Looking to take a Disney trip in 2019 but don’t know if you’ll be able to afford it? Here are 5 ways to make a Disney vacation affordable in 2019.
Happy New Year to all of my wonderful clients and readers! I hope you had an amazing holiday and are ready to start traveling through the new year. Do you have any new years resolutions to spend quality time with your family this year? If you do, then you should definitely take a Disney vacation in 2019!
Wanna know one of the most common answers I receive as to why people don’t go on a Disney vacation? The price! You don’t know how many times I hear “We just can’t afford it!” or “It’s just so expensive!” Which is totally understandable! A Disney vacation is not cheap by any means, BUT it IS the kind of vacation where you get the most value.
Think about it: Disney has 4 HUGE theme parks, 30 different resorts, hundreds of restaurants, 2 water parks, a full transportation system and much more. It is completely worth the price for everything that you get when you book a Walt Disney World vacation! Also, if you choose to go on a Disney Cruise Line vacation, EVERYTHING for your trip is included and the amenities aboard the ship and the services/attractions they offer are one of a kind. I’ve been on lots of vacations in my lifetime (even a few pricey ones), and none of them compare to the Disney vacations I have taken.
But, if you are still thinking that there’s no way you can afford to take a Disney vacation in 2019, I’m here to help! Here are 5 ways to make a Disney vacation more affordable in 2019:
1. Take Advantage of Special Offers
Disney comes out with lots of special offers during the year. They are always such great deals and most of the time can save you lots of money on your vacation. Sometimes they will offer a free dining plan with a travel package, a percentage off rooms, 50% off your deposit at time of booking, or even a big discount off of a travel package. If you’re looking to save money, consider planning your trip around these special deals. I always share the latest specials that Disney has going on as soon as they come out over on my Facebook and Instagram pages so you can be in the know! Some of the special offers going on right now (as of January 1st, 2019 – these offers end soon!) are:
Walt Disney World:
FREE Dining Plan for travel July 5th – September 30th 2019
Save up to 30% off rooms for travel April 28th – September 30th, 2019
Save up to 25% on select rooms when you book early
Save up to $500 on a 5 night-6 day travel package (room + tickets + dining)
Disney Cruise Line:
50% off deposit at time of booking (remaining deposit and balance would be due 75 days before departure)
Save up to 25% on select tropical cruises
Ticket price for as little as $70 a day when a 3-day (1 park per day) ticket is purchased
Save up to 25% on select rooms
Save up to 30% on 5 night stays
Book early and get $150 resort credit
Adventures by Disney
Save up to $300 per person on select winter and spring trips
2. Book in Advance
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with #1. When you book a Walt Disney World vacation in advance, you only have to pay a deposit at the time of booking and the rest of the balance is due 45 days before your trip! This gives you time to save up as much money as possible without stressing out about having it all up front. Also, when you book in advance, you’ll get to pick from a wide variety of room options because there will be more choices available. If you wait too late, all of the rooms get booked up and you have less to choose from!
3. Make a Savings Plan
Have a plan to save up as much money as possible. If your trip is a year away, save up $20 a week and when your trip comes, you’ll have saved up $1,040! Make it fun for the kiddos. Ask them to go on a treasure hunt throughout the house to find coins and dollars in the couches, under the bed, etc. See how much they can save up on their own and they will be so proud to say that they contributed to their awesome family vacation!
4. Book a Travel Package
If you’re taking a trip to Disney World or Disneyland, be sure to book a travel package with your room, tickets, and dining plan all in one. This saves you so much money when you do this instead of doing the room, tickets, and dining individually! When you bundle it all together, you can take advantage of many of the specials Disney has to offer that you can’t take advantage of when you book room only reservations. Plus, if you choose to do the Disney Dining plan, you pay in advance for all of your meals which saves you lots of money!
5. Book with Me, an Ears of Experience Travel Agent
Lots of people don’t realize the value that a travel agent brings to a Disney vacation! ALL of my services are completely FREE, and I can actually save you lots of money just by being your travel agent! I offer a special “price watch” service. This means that if there are no specials going on when you book your vacation, I will keep an eye out for when Disney brings one out and I’ll adjust your package (if it is applicable) to that special to save you the most money! Cool, right? It’s tough to keep up with all of Disney’s special offers, so why not have someone do it for you for free?
Also, as an Ears of Experience agent, I am an expert in all things Disney and have taken many Disney vacations myself so I know my way around the parks/ships. When you book with me, I will make a personalized and detailed itinerary for your entire trip and give you my best tips/tricks for navigating it all. I’m also available 24/7 when you are on your vacation to help you with anything you may need. How can you turn that down?! 🙂
Do you have any plans to visit a Disney destination in 2019? How are you making it affordable?