Or, you know, 2880 minutes…
If you’re like me, you are anxiously awaiting Tuesday, June 18th. For those of you not like me, and not anxiously awaiting anything, that is the day that Disney releases 2020 packages. These packages will be valid for vacations from January 1st, 2020-December 30th, 2020. So if your vacation falls in those dates, this is reason for much celebration. June 18th is a big day for you! It’s a big day for me! It’s a big day for us! On Tuesday, June 18th, we’re getting package info, price details, and an answer to the question, “When can I book my 2020 Disney vacation?”
June 18th, you guys! You can book it June 18th!
But June 18th is still four days away. What will you do for four days? What will I do for four days? I suppose I could get on with my life. Buy some groceries, save some money. I could get a jumpstart on dropping that baby weight by re-reading this post and doing a jumping jack every time it says “June 18th.” Or. I could prep for the release of the 2020 packages. It’s on June 18th. Did I mention that? Jumping jack!
If you’re looking for a way to pass the time until the big day, here are a few suggestions from your comrade in waiting.
Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog. This is what my house is going to look like on June 18th. Jumping jack!
Get on a Watchlist
This sounds scarier than it is. A watchlist is put together by a Travel Agent who is keeping their eyes peeled on package release dates for their clients. They’re literally watching, for a list…of people. Those on a watchlist will get the info from their TAs first, and have first advantage when it comes to booking.
Fun fact: working with a TA means they can put a three day hold on a package, which those booking alone can’t do. The three day hold locks in your price and gives you some time to do more research, make final decisions, etc.
Even though June 18th (jumping jack!) is in a few days, it’s not too late to be put on your TA’s watchlist. I literally just got added to my TA’s a few days ago. The conversation went like this:
ME: We’ve planned on 2021, but I’m curious about 2020…
ERIN: I’ll put you on the watchlist for 2020. Better to be safe than sorry.
Darn tooting it is! Don’t have a Travel Agent? Take one of mine! Seriously. We work with an amazing team of ladies from Destinations in Florida. Elizabeth and Erin have been helping me out and they’d love to help you out, too! Come, join me on the watchlist.
Photo Courtesy of Wendy Malaguti
Start Thinking About the Amazing Food You’ll Eat at Disney World
You can make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days out. If you’re booking for Winter 2020, that is right around the corner, buddies! Now would be an excellent time to read some dining reviews, scope out some restaurants you’ve wanted to try but haven’t, decide which character meal is right for you, and compare quick service spots.
Look At All Your Options
You seem like a real together kind of person. You probably know exactly what time of year you want to go to Disney, where you want to stay, what type of tickets you want. You’ve probably even told your TA already, so she can tailor the package quotes exactly to your specifications.
Not me, you guys! I’m a little bit of a mess. When asked about possible dates, my response was, “Hmmm. We like the Fall. We’ve never been in Winter. Spring, I hear, is nice. We went Summer last year and it wasn’t half bad!” Very helpful. When asked where we wanted to stay, it got even worse: “Moderate probably. But we would like to try a Deluxe. And you know, there are a couple of values that I hear are awesome.” Bless my TAs and their patience.
You’ve got four days to fill, might as well figure out what time of year you want to go, maybe even picking a few possible dates, if you’re feeling ambitious. While you’re counting down to June 18th (jumping jack!) you could do some research and figure out which hotel best suites your family’s needs. Even if you think you know all these details, it’s never a bad idea to have a plan B. Sometimes a week or before or after your preferred dates have better resort availability, or the rates are better at a resort you hadn’t considered. Disney likes to keep us on our toes, so being open to more than one idea is never a bad thing.
And while you’re at it, go ahead and send those ideas over to your TA. They’ll do a much better job of presenting you appealing vacation options if they have the latest intel on the type of vacation you want.
Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
Daydream About all the Cool New Stuff
2020 is a game changer, friends. We’ve got new lands (Galaxy’s Edge!), new resorts (the Riviera!), and new transportation (the gondolas!) If you’re a seasoned pro or a first timer, 2020 is offering you a lot of transportive new experiences. Start thinking about how they’ll impact your touring plans, your transportation routes, and even your accommodations. Or do like me and just daydream about riding a gondola for hours at a time.
The best way to keep yourself busy while you wait for those packages to be released is to keep yourself busy. Keep working towards making money for your Disney Fund. Try a new app. Take some surveys. Scan some receipts. If the anticipation is making you restless, put that energy to good use and have a yard sale, checkout that trade in program for your gazillion books and movies, or go hunting for loose change. You’ll be able to make the time pass and your Disney Fund grow. Talk about magic. You’re practically a wizard.
Are you excited for 2020 packages to be released on June 18th? (So. Many. Jumping. Jacks.) Have you already told your Travel Agent all your hopes and dreams? What’s the best way you’ve found to pass the time while we’re waiting? How many jumping jacks did you do? Tell me down below!
And remember, if you need a TA, our amazing team from Destinations in Florida (Elizabeth, Erin, and Kari) are ready to answer your questions, help you narrow down what it is you want, and give you their experienced advice.
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!