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Walt Disney World Packages



 

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What is a Disney Package?

Simply put, a Disney 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 Disney World package?

Start by contacting your travel agent or Walt Disney World. Of course, we'd love you to use Dreams Unlimited Travel – the official sponsor of the DIS. There's some basic information you'll need when you start looking at pricing. You'll need to know:

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 3 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've paid your reservation in full, and as long as you are at least eleven days out from your arrival date, your documentation will either be sent by mail or email prior to your arrival. 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 may have entitlements linked to your My Disney Experience account. Park tickets and other entitlements can be fulfilled via your radio frequency card, or if you have purchased a MagicBand and linked it to your reservation, your MagicBand. Your travel agent can let you know if you'll need to pick up your documentation once you arrive or if it will be mailed to you.

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 MagicBand. You're now ready to actually start your Disney vacation!

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

You can absolutely change or cancel your package reservation. Changes to reservation, including but not limited to change in travel dates, length of stay, party size or hotel accommodations, are subject to availability and the prices applicable at the time the change is requested and guest is responsible for paying any increase in price resulting from the change. In addition, changes made 30 days or less prior to guest arrival are also subject to a change fee of $50 per package plus any change fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers.

Here's a table showing the cancellation fees:

For 2021 packages:

When the modification is made Fee to Cancel
30 days or more prior to arrival no fee, full refund
Between 2 and 29 days prior to arrival $200
Within 1 day of arrival full package price

If the overall package total increases, Disney has been known to waive any applicable 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.

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 Walt Disney World Vacation Package. The only exception would be for Annual Passholders and guests who are active duty or retired military. Since 2005 when Disney first introduced the now extinct "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 theme park tickets and a dining plan 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 vacation package. It will include things such as:

All packages will include those items – no matter which you book. Items listed above 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:

The Disney Dining Plan is temporarily unavailable at the Walt Disney World Resort at this time. Please visit our Walt Disney World Reopening Information and Updates page for more detailed information.

Where it starts to get trickier is with the dining plans. The dining plan comes in three types: Vacation Package Plus Quick Service Dining, Vacation Package Plus Dining, and Vacation Package Plus Deluxe Dining.

2020 DISNEY DINING PLAN PRICING (for reference purposes only):

  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 $55 $26
Regular Dining $78.01 $30.51
Deluxe Dining $119 $47.50

 

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Disney World Package PLUS Quick Service Dining

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

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)
$55 $26

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 one single serving non-alcoholic or one single-serving alcoholic beverage (for guests 21 and older with valid ID).

And what about the snacks? Well – there's a whole bunch of different things that Disney considers snacks. Everything from a 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 Disney Restaurants forum on DISboards. They have a running list of foods that have been confirmed as snacks on Disney dining plans.

And the refillable mug? What's that? All resorts have a self-service soda fountain. Without a dining plan, you can pay 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 Coca-Cola products, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The mugs cannot be used at the theme parks.

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.

 


Disney World Vacation Package PLUS Dining

But what about the Regular Dining 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:

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)
$78.01 $30.51

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).

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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, Quick Service, Plus Dining, or Deluxe Dining.

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

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)
$119 $47.50

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 in credits 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 one single serving non-alcoholic or one single-serving alcoholic beverage (for guests 21 and older with valid ID). 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, we recommend it only to someone who falls into one of three particular groups:

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.

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What about the Premium and Platinum plans?

Disney no longer offers the Premium and Platinum dining plans.

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

When Disney releases a discount, they take a certain number of rooms to create a whole new inventory. Once they've sold that discounted inventory, it's usually gone. Disney can add more to it at any time and if other guests cancel, that can create additional inventory too.

I's always worth it to check back. If a discount is released, Disney does not automatically go looking to 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.

Don't have time to check for discounts constantly? 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 and will send an email letting you know how much money you saved! How fun is that?

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This should be a fairly comprehensive review of the packages Disney has available. Is there something we've missed? Something else you'd like to know? Please check with one of our vacation specialists over at Dreams Unlimited Travel. They know Disney's packages inside and out and can more than likely answer any questions you may have.

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