I personally don't find the meal plan to be very cost effective unless you plan on eating a lot. The restaurants that are under the meal plan don't open until lunch time, so it won't include breakfast or an early snack. We've eaten there paying normal price and added it up and it wasn't a better deal to us to do the plan. Now....they do have these drink bottles that you buy and can refill all day for 89 cents, that is worthwhile. We get one for the whole family to share and refill it plenty of times. We usually carry in a few drinks, but you are going to reach the point where you can't carry enough drinks for the whole day and you will run out, especially if it's hot. So getting 89 cent refills and a souvenir cup to boot is awesome, particularly when just getting a regular drink is more than $2.
There is an Amerisuites, just outside the gates. It might not be the absolute cheapest place, but it's nice.
at 12:48 PM on Mar. 13, 2011