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I'll look at some villas. We were thinking hotel because it seems more 'holiday-y' if you know what I mean. I'll run it past my mam but I want her to have a holiday too, I don't want her to end up cooking, cleaning and running around after everyone for 2 weeks. I'm not sure if she'd relax enough in a 'house' atmosphere.
Villas and condos are really nice and there is no way I cook on holiday . We take cereal and tea bags for breakfasts then have a lunch or evening meal out . For 4 of you offsite you can budget around $100 per meal if you dont have alcohol and just stick to the main and share starters ( portions are huge so easily done) .
If you havent booked onsite already with the free dining plan you would have to pay separately and that is expensive . The next uk offer will be in April 2020 for 2021. Why not show you dad some menus or YouTube videos so he knows what to expect ? Might soften the blow . Food reports on here are excellent as well. Perhaps if hes involved a little he may mellow . My dh didnt want to do America the first time we went but hes hooked.
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Leave your Dad at home. Im a tightwad myself but wouldnt expect others to pay for me.
When he sees a beer at Disney, less than a pint, 8.99 PLUS tax and tip, hell give up drinking.
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I'll look at some villas. We were thinking hotel because it seems more 'holiday-y' if you know what I mean. I'll run it past my mam but I want her to have a holiday too, I don't want her to end up cooking, cleaning and running around after everyone for 2 weeks. I'm not sure if she'd relax enough in a 'house' atmosphere.
Try a Suite like a 3 bedroom (Staybridge Suites for example) Apartment cleaned each day, so like a hotel, Free breakfast every morning and I think 4 days a week they put on some evening food, not loads but more substantial than snacks
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I'll look at some villas. We were thinking hotel because it seems more 'holiday-y' if you know what I mean. I'll run it past my mam but I want her to have a holiday too, I don't want her to end up cooking, cleaning and running around after everyone for 2 weeks. I'm not sure if she'd relax enough in a 'house' atmosphere.
This is a tricky one for you. Villas are generally much better value for money than hotels (IMHO - but then I would say that wouldn't I?)

In this case the concern for your mam is a genuine one. Eating at the villa is a great way to save money and eat healthily, this is especially true for barbecue with good quality steak and seafood (from Walmart and Publix respectively) plus whole sweetcorn cobs and mushrooms... mmmm...

You are completely correct that this does put the onus on someone to cook it, which isn't what you want for this particular trip. Unless your mam refuses point blank to cook and sticks to it, then a villa may not work (I cannot believe I am typing this!)

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We love a villa. And 2000 for two weeks is great value. 5 bedrooms. 4 bathrooms in amazing location and 5 minutes from Animal Kingdom. There we five adults and often collected chicken tender subs from Publix nearby for evening meal. Superb food and adding in plenty of drinks wed spend about $30 for the five of us. Sat round the table chatting our amazing day at the parks. We did eat as well but loved our nights in. Our tip when eating out was as much as spent on the nights in. And for flights we never rush and panic. We watch the prices going up and down and book when they hit about 400 each.
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I know you want your dad there but I think it'll be best to leave him at home if he's not prepared to pay the same as the rest of you. The way you describe him nobody will enjoy the holiday and it will be a complete waste of money for you all.
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Staying offsite (eg a hotel on I-Drive or a villa etc) will save you a fortune in accommodations. Plus, offsite restaurants are generally less expensive too. And you'll have so many more options to choose from. Orlando doesn't haven't to burn a hole in the pocket if you don't want it to.
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Thanks guys. Lots to think about.

It's just the four of us and yes it has to be 2020 as in 2021 my brother will be married and I'll hopefully be a homeowner.

10,000 is for flights, accommodation and park tickets. Spending money will be extra.
For us, 4 adults, 10 grand would also include all food costs and spending money and we would still have plently left over on a 2 week trip.
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