After my November trip to Walt Disney World I wrote a blog about the fact that, unlike previous years, there was no bounce back offer in my resort room. That left me in a much different position after our trip than in past years. I was not only suffering from PDTD (Post-Disney-Trip Depression), but I did not have a Walt Disney World Resort reservation for our family trip this year.
This week, I received great news which flung me back into planning mode. I have been telling my hubby that I really want to be at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2011. That is right around our anniversary and I have never asked for an anniversary gift, which is the only reason I even brought it up. Realistically, though, I knew we would not be able to go for two reasons. First, that date is during hurricane season and we not only live on the Texas Gulf Coast but my hubby is not allowed to leave during that time of year because of his job. Second, we are already going to WDW with our family of 5, and taking 2 first-timers, in December so we really cannot afford to go again in October.
But, that all changed on Sunday when my wonderful hubby informed me that I could go with my friend, Susan, the world’s biggest Tigger fan. I am so excited I cannot see straight! Thank you, honey!
I found out some helpful information while researching our reservation options so I wanted to share them with you. Using the Late Summer Travel Offer, a room-only rate for our moderate room is 30% off (just $458). Adding 3-day park hopper tickets added on an additional $296 each. Then there is a necessary food budget for our 3-night, 4-day stay. We had first decided to “poor-mouth it” and only spend about $30 per day for food and drinks. When I checked on adding dining to our reservation, I found out that we are able to add on quick service dining for only $104.34 each or the regular dining plan for only $137.31 each. If you read my blog about the cost of free dining, then you know that the regular dining plan includes some awesome meal choices for this very low price.
We decided to go with the quick service dining plan because our trip will be short and we want to be able to just eat whenever we are hungry. This will save us from having to be at a certain place at a certain time, giving us more flexibility.
So, dividing the cost of the room in half, each of us will only have to pay $631.34 for our room, tickets and all our food and drinks (including our refillable mugs). Now, we just have to wait until the flight prices are available. We are onto making our lists of must-dos and these two princesses will be good to go. Planning is such a huge part of the fun!
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