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What is a Disney Package?

Simply put, a package is a booking that has, at a minimum, a room reservation and theme park admission. You can add other components like dining and recreation, but Disney has some rules about adding those things. But in its most basic form – a package is a resort room and theme park admission.

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How do I book a package?

 

Start by contacting your travel agent or Walt Disney World. We recommend Dreams Unlimited Travel. There's some basic information you'll need when you start looking at pricing. You'll need to know:

  • Date you'd like to check in
  • Date you'd like to check out
  • Number of adults in your party
  • Number of children in your party
  • Preferred Resort
  • Number of rooms, as well as what sort of view or room type you might like (for assistance in selecting a resort and room type that will work for you, please refer to the Resorts section of The DIS)
  • The type of ticketing you'd like (for assistance with Walt Disney World ticketing, please refer to the Theme Park Admission section of the DIS)
  • What sort of package you'd like. We'll get into comparisons of the various package offerings a bit later.
  • Legal names of all guests traveling (many travel agents require this information to provide a quote. Disney does not require this information)

From there, your travel agent or the Disney agent will quote a price for what you're looking for. Your travel agent, or Disney, can then place a courtesy hold for you. It's really in your best interest to place that courtesy hold if you find something you're interested in. Availability can, and frequently does, change. What you found today may not be there tomorrow if you go back to try and book it. Be aware that no matter who places the courtesy hold, the names of the traveling guests will be required.

The length of the courtesy hold will depend on when you want to arrive. If you're within 14 days of arrival, Disney will not allow a courtesy hold. As a result, no travel agents are able to offer a courtesy hold either. If you're within 15 to 45 days of your requested arrival date, Disney will hold your request for 24 hours. If you're 46 or more days outside of requested arrival, you'll be able to hold the reservation for 7 days.

Once you've decided to book, Disney will require a deposit. We have to go back to the same timeline for the courtesy holds to know how much you'll owe. If you're within 45 days of arrival, Disney's going to require the entire balance of your package be paid in full. If you're 46 or more days from your requested arrival date, Disney will require $200, per room, to book. The remaining balance will be due 45 days prior to arrival.

Then what?

Once you're paid in full, and you're about 30 days from arrival, Disney will print up your documentation. If you've booked directly with Disney, you'll get your documentation right from Disney. If you've booked through a travel agent, Disney will only send the documentation to the travel agent. You'll need to speak to your travel agent to find out if you have to pick up your documentation or if they'll mail it to you.

So the next thing on your mind is probably – "What's in the documentation?" And the answer is an emphatic – "Not much!" You will find a couple of vouchers, some souvenir luggage tags and not much else. You won't find theme park admission, dining vouchers, recreation vouchers – or any of the big stuff. Why's that? A couple reasons. First – if your documents are lost in the mail, Disney doesn't have to void any theme park admission. Second, you don't have to worry about forgetting that stuff! And third – your theme park admission and dining & recreation entitlements will all be coded to your Key to the World card when you check in. Here's what the documents will look like:

On your arrival date, once you've arrived at the resort (check out the Magical Express section on the DIS if you need information about transfers to your Disney resort), just show the cast member your photo ID. You don't need anything from your documents to check in. The cast member will go over your package with you to make sure that you'll be getting what you've paid for. They'll code everything you need to your Key to the World card. You're now ready to actually start your Disney vacation!

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What's a Key to the World card?

It's a many-things-in-one kind of card. The Key to the World card will function as:

  • Your resort room key
  • Theme park admission
  • Resort ID (you'll need this if you plan to utilize the Extra Magic Hours benefit)
  • Dining entitlements (if you've booked a package that includes them)
  • Recreation entitlements (again, if you've booked a package that includes them)
  • Charge card – If you give the front desk a valid credit card when you check in, you will be able to charge purchases back to the room at most retail and dining establishments. This is truly an invaluable perk. You don't need to take a credit card with you into the parks. If you lose a credit card, it can completely ruin your vacation. However, if you lose your Key to the World card, just stop at Guest Relations at the parks or the front desk of your resort. They can immediately cancel your old Key to the World card. Guest Relations won't be able to issue a new one. Only the front desk can do that – but you've blocked anyone from using the credit card. And you don't have to call your bank to try and get a replacement or scramble to try and figure out how to pay for anything for the rest of your vacation.

 

So how do I know which package to book?
Or if I should book a room only reservation and not book a package at all?

 

This is the million dollar question; one that doesn't have an easy answer.

In most cases, if you need room and tickets, you'll DEFINITELY want to book a package. The only exception would be for Annual Passholders and guests who are active duty or retired military. Since 2005, when Disney first introduced "Magic Your Way" packages, they've really made sure that packages get the bulk of the discounts. Even when a discount is offered on room only reservations, you can add ticketing and dining to complete your package while still keeping the discount on the room.

Disney World Base Vacation Package
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Whether you should or shouldn't book a package with dining is a bit trickier. So let's start with just the run-of-the-mill "Magic Your Way" package. It will include:

  • Accommodations at a Disney resort of your choice
  • Theme park admission (you can customize this however you'd like)
  • Keepsake luggage tag (one per guest, age 3 and older)
  • Voucher for 2 rounds of miniature golf
  • Voucher for $10 off of food and non-alcoholic beverages at Planet Hollywood, as well as 1 souvenir keepsake per room
  • Voucher for 15% off the non-discounted price of Guided Bass Fishing Excursions and Bass Nitro Fishing excursions at select Walt Disney World resort marinas.
  • Voucher for 100 game play points at the arcades located in the Disney resorts (each resort has one)
  • Voucher for 15% off most 50 minute or greater spa services at select Disney resorts
  • Voucher for 10% off the non-discounted price of all activities at Sammy Duvall Water sports center at the Contemporary Resort
  • Voucher for 15% off the non-discounted hourly rates at select Children's Activity Centers
  • Voucher for a 1-day admission ticket to DisneyQuest.
  • 10% discount on bowling, food and merchandise at Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

All packages will include those items – no matter which you book. Everything from the luggage tags down are really just freebies thrown in by Disney and amount to absolutely no cash value when it comes to your package total.

Disney Dining Plan:

Where it starts to get trickier is with the dining plans. The dining plans come in three types. Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining, Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining and Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining.

2014 DISNEY DINING PLAN PRICING:

 

  PER ADULT, PER NIGHT
(adults are 10 years and older in Disney prices)
PER CHILD, PER NIGHT
(children are 3-9 years old in Disney prices)
Quick Service Dining $39.64 $15.75
Plus Dining $58.66 $18.88
Deluxe Dining $104.94 $29.51
Premium Package $194 $135
Platinum Dining $254 $175

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*The following is an illustration of how the dining plan could work (or not) for your family.  Prices of menu items are subject to change.  Information is based on the 2012 Dining Plan.

Disney World Package PLUS Quick Service Dining

Let's start by looking at the Magic Your Way Plus Quick Service Dining. In addition to all the "stuff" listed for the Magic Your Way packages, each guest over the age of 2 will receive:

  • Two Quick Service Meals, per night of your resort stay
  • One Snack, per night of your resort stay
  • One refillable mug

As the chart above pointed out, in 2012, the Quick Service Dining Plan is $34.99 per adult, per night and $11.99 per child, per night. For a starting point, my own family is 2 adults and a 5-year-old child. So on a 5 night stay, I'd be paying $409.85 for the quick service dining plan.

So what does Disney consider a "quick service meal"? Well – it includes an entrée (or combo meal, if that's offered at the restaurant where you're eating) and non-alcoholic beverage. If you're eating lunch or dinner, you also get a dessert.

And what about the snack? Well – there's a whole bunch of different things that Disney considers snacks. Everything from a 20 ounce bottle of soda, to a piece of a fruit, to an ice cream bar. It's hard to say what a snack is, because snacks are really varied. A good place to look is the DISboards Restaurant Board. They have a running list of foods that have been confirmed as snacks on Disney dining plans. More information on snacks will be included a bit later.

And the refillable mug? What's that? All resorts have a self-service soda fountain. Without a dining plan, you can pay $15.49 (before tax) for a 16-ounce, insulated mug. You can then have as many complimentary refills in that mug at your resort as you'd like. You can refill it with Coke products, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

So now that that's out of the way, you can start looking at whether or not this is a good idea for you. Take a look at the DIS Restaurant Database. It's a very powerful tool that will help you find exactly what you're looking for by searching on many factors. To get a listing of all quick service locations, select "Quick Service" in the "Cuisine/Dining Type" search field.

Using my own family as a baseline, and a hypothetical 5-night stay at a Disney value resort (I imagined Pop Century), I looked through the DIS Restaurant Database and figured out what my family would order. Prices are included in the DIS information, so I've outlined the costs for our meals. Here's what I came up with. We'd have 30 counter service meals and 15 snacks.

ARRIVAL DAY – Dinner - Everything Pop Food Court

  • Fish of the Day ($10.19)
  • Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.79)
  • Kids Mac & Cheese ($5.49)
  • Three refillable mugs ($38.97)
  • Cheesecake ($3.59)
  • Cookie ($1.99)

    Grand Total, including 6.5% sales tax: $73.51
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service meals, 27 remaining

DAY 2 – Breakfast – Everything Pop Food Court

  • Mickey Waffles ($4.99)
  • Omlette ($7.29)
  • Pancakes & Sausage ($5.29)
  • Bottle of orange juice ($3)
  • "Coffee" in refillable mugs (no charge – the quotes are for a reason. Nescafe does not qualify as coffee in my ever so humble opinion)

    Grand Total for this meal: $21.91
    Running Meal Total: $95.42
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service meals, 24 remaining

DAY 2 – Dinner – Cosmic Ray's at Magic Kingdom

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($9.39)
  • Large Diet Coke ($2.89)
  • Greek Salad ($7.29)
  • Medium Coke ($2.59)
  • Kids Meal – all choices same price ($5.49)
  • Yogurt for dessert ($1.99)

    Grand Total for this meal: $31.57
    Running Meal Total: $126.99
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service meals, 21 remaining

To save a bit of time, I'm going to assume a fairly consistent $21.91 for breakfast every morning. I will continue outlining dinner choices, and simply include $21.91 for breakfast in my running totals.

DAY 3- Dinner - Tangierine Cafe at Epcot

  • Shawarma Chicken platter ($13.95)
  • Lamb Wrap ($10.95)
  • Pizza ($7.99)
  • 3 desserts ($7.50)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91

Grand Total for this Meal: $43.02

Running Meal Total: $148.90

Entitlements Used:

  • 6 counter service meals, 15 remaining

You may have noticed there are no beverages included with this meal. We really enjoy the mint iced tea. But it’s not covered by the dining plan. To best compare apples to apples, I’ve left the drinks off. This isn’t something you’d know if you’ve never been to a particular location. But a good rule of thumb is: if you’re not ordering a fountain drink, coffee or tea, figure that the dining plan will not cover it.

 

DAY 4 - Dinner - Flame Tree BBQ at Animal Kingdom

  • ½ Smoked Chicken ($9.69)

  • Large diet Coke ($2.89)

  • Ribs ($10.69)

  • Medium Coke ($2.59)

  • Kid’s Meal - all choices priced the same ($5.49)

  • 2 desserts, $3.59 each ($7.18)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91

Grand Total for this Meal: $41.03

Running Meal Total: $254.86

Entitlements Used:

  • 6 counter service meals, 9 remaining

DAY 5 - Dinner - ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios

  • Chicken Curry ($8.49)

  • Large diet Coke ($2.89)

  • Cheeseburger ($8.29)

  • Medium Coke ($2.59)

  • Chicken Nuggets ($4.99)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91

Grand Total for this meal: $29.02

Running Meal Total: $276.77

Entitlements Used:

  • 6 counter service, 3 remaining

You may have noticed I left dessert off. The menu choices sounded less than appealing. So I simply wouldn’t order them; even though they are included on the dining plan. This is definitely something you’ll want to consider when planning.

DAY 6 - Breakfast at Everything Pop before departure

                    Total for this meal: $21.91

                    Running Meals Total: $327.70

                    ALL entitlements now used

The “running meals total” leaves a difference of $82.15 between the cost of the Quick Service Dining Plan and what I’ve spent so far. But we still have 15 snacks (5 snacks per guest, multiplied by 3 guests). Can I spend that much on snacks? Here’s a quick rundown of the snacks we’d be likely to purchase:

  • Funnel Cake - $4.99
  • Popcorn - $3.25
  • 20 oz bottle of soda - $2.75
  • Coke/root beer float - $4.19
  • Rice Krispie Treat - $3.99
  • Kakigori (shaved ice in Japan at Epcot) - $3.50
  • Crepe from France Pavilion - $3.99
  • Frozen Coke - $4.00
  • Fudge - $3.95
  • Tie Dye Cheesecake at Pop Century - $3.59
  • Dole Whip - $3.49
  • School bread from Norway Pavilion - $2.69
  • Pork Egg Roll - $2.49
  • Soft Pretzel - $3.79
  • Brownie - $3.99                                                                                                   

Including tax, my total for snacks would be $58.20.

Which means that it would cost me $23.95 more to purchase the Quick Service Dining plan instead of paying for everything out of pocket. I would still most likely purchase the dining plan. Don’t forget, we left a few things off here and there. That will tip the scale a bit in favor of getting the Quick Service Dining Plan. And even if the difference were as insignificant as $23.95, things can change. You will most likely deviate from this plan, but $24 is pennies in the larger scope of the cost of a Disney vacation. It’s absolutely worth that to me to know that the bulk of my dining expenses are paid for. 

 


*The following is an illustration of how the dining plan could work (or not) for your family.  Prices of menu items are subject to change.  Information is based on the 2012 Dining Plan.

Disney World Vacation Package PLUS Dining

So that's a sample comparison for the Quick Service Dining. But what about the Plus Dining Plan? You'd follow the exact same plan. Using the DIS Dining Database, check out the menus and plan how you'd eat. On the Plus Dining Plan, each guest over the age of 2 will receive:

  • 1 table service entitlement, per night of your resort stay. The table service meal will include an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per guest.
  • 1 counter service entitlement, per night of your resort stay. The counter service meal includes the same things outlined for the quick service dining plan.
  • 1 snack, per night of your resort stay
  • 1 refillable mug, per guest

If you choose to, you may use your table service entitlements at counter service locations. It does not, however, work the other way around. (You cannot use counter service entitlements at a table service location)

Assuming the same 5-night stay at Pop Century for my family, I'd have 15 table service entitlements, 15 counter service entitlements and 15 snacks. We tend to travel in slower months, so I'm going to use the non-peak pricing of $51.54 per night, per adult and $15.02 per night per child. This would give me a total of $590.50. Here's how it would look for us:

ARRIVAL DAY – Dinner - Everything Pop Food Court

  • Fish of the Day ($10.19)
  • Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.79)
  • Kids Mac & Cheese ($5.49)
  • Three refillable mugs ($38.97)
  • Cheesecake ($3.59)
  • Cookie ($1.99)

    Grand Total, including 6.5% sales tax: $73.51
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service meals, 12 remaining
    • 0 table service meals, 15 remaining

DAY 2 – Breakfast – Everything Pop Food Court

  • Mickey Waffles ($4.99)
  • Omlette ($7.29)
  • Pancakes & Sausage ($5.29)
  • Bottle of orange juice ($3)
  • Coffee" in refillable mugs

    Grand Total for this meal: $21.91
    Running Meal Total: $95.42
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service meals, 9 remaining
    • 0 table service meals, 15 remaining

Just as in the quick service dining comparison, I'm assuming a breakfast at Pop Century. Some families prefer to use snack credits and get junk food at the parks for breakfast. While labeling it as "junk food" makes it sound like I'm casting judgment, believe me, I'm not. I've done it myself. But I think we can all agree that drinking a Coke float, or having a cinnamon roll as big as your head isn't really anyone's idea of a nutritionally sound meal. Just keep that in the back of your head as you plan. Are you really going to want to do a dedicated breakfast each day? Or will you throw nutritional caution to the wind and eat candy and ice cream for breakfast? It will matter in your calculations because lunch will be more expensive than breakfast.

DAY 2 – Dinner - Crystal Palace

  • Buffet, all you can eat - $36.99 per adult, $17.99 per child

    Grand Total for this meal: $97.95
    Running Meal Total: $193.37
    Entitlements Used:
    • 0 counter service, 9 remaining
    • 3 table service meals, 12 remaining

A couple of things to note with this meal. Firstly – even though this is a buffet, gratuity is customary. Disney will suggest 18%. I did not include this in the tally simply because it's not covered by the dining plan. However, you will need to budget for the gratuity. 18% of the pre-tax total would be $16.55. Additionally – when you look at the menu – it can be difficult to get an idea of the price, because a price range is listed. This is because Disney feels you should pay more if you eat the same food over the weekend, or on a holiday. It's nearly impossible to pinpoint an exact price. The discussion on Disney's ethics and the value of this sort of pricing structure is an entirely different topic that I'm not even going to touch. But I've gone with the least expensive price in the range. If you'll be visiting during peak season (look at those dates for the Plus Dining Plan – if you're paying the peak rate for the dining plan, plan on a higher price at the restaurants), plan on having to budget toward the middle or higher end of the range.

To save a bit of time, I'm going to assume a fairly consistent $21.91 for breakfast every morning. I will continue outlining dinner choices, and simply include $21.91 for breakfast in my running totals.

DAY 3 – Dinner - Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot

  • Chicken Couscous ($26.99)
  • Roast Lamb Meshoui ($27.99)
  • Chicken Tenders ($7.99)
  • Kid’s Ice Cream ($2.99)
  • 2 Moroccan Symphonies ($13.98)

  • 2 sodas ($5.98)

 

Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91

Grand Total for this Meal: $91.50
Running Meal Total: $306.78
Entitlements Used:

    • 3 counter service meals, 6 remaining
    • 3 tables service meals, 9 remaining

DAY 4 – Dinner - Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness

  • All you can eat - $62 per adult and $39.99 per child, including gratuity

 

Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91

Grand Total for this Meal: $163.99
Running Meal Total: $492.68
Entitlements Used:

    • 3 counter service meals, 3 remaining
    • 6 tables service meals, 3 remaining

You’ll notice that Hoop Dee Doo Revue took twice the normal number of table service credits. There are several places where you can use the dining plan – but you’ll have to use 2 of your table service entitlements per person. In addition to the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, this is also the case at: Cinderella’s Royal Table, Spirit of Aloha, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, Citricos, Narcoossee’s, California Grill, Artist Point, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Flying Fish, and Jiko. If you’re staying at a Deluxe Resort with room service, you can use 2 entitlements per guest for room service as well.

DAY 5 – Dinner - Fantasmic Dining Package at Hollywood Studios

  • All you can eat, $29 per adult and $13 per child

    Grand Total for Breakfast: $21.91
    Grand Total for this meal: $75.62
    Running Meal Total: $590.21
    Entitlements Used:
    • 3 counter service, 0 remaining
    • 3 table service, 0 remaining

Using the same snack plan as before, add an additional $58.20 for snacks, and our food total (not including any gratuity) would be $648.41. This is about $58 cheaper than the dining plan. So it would definitely make sense for us in this case.

Not to mention the fact that while it's a travel day – we'll still probably need something to eat before going to the airport on the last day of the vacation. We've run out of entitlements – so we'd have to pay for breakfast out of pocket. That $58 could cover most of, if not all of, another character meal – let alone a quick meal at the resort food court.

I really would most likely skip the dining plan in this case. I would set the money aside, and just bring it with me to pay out of pocket for our food.

This is the plan my own family would follow, and it doesn't work for us. That's certainly not to say the dining plan won't work for you. Only you know your family. Book the room and tickets. You can add dining later. Figure out where you'll be each day, and then book reservations for the meals you want. (That's an important step too! Dining locations can book early, and before you plan on doing something, make sure that it's actually available to do!) Once you've got your reservations booked, take the time, do the math and see if a dining plan would be a good idea for you.

