Travel duck is back after a long hiatus quacking around the home-front! We brought the kids to Disney last weekend, and me, being a budget-minded duck, wanted a decent hotel at a low price. The disney resorts start at $159/night for a low-end Days Inn type property. So, I thought I would try the Radisson when I found it on Priceline for $39/night. Ok, to be honest, I found a three star express deal on Priceline for $39/night, and then figured out it was the Radisson using a little trick (feel free to message me for details). I digress...
We checked in the hotel and I was given a handicapped room in the 6000 building on the 8th floor. However, me being a taller duck, wanted another room, returned to the front desk and was cheerfully given a free upgrade to a room on the 6th floor facing the pool. When putting the kids to bed the night before the visit to the park, I heard the sound of fireworks. Then, I looked out the window to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks going off! What room you ask? Well, you need to be in the 6000 building on a floor 6 or higher, towards the closer end of the property. Duck Tip: Ask for Room 6615, 6715, or 6815 for the fireworks view!
So, the next day, we took the shuttle to the Magic Kingdom, it was really quick about 10 minutes (actually, it takes you to Epcot, and you get on the tram to go to the Magic Kingdom. This is important later, so keep reading...)
After enjoying the Magic Kingdom, we proceeded back to Epcot (via two trams) to wait for the last 11:35 shuttle back to the hotel. Well, the shuttle comes at 11:40 (not bad) but instead of taking us back to the hotel, it goes.. wait for it ... back to the Magic Kingdom to pick up guests from a different hotel! What? We left Magic Kingdom early to go to Epcot for the shuttle and it proceeds right back to Magic Kingdom. Since this stop was not on the schedule, we inquired of the unfriendly driver who proceeded to ignore us while blasting his radio at now 12:15 a.m. Then, he dropped off the other guests at another hotel first!
The next day, we inquired of this unexpected stop(s). The friendly hotel clerk told us that the other hotel has a contract with the shuttle company for a Magic Kingdom stop but not the Radisson. Duck tip: if you take the last shuttle back from Epcot at 11:35, be prepared for two additional stops and a 30-40 minute ride back to the hotel.
As for the property, the rooms were fine, especially at $39/night (+$15 resort fee). But, the property as a whole is very worn, especially the net-less basketball game rusting out in the rain, peeling paint, and scuffed doors. Or, the completely tacky blown up Santas outside by the pool. Come on. The snack shop is reasonably priced, but the decor and feeling of the hotel overall was very dated.
As for the resort fee, I did not mind it because the hotel let you know about it up front and parking at Disney would cost $15 anyways (free shuttle remember?)
And, I thought the employees were really friendly and nice - always saying hello to the guests.
In conclusion, it is not bad for a night or two as long as you do not mind a dated property and a crazy shuttle bus driver who blasts his music at midnight while stopping at other hotels while you are dreaming of your sleep number bed.
Finally (you thought I was done?), no canned responses from the hotel please :) And, folks feel free to message me for additional questions or duck tips!
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