When we all travel to Walt Disney World, the resort hotel we choose is the easiest purchase decision we make because the costs of the room are pretty much up front with no surprises. We simply purchase what we can afford. My concern is the rest of the package which, if you’re not realistic about what you can and want to do, might have more in it than you want or need and therefore costs you more $$$. If you don’t want to or can’t use all of the items in a package, why pay for them.
- TICKETS – Examine your past vacation patterns (we all have them) and if you don’t go from park to park on the same day don’t waste money on the Park Hopper option. It’s also very tempting to purchase the Water Parks and More option but if you can’t or won’t use the option more than once or twice check the prices for a daily admission to any extras (water park/Disney Quest) and see how it compares to the option. You might be surprised.
- MEAL PLANS – If it’s not a normal part of your life to sit down to meals or you are trying to maximize your park time you might want to stick with the Quick Service Dining Plan. There are plenty of excellent choices (not just burgers and fries) in the parks. The Disney Dining Plan is a nice middle of the road choice if you like to take one meal a day to relax and dine together. Only pick the Deluxe Dining Plan if you are a real foodie and want to sit down to 3 meals a day or you like to dine at the Signature restaurants and Dinner Shows (2 credits each). Otherwise it is simply too much food!!
- EXTRAS – There are tons of extra things to do at Walt Disney World from Cirque du Soleil (great by the way) to tours, golf, and many other things. The Platinum Plan (super expensive) includes all of that stuff and more. Before you are tempted to purchase that plan just review your past vacations and ponder just how much extra time you had for those things. If you are going to do any of these things, compare prices, I can almost guarantee it will be less expensive to purchase what you can/want to do a la carte.
I guess my whole point is – review what you want and realistically can do and compare the costs. Although all the extras included seems tempting, you pay for them up front and there are no refunds. If you do them individually it may save you some big $$$. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!