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Tips to Help Stretch Your Lodging Budget

Consider a hotel, airline or Web package, or book with a travel agent. Significant savings are possible by booking a prepackaged trip inclusive of air, hotel and sometimes park tickets. For example, 11thhourvacations.com (888-740-1998, www.11thhourvacations.com) lists more than two dozen Orlando deals. One current deal offers round-trip air from BWI, three nights at the Radisson Resort Parkway and a free pizza for $214 per person double. Book by Nov. 15; deal is good through at least Jan. 31. Other offerings: three nights at La Quinta Inn Lakeside from $188, or at the Ritz-Carlton for $463 (sorry, no free pizza).

• Large families and groups can spend a fortune on eating out and booking connecting rooms in a hotel. Many rental properties, such as condos and single-family homes, are available to Orlando visitors, and these can include three or four bedrooms, pools and lots of space to unwind. See the story above for more details.

-- John Deiner

Info Sources

Here are Web sites and phone numbers for more info on lodging and attractions to help plan a visit to Orlando:

• Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 407-363-5872, www.orlandoinfo.com.

Kissimmee/St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau, 407-944-2400, www.floridakiss.com.

• Visit Florida, 850-488-5607, www.flausa.com.

• Walt Disney World, 407-934-7639, www.disneyworld.com.

• SeaWorld, 800-423-8368, www.seaworldorlando.com.

• Universal Orlando, 407-363-8000, www.universalorlando.com.

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