 


 

Disney World Package PLUS Deluxe Dining Package

The last of the three plans is the Deluxe Dining plan. Why are these three lumped together? That's a great question! When Disney offers a discount, you can usually take advantage of those discounts if you book room only, Magic Your Way, Quick Service, Plus Dining or Deluxe Dining. Since 2005, when the Magic Your Way packages debuted, I have, with only 1 exception, ever seen a discount on premium and platinum plans. That's why the premium and platinum plans tend to separate themselves in discussion. Because they're almost never discounted.

Anyway, the Deluxe Dining plan will include for each guest over the age of 2:

  • 3 meals, per night of your resort stay
  • 2 snacks, per night of your resort stay
  • 1 refillable mug

What sets this plan apart from the Quick Service and Plus Dining plans is the way the credits are issued. With the deluxe dining plan, there's absolutely no distinction between a counter service meal and a table service meal. This plan provides maximum flexibility in that respect.

If you use a meal entitlement at a table service location, you will be able to order an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. All of it will be covered by your dining plan.

For all meals that require 2 table service entitlements on the Plus Dining plan, you will need 2 meal entitlements on the deluxe dining plan as well.

Having said all that, this plan is almost never a good idea. Generally, I recommend it only to someone who falls into one of three particular groups:

  • Foodies: If you're coming to Walt Disney World for the experience of the food, you may want to consider this plan. Prepayment of what can be some pretty pricey food at some establishments can be a very good thing here. It also allows you the freedom to order the most expensive thing on the menu, if you want it, and not have to worry about sticker shock when you get the bill.
  • Die Hard, 3-meals-per-day guests: If you must have 3 table service meals per day, this may be something you'd want to consider.
  • Guests planning on doing a lot of table service meals that are considered signature dining: This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the Foodies group. If you like to eat at the signature dining locations, this can be a really wonderful plan. You can plan on a sit down breakfast in the morning, a light lunch of something using a snack credit, and then a signature dinner. I've done this myself.

For anybody else, this plan is almost certain to be too much food, too much money and require too much time. If you've got kids under the age of 10 just itching to get in line to ride Splash Mountain, the last thing you'll want to concern yourself with is waiting for a plate of spaghetti at Tony's Town Square. Or, just when you're ready to get in line for Soarin' at Epcot – you've got to rush over to Le Cellier for your dinner reservation. You're going to feel like you're chasing the next restaurant and missing the rides completely.

 

What about the Premium and Platinum plans?

 

The Premium and Platinum plans are for one group, and one group only. Those who want the luxury of prepaying everything and don't want to concern themselves with the cost of doing so. That second qualifier is truly important. Even for those guests who have no problem affording either of these plans, they're most likely a gigantic waste of money. You really have to want to give Disney your money, know everything is paid for, and not think about it any further. These plans include more entitlements than you could ever possibly use in a single vacation. The only exception might be someone who has seen and done it all at the parks, and is looking for something more. Let's dig right in, shall we?

The Premium Plan
Includes, for all guests over the age of 2:

  • 3 meals, per night of your resort stay
  • 2 snacks, per night of your resort stay
  • 1 refillable mug
  • Preferred fireworks viewing at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot
  • Unlimited use of select recreation
  • Category 2 seats at Cirque du Soleil
  • Unlimited access to the Kids Care Clubs at select Disney Deluxe resorts
  • Unlimited access to select backstage tours

One note with this plan is that all signature dining, the kind that would take 2 table service or meal entitlements on the Plus Dining or Deluxe Dining plans, will require only one meal entitlement on the premium plan.

The Platinum Plan
Includes, for all guests over the age of 2:

  • Everything in the Premium Plan
  • The services of an itinerary planner, to design an itinerary and book all of the dining and recreation you're looking for
  • Richard Petty Ride Along Experience or Exotic Driving Experience (one per room, guests over 14 years of age, only, may use this entitlement)
  • Reserved seating at Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios
  • Fireworks cruise (view Wishes OR Illuminations from the comfort of your own pontoon boat, boats can hold up to 8 guests, subject to availability)
  • Private, in-room babysitting (through Kids' Nite Out)
  • Spa Treatment

With the Platinum Plan, you may use a meal entitlement to dine at Victoria & Albert's. This is the only package to cover Victoria & Albert's dining. Additionally, just like the premium plan – no matter where you choose to eat, you will use only 1 meal entitlement.

