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5 Disney World Myths

MYTH # 1 Staying at a Disney Resort is More Expensive Than Staying Off-site.

Disney has 25 resorts and one gorgeous campground. That’s over 25,000 rooms! A common mistake new Disney vacation planners make is thinking that staying off-site is going to save them money. I have driven by Kissimmee hotels advertising single rooms from $39, but by the time you add your spouse and two kids, that $39 turns into $69 or more for a sub-standard room, cold pool, no customer service and poor transportation to Disney parks. If you rent a car and drive to the parks yourself, you will be paying $14 for parking at the theme parks. Add that to your $69 room in Kissimmee and you are paying $83 for that $39 “deal” of a room. Disney Value Resorts start at $82 per night for excellent quality, comfortable rooms close to all the Disney magic.

Benefits of staying on-site at Disney Resort Accommodations

* Extra Magic Hours: Each day one of the four Disney theme parks will open one hour early for Disney resort guests. AND Each day another one of the four Disney theme parks will stay open as much as 3 hours after the park closes for Disney resort guests. If you stay off-site, you do not get this exclusive benefit.

* Parking at Disney theme parks cost non-Disney resort guests $14 per day, where it’s FREE for Disney resort guests.

* Excellent on-site free transportation for Disney resort guests to all Disney theme parks, water parks, Disney resorts and Downtown Disney via motor coach, boats, ferries, monorails and even walking. Staying off-site might offer a shuttle for a fee and are not as reliable as Disney transportation.

* Resort Mugs are about $13 each if you purchase them separately, and offered included in many Disney Dining packages. You are able to fill your resort mug over and over and over again during your stay at no cost. Enjoy coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate, soda pops, iced tea, lemonade and slushies anytime at your resort.

* Enjoy charging privleges on your Disney card key [called Key to the World]. Your Key to the World looks like a credit card and is your resort room key, park tickets and if you like, add charging privleges so it acts like a credit card. No need to carry oddles of cards or money around.

* You’ll get Free delivery from Disney shops to your Disney resort room. This is so valuable when you are puchasing souvenirs and don’t want to carry them around the parks all day. You can simply buy your item [remember you can charge it to your room using your Key to the World] and have it sent to your Disney resort room.

* Magical Express is Disney’s free airport transportation service with added bonus of Disney picking up your luggage! You just get off your airplane at Orlando International Airport, go to the Disney Magical Express kiosk to let them know you arrived, get on your motor coach and VIOLA ~ your magical Disney vacation begins! Disney will deliver your checked luggage up to 3 hours after your arrival at your Disney resort. After your vacation Magical Express motor coach will bring you back to the airport.

* AND the BEST benefit of staying on-site at Disney Resort Accommodations is just that….being TOTALLY immersed in Disney 24 hours a day! Beautifully themed resorts with lush award winning gardens, heated pools and spas with elegant and whimsy decor at your finger tips. And of course, unparalelled distinctively Disney customer service.

MYTH# 2 Disney Tickets: Less is More….NOT

Let’s get to the bottom of Disney tickets. Over the years, Disney has offered a variety of ticket promotions; free children’s tickets, buy one get one free, etc.,. But what seems to work for them these days are park passes called Magic Your Way Tickets.

You have lots of options depending on your needs.

Magic Your Way BASE tickets mean you may visit one of the four Disney parks per day.

Perhaps you are visiting Disney for one week and feel that seeing all four parks works for you and the rest of the time you plan on golfing, shopping, dining, visiting the ocean, relaxing by the pool.

Then the 4-day Magic Your Way Base ticket is the minimum ticket you require $239.63 [or $59.91 per day]. That’s a far better price than paying $84.14 for a one day ticket four times. saving you $110.

However, you look at the chart below and see that a 7-day BASE ticket is $249.21. Less than $10 more for 3 extra park days. You can purchase this BASE ticket and RE-VISIT your favourite parks during the week….even if it’s just for a meal and fireworks show after a day of shopping or golfing.

Another option for visiting each park more than once is the HOPPER option. However, that’s $55 extra per person for a 4-day ticket [$13.85 per day] Way more than the $10 you’ll spend on adding 3-days to get a 7-day BASE ticket. There are definite benefits to HOPPERS which I’ll discuss later.

However, for a leisurely Disney vacation, the 7-day BASE ticket makes economic sense.

Magic Your our Way Base Ticket

(One theme park per day of your ticket)

/day = per day

Number of Days

1 Day Ticket 2 Day Ticket 3 Day Ticket 4 Day Ticket 5 Day Ticket 6 Day Ticket 7 Day Ticket 8 Day Ticket 9 Day Ticket 10 Day Ticket

Ages 10+

$84.14/day $83.07/day $77.75/day $59.91/day $48.56/day $41.00/day $35.60/day $31.55/day $28.40/day $25.88/day

Ages 3-9

$72.42/day $70.83/day $66.39/day $51.12/day $41.54/day $35.15/day $30.58/day $27.16/day $24.50/day $22.37/day

Magic Your Way Tickets Options (additional cost)

Park HopperĀ® Option

+ $55.38/day + $27.69/day + $18.46/day + $13.85/day + $11.08/day + $9.23/day + $7.91/day + $6.92/day + $6.15/day + $5.54/day

Water Park Fun & More Option

+ $55.39/day + $27.70/day + $18.46/day + $13.85/day + $11.08/day + $9.23/day + $7.91/day + $6.93/day + $6.16/day + $5.54/day

No Expiration Option

NA + $9.59/day + $8.52/day + $13.85/day + $15.55/day + $14.91/day + $17.50/day + $20.24/day + $21.06/day + $22.26/day

Magic Your Way Base Tickets give each member of your travel party entry to one Theme Park a day each day of your ticket. And now the longer you play, the less you pay per day! The average price per day for a 7-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket is less than half the price of the same single-day ticket. It’s like saving over 50%!


Price Per Day USF

Ages 10+

Ages 3-9

Total Price

ages 3-9

Total Price


1 Day Ticket



$ 72.42


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5 Day Ticket





6 Day Ticket





7 Day Ticket





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10 Day Ticket





MYTH # 3 We Don’t Have Time for Water parks

Disney has two water parks; Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Admission to one water park is $45 for the non-package price. Adding the Water Parks and More option for $55 gives you admission to Disney water parks and more during your stay. You can visit a Disney water park daily….swimming with sharks and stingrays, playing in the nations largest wave pool or sliding down [and UP] one-of-a-kind water slides.

The MORE part of this ticket option is awesome. You also get admission to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney Quest’s Indoor Interactive theme park, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course with reserved tee time.

That is A LOT OF OPTIONS! A 7-day Magic Your Way Base ticket with Water parks and More option for only $7.91 per day.

These options are little cost for a big return in the FUN department AND they do not take a lot of time to do. A couple of hours in the afternoon at a Disney water park will offer you a relaxing

break from a crowded theme park. An afternoon of golf before Fantasmic is a welcome treat. A rainy morning at Disney Quest’s Indoor Interactive theme park! See the Altanta Braves in their Spring Training Camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Excellent value!

Consider this; Early breakfast at your Disney resort or a character breakfast at a deluxe resort. Then over to Magic Kingdom and beat the crowds with Extra Magic Hours, that morning you get in at 8am and NO CROWDS. At 11am when the park looks busier, head over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort via monorail for a snack or light lunch. Then enjoy 9-holes of golf at Oak Trail, across from the Grand Floridian using your Water parks and More option. Head to your Disney resort for a late afternoon nap. Enjoy dinner at one