After two trips to Walt Disney World under our belt, and another in the planning stages, I have learnt a lot about the best times to book a holiday to Walt Disney World. Our first two holidays were booked through a travel agent, and then I learned the most amazing way to save even more money by booking direct with Disney. Around this time of year, and in fact today, Disney have announced their amazing offers for 2018, making now a great time to book a Walt Disney World holiday for 2018.
Disney have just announced one of their best offers to UK guests booking for the following year. Free Disney Dining! Yes you read that correctly. By booking in advance, you can enjoy the quick service meal plan included in the cost of your holiday. The quick service meal plan includes two quick service meals per day, two snacks and a refillable drinks mug which you can use at any of the resorts. This meal plan has always provided us with more than enough food for our holiday, so much so we are often found using our left over credits at the end of the holiday to bring home sweets and treats for everyone.
Free Gift Card
Book between 6th April and 6th July 2017 for holidays in 2018 and you will receive a $200 gift card. This is a great perk that you can use for souvenir shopping, tips on table service restaurants and even more food if you wanted to. We always see our gift card as a lovely treat that we enjoy a guilt free spend on something we each want through the holiday.
The Magical Express
As you will be staying in a Disney resort, you can take advantage of the Magical Express to take you from the airport to your resort and back again at the end of your holiday. If you don’t want to hire a car then this is a great way to take the stress out of thinking how you’ll get from one place to another when you’re tired after your long journey.
Free Memory Maker
Also included in your holiday is free Memory Maker. Priced at $169, this means any photos taken by Disney Photopass photographers are free for you to download from your Magic Band. Photos photographers are located at a variety of places around the parks so there are plenty of opportunities to get photos in front of iconic landmarks such as Cinderella’s Castle, and the Tree of Life to name a couple of examples. The photographers also follow characters around to get those amazing memories captured for you.
Memory Maker also includes some on ride video such as from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and on board photography from selected rides. We have captured some great memories by taking advantage of Memory Maker, and even if it wasn’t included in the cost, it’s definitely worth the price.
12 Months DisneyLife Subscription
Love watching Disney movies and TV shows? For 2018 Disney are offering guests a free 12 month subscription to DisneyLife. This is another great saving of £120 per year.
14 Days For The Price Of 7
You can enjoy booking your Disney parks tickets and taking advantage of the 14 days for the price of 7 cost reduction. We never quite seem to make our holidays last longer than 2 weeks, but they are always longer than a week. By taking advantage of this offer each time, we save quite a substantial amount of money. When you consider a day pass into Magic Kingdom is over $100 per person, by booking these tickets in advance with this offer you will save a LOT of money.
The Offer Is Available During School Holidays
How often do you see great offers not being available during school holidays? Quite often in my experience. Disney are offering all of these offers during school holidays, so if you are restricted on times then you don’t have to miss out. There are black out times during this offer, but this usually relates to Easter weekend and Christmas. The remaining holidays have the offer included.
Fastpasses 60 Days In Advance
You can beat the rush of guests not staying on Disney property by booking your Fastpasses 60 days in advance. You can also book for the first 10 days of your holiday in one go, as opposed to only 30 days in advance, one day at a time for guests not staying on Disney Property. This really helps getting Fastpasses for rides with long queues such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and character meet and greets that see long lines.
Free Disney Transport To Parks
Staying on Disney Property and don’t want to hire a car? Not a problem as all the resorts have bus services to take you between the resorts and the parks. Personally we love this service and have always found it easy and relatively quick to travel. You may experience waits but then you are taken right to the front of the park in the bus, rather than parking in the car parks and having to get a tram, monorail or water taxi to the front of the park if you choose to drive.
Free Magic Bands
Staying on Disney property will entitle you to a free Magic Band which acts as your room key, park tickets access, Fastpass bookings and access to pay for any purchases in and around Disney. You can read a lot more about Magic bands in my post here which explains them in a lot more details. You will be able to customise the colour before you go for collection at your Disney resort. This year the Magic Bands have been upgraded which I am very excited to see.
So there you have it, 10 great reasons to book a Walt Disney World holiday for 2018. Booking early really is the key for Disney holidays to save the most money. Don’t fret about not being able to book your flights yet for 2018, you have the option of adding them on to your Disney booking when they become available, or alternatively you can book them independently. Personally we added them on to our Disney booking when they became available for this years trip, and it was such an easy process with a phone call to Disney using their free phone number. The price compared well to cooking independently as well.
What are you waiting for? Book now and make those memories.