Post # 1
I’m trying to navigate the Disney Land Florida Site, and I’m confused. I entered the dates for a 5 night stay at one of the value resorts and 2 adults into the vaccation planner, and it’s giving me a price of $1,489.18. Is that per person? Does it include rides? Do you have to pay extra once you get into the park to actually see things?
Or is that really the price? I thought it would be more expensive than that. Sorry I don’t really know anything.
Post # 3
@SweetCherryPie: That sounds about right. You don’t have to pay for rides once you’re in the park – rides and shows are all free, wih some minor exceptions. (Backstage tours, mostly.) But check whether the included tickets are “park hoppers” which would allow you to visit multiple parks in a single day. If not, you are restricted to only one park (I.e., Magic Kingdom or Epcot or Animal Kingdom) each day.
You will have to purchase food in the parks, though. Some packages include the Disney Dining Plan. It’s worth looking into to decide whether it would save you some money on meals and snacks!
Post # 4
You need to check and see if you included park tickets or not (I’m assuming not because that price is way too cheap, even at a value resort). Park tickets are really expensive — I think like $600 per person for a six day ticket with park hopper option.
The price you got would cover the hotel room for both of you and nothing else.
Post # 5
@cmbr: I agree she should double check that the package includes tickets, but I don’t think it’s that far out of bounds. A six day non-park-hopper ticket right now is $278 per adult. The park hopper would be $335. Disney is ridonkulously expensive for one day, but once you start adding days to your pass, you get to a point where it’s like, ten bucks to add another day. (Then, of course, you’re like, what a deal! And start adding extra hotel nights… And that’s how they getcha! Lol.)
Post # 6
@cmbr: During the ‘quiet’ times of year (which based on an October wedding it would be), the value hotels run at about $100 per night so a 5 night stay would be $500.
Tickets for that length of stay would be about $300 per adult so $600 total. Add in tax and other service charges and this seems about right for that time of year.
All rides are included with the passes (except where otherwise indicated). The dining plan, park hopper and waterpark options are also something to look into.
i’ve been to WDW several times and I’m in the process of planning our wedding there next year. If you still feel lost I would recommend getting hold of a book called ‘ The Idiot’s Guide to WDW’. I just bought the 2013 copy and it helps a lot when planning your trip. I would also recommend just calling them. Quite often the best deals are available directly from them over the phone…not online as many believe.
Hope this helps and that you enjoy your trip!
Post # 7
I go to Disneyworld 2 or 3 times a year. Depending on what time of the year you go, Disney may be offering free dining with a package. When you go to the Disney website, make sure you go to the special offers tab. Or call Disney and talk to a cast member – they can help navigate you through the planning process. I have NEVER paid for the dining plan – I made sure to schedule my trip during a free dining special. Food is horrendously expensive, and it is nice to be able to try what you want without worrying about the cost.
Be sure to sign up your email address at the Disney website. Often they send out “pin numbers” which offer substantial discounts. It is a totally random who gets the pin numbers. I have gotten several – one offered free dining, another offered 35% off the hotel.
Staying on Disney property is the way to go. There is a free Magic Express which takes you to and from the airport to your hotel. Then, of course, there is free transportation from the parks to your hotel.
Our favorite value hotel is Pop Century. We have stayed in the others, but like Pop the best.
I would recommend a subscription to Touring Plans. They have a free service, but the premium paid service is really helpful. They have extensive data on when the parks are crowded. Touringplans.com – it is only ten or eleven dollars a year.
I guess you can tell I am a Disney finatic. I can give you other hints too if you would like of various websites and books that have been very valuable in our planning.
Post # 8
That sounds about right for the hotels and the tickets, and I double checked it on the site. However, you still need to add in either A) A dining plan, B) money for a trip to Publix or C) Money for restaurants. The park hopper option, it looks like, has already been added. You can go back and edit it to add a dining plan, which comes to about $1,700 for the most basic one… Unless you’re flying in and won’t have a car, I would suggest not getting one and going to the Publix down the street for groceries. The hotel room should have a mini fridge. If not, the dining plan is usually a good option.
You might be better off calling and trying to speak to a representative. I’m going in January and we have a travel agent, who (according to my mom) is paid by Disney so she’s free to us.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your help!
@KatieBklyn: They are very sneaky aren’t they. We are struggling to get leave as it is, so I think we’ll escape there cunning plan.
@Luayne: I’m partly deaf so I won’t be able to call them, but I’ll ask FH to. Thanks for the tip about the book. I found one called “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World” by Doug Ingersoll. That’s the one you are talking about, yes?
@qtrfan: Thankyou so mch for the touringplans.com tip. That site is very helpful! I’ve signed up on the Disney Site. I am very happy to accept any other tips and websites you have to offer. We aren’t planning to book until after March. At this stage we are just trying to work out what we can afford.
@mepayne: I’ve heard of those Travel Agents, I’ll have to scout around to see if they are available I Australia.
Post # 10
@SweetCherryPie: Ours is done completely through email and over the phone, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be available over there.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The park in Florida is Disney World (as a resident Floridian, it just hurt my soul to see “Disney Land Florida, but I know it was an honest mistake). That price looks about right for 2 non-resident people combined at a value resort. I hope you enjoy your trip!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Someone else mentioned the dining plan, definitely look into that. Get the one with atleast 1 sit down meal per day. The meal plan will save you money. Make sure to book ADRs when the time comes for them as well. You will be down during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party too so you can purchase into that, and you’ll also be there for Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
I’ll be going to Disney right behind you. We’re getting married on the property and will be staying at the animal kingdom lodge.