Discounts over here, discounts over there, discounts all around like Disney don’t care.
(Though they do care. Very much. Hence all the discounts. Which doesn’t really go with my chant. But it has a good beat and I can dance to it, so the hits keep on coming!)
Discounts in the Spring, discounts in the Fall, discounts like you’re Cinderella at the ball.
(Because girl got couture evening wear and deluxe transportation for the cost of a pumpkin. That is like me getting to stay at the Grand Floridian and escorted around in a Minnie Van for the cost of one of my grocery cheese splurges. You heard it here first: Cinderella was the OG Couponer to Disney!)
Walt Disney World released a big discount on January 5th, which is great news for anyone traveling from now until September 26th, 2021.
(Actually, they released more than one. There’s some resident stuff and maybe another deal that doesn’t apply to me so I didn’t pay close attention. If you’re a Florida resident or you just want a deal that has nothing to do with me, you should chat up one of the C2D Dream Team: Elizabeth, Erin, and Jason.)
But the discount they released that did apply to me was pretty cool.
Get 2 Extra Days Added to Your Ticket on a Select 4 Night/3 Day Room & Ticket Package
This means that if you were going to get a 3 day ticket (like I was) for trips taking place from now until September 25th (which mine, theoretically, is) then it would be the same price to get a 5 day ticket.
This is one of those times when it is nice to have a travel agent because this deal was released and I IMMEDIATELY had a message from Elizabeth: “Upgraded you to 5 ticket. New total is $100 less.” (Okay, it was a longer, more professional email than that, but there was the gist.) Y’all, get you an Elizabeth. Why do none of my other correspondences seem as efficient and cost effective? From now on, if you email or text or smoke signal me, it better come with good news and money.
The problem is, because when it comes to me you know things are never straightforward, I don’t know if we need five days of park time. As is well documented in all my vacation posts, we love a pool day. Pool days are essential for us because of Mr. B’s type 1 diabetes. His body just can’t do back to back high intensity Disney days with the walking and the adrenaline and the theme park food. He needs bit of a recharge in between days.
Not to mention, this will be our first trip with a single stroller since having more than one child! The Glass Slipper visited Disney once as an only child, in 2014. Her next visit, in 2016, she was accompanied by a 10 month old Frying Pan and a (hand me down) double stroller. The double stroller saw us through trips in 2017 and 2018, where it literally disintegrated after we went through security at MCO. Like, just fell to pieces, literally. No matter, it had served its purpose. Go in grace, double stroller.
Once we moved the 2020 trip to 2021, we figured we wouldn’t need the double stroller. The Glass Slipper will be eight on our next trip. She has emphatically repeated to me over the course of the year(s) planning this trip, she no longer needs a stroller and she will not be wearing princess dress up, just regular dresses in princess colors, thank you very much. The Frying Pan, however, is not so self sufficient. If we keep to our current dates, she’ll turn six on property. It will be her first trip without a stroller, and I image she’ll need some breaks, too.
Now, I know what you’re going to say. We’re old pals, you and I. You’re going to say, “You don’t HAVE to do full days in the parks all five days. You can spread things out, make dining reservations, etc etc etc.” You probably won’t say etc, etc, etc. You’ll probably have more good reasons we can make the extra park ays work with our schedules. And you’re right. You’re so smart. Thank you.
But I’m still going to hold out hope for a room discount closer to the dates. ;)
2021 Family Trip
After Last Deposit: $4957.57
Total Deposit: $129.71
$40, Amazon Gift Card from Fetch Rewards
$33, Amazon Gift Card from Pinecone Research
$15 Target Gift Card, from Dabbl
$15 Amazon Gift Card, from Receipt Hog
$10 Target Gift Card, from Shopkick
$10 Target Gift Card, from Swagbucks
$1.45, Reward Credit from Bank
$1.26, Child Stardom
Still Need: $4827.86
What would you rather have? A room discount or a more days in the parks? What’s your ideal number of days in the parks? Ideal number of pool days? Sound off in the comments!
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 three 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!