Does Animal Kingdom take all day? Cause I know MK will take more then one day. ***If you really want to do everything in Animal Kindom it will take all day (although often it closes early and with a park hopper you could scoot over to MK after if they were open late.)
How are crowd levels during this time of year? We are thinking doing MK on the monday after we get there the 28th and AK on the 30th. Are we crazy??? lol
Does Animal Kingdom take all day? *As the pp said, Animal Kingdom can take all day, if you want it to, or if you want to do everything. Personally, if you have two days, I would suggest you get a park hopper. The end of June is pretty hot (during a normal weather year....guess we'll have to wait and see if it turns normal at all this year, lol), and for some reason Animal Kingdom can get pretty hot during the day even with all of the trees, so you may want to do it earlier in the morning and then move on to Magic Kingdom. Also, depending on the ages of everyone with you, Magic Kingdom may be more appealing.
How are crowd levels during this time of year?*I've never been this exact time of year, but I do know for a fact that July 4th is VERY crowded, so going before then may help some.
Where is the best place to buy tickets for MK and AK since we arent staying on site?*I really can't help you here, because we always buy our tickets through Disney since the Florida resident rate is cheaper than anywhere else. I do know that there are all kinds of discount ticket places in Orlando, mainly on International Drive (which is north of where Disney is and a little bit west of the Orlando International Airport). I-Drive is one of the main "touristy" spots in Orlando, as this is really close to where Universal Studios, Sea World, and some of the other attractions are. I think there are also places you can buy them online.
Anything else in the area that is fairly cheap to do?*There are TONS of things to do in Orlando. Like I said above, many things are located on or near I-Drive. There are also some things down in Kissimmee, like Medieval Times, a medieval themed dinner-theater.
How far of a drive to Daytona Beach is it?*Daytona Beach is anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how fast you drive and the traffic. Since you are going there for a race, I would say it is a safe bet that the traffic on the Daytona end will be pretty heavy, so make sure you leave Orlando early enough to get there.
The others have given you good advice about the parks.
Summer in Florida is still hot and humid, and sometimes very unpredictable.
We went late June in 2009 and it was hot and humid. Since we drove, I bought a large case of water, it might of even been two cases, and that held us over really well and saved us a lot of money. We took breaks mid day at the resort to beat the heat as much as we could and just stayed hydrated.
As for the crowds, it was pretty busy. The summer is during DW peak time. If you are able to take advantage of the EMH, I would. We had to do a little coordinating and utilized fast passes, but we were able to do all of our must do, which were about five or six attractions at each park, regardless of the crowds.