course that was when there was basically just the magic kingdom, so a day was pretty much all you needed. you could do something like that and get a hotel at disney for say 1 night or something, just a thought. when i goto the st aug area now, i fly in and out of jax or orlando depending on the rates and schedules.
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Originally Posted by salt_shaker View Post
maybe a dumb question, but do you want to be in the parks every day? when i was a kid we used to rent a condo in st augustine and just drive over to disney for a day. of course that was when there was basically just the magic kingdom, so a day was pretty much all you needed. you could do something like that and get a hotel at disney for say 1 night or something, just a thought. when i goto the st aug area now, i fly in and out of jax or orlando depending on the rates and schedules.

Thanks for the idea. I'm actually going to be there on business but it's a great opportunity to bring the family. I'll be near the covention center every morning and the family can go to the pool. We'll hit the parks in the afternoons.
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I've lived in the Orlando area over 35 years. If you go the condo route and need advice on what area it is in let me know.

I'm not familiar with the place Menzies mentioned, but it looks pretty good and the location would work. With economy as it is, there should be plenty of options.

February is a great time to visit the area. If you want some unique places to check out and you will have a car I can give you some ideas. The convention center is a great facility. A good friend was the lead architect on the original and new annex across the street.
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check out www.vrbo.com

it's "vacation rentals by owner" -- we've had lots of success using it to rent condos/houses/cabins all over the country. never used it for orlando, but i'd guess there's a crap-ton of them available on there.
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Originally Posted by jbg108 View Post
Thanks for the idea. I'm actually going to be there on business but it's a great opportunity to bring the family. I'll be near the covention center every morning and the family can go to the pool. We'll hit the parks in the afternoons.
gotcha. if you do get some time, i went on this airboat tour a few years ago, its out towards canaveral, about 45 mins from orlando. http://www.airboatecotours.com/ . was alot of fun and saw tons of gators. i posted some pics from it here http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-outdoor-photos/241111-there-gators-lake-poinsett.html
theres also blue springs to see manatees which is kinda neat.
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Look up Ringleader---he has a hell of a nice house right off the grounds that he rents, I think it has a heated screened in pool too.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:10 AM
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I second VRBO, we have used it several times, gotten great deals and never been disappointed. Check out this website, we stayed there in April. Very quiet, with a private pool. A British couple owns it and they were great to deal with.

http://www.hotfroguk.co.uk/Companies...oulevard-Villa
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