I currently have two trips to WDW booked — one in June and one in October.
The June trip is fully planned and paid for. I’m super-excited and think it’s going to be awesome. A key feature is that I’m taking a friend of mine who’s never been. I think that will make the trip even more magical for me — someone who’s been to WDW five times in the last three years.
The October trip has turned out to be complicated and it looks like it will just be me. Which I’m fine with, though it feels like a bit of a luxury to be going again so soon. What will really be new? What’s this trip for?
I have two 14 day, park-hopper tickets for the October trip which are non-refundable. It occurred to me I could use both by setting up one of them in a dummy MDE account which I could then link to my resort reservation. I’d then have six FPPs per day, with the flexibility to do three in one park and three in another, or do six in one park and get two tier ones. Cool, right?
I called Disney to change the name on the reservation to the one on the dummy account. No problem. Except they want £50 ($60) to do it. They’d already previously charged me £50 for a change I made to the reservation a few months ago.
This has really irritated me. This is money for nothing. In this regard, US people get much more favourable terms and conditions. The UK terms suck.
I’m so annoyed by it I’m thinking of cancelling the entire trip. I’d lose some money in non-refundables, but those are sunk costs anyway. I’d gain a whole lot more in refundables and not making planned further expenditure on the trip, e.g. food, MNSSHP tickets and so on.
The net possibilities are these.
I could cancel the entire trip. I’d have no second trip to WDW this year, but I’d be better off financially to the tune of around £3,000 ($4,000). I’d get the satisfaction of telling Disney to stick their rip-off £50 change fee where the sun don’t shine.
Or I could pay the damned fee and go on the trip.
There’s no rush to make this decision. Sensibly I’d make it after the June trip. If that is everything I’m hoping it will be, then my Disney lust will be sated.
Because right now (a) I’m really not sure why I need to be making two trips this year. And (b) I really want to stick it to Disney. I’ve had enough of their gouging. And © my finances look a lot prettier being £3,000 up.
Indeed, with all the changes still to come, I’m thinking of maybe giving Disney a break for a few years.
I’d be interested in your thoughts.