Disney is a very exciting holiday to plan. Although, I was not aware of how stressful it would actually be. For some people it may not be stressful at all and may be able to book straight away without any research or any budget. But for me, I feel like I’ve looked into every aspect of a Disney holiday.
Personally for me, I can’t spend thousands and thousands on a holiday with my current salary, so I’ve had to do a lot of research to find out how I can save my pennies!
Disney offer a range of discounts throughout the year for your stay which can save you money on your room booking or park tickets or the Disney dining plan! However, how do you know which one is going to benefit you the most and work out the best option. For me, it’s a tough decision.
So, the Disney dining plan for 2020 has recently came out and my debate is what dining plan and do I even do the dining plan? Is it worth it? Am I going to save money? Am I going to end up eating 10x more than I would? So many questions!!!!
My research even got to the stage of looking up what I would eat in a restaurant and the price I would potentially spend per day…yes I think I have gone nuts! I mean, it’s a method to figure out if you would save or spend more money either on the dining plan or paying for your food when you’re there. At the end of the day, it’s very time consuming and difficult to pin point the exact money you would spend without actually being there.
Obviously, I would recommend researching into the offers and what type of holiday you want, whether its staying in a Disney hotel, the length of the holiday, how many people are going, what money you have to spend etc.
For my Disney holiday booking knowledge, I visited a travel agent at Thomas Cook, which personally they weren’t helpful for me personally since they didn’t seem like they knew enough about it nor understand what we wanted. So that was a little tricky and wasted our time really which is a shame because I was really excited to understand a bit more and if they have any insights ‘behind the scenes’. BUT, do visit a travel agent because they may be super helpful for you.
Reading blog posts or reviews online are also super helpful when planning to book or once you’ve booked. Loads of people review restaurants, plane company’s, transfers and hotels so there will always be information you can find out about what people thought about their experience. It’s handy to know what people thought of their holiday before you book a place which may not actually be as good as you hope. (Although with Disney, is there really any part of the holiday which isn’t good???)
I also think planning days are key so you have a rough idea what you want to do on what day – however, don’t make the holiday this strict agenda where you have to be in one park for 2 hours and 15 mins and then at 3:05pm be somewhere else, YOU’RE ON HOLIDAY! Yes, Disney is a place where you want to fit in everything you can but you also need to enjoy it. Don’t be so strict on yourself, have some room for maybe an extra hour wanting to be spent in Magical Kingdom instead of leaving to get to another park. Obviously, fast passes and reservations are more important to meet their time but at the end of the day, you are in one of the best places ever with people you love so take your time and relax!!!!
Sorting out booking my Disney trip has caused some tears because it is stressful and its a lot of money to pay out for obviously you want the best holiday you can get and it does take a lot of your time researching into things. It isn’t as easy as an ordinary holiday where you go onto Thomas Cook and do a package deal pay for it and boom you’re on the plane going to sit around a pool all day; Disney has a lot involved and it takes effort to figure out what is right for you and best for your money.