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I was just confirmed for Cypress Harbour in Orlando for spring break. Not our first choice, but we haven't been with our kids, who are ages 9 & 11 years old and thought it would fun to do something different. Is this a good resort for kids their ages? We were confirmed for a 2 bed/2 bath. I wasn't too sure about going over spring break. We usually go to Kauai, but didn't get confirmed for Kauai(or any island) and time was running out.

We don't plan to spend a lot of time at the resort, but just wondering. Also, does the resort provide any shuttles to the parks? Any suggestions on where to purchase park passes maybe for a discount? Thinking of getting 4 or 5 day? Open to thoughts on that too.


Thanks.
 

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There are no shuttles from Cypress Harbour. You really need a rental car if staying at Cypress Harbour or just about any of the Orlando Marriotts.

As for discounted tickets, there aren't a lot of options on a 4 day pass. Disney tickets are very expensive these days and the price per day doesn't really start to drop until you get over four day park tickets. Disney prices have stopped us from going back there since 2009.
 

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I like getting tickets through Undercovertourist.com. I also rented an Alamo rental car through their site. I was hesitant getting a rental car since It was just myself and 8 yo and lots of luggage. It was super easy and would do it again.
 

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Thanks for the tip on Undercover Tourist. So, it's safe to get tickets and rental car? The prices are good. And I like the tips they offer as to what to see in what order.
We have gone to Hawaii the past 5 years which has been very relaxing. Still unsure if I am ready to face the crowds.
 

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I bought my Disney tix from undercover tourist. No problems.
 

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I was just confirmed for Cypress Harbour in Orlando for spring break. Not our first choice, but we haven't been with our kids, who are ages 9 & 11 years old and thought it would fun to do something different. Is this a good resort for kids their ages? We were confirmed for a 2 bed/2 bath. I wasn't too sure about going over spring break. We usually go to Kauai, but didn't get confirmed for Kauai(or any island) and time was running out.

We don't plan to spend a lot of time at the resort, but just wondering. Also, does the resort provide any shuttles to the parks? Any suggestions on where to purchase park passes maybe for a discount? Thinking of getting 4 or 5 day? Open to thoughts on that too.


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Hi,
Your kids will love Cypress Harbour. There is a great activities center and the staff are very nice. If you ask for building 62 or 63 you will be right next to the activities center and the kids could even get there on their own.
You will need a car but it is in a good location to get to Disney or Universal and very close to sea world.

For Disney world the daily price goes down as you buy more days so that 6 days is only about $10 more than 5 days.
Pam
 

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If you have access to Costco, check them out for Orlando rental cars. We've gotten good deals from them recently.

We really enjoy Cypress Harbour, but watch out for mini dumpsters in the parking lot on cleaning days. My husband didn't see one and backed into it.
 

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also bought from UT. They are very reputable. Tip--once you get your tickets from UT, be sure to go on disney.com and make a My Disney Experience account. Then, at the 30 day mark, reserve 3 fast passes for each of you. You can always change them later. Once you have used all of those FP, you can get another one in the park for later that same day and keep repeating until FP are gone. Do not wait unitl you get there to make FP as some prime rides might not have availability.
Our crowd plan, which has worked for 10+ years during peak times: do not go to the park with extra magic hours in the AM (except if MK has EMH all week, then it doesn't matter which day). The park with EMH will be more crowded than the other parks. You can find this on disney.com under park hours. Also, we get our FP for midday, when the park will be very crowded, and go about 9am (or earlier) and just stand in the shorter lines. Rides near the enterance and in Fantasy land will fill up first, if you go straight to the back of tomorrowland or over to adventure-frontier land, lines will be shorter in the AM. Even at peak spring break times, we usually wait less than 10 minutes for jungle cruise and pirates or alladin before 10am. If it's super crowded, we do rides from 9-11am, then use a noon FP, eat lunch, use a 1pm and then 2pm FP and then just leave and enjoy the pools, etc. We get a FP before we leave for later in the night and sometimes we go back in, use that FP and walk around, shop, get a special treat/dessert. It makes WDW much more fun and relaxing.
Also, if you have an Elsa fan and you cannot get a FP spot, go VERY late at night on standby (45 minutes before Elsa closes). Most of the younger kids have gone to bed. You will enjoy the Marriott. FYI-there is a good back road (Palm Pkwy) to use as an alternative to I4 to/from WDW and Cypress.
 
