Seralago vs. All-Stars vs. Coronado?
I have been tossing all three parks up in the air and need someone with experience to help a little please. There are 5 of us including one child age 13 who's larger than me, a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Because of this, I think the all stars is out due to space, right?
SO I have read good things about the Coronado Resort and think my kids would go crazy for the playground, but don't know much else about it.
On the other hand... I keep coming back to the idea of the Seralago (formerly Holiday Inn East MainGate). Any advice on this specific place? I Love: the size of the rooms (kids suite) and the fact that the pool area is very kid-oriented and the fact that we'll save money by staying there vs on site at Disney and also the kids eat free program is enticing. HOWEVER: the shuttle doesn't sound very good for us since we'll want to come back to the hotel at least once/maybe twice during the course of the day and their shuttle only goes out in the morning and back in the evening (yuck). What is the rental car situation like down there? Is it affordable...what's parking cost at the parks & hotels.... and what's the traffic like in and out of parks?
Thanks SO much for your advice - Danielle
01-18-2005 06:24 AM
I reviewed Coronado a while back and gave lots of details of what we liked/didn't like but honestly Coronado is one of our favorites, even more so than the .
Highlights for us were the eating area and the pool and slide. The food court is perfect for breakfasts and the way it works is you get a stamp card on your way in, you go up and pick out any food you want and they stamp your card instead of charging you money at each counter. Someone takes care of your drinks and dishes for you so you get some of the services of a sitdown but it is go at your own pace so no waiting for food.
The pool has a great slide, had a lifeguard on duty until late in the evening (11pm or so) and the hottub is huge and comfy.
Drawbacks are that there is a convention hall for business use. This isn't so bad though because I've never found myself competing with business users for use of facilities (they never go to the pools it seems) and those same people aren't at the parks to crowd things up so that is always nice. Still, having business people walking around with tags and such might ruin some of the vacation gettaway feel.
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I'd have to say that if you factor in the time of the commute, getting to and from your car, paying to park, paying for the rental car, you would probably be close the cost of a moderate hotel.
If I were you I'd check the various discount codes available for the moderates and compair that to the above.
For instance I have a reservation at CS for 12/05 king room, garden view, for $132.64 tax included a night. That's with AAA discount but I'm still waiting to see what other discounts become available.
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Are you concerned about the size of the room or the number it will sleep?
At the Coronado the rooms are somewhat larger than at Allstars, but you still get the same two beds. Does the two year old sleep in a bed or a crib?
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I wouldn't necessarily rule out the All Stars because of the size of the room. We just got back from seven days with myself, my husband, my son and his wife, and their six year old daughter. We were at the Music. The six year old slept on an air mattress on the floor in front of the windows. At no time did we feel cramped, although I thought we would be. There are six fairly roomy drawers, space under the sink (there is only one sink - a downfall) and in the closet. Also, you can store your suitcases under the beds. That's what we did once we emptied them. We also put the air mattress under there during the day.
That said, there's no way you'd be comfortable in an All Star room if you needed a crib or a rollaway bed. Way too cramped.
Parking at the parks is $8 but that's for all day - if you leave or park hop, just show your receipt for the day and you won't have to pay again. Factor that and the car rental price into your budget. I think you'll see that it's not worth staying offsite if you have to do all that. Also factor in that the two year old will need a car seat in the rental.