Over the past 6 years Orlando hotels have been charging resorts fees, and every year these fees seem to inch a little higher and higher. So what exactly is a resort fee and what does this fee cover?
- What is a resort fee? It is a fee which the hotels charge when a guest checks-in to their property. This fee can range from $3 a night all the way up to $30 a night if you stay at the Nickelodeon Hotel.
- Why are hotels charging a resort fee? Simple, it is a way for them to increase their revenue. I have been here in Orlando since 1993 and since that time prices on majority of the hotels has stayed relatively flat. This is remarkable if you really think about, over the last 20 years prices on hotel rooms in and around Disney have been almost flat. Now the theme park ticket prices have gone up, the hotels insurance has gone up, wages have increased, transportation cost has increased, and most hotels during the past 20 years have had to go through some type of renovation. In short, revenues are flat and expenses are up so this is why hotels charge resort fees.I was asked recently by one of our clients why hotels do not figure this into their nightly rate. While I agree this would be easier, but since most travelers book their hotel reservations online the hotels want to display their lowest nightly rate.
- What do resort fees cover? The resort fees usually cover: internet access, pool, work out facility, parking, transportation to and from the area theme parks, and usually some type of kids entertainment.
Please note, here at Orlandovacation.com we do everything in our power to notify our guests if the hotel charges a resort fee or not before and after the guests has made a reservation. We also do our best to negotiate a lower resort fee for our guests.
Here is a simple guide as to the nightly resort fees our hotel partners are currently charging for 2014
|Baymont Inn and Suites||$4.50|
|Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista||$12.95|
|Lake Buena Vista Resort||$10.00|
|Park Inn Orlando by Radisson||$10.00|
|Royale Parc Suites||$4.00|
If you are planning a vacation to Orlando and you desire to stay in a vacation pool home we hope to earn your business through great customer service and low prices.
We have three categories to choose from when looking to book a vacation home:
- Standard Vacation Homes- These homes are our least expensive options, and they range in size from 3 bedrooms all the way up to 5 bedrooms. What makes a home a standard home? It really comes down to the interior décor. The executive homes and standard homes are built by the same builders in the same neighborhood so they have the same kitchen appliances, same size pools, same size yards but a standard home was usually purchased from the build already decorated. And as we well know builders do not have the best decorating taste so they go to a place similar to Room To Go and buy a dining room set, living room set, etc. The standard homes are nice and clean but they just lack the WOW factor that the executive homes offer.
- Executive Vacation Homes- The executive homes are our top of the line homes. The homes were bought from the builder unfurnished and the owner hired a local interior decorator to furnish the house. These homes offer more of a “WOW” factor when you walk through the door. These homes typically sell for $10 to$14 more per night than the standard homes.
** When making a reservation for one of our Executive or Standard vacation homes we do not guarantee you an exact house. Each home we have in our portfolio is graded by our management team and when you make a reservation for an Executive house our reservation manager will assign you one of the executive homes. All of our homes are within 15 minutes to Disney World but we do not guarantee you a specific house.
If you want to know exactly what house you are booking then we have recently rolled out a new product called the Deluxe Platinum Pool Homes. In this category guests can choose the size of home which they desire to stay in and the dates then we show them exact pictures and descriptions of all them homes which we have available during the time they want to stay. Please note the Deluxe Platinum Pool homes since they offer more peace of mind to the guest, and since they offer us less flexibility we ask for a $100 deposit to make the reservation and the nightly rate is usually $12 more per night than the executive home rates.
Orlando Vacation Home Reservation Policy:
- We only require a $50 deposit if a guest wants to book an Executive or Standard Home and $100 deposit if the guests want to book a specific vacation home.
- We do not require any other money due until 15 days prior to your arrival, which at that time the remaining balance, is due. If you choose to cancel your reservation and you let us know prior to 16 days of your arrival then we will refund $35 of the $50 deposit back to you. Yes, we have the most liberal refund policy of any Orlando vacation home company.
If you are booking your vacation home during Christmas or Easter/Spring Break time since these are our busiest times of the year we require the payment on all vacation homes to be made 30 days prior to your arrival.
- Five (5) days prior to your arrival we will e-mail all guests their pre-registration instructions. Once we receive the pre-registration paperwork back from the guest we will send you directions to your vacation home and the key code to get into the house.
