A great friend of mine and Disney fan is trying really hard to book a fast trip down to Walt Disney World. She wants to stay on-site during a fairly specific timeframe…and of course, she wants FREE DINING. We discussed the pros and cons of doing a vacation “with” or “without” and for both of our families, it’s hard to go back to traveling to WDW without free dining. The savings for a family who enjoys at least one sit down meal per day is significant. Then, there’s the ease of knowing the cost of your meals is pretty much taken care of in advance of your arrival. I say “pretty much” because you still need to cover some charges like a third meal per day, gratuities, alcohol and if you’re like my crew…additional snacks.
But what savings strategies can you use if you cannot find a “free dining” deal? One of the things we looked at was trying to find a nice room only deal. We did actually come across some discount codes via MouseSavers.com. Although, these offers brought down the trip cost, it still couldn’t quite match a dining discount. We also peeked at some package offers via Authorized Disney Planners and again, very tempting but not quite as deep as dining.
Ultimately…we’re still working on it! The true motivation for wanting a particular timeframe is so my friend and I can vacation TOGETHER with our families in our mutual happy place. Actually, that’s the G-rated version…the “adult” version has something to do with Drinking Around the World.
Any other tips or tricks out there, my blogosphere experts?
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