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  • On Jun 19, 2009
    Jaynee from IN Asked

    I just read your answer on AAA room only discounts. If I do this, can I still book tickets and dining plan later on if no good deal comes along or will I have to buy al a cart? What should I do to save the most $$? Thanks for your suggestions.

    Jayne:

    Generally, if you book a "room-only" discount with Disney you can add on tickets, but not the Disney Dining Plan.  The Dining Plan can only be added onto a Magic Your Way Vacation package which includes resort accommodations at Disney and at least a one-day park ticket for everyone in your party.  FYI: Disney's cancellation policies for "room-only" reservations and vacation packages are different.  The good news is that, typically, the "room-only" reservations have less strings attached than the packages, so you shouldn't have a difficult time canceling/changing from the room-only ressie to the package if you find a better deal.

    To save money, my strategy is to subscribe to non-official Disney websites' newsletters like those found at www.mousesavers.com and www.allears.net to learn about upcoming vacation packages.  I also frequently visit www.disneyworld.com and check out its special offers section on the website.  I have found that when using the Disney website, I am only given the special discounts at checkout if I click on them through the special discounts link—unfortunately, I've found that they don't automatically happen.

    If you're looking to pinch every penny, I'd recommend the book, "Disney on a Dime," by Chris and Kristal Carlson.  They've got lots of strategies on saving money—granted some are for hard-core budgeteers, but overall, I found the book insightful.

    Of course, our own archives here at the Moms Panel has many tips under Budget Travel.  You'd be surprised how many questions/answers you may find that you never thought to ask!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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