I haven’t talked about this in a few months so I figured I’d bring it up. I was going through some of the vendor material for the travel industry that I dabble in. The summer travel season is coming up and companies are offering some great deals.
As you may remember, I have a travel biz called Bee On Your Way Travel. I’m a travel professional (some call me a travel agent, whatever). I am a Disney fanatic, first and foremost, I can’t legally call myself a “specialist” because of their trademarks. I can answer almost any question that you may have about Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris (I’m sort of ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to Disneyland in Anaheim but I’ll also admit that I don’t really care to) as those are the two that I’ve visited. Someday I do want to go to Disneyland Tokyo, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disneyland Resort just to see them, just as I did Disneyland Paris.
Disney always has some deals happening and one particular (and somewhat lucrative) deal as follows:
FREE Dining Plan when they purchase a non-discounted 6-Night/7-Day Walt Disney Travel Company package that includes a room at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and ticket with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. The booking window closes on July 10 and is for dates: Aug. 28 – Oct. 2, Oct. 25-31, Nov. 8-19, Dec. 15-21, 2015.
The Dining Plan that is free is the standard Disney Dining Plan that includes one (1) snack (usually a piece of fruit, a muffin, soft drink, individual items), one (1) counter service meal (counter service means you walk to a person or kiosk, order your food – 1 entree, 1 dessert, 1 non-alcoholic beverage – pick it up immediately and seat your self) and 1 table service (1 entree, 1 dessert, 1 NA bev. ordered from a server at a table) per person, per day!
Now, the caveat here is, there are only so many rooms per resort that are allotted for this special. Let’s say there are 25-30 rooms per resort allotted for this. At twenty resorts that’s about 600 rooms allotted. Of note here is the word “select” which indicates to me that not all resorts are permitted. Now, there may be more than 600 or there may be less. Anywhat, back to the caveat… once those “select” rooms at the “select” resorts are gone, then you will either have to find another resort that may or may not be the one you want or you’ll have to pay full price for the dining plan (sometimes that can get a little pricey).
When you read the propaganda from Disney it will only tell you this stuff in the fine print. Also something to note is the dates that I mentioned above. Those are the only dates this deal is good for. That may or may not be a problem for you but it can be tricky. I’ll explain: My birthday is November 20 (it really is) and the dates for the deal includes Nov. 8-19 but not the 20th; which is because of Thanksgiving. If I want to go for my birthday, I would have to go before my birthday or have to stay longer than originally wanted and spend a little more money.
Let’s say I was wanting to spend the 7 day/6 night requirement to get the free Dining Plan. Then I’d have to be there Nov. 14-19 (that’s 6 nights). If I stayed Nov. 15-20 then I wouldn’t be within the date parameter. What would happen at that time would be that 1) I’d not get the free dining and would have to pay full price for it or 2) I’d have to reschedule. Now, I can absolutely be there on my birthday but not part of this plan. I would do the 14-19 part and then pay for one night in the resort with dining (for all in the party). I may or may not be able to stay in the same room. Now, being the Disney freak that I am, I’m okay with this. But, it can be quite confusing for the general consumer that wants to go to Disney. Trust me, it’s all worth it, but it can be less painful to let me do it for you.
I laid that long rigamarole out to prove a point. That even though Disney sounds like it can be really simple (and sometimes it is), it can actually be very complex and somewhat confusing if you’re not experienced. And here’s the kicker. If you book through a travel professional, your work is done for you and it costs you no more to use me than you booking it yourself. That is true for Disney, but may or may not be true for all excursions and travel plans. Sometimes it will be less, sometimes slightly more. But, think of it this way: you’re hiring someone to do the work for you, just like you do with insurance agents, real estate agents, handy men, landscapers, builders, etc. We’re doing the work for you. let us do it!
So you know, I checked the pricing availability for the time period above and, without checking for Nov. 20, there are only 3 available resorts with the plan right now, meaning that all others are sold out. These are Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom and Grand Floridian. You can still get rooms at the other resorts, but not with the Dining Plan. Really, I’ve gone on long enough. You see what knowledge I have of booking Disney and the value of using a travel professional. Let me know how I can be of service to you in booking your Dream Vacation no matter where in the world you want to go. Now, you’re going places!!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney