I am planning our first (and maybe only, given the price!) trip to WDW in November of 2018. Our party includes 2 adults (my husband and myself) and our 3 kids (ages 5, 8 and 9) at time of travel. My parents will also be traveling with us (65+). I’m really trying to stretch our dollar, but have a question about rooms-only vs. package pros/cons.
I currently have a room-only reservation at Art of Animation (2 standard rooms). I am also in touch with a Disney agent who has been highly recommended to us, but I have not officially booked anything through her. I’m trying to decide if I should use her to change my room-only to a package so that I can tap into her advice and help planning.
Currently, it looks like booking room-only and buying tix through boardwalkticketing.com saves me $129. So, pro’s to room-only + tix separately: 1) $129 cheaper, 2) I can cancel 1 day prior (or not show up) and it only costs me one night stay, which is $230. Pro’s to using the recommended agent: 1) her advice and help. Cons: 1)Lose full package price if I cancel 1 day prior or don’t show up. 2) Costs $129 more.
If we were to cancel anywhere from 1-3 days prior, it would be because of something totally unexpected (i.e. health issue). So I don’t really see that happening. Is the advice from an agent worth the $129? Also, could I get a few “extras” if I convert to a package that makes it even more attractive?
I was all ready to book a la carte, but the savings of $129 is far less than I thought it would be. Unless I’m missing something, it seems like $129 to have a hand in the planning and reservation making would be worth it.
Not to mention the possibility of a discount coming out. I know discounts don’t apply to A of Animation. But if I have a package deal, could my agent explore availability at applicable resorts without me losing my Dining and FP+ reservations that will already be made?
My dates are locked in (7 park days + 2 travel days), so I don’t foresee modifying my reservation unless discounts were released.
I appreciate any and all advice. This is OVERWHELMING!!!