For families anxiously awaiting the debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is still no definitive answer as to when the park will open. According to MTV.com, park officials pooh-poohed May 28 as an open date despite the fact that it was tied to a package that included two tickets and a gratis breakfast at the Three Broomsticks.
I reached out personally to the publicist for the park myself, hoping to get answers, but she would only say spring 2010. That narrows it to … nothing.
Potterheads can safely assume, however, that as soon as the official date is released, there will be a run on hotel rooms. Go ahead. Let all those families of five be cramped at the Fairfield Inn. The more budget- and space-friendly option is to rent an Orlando vacation rental.
The plethora of Disney Area vacation homes on our site is tailored to your price point and individual needs. From townhomes with resort-style amenities (clubhouses, pools, parks) to single family homes with pools and barbecue grills, your casa won’t be far from the park, and those little sorcerers won’t have to subsist solely on sugary drinks and fried snacks every night at those overpriced restaurants.
And you simply can’t beat the room of a vacation home.
The featured vacation rental above is a six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house that rents for $160-$250 a night depending on the time of year. No way, you say. Yes, yes way.
No matter how much hotels tout their proximity to the park, no magician’s spell is going to make a 300-square-foot suite into a sprawling villa. Spring for that extra space. Your family will need it.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.