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also bought from UT. They are very reputable. Tip--once you get your tickets from UT, be sure to go on disney.com and make a My Disney Experience account. Then, at the 30 day mark, reserve 3 fast passes for each of you. You can always change them later. Once you have used all of those FP, you can get another one in the park for later that same day and keep repeating until FP are gone. Do not wait unitl you get there to make FP as some prime rides might not have availability.
Our crowd plan, which has worked for 10+ years during peak times: do not go to the park with extra magic hours in the AM (except if MK has EMH all week, then it doesn't matter which day). The park with EMH will be more crowded than the other parks. You can find this on disney.com under park hours. Also, we get our FP for midday, when the park will be very crowded, and go about 9am (or earlier) and just stand in the shorter lines. Rides near the enterance and in Fantasy land will fill up first, if you go straight to the back of tomorrowland or over to adventure-frontier land, lines will be shorter in the AM. Even at peak spring break times, we usually wait less than 10 minutes for jungle cruise and pirates or alladin before 10am. If it's super crowded, we do rides from 9-11am, then use a noon FP, eat lunch, use a 1pm and then 2pm FP and then just leave and enjoy the pools, etc. We get a FP before we leave for later in the night and sometimes we go back in, use that FP and walk around, shop, get a special treat/dessert. It makes WDW much more fun and relaxing.
Also, if you have an Elsa fan and you cannot get a FP spot, go VERY late at night on standby (45 minutes before Elsa closes). Most of the younger kids have gone to bed. You will enjoy the Marriott. FYI-there is a good back road (Palm Pkwy) to use as an alternative to I4 to/from WDW and Cypress.
If you are a AAA member you can get discounts on multi day tickets to Disney and universal, also some other attractions in the area!
Silentg
 

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Once you get to Cypress Harbour you may find you don't need so many days at Disney. As mentioned above, there is lots for kids to do at Cypress Harbour, including a boat that runs between the activity center and lobby area, miniature golf, building racecars for a custom track they have available, and many, many other intriguing activities for children. If you are accustomed to relaxing in Hawaii, I'd consider booking 3 days max at Disney and relaxing yourself, and let the kids enjoy the resort. Sea World which is right next door to Cypress Harbour also provides a very interesting experience for the family, and the crowd/traffic situation is much less stressful that Disney (they even let you bring you own picnic foods with you at Sea World).

I'd consider an every other day approach to Disney for everyone's sanity and health!!
 

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Thanks so much for the info. Elaine, the tips are great!
I started to look at my plans and was thinking maybe taking a break between the Disney days. I know we are going to try and get to Kennedy Space Center and maybe a water park too. And a day or two relaxing at the resort.

Feeling more relaxed:)
 

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I own at CH and love it. They have tons of on site activities that are totally age appropriate for your children. It's a nice quiet resort but is somewhat removed from all of the theme parks except Sea World. I wouldn't recommend it for children under 6-7 (they might be bored) but 8-9 and up to teenagers will find tons of things to do.

You will want a rental vehicle if you are going to the parks regularly. When we go we usually only go to one or two parks and we taxi it. Taxi to Disney is about $25 each way and Universal is about $20 each way. The parking costs at each are close to the one way taxi fare so it is not as bad as it seems because you don't pay it in a taxi.

Regarding Undercover Tourist - I have used them a number of years ago without any problems but it has been a few years.

If you have any detailed questions on the resort let me know I have been there quite a bit already including twice in 2015.
 
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