I head up to Orlando two weeks from tomorrow. Seeing as how it is 10:20 PM, I'm saying 2ish weeks.
The "big" topic in the last week has been Renter's Insurance and what the new requirements mean for those of us arriving in the next 2ish+ weeks. Everyone is getting different answers. One thing everyone agrees on is that it is now required. Now, whether or not they're checking when we check-in or not, well that's a whole 'nother story all together. The right hand doesn't know what the left is doing in this situation it seems. Some people on the Facebook Group are being told that no, they're not checking. Others are being told, yes they're checking and you'll be turned away if you don't have it.
So to be on the safe side, I got it. I went with Geico. It was $25 down and is like $20/month for $7K in "stuff" coverage and whatever the typical liabilities are. I went with a $100 deductible. A lot of people are paying for the whole year (mine would have been $154) and then dealing with a refund when the program is over. I'm not doing this for a couple reasons. First and foremost is that I'm broke. I've been on unemployment for 9 months and homegirl is broke as broke can be so putting out $154 right now just isn't going to happen. $25, doable; $154, not so much. Second, I don't want to deal with trying to get a refund. Goodness knows what kind of mess that can turn into, so I'd rather pay the extra $2-3 a month for the convenience of not having to chase a refund for an unused portion.
And just a little mention for my scrapbooking followers who are planning on heading to Harry Potter land at IOA - Creative Imaginations is releasing a Harry Potter line. It's being shown at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association). I haven't seen the sneak peek on their blog yet, but a bunch of their other lines are there (including an awesome one by Marah Johnson - Wicked). I'm guessing it'll be there soon (I hope!)