Look at all of that stuff that's included with these packages and think about your plans. I don't know about your Disney vacation, but we usually go to the theme parks in the morning, rest in the afternoon, and then go back to the parks in the evening. I couldn't even begin to know where to fit those other activities in, beyond the preferred seating for the fireworks. But if you want everything included with these packages, definitely be sure to use WDWInfo.com to price things out. Make sure you can't do better financially booking things on your own as opposed to booking a package.

And once again, to be perfectly clear: if you book the premium or platinum plans, the price you see today is the price you will, in all likelihood, end up paying. Do not plan on any sort of discount on a premium or platinum plan booking.

 

Speaking of discounts – how's that work?!

Should Disney release a discount after you've paid your deposit, you may absolutely take advantage of it. Please be aware that discounts are always subject to availability. Many people often ask why they can see a resort is available, but it's at the full price.

Disney keeps a bunch of different room inventories. They have one inventory of rooms for full price, then another for this discount, and another for that discount. You may see mention of "discount codes"? Those codes tell Disney's systems which room inventory it should be checking.

So when Disney releases a discount, they take a certain number of rooms to create a whole new inventory. And once they've sold that discounted inventory, it's usually gone. They can add more to it, or other guests can cancel.

So it's always worth it to check back. If a discount is released, Disney does not automatically apply it to your reservation. You have to watch for a discount. If you see one is released, you have to make a call to Disney and ask them to apply the discount to your reservation.

Does that sound like a hassle? Then why not use Dreams Unlimited Travel? Not only will the agents at Dreams Unlimited Travel watch your reservation to see if a discount can be applied, but if it can, they will automatically apply it for you. You don't have to watch for discounts. You don't have to make any phone calls. Your agent takes care of that for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
After I've booked my package, can I change it?
What if I need to cancel?

You can absolutely change or cancel your package reservation. There may be a fee to do it. First thing to keep in mind – Disney is still in the travel dark ages. If you want to modify an existing booking, you must call them. You cannot make any changes online.

Here's a table showing the change and/or cancellation fees:

For 2014 packages:

When the modification is made Fee to Change Fee to Cancel
Between 2 and 44 days prior to arrival $50 $200
Within 1 day of arrival $65 full package price

 

Usually, if the overall package total increases, Disney waives the change fees. That's not to say they always will. But it happens, usually, 90% of the time when the total increases.

Lastly, if you're going to change dates, resorts or room types – those modifications are always subject to availability.

 


 

I don't think I'll have enough dining entitlements. Can I add extra dining entitlements to my dining package? Or take some off?

No. Not to sound harsh, but there's no ifs, ands or buts about it. If you're staying for 4 nights, you get 4 nights worth of dining; no more, no less.

 


Nana's coming and she doesn't want the dining. Can I add her to my room and just skip the dining?

No. Again, not to sound harsh, but there's no way around that either. If Nana's going to be added to your package reservation with dining, Nana's got to take the dining too (or premium or platinum plans). The only way around this is to book Nana into her own room. All guests on a reservation must all take the same components.

 


My child is an adventurous eater! Can (s)he eat from the adult menu?

No. What you CAN do, if you'd like, is change your child's age from 3 – 9, to 10 years old. Yes, you will have to pay the difference between a child and an adult theme park admission ticket as well as the difference between the child and adult dining plans, but the admission difference is usually a pretty nominal fee. ($10 - $20). The dining plan will definitely be a bigger expense, but it may be worth it for your family.

 


I've got picky teens!!! They want burgers and chicken nuggets. Can they order from the kids menu?

Officially, no. "Adults must order from the adult menu and children must order from the children's menu". That's the line. However, most restaurants will let you make the switch. Be advised that even though it's kid food for an adult, it will be kid-sized portions.

So that should be a pretty comprehensive review of packages. Is there something I've missed? Something else you'd like to know? Why not check with one of the specialists over at Dreams Unlimited Travel? They know these packages inside and out. Most likely, they can easily answer any questions you may have.

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