Disney World Quick Tip – Base Package vs. Room Only.

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You may think your only choice when booking a Disney vacation is a package or a room-only reservation, but there’s one very handy option a lot of guests don’t know about:  The base package. A base package is different from a regular Disney package in that you don’t add dining or tickets.   You’re probably saying to yourself “Duh, Chris, that’s a room-only reservation.”    Well, it is.  And those work great as long as the deposit is only a couple hundred dollars, but if you’re booking a deluxe room or villa, your deposit can be hundreds of dollars.  No one wants to pay that months before you travel, right?  This is where the base package comes in.

A base package is essentially a fiction:  You book a room-only reservation with the intent, but not the obligation, of adding tickets and dining at a later point.  This isn’t cheating Disney out of the full deposit; they’re aware that guests do this.  You’ll pay a $200 deposit to secure this package, the same as a regular package.  Like any Disney package, you pay the final amount in full at the 45-day mark.  One nice advantage of the base package is that unlike a room-only reservation, if you have to cancel after the grace period*, you’re only out your $200 deposit rather than the cost of one night’s stay.

Next time you book a room-only reservation, consider this option.  It can save you a hefty down payment.

*For  Disney packages, you’ll receive a full refund if you cancel 45-days prior to travel. For room-only reservations, it’s 5-days prior to travel.


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