• On Jul 12, 2016
    Katelyn from OK Asked

    I was wondering how far in advance you have to pay off your Disney World vacation before coming to the resort? I am planning one in February 2017, on a VERY tight budget and I need to know when I have to have it paid by. I am planning on staying on park.

    Hi, Katelyn! Let's discuss your question first and then I have some budget tips for you. It is certainly hard to say no to extra Mickey's Premium Ice Cream bars and the adorable plush Dumbos, so I want to help you "Minnie"-mize other costs as much as possible!

    You can book your Walt Disney World Resort stay as either a room-only reservation or a Magic Your Way Package. As it implies, the room-only reservation will secure you a room in your choice of Resort hotel. You will need to pay a deposit equal to one night's stay, with the balance due when you arrive. If you would like to add on park tickets and Disney dining plan, then you will need to book a Magic Your Way Package, which requires a $200 deposit with the balance due 45 days before your vacation begins. You will find some great Package magical extras, such as vouchers for a complimentary round at one of Disney's Miniature Golf Courses, fun discounts at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre, and merchandise and dining discounts at various locations. If you plan to participate in any of these activities, you may consider booking a package to have access to these discounts.

    Staying onsite at a Disney Resort hotel will afford you many added values, such as complimentary transportation from Orlando International Airport and within the Walt Disney World Resort, early access to FastPass+ planning, and Extra Magic Hours. The Value and Moderate Resort hotels offer savings while still giving Guests the same Disney Resort hotel amenities. Consider packing nonperishable food or using grocery delivery service to save on food costs by bringing your own snacks and drinks into the parks as well as having a quick breakfast in your room.

    I hope these ideas help your vacation planning. Please stop by again if you would like more tips on budgeting for a magical vacation.

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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