Post # 1
anyone booked a disney vacation and get any sort of discount? we’re not eligible for a military discount. we want to stay at a disney resort, totally ok with the value resorts. we’re going to get the dining plan. and we also want to do both universal parks. any help will be greatly appreciated because the deal we get will depend on whether or not we actually get a honeymoon.
Post # 3
Dang, I wish we could help. I would suggest trying to use a friends or family members timeshare! It is so cheap. We are getting our hotel room for 500 for a whole week.The friend kindlt paid a few hundred of it as a gift. We plan on buying food and making it in the kitchenette and we plan on buying a hopper pass.
But it will be about 1,700.00 for the two of us! And that includes the airfair. Instead of over 3,000.00 if we stayed on Disney property.
Post # 4
@AJester2: FI and I went to Disney a few years ago with the fam. We stayed at Cornado Springs, it was ok. If we were to go again we would upgrade to a hotel in the next tier. My grand-parents are used to staying at good hotels in Vegas like the Bellagio and Wyn, so they were the most disappointed. The bus going to and from the park is great though, def an advantage to staying in the park. We bought the meal plan and we both determined it was a huge waste of money. It really limited the restuarants etc., especially for dinner. We don’t think we saved any money buying that. Plus a lot of times we didn’t eat lunch, it’s so hot and you’re running around, we mostly just got frozen beverages at lunch.
If we were to go again I think would would maybe stay at Animal Kingdom.
Book your vacation with a travel agency that does a lot of Disney vacas, they’ll have the best deals. It’s cheaper when you bundle everything 99% of the time, esp. with the park passes.
Post # 5
Oh and to give you an idea, we paid about $2800 for the two of us for 10 days including airfare, stay, meal plan, transport to and from the airport. We probably spent an additional $600-$700 on food and drink (while having the meal plan). We don’t really like souveniers etc, so besides food and drink we didn’t spend much.
Post # 6
I LOVED my Disney honeymoon, good luck! Here’s my advice…we go almost every year so I’ve gotten very good at finding the discounts =)
go to mousesavers.com and sign up for their newsletter. They post some great discounts at local hotels, and will make you aware of any special deals Disney or Universal is running. They don’t generally release fall discounts till a bit closer to springtime, but you’d be going at a great time of the year, since it’s during the school year there are a lot more discounts that are typically released for October. Also, I’d go to Disney World’s website and make an account, request a dvd, etc. They randomly send out special discount codes and you need your name in their database to possibly get one.
Post # 7
You don’t get a discount for honeymooning but you can try hope for a PIN code that they give out randomly or a promotion due to low attendance in the time you’re going. I would work with a travel agent or go directly to Disney. Contrary to most vacation companies, Disney will really work with you to try to get a good deal. I would check ou the disboards.com for announcements on discounts that are going around. Go to the WDW website and start pricing vacations… save a few mock-ups and sometimes that will trigger a PIN code (you get it in the mail) to get you to book. Also, the Mouse Savers e-newsletter has a lot of news on discounts. You have to do the work but I think you can get a really good deal if you go with Value and quick service or regular dining. Disney won’t really be able to help you do the Universal part but the disboards are a great resource on how to go about doing that while staying at a WDW resort.
Post # 8
@AJester2: You say Disney, I get a big on my face! My first visit was in utero and I try to go about every other year. I’ve stayed at just about every level of resorts. My favorites are: The Polynesian, Yacht and Beach, Wilderness Lodge, Riverside, All Star Movies, and the Wildness Campgrounds. We have gotten some of the best deals for our family by purchasing points from Vacation Club members. We really enjoy the Old Key West Resort. If you’re interested, I can get that information for you. Happy Planning!
Post # 9
@nickels: I just stayed at the Coronado Springs in January and we loved. They just completely remodoeled within the last year or two though.
OP: My bestadvice would be to go the disboards.com. These people are seriously Disney experts and they help write the Passporter books. We wet with a family of 4 for 5 nights/6 days and spentabout $2,8000 dollars. We did book during a free mealplan period. The higher level resort you stay at the higher the free meal plan (we stayed at a moderate so we got the basic meal plan for each person free-one snack, one quick service, and one table service meal each day and a free refillable resort mug for each person.) For us it was actually cheaper to book higher for the money we would save in food. Good luck planning!
Post # 10
You might also want to try to book tickets through AAA or http://www.undercovertourist.com/
Both have always had some of the best attraction prices.
And when you check out disboards.com as previously suggested by MrsMeNow, make sure to look at all of the reviews for the Disney restaurants. We spent around $6000 on a Disney/Universal trip a few years ago. It was for a family of five and we rented a 4 bedroom townhouse with a private pool. The bulk of our money was spent on park admissions and food. After looking at all the food porn on disboards, we decided to make food a big part of the trip so the kids could try lots of new and different things. If you decide to visit the restaurants, make sure you get your reservations in as soon as possible. The better places book up quickly. Oh and my favorite two restaurants were Raglan Road at Downtown Disney and The Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios.
We also booked one of the Magic Kingdom fireworks cruises, but it was cancelled due to lightning. I would still suggest doing it though and on disboards, you can usually find someone going at the same time that will split the cost with you.
Post # 11
We are going to go to Disney on our honeymoon also! Not that I’m not super excited about the wedding, but I’m also super excited about Disney. I’ve never been – good luck planning – I’ll be on the lookout for an good deals!
Post # 12
@AJester2: A great resource for Disney is http://www.disboards.com/
Have fun at Disney!