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Disney in a Minute: What is a Vacation Package?

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We’re here with a series of quick posts, “Disney in a Minute,” bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Enjoy!

There are a number of ways to plan and arrange a Walt Disney World Vacation – one of the most common of which is a Vacation Package. A Vacation Package includes three key components:

  • A Walt Disney World hotel room
  • Disney World theme park tickets
  • The Disney Dining Plan

Disney often combines these WDW vacation essentials into special pricing offers – which offer savings and make planning easier for many guests.

However, it’s important to understand that while vacation packages may provide some savings over booking individual vacation components, that is not always the case. Additionally, vacation packages include a number of rules and restrictions that buying vacation components a la carte may not have. For example, the cancellation policies for vacation packages and room-only reservations are significantly different.

Also note that if you’re a light eater or prefer to dine off-site, then a package with a dining plan might be a financial mistake. You might be able to save money on lodging by renting Disney Vacation Club points or by staying off-site. And you may not need WDW theme park tickets because you’ll just be exploring the resort or other Central Florida attractions. These are all perfectly valid vacation strategies that are not conducive to a Disney World Vacation Package.

If you need help sorting all this out, the agents at Touring Plans Travel are happy to help.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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