Disneyworld - Chattanooga, TN advice

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 1:35am
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I was just seeing if anyone had any tips for me. Sometimes it's the simplist things we overlook. We went to disney world last year and stayed off property in a hotel with a kitchen. That worked great for us, but this time my husband and I want to take my parents back with us with my three year old PA son. We would like to stay on property, but I am noticing all the hotels with kitchen units for 4 people are VERY expensive. We did take a crockpot last year which worked great for us so that's an idea, but I was wondering if there are any tips anyone could give us for staying on propery on a budget and still having your own food. It seems Disney is GREAT for eating out and they are very aware of allergies, but we are still very nervous parents since our son is still so young. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Maybe we will relax a little more when he can tell us more when he is having a problem. Any suggestions would be great! We stayed at the Nick Hotel last year and it was good, but we would like to stay somewhere either on property or somewhere a little nicer off property.

One more question...Has anyone traveled to Chattanooga, TN and had any good experiences there? We have thought of going there to see the aquarium and the trains since my son LOVES trains. Just wondering if anyone has advice for traveling there. We are very inexperienced when it comes to traveling with a PA. Guess we need to get out more!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Thanks for you advice!! Have a blessed day!

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 3:12am
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Have you looked into the All Star Music Family Suites? They just opened them in 2006 and they sleep 6 with a kitchenette (and 2 bathrooms). I think they start at around $179 a night, but go up from there depending on when you are going.

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 4:51am
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There is a website where you can browse Disney Time Shares for rent. I think it's [url="http://www.disboards.com."]www.disboards.com.[/url] People can post and request to rent someone's "points" for a timeshare like a 2 br villa in the Beach Club or Yacht Club resorts which sleep 8. If it works out for you it can be much less expensive than booking through Disney.
JUlie

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 5:36am
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We just returned from Chattanooga on vacation and had wonderful experiences! We went to the Aquarium and ate at the little restaruants there with no problem, although the food was not great. We also visited the Choo-Choo and my husband and I ate at The Station House (not a place I would take kids) and we asked out of curiousity and it was safe also. You can actually stay in the old rail cars at the Choo-Choo, and if I remember correctly, it's not too expensive and looks like fun! They, of course, have the old stand-bys of Wendys, McD's, Burger King etc, but everywhere we went the staff and management were very friendly and accomodating! Downtown Chattanooga is being re-vamped and the old warehouses are being turned into indoor shopping centers. I loved the city at night! Great adult fun!!! There is also the riverboat that you can cruise down the TN River on and have nice meals, but again, I didnt think it age appropriate for a 2 year old! Have fun!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 10:56pm
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We went to Chattanooga for spring break last year. My girls had lots of fun. We ate at kid places since the trip was for them - Wendy's, McDs, TGI Fridays. There is tons of food around so you should be able to find a safe option. I don't remember having any troubles.
A tip though -- The Chattanooga Choo Choo is a Holiday Inn. Yes, you can stay in the rail cars, but you don't really want to. They aren't the best accommodations. Tiny, old, stinky, run down rail cars. Go see them, but opt for a hotel.
Also, if you go, take your son to the incline railway.....steepest passenger railcar in the world, I think. Super fun even if a bit nerve-wracking to be on such a steep track.
Enjoy!
Patty

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 4:32am
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I used to travel to Chattanoogna often for work and stayed in the Holiday Inn/Choo-Choo hotel. I stayed in both the hotel and the sleeping car. I recall the sleeping car being fairly expensive (like over $200 a night and this was about 7-8 years ago). While I am sure that a child would think that this is super cool, I didn't think that this was worth the cost, very clean or very cool.
You hear everything and everyone outside and sometimes you will see little heads pop up or eyes peer into your room/car to try to get a glimpse of what the room looks like. So, if you stay here, be sure to be dressed at all times. And I remember the pillows having a strange plastic coating on them so when you slept on one, your head would slide off.
But again, kids love it, so if you can deal with these things, go for it. The dinner show is cute and the food was okay. The Aquarium is really wonderful and I second the incline train ride.

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