The free Disney dining plan has now been released for next year so I emailed the travel agent that we used last year for a quote. Bloody hell, it was eye wateringly expensive compared to last year Family of 4 (2 adults, two teens) staying in a moderate Disney hotel, flights, theme park tickets and upgraded dining plan for 2 weeks..... £16k!!!! We only paid £19k for 6 of us for 3 weeks last year (well DF paid actually) so how can they justify this massive price increase?
There's a MASSIVE amount of building work going on there at the moment. Not only is there the new Star Wars and Toy Story bits at Hollywood Studios there's a lot of major infrastructure works around the parks.
Plus a lot of the hotels, particularly the deluxe resorts have had significant additions or remodelling work plus bringing up to date.
The price hikes for park tickets are also meant to prevent overcrowding. The price of a single day ticket is now exponentially higher. I suppose this helps them regulate crowd sizes and pushes more people onto the magic band system whereby everything is booked in advance. (Again the costs of implementing magic bands must have been ENORMOUS.)
We've noticed the difference too. Would recommend booking through Disney direct as then you cut out any middleman fees.
I started a thread about this a few days ago. I was hoping it was a blip. We usually book direct and it’s about £2k more expensive (not including flights) than last year. It usually goes to by a few hundred pounds which I suck up. Gutted to be honest as I don’t think i can justify booking it now.
I’ve just had a look at prices and was shocked at the increase too but think your travel agent is giving you a much too high price! Price up the Disney hotel, meal plan and tickets directly on the Disney website then look at flights separately - we usually manage to get super bargain flights by flying indirect (in the school summer hols).
They have good occupancy rates Eggz especially during peak season so they can pretty much charge what they want there.
The price hike on tickets primarily affects the 1 and 2 day passholders by making it prohibitively expensive. This way Disney are attempting to control the behaviour of how people visit the parks- either by placing a larger stake in a longer stay (and thus spending more money) or by investing in annual passes rather than doing ad hoc 1 day visits if you're relatively local.
Rufus we were just taking a day out for Universal this year and left it too late too book. I think it was about $90 each for the one-use fast pass which was fine for us as we did the best of both parks in one day and still got to our dining reservation at Disney for 8pm!
Could you just get a villa somewhere outside of Disney and rent a car to drive in? We did Kissimmee with a private pool last time and drove to Disney. Self-catered cuts down the cost and you can then visit other places too, like Tampa Bay Bush Gardens and the Kennedy Space Centre. That was a few years ago, mind.
We are doing three weeks end of October into November 2019. Flights, apartment, upgraded car and upgraded insurance for 5, and it’s £5200. Obviously we are another 3k or so for all the tickets we need/want.