My husband and I are planning a trip to Orlando in March. We would prefer not to rent a car and find a hotel that offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. It would also be great if there was a free shuttle to nearby attractions. I know that staying at Disney World does offer this, but are there any other...
There is a slight confusion. Near MCO the Orlando International airport there are many hotels. All offer free shuttle service to the airport but none to the theme parks or to the convention center. Then nearer the attractions there are a number of hotels that do have shuttle service to the parks. The vast majority of the comments of this type service are not at all favorable. You should realize that Disney does NOT offer service to nearby attractions.Only to the Disney owned theme parks. The other parks in the area are all fierce competitors of Disney. There is absolutely no free service between, Disney and Universal or Seaworld or Busch Gardens. I understand that from the Premium Outlet Mall, there is an almost free shuttle to Legoland.
Lots of hotels in the area do offer both. Most likely though you will need to pay for the airport shuttle service.
The park shuttle service may vary whether a cost is charged or not to the parks. Many offer it free as an amentity. Although my personal experience is that these shuttles are typically very restrictive as to times when they run. I would check and get all the details before committing to a hotel to see if this would fit your needs.
We ended up finding that buying a full package from a travel agent - hotel, airfare, park tickets and other offer, and car was cheaper than booking these separately without any rental car. The one difference is you will need to pay for parking at the parks. I found the convience of driving much higher than the cost of parking especially as our whole package would have been less (with a few bonuses added water park/dinner) than if we did not rent a car.
I agree with that. The shuttle services you're going to find at the "budget" price are going to be severely lacking.
I stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek resort, which was an amazingly beautiful resort, but we had to pay for transport to/from the airport, and use their shuttle service. We couldn't just go back-and-forth from park to resort at our leisure; we had to go at appointed times. There's a five or six hour window in the middle of the day and evening that they wouldn't pick anyone up.
I would honestly stay at a Disney value resort as they aren't horribly expensive. March is more expensive overall, but you're looking at reasonable rates with the perks you're looking for.
Well, the problem is that you're asking for "perks" that drive up the price of staying at a hotel that offers them. If you want "budget" you don't get all the perks. Sounds like the WDW resort accommodations would be your best bet. The shuttles from nearby hotels to WDW aren't that convenient.