Friday, April 19, 2013

How to find Walt Disney World deals and packages

Just because Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth doesn't mean that it has to be the most expensive. There are ways to whittle down the cost that can help make it more affordable. One of the best ways to do that is to find Walt Disney World deals and packages.

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It's no secret that the best hotels rates can be found during off-season travel. This generally means traveling when the kids are supposed to be in school and avoiding holidays. That can be pretty unrealistic for most families. That makes finding Walt Disney World deals important for most families. Don't worry. The deals are out there.

Walt Disney World has its own vacation club. Members purchase points to use toward future vacations but sometimes aren't able to use them. These are sometimes sold through Disney Vacation Club resellers at a fraction of the original cost. Buyers should always be careful to buy points through reputable outlets. Online searches and checking with the BBB before purchasing can be helpful.

Another place to check for Walt Disney World deals and packages is at the park website. My husband and I have been able to get a free dining plan and discounts directly through Disney. Copy and paste this link into your browser to get to to the special offers page.

Check discount sites like Priceline or Expedia for Walt Disney World deals. They sometimes have packages or hotel discounts that can save you money.

Don't assume that it's cheaper to say off the property. I've found Disney Resorts to be competitively priced. Off property locations can have hidden costs in terms of transportation and parking. However; that's not always the case. A hotel can be worth considering if it has a free shuttle or free breakfast.

I love it when companies like Walt Disney World offer deals to our military. Retired and active military members can purchase a 4-day ticket with park hopper option for $156 each (plus tax) in 2013. Tickets must be purchased at by a member of the military or a spouse and can only be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets. Compare that to the cost of a non-discount ticket and this is one of the Walt Disney World deals that you can really appreciate.

Before you head to the parks, there is another article that you should read. How to survive Walt Disney World with whiny teens can help families and adults have a better time at the parks.

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