Disney Discounts and Deals

So you wanna visit Disney, but you want to make sure you have the best price. Join the Club, lol. I think we ALL want to score a Disney Discount Deal.

Hey Fans, I think this is the MOST POPULAR question I get. How to get a Disney Deal? When can I get a Disney Discount. If I book NOW, can you get me a Deal later? If I book with you, can I still get a Discount? Does this sound familiar? Does this sound like you? READ on to learn about Disney Deals and Discounts.

Book EARLY:

As of recent, there sadly has been a trend that on deal/discount day, people who booked early (BEFORE ANY PRICE INCREASE) already had the better price. So if I had applied the deal that everyone was so desperate for, they would have been paying more. Its true!! So, in my opinion, the BEST deal you can count on is booking NOW, early…as soon as you are ready. Disney usually raises rates during the beginning of the year, but they can and do raise them anytime, often without warning. Therefor waiting for a discount is not the smartest move. So, if you want to save on a Disney Vacation, book NOW before prices go up. This just might be the ONLY way you will secure a lower price.

Deal Day:

SO you are booked and Disney just released a Deal – YAY!! OR is it?? Often they have a big chuck of available dates, like Jan-April. Then they will list all but like 3-5 resorts. So you are thinking, YAY, this is me. I am booked within the dates and at an included resort, I am so gonna save. NOT the case. Deals and Discounts are essentially for resorts and dates that need help booking. And, of course, the TV commercials, Facebook ads, etc don’t exactly tell you that or that there is a limited amount of availability. They also don’t boldly advertise that the deal could only be for Theme Park View or Club Level at certain resorts. And they for sure don’t tell you that there is like only 1 room at your resort, for a mystery set of dates that was actually discounted. BUT it’s not all bad, some resorts seem to always score a deal and I often suggest those when people have a limited budget. Just NOTE: It might not happen for you, especially if staying at the most popular resort so BOOK EARLY to save.

Deal Day OFFER!!
Resorts:

Some resorts are just larger with more rooms, are less popular or happen to have more variety of room categories and tend to score a deal more than others. Some are because you couldn’t pay me to stay there and some, its just the higher room category. I can think of one resort (in particular) that if its lands on a deal, you can save hundreds on one of the most popular rooms/views on property. This is a TOTAL score BUT you have to be willing to pay more to upgrade (which is also common). So deal doesn’t always mean less or cheaper. Sometimes it does. I often safe people $200-300 PER room, but like I said, its tends to happen at the same few resorts. So, if I have clients determined to score a deal, these are things I mention and help with.

The Skinny:

So the take away is this…Book what you want, what you can/want to afford. And Book EARLY. Book dates that work for you. Don’t count on a deal to make your vacation magical. But understand that if a deal does come out, I am up at 4am that morning trying to score it for you. I want to get that deal for you before they are gone. But also know that you might have to upgrade for a deal. You might have to add Park Hoppers or add 1 more park day. Are you willing to do this? These are things I ask, so on that fateful morning…I am ready to be the Most Magical Travel Agent EVER. I want to be that hero, I want to save you money. Booking with me can save you money, not just because I scored you a deal, but because I know my stuff. And I saved you time by doing all the work BUT I also prevented you from spending funds where they didn’t need to be spent.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Travel Day: Waking up to Day ONE of Vacation

Today is the day, the day you have been waiting for…but now what? Did you sleep? Packed and ready for the plane? Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Hey guys, Now that Galaxy’s Edge has opened and crazy opening day stress is over, I can get blogging about our trip. Like all trips, its starts with trying to sleep, trying to pack it all, trying to be ready. And then…the flight. How will you make it through? You’re thinking, just get me to Disney, just get me to my resort and I will be good. As someone who travels for a living, as someone who books travel for others, I can tell you…even the expert gets nervous. Even the expert can lose sleep. Yep, even I just want to get to my hotel room already 🙂 Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Sleep:

Like most trips, before I go to bed that night, I am PACKED. I am fully, 100% packed. Even my toiletries are packed. I set my alarm, try to go to bed at a decent hour and sleep OR do I. It seems no matter how many times I do this, I always have a hard time sleeping. So much to the point that my husband knows…to just let me be on Travel Day. I usually am SO tired when I actually have to get up that I am basically a zombie trying to check all the boxes. Shower, check. Repack toiletries, make-up, pillows, check. Stay quiet, check. Make kids snacks/lunches, check. Load car, check.

The question is, why? Why can’t I sleep, I’m not nervous for anything. I might worry I forgot to pack something but with the amount of lists I make, not likely. I think I mostly have a hard time sleeping as I am afraid we will miss the plane. Perhaps, subconsciously, I am afraid my alarm won’t work and we will be late. Of course with 2 alarms going off, this is unlikely. I know I am not alone, who else can’t sleep and wakes up like a character from the night of the living dead??

The Airport:

So, we are up, bags are packed and we drive to the airport. We unload the car, get on the shuttle and get to the airport. After checking in like 100 bags we make our way to security. This is where I get a little nervous. Remember Nina, whose bag has the tablet, whose has the laptop, whose has food?? Are all the water bottles emptied? Anyone else? At this point I have learned to put all that stuff in the same bag. But this time I got stumped as they wanted me to remove ALL food. This was new. So all our packed snacks, kids lunches, other random food needed to be removed. I had to remove items from EVERY single bag. Ugh. Ok, done. Now we have to put it all back and make our way to our gate. Easy. I got this. We all go to the bathroom, fill up on fresh water and wait.

The Plane:

Boarding time! We board early as usual and wiped down our seats; the trays, the seatbelts and basically anything that we can. Then we wait and wait. Luckily our seats had individual screens, so the kids start watching. I got this!! The pilot alerts us that we are taking off soon. So I dig for my gum, check. Get the kids something to suck on, check. Then we take off. 4.5 hours later we are there. But we made 4 bathroom trips, 1 kid felt nauseous and gave me a minor panic attack on the plane and my husband slept through it all. He is SO lucky, lol. We land and RACE to the bathroom. We grab our bags and call our car service. The sigh of relief sets in. Now to get to the resort and in our room.

The Resort:

We are in our car driving down the highway and start seeing signs for Disney, you know those advertisements for what’s ahead. Then the kids start noticing buildings that they exclaim are Disney, but aren’t lol. Finally we see it, its Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). Oh look, Carsland (the back side of Radiator Springs). Then the car turns into our Resort Parking area. It’s like the sight of heaven. We made it. The lack of sleep, the motion sickness kid, the potty breaks, the hunger, the nervousness…all for this. All my months of planning, organizing, researching and secrets…for this moment. And it all comes back to me, I am a child again. Disney is HOME, we are home. And to make it even better, our room was ready! They upgraded us to a nicer view and our room was ready. After unpacking…we can relax. Eat, Pool, Chill and Enjoy.

How about you? I know I am not alone. Who else can’t sleep or dreads the travel part and just wants on vacation already. And for the record, traveling solo is 100% easy for me, its the addition of the kids and husband that usually get me frazzled.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Disney Vacation Blues TIPS

Nothing worse than coming home from vacation. Got the Disney vacation blues? I do. READ my TIPS to help curve the pain and sadness…

Hey fans, long time NO post. Oops. I’ve been on vacation and as I hoped I would be able to post, I was TOO busy having fun and enjoying my family. I am sure you understand. But now that I am home, I’ve got the Disney vacation blues. Nothing worse than coming home and being stuck in your normal reality. But here are a few tips to help.

Pictures:

So you are home, missing the mouse and need a quick fix? Look at your vacation images. Download your pictures from Memory Maker. Work on a scrapbook. Make a photo book. I highly suggest you do this NOW verses later as later always gets pushed back and back. So do it now, while the vacation is fresh in your mind and you still have all the warm, fuzzy feelings.

Treats:

What to do with all those extra snack credits from the Meal Plan? Get snacks! Think Disney shaped yummy goodness. Score snacks with Mickey on the package. Get your favorite treat to-go. We love the Dark Chocolate covered pretzels or the Allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Disney bars. If you have the extra credits, use them. Get treats to eat at home, share with family/friends. Pack in school lunches. Save for a rainy day. Save for when the Disney blues come on strong.

Enjoy Life Disney Treats!
Book another Trip:

One thing that helps us with the vacation blues is knowing we have another trip right around the corner. For us its Walt Disney World, just in time for the opening of the 2nd Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Ride 🙂 Having a trip to look forward too helps ease you into life at home. I have many clients who book their next trips within 1-2 months from coming home. I have even had a few who booked when on the current trip. So think about your next adventure and seal the deal.

Choosing the RIGHT Souvenirs:

So we love to get souvenirs that remind us of our vacation. Puzzles are a big one for us. WE love putting together each and every puzzle we have gotten and remember each and every vacation as we do so. Same with Disney themed board games, for which we own several. And on our most recent trip my daughter got Sabacc, the game played in Star Wars. WE also got chance cubes for times when we need to decide which meal to eat or who gets to go first at something. Christmas ornaments are also hit. Nothing like remembering your trip while decking the halls on your tree.

Sabacc and Chance Cubes

How about you? What fun things do you do to keep the Disney Magic alive?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!