What I Look for When I Plan A Vacation
Hello! My name is Shereen from Shereen Travels Cheap. As a budget travel blogger and traveler, I am always looking for a bargain and nothing is better than finding one with less work than usual. OrlandoVacation.com
My husband and I love Disney. We are big kids at heart. In four of the last five years we’ve visited a Disney park on all or part of our vacation, including two trips to Walt Disney World. I know better than anyone that hotels and park tickets can really add up and it can take hours of Internet research to find a great package deal. There may be only two of us, but even so, Disney vacations are not cheap.
When planning a trip, I look for two things in an accommodation after price and location. Free breakfast is a major plus if our room doesn’t include a kitchen, and free Wi-Fi is important to me as a blogger. Both of these are perfect for saving money and time.
My Experience With OrlandoVacation.com
When I started browsing the Orlando Vacation site, I was immediately drawn to the Royale Parc Suites. It gets great reviews from guests, is less than 2 miles from the parks, includes a complimentary buffet breakfast, shuttles to Disney, Universal and SeaWorld and wireless Internet in all rooms. I especially enjoy having a separate bedroom, as it means we have enough room to have our own space. After being with someone all day long – no matter how much you love them – you really don’t want to have to be right on top of them in the room or even forced to watch the same show on TV.
OrlandoVacation.com Package Total
After finding my package on OrlandoVacation.com – which included 7 nights at the hotel, 4-day park hopper tickets to Disney parks and 2-day tickets to Universal Studios in mid-March – I hit up my favorite sites for comparisons.
Bookit.com Costs $300 More!
BookIt.com always has great sales and the best discounts on Disney tickets that I’ve found anywhere. Though nightly rates were comparable, park tickets were quite a bit more and came in at almost $300 more overall.
Discount Travel Sites Don’t Offer Much Of A Discount
Travelocity, Hotels.com, Expedia and other major sites all had double the rates, but even with cheaper park tickets through Disney’s website, the final total still came in at almost $200 more than that on OrlandoVacation.com.
Royale Parc Suites Celebration Cannot Beat OrlandoVacation.com’s Nightly Rates
Even Royale Parc Suites couldn’t beat OV’s nightly rates, including online discounts and early bird bookings. Although a couple hundred bucks doesn’t seem like a crazy deal, it’s a significant savings that you can put towards dining out or souvenirs.
My Experience With Orlando Vacation.com, In A Nutshell
I was shocked by the huge difference in prices. I really thought I could find a better deal than they offered, since every other specialty site I’ve been to has “guaranteed” their rates as being the best, but I easily found better prices on the Orlando Vacation site.
Orlando Vacation actually guarantees that you will get the best rates on their site. I challenged this by calling customer service. Rosa Marie answered and explained that if I found a better deal (that wasn’t even exactly the same) that they would match it and there was no time frame on this like other sites impose. OrlandoVacation.com really does offer the best rates and I’ll definitely be using them the next time I travel to Walt Disney World.
It’s your family vacation to Orlando and you deserve to have it all. In a world where everything from your cell phone plan to your Facebook page can be customized, you expect your vacation to be too. Disney vacations offer so much to do and see that it can be overwhelming to choose a vacation package that is perfect for your family at a low rate. If you use our “Build a Custom Vacation Package” feature you can choose every aspect of your trip for yourself. The best part is that we find the best rates on hotels, park tickets, and vacation homes individually and put them together for you, that way you won’t have to compromise anything just to get a good deal.
Here are examples of customizable, all details included vacation packages you could create for your group, friends, or family:
The All Star
Want to please the movie buff, animal lover, Harry Potter fan, and Disney Prince or Princess in your family all in one trip? Try this our featured 6day 7 night Orlando Vacation All Star package that gives you access to Disney’s four main parks including Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, as well as two days in Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure (includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter).
The Deal Breakdown
Length of vacation: 6 days and 7 nights
Number of people: based on 2 adults, 2 children under 9
Park admission tickets included:
2 Adult 4 day Magic Your Way Park Hopper tickets— gives you access to all of Disney’s four parks each day (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot).
2 Child 4 day Magic Your Way Park Hopper tickets
2 Adult 2 day Universal and Islands of Adventures tickets
2 Child 2 day Universal and Islands of Adventure tickets
Where to stay
7 nights at the Baymont Inn and Suites Disney World $46/night
Total : this package starts at $490 per person
***Insider tip: upgrade to stay a resort that includes a water park like Liki Tiki Resort and save on spending extra for tickets to one of Disney’s water parks.***
The Private Pool Home
Traveling with a small group or large family? Try a customized private pool home package. With a package like this you can mix fun and adventure with a little bit of R&R too. Spend your day at one of the Disney parks then come home to get some quality time by the pool away from the crowds.
The Deal Breakdown
Length of vacation: 4 nights 3 days
Number of people: 6 adults (includes children over 9)
Park admission tickets included:
6 Adult 2 day base tickets– choose to visit one of Disney’s parks per day (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Epcot).
6 Adult 1 day Universal or Islands of Adventure tickets
Where to Stay
Stay in a standard private pool home $99/night
These homes are located in local communities minutes away from the Disney Theme Parks. They include a private outdoor pool, laundry, a fully equipped kitchen. You can also choose a home with the number of bedrooms needed and space needed.
Total: This package will start as low as $345 per person
***Insider Tip: Staying in a pool home can actually help cut costs that add up throughout your vacation. If you are driving to Disney instead of flying, parking can cost over $11 a day in a lot on site. You can park your car safely in the driveway of your vacation home for free, if you’re staying for a week that can help you save $77 right away! Also, save money on eating out by cooking breakfast or dinner in your very own kitchen.***
When you build a custom vacation your park tickets will be waiting for you at your hotel or the accommodation you booked. Park tickets are not date specific and can be used at anytime throughout your trip.
***Planning tip: To get the best deals book your vacation early and you will lock in your package at that price. If any prices for tickets or lodging rise before your arrival you will not pay extra. You don’t have to worry if your plans change either, your full package price is not due until 15 days before your arrival and you only pay a refundable $50 booking fee. ***
Need help creating your custom package or don’t know where to start? Ask one of our Orlando Vacation Experts always ready to answer your Disney questions.
We think you need a vacation. As Disney fanatics ourselves, we’ve always wanted to make planning yours and your family’s trip as simple, affordable, and as close to a walk in the park as possible. That’s why here at Orlando Vacation, we’re excited to receive news that we have been chosen for the 2013 Best of Orlando Award in the Travel and Bureaus category. It’s an honor to hear – we’re doing it right.
Who’s Best in Orlando
The Orlando Awards Program chooses small businesses every year that stand out in the eyes of their customers and amp up entertainment in the area. This year, they choose us as the best Orlando Travel Site!
We’ve always thought that as a smaller, family owned travel company we know what goes into creating just the right Disney, Sea World, and Universal dream vacation of your own. We understand that between deciding what parks to visit, how long to stay, where to stay, and whether you’re road tripping with the whole crew or flying down with just the two of you—there’s planning to do. We think the best way to plan a vacation is to customize it. That way you’re getting exactly what you want and not paying for anything extra. Here, you can create your own custom vacation package based on the parks you want to visit, what days you chose and weather you want to stay in a hotel or get a deal on a pool home for the family.
Being locals ourselves, we also have the advantage of finding the best deals firsthand. Through the years, we’ve gotten to know some of the folks at the parks and resorts personally and have partnered with them to put together some really affordable vacation packages.
How We Make Disney Planning Easy
The Best of Orlando Awards Program says they chose companies that use best practices to create a “positive image through service to their customers and communities.” That makes sense to us. We’re always looking for ways for you to have the most fun with no stress. Along with checking out our Better Business Bureau ratings, the Orlando Awards program anonymously tested our services based certain standards.
Our vacation packages were compared to the prices from similar companies all over Orlando. Since we have ongoing partnerships with the parks and local hotels and resorts, we are able to offer deals like our 6 day Disney World Park Hopper package for the price of a 3 night stay.
We are not too bashful to say, this is where Orlando Vacation stands out. The judges at Best of Orlando anonymously went through the process of booking a vacation with us and found that our customer service was helpful and thorough. We have local representatives to help you every step of the way and we provide personal answers to all of your questions. We even have an ask the expert feature on our website where you can call or chat with one of our vacation gurus for free at any time. They are able to answer anything you may want to know about all of the theme parks and our resorts.
Our website is easy to use and provides simple booking for all types of Disney vacations. Our online booking walks you through the entire process step by step. Also, our blog and insider tips are constantly being updated by our Disney veterans to keep you informed.
**Did you know? Many of our blog posts are written by moms and dads who want to share how they have the best Disney vacations year after year for themselves and their kids.
Ready to plan your Disney vacation with us? Visit orlandovacation.com or call 800-641-4008 to talk to someone personally. Stay right near the park with one of our hotel options or rent a vacation home for your entire group.