There’s nothing more magical than staying on Disney property. There may be an initial sticker shock on your vacation, but if you’re far enough out- don’t worry!
It’s best to put a deposit down if you know what dates you will be traveling ($200 per room) so you are guaranteed the availability- like saving your spot. Don’t wait to book if you think you might miss a special, it can be applied later. Also, the call center will be super busy and you’ll be on hold forever with all the others who are booking or upgrading their packages.
Having your confirmation number will help with your dining if you are more than 180 days out from your travel. You can book dining reservations using your confirmation number and account on 180 days in advance for the first 10 days of your vacation. This saves you from having to book each day of your trip on its individual 180-day mark. Just another benefit of being a resort guest!
Discounts from Disney
You can only have one discount applied to your package at a time- whether it’s a PIN, Kid’s Stay/Play Free, Free Dining or starting with a room discount and adding to your package from there. As a Disney travel agent, who watches these closely, I’ve seen a room rate discount work out cheaper than one of the big specials they are advertising- you never know when there are specials with overlapping periods!
When those specials come out I take care of that for all my clients who qualify as part of a discount monitoring program- sometimes it’s a discount on their package or it’s adding on more benefits like Dining which doesn’t always change the price. PINs can even be applied after a package is booked and even making adjustments to the dates a little to fit the qualifications if needed.
Disney travel company doesn’t have an automatic payment program, but you can make payments at anytime through your account or travel agent. I keep clients credit card information on file, so all they do is email me how much they’d like to attribute to their account and I send back a statement which includes the remaining balance. If you’re on your own, you can set up a date each month and contribute what you can or save it all for the last day- set up a reminder a few days in advance so it won’t be too late if you forget.
Changes and Cancellations
Changes can be made without any fees and even the whole package canceled for a full refund up to 45 days prior to arrival. Any changes after that date may have a $50 fee. Disney charges a $200 cancellation penalty per room if you make changes between 44 and 1 day before arrival. If you add on the optional insurance, you will get 100% of your package price back, except the insurance.
Disney Cruise Line terms start prior to 75 days before travel, see website for specific terms.
Disneyland terms start 30 days prior to arrival (no change/cancellation fees) when full payment is due for packages and 5 days prior to arrival for resort room reservations. A $200 cancellation for packages anytime after that is required.
Waiting vs Canceling
I had a client get a quote just recently with a great room rate and they weren’t ready to book- a few weeks later when they were ready, the rate was over and their package jumped $800! That is so hard for a fellow saver like me to have to tell them! They were still beyond the 45 days when they started to consider the price, so I would have either had to call to make the final payment or cancel that day if they had their deposit in, but at least they would have had the cheaper option.
If you are ready to book your trip, be sure to read about the perks of using an authorized Disney vacation planner
Linds is a Disney fanatic which started from a young age with her first Disneyland trip at 4 years old- now married and has 4 boys, she enjoys going even more! Linds blogs at Enchanting Deals about the latest Disney specials and park, dining and resort guest tips. She loves being a Disney deal expert- to help families get to Disney and save money! Also can find her on Twitter or Facebook.
Disney World is the Most Magical Place On Earth. Be sure to learn how to make the most of your trip by reading the Disney World Training series. You can also browse all the articles I have written in an easy to use outline. And if you are ready to book your trip, be sure to read about the perks of using an authorized Disney vacation planner (plus it’s FREE!).