Walt Disney World Vacation Packages
Through the years, there have been about a bazillion different Walt Disney World Vacation Packages. They get pretty confusing. If you are looking for one of these Disney World package deals or a Disney World travel package, you've come to the right place.
Dad's an expert on Perfect Vacation Packages for Disney World and will be glad to help you through the maze to find the one that works best for you.
Disney World Vacation Packages
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Disney's Magic Your Way Package
Here are the components of a Walt Disney World Vacation Package -
Every Magic Your Way Disney World vacation package starts with Disney's primary ticket media, the Magic Your Way ticket. Sometimes people get confused about Disney World tickets and call them park hoppers, but the ticket is actually a Magic Your Way ticket that you can add the park hopping option too.
If you want to add the Disney Dining Plan to your reservation, you must have Magic Your Way tickets. The Disney Dining plan is only available for those guests in Disney hotels on Magic Your Way tickets. There are several different Disney Dining Plan options. They start with the Quick Service Dining Plan and range all the way up to the Platinum Plan (I'm still looking for the Plutonium Plan) which includes just about anything your little heart desires.
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Disney adds some cute extras to the package. They call them "Magical Extras". These little gems can save you money on some of the best things that Disney has outside the parks that you might not normally experience. Some of these "extras" are really fun.
Here's a list of the current "Magical Extras" -
- Marina Discounts
- Free mini-golf
- Discount and gift at Planet Hollywood
- Free arcade games
- Niki Bryan Spa discounts
- Bass Fishing discount
- Sammy Duvall discount
Believe it or not, as part of your Disney World vacation package you can let Disney book your airline tickets. Yes, you can ... maybe ... then again ...
Years ago, getting airline tickets was easy. You called up your local travel agent, they'd put together an itinerary, call back and if it was OK, you'd pay for it. Now the airlines want their money right now. No time to discuss options. Book now or forever lose those great flight times. Yep, that's progress.
Yes, you can "go Greyhound and leave the driving to us", but it's hard, and Disney doesn't always come up with the best options when it comes to times. I've got to say, their prices are competitive when you find the times you want.
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If you decide to ignore Dad's sage advice and not have a car at Disney World, then you'll probably want to sign up for Disney's Magical Express. It's easy to add it to your Disney World vacation package, just tell Dad (or whoever is making your arrangements) your flight numbers and Disney will pick happily take you from the airport to your hotel. It's almost convenient.
Your Key to the World
When you arrive at your Disney hotel and check in, you will be your Key to the World. Sounds impressive. All it is is your room key, your park ticket, your dining plan, your charge card for the time your at Disney World. (It is pretty impressive.)
Your Key to the World contains all the Disney purchased options for your trip. (Except specially ticketed events.) It will not only open your room, it's your park ticket. If you get the Disney Dining Plan, it will keep track of your meals. When you check in to the hotel you will be asked if you want to put charge privileges on your card. They'll even ask if you want to put it on for the kids.
Create the Memories for yourself
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Creating Your Own Disney World Travel Packages
Disney has made it very easy to create your own travel packages. Too easy.
Disney World Tickets
There are some places where you can find discount Disney World tickets. Some are legitimate, some aren't. Be very careful when buying Disney World tickets off the internet. Big discounts on Disney World tickets don't happen. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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Disney World Hotels
Once you have tickets, you'll need a hotel. Disney also has what are called room only packages. These Disney World travel packages allow you to call up and just reserve a room (Interestingly you get a completely different reservation number if you just book a room than if you book a package.) Disney even runs specials where you get a discount on just a room.
Disney Area Hotels
I don't know why (yes, I do, but I just don't want to talk about it), but some people just don't want to stay in one of the Disney Hotels. There are several hotels on the Disney World property that aren't owned by Disney. These hotels range from the Waldorf Astoria to the Best Western in Downtown Disney.
The Swan and Dolphin Hotels
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Orlando Area Hotels
If you don't want to stay with Disney, you might need to find a hotel in the Orlando area. Orlando has over 150,000 hotel rooms. You should be able to find something that fits into your Disney World Vacation Package.
You can create your own, but you never know what goodies you might be missing out on.
Should you use a Travel Agent to book your Disney World travel package? Mmm, let me think? Do I know any good Disney World Travel Agents?
Yes, Dad knows a few good travel agents, in fact in the immortal words of Jeff Foxworthy - "I are one". Dad has selected a very special agency to take care of your needs when you're ready to book your vacation package. That agency is Destinations to Travel. The crew at Destinations are full service travel agents and great Disney Vacation Planners. They are just waiting to assist you as you choose the perfect hotel, the right tickets, dining reservations and even day to day planning.
Trust me on this one.
Dad's Bottom Line
Are Walt Disney World Vacation Packages necessary for every trip? Yes and no. Yes, you are going to have some kind or package whether it's from Disney or you make one up yourself. Just make sure you don't just blindly trust Disney when you book, they like making money. Sometimes too much.