Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 5, 2010
    Teri from AL Asked

    Want to visit WDW Jan 2011. Due to economy. I wonder if I should buy each item separately-room, tickets, etc. Being from Bham myself wonder if you have any other great tips on planning.

    Hey, Teri! How wonderful it is to answer a question from my hometown! I certainly understand how exciting it is to plan a trip to WDW, yet I also know that making plans in uncertain times requires careful consideration. I have booked total packages (room, dining, tickets, transportation) through Disney, AAA and independent travel agents, and I have booked all items separately through various sources. It really boils down to research and math.

    When I start planning, I get a notebook and write columns at the top of each page: transportation, lodging, meals, tickets, extras.  Then, I start looking at the WDW Online Specials as well as call 407-939-7675 for packages and 407-939-7429 for room-only reservations. Then, I start "shopping" with AAA and other travel agents to compare their packages and break it down to cost-per-day as well. Some of my favorite research and cost-comparison sites are allears.net, mousesavers.com and passporter.com. If you're a AAA member, call AAA of Alabama at 800-521-8124, and January is Disney month. So, you're sure to get lots of information there!

    Lastly, I would look into a cost comparison of flying versus driving. It takes our family about 10 hours to drive from Birmingham to Orlando with several stops, and we usually drive all in one day. Yet, if you have babies/toddlers, I would recommend Southwest Airlines' non-stop flights. Booked this far in advance, you could probably get a great deal, and it's only a 1.5 hour flight. Then, you can take the FREE Magical Express to your resort!

    There are deals out there, and I have more ideas about saving money on meals and souvenirs if you can give me details about your travel party. Also, once you have your trip booked, then it's all about planning out each day to make the most of your time there. Feel free to write back! I hope you have a wonderful Alabama day and a magical Disney vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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