Updated: Jun 24
Below are 3 Tips for Disney Planning that can make planning your Disney vacation much more manageable and less stressful.
1. Plan Ahead
The farther you plan ahead, the longer you can spread your payment plan out. You only need $200 down plus a small amount for travel insurance which is highly recommended.
If budget is an issue but you want to have an amazing vacation without feeling like you have to pinch every penny during your vacation, then spreading the payments out over a longer time can help you increase your vacation budget. Disney allows you to secure your vacation with only $200 down (per room) and you can pay as little or as much as you want up until 30 days prior to your vacation arrival date. I should also mention that while it is not required, it is a good idea to purchase travel insurance. While we have every intention of going on vacation when we plan it, come heck or high water, things happen.
2. Gift Cards
Purchase gift cards at a discount and use those to pay for not just your trip, but your food, shopping, and extra experiences. You can usually find these at places like Target and Sam's.
While generally, the discount on gift cards ranges from 3% to 5% on gift cards, which doesn't sound like much, it adds up when you are spending a large amount on a Disney vacation. For example, 5% of $5,000 is $250. Doesn't sound so small now, does it?
3. Use a Travel Advisor
Your experienced travel advisor can not only monitor for promotions and update your package, but they can match you with the right resort, dining, and special experiences.
Can you plan your own Disney vacation? Abso-freaking-lutely! But why should you? There is a lot that goes into planning a Disney vacation from what resort should you stay in (currently there are 31 on-site resorts at Walt Disney World), where to dine (there are over 200 restaurants with 90 of them being sit-down locations in Walt Disney World), what special experiences to purchase, and then of course there is genie-plus to consider, determining when to purchase it and get the most value out of your park visits. These are all things that your experienced travel advisor can help with. That's not even talking about the literal hours you might spend on the phone planning your vacation or that last-minute question you thought of and didn't ask when already on the phone.
We hope these tips have helped you when considering planning your next Disney vacation. Got questions? Drop them in the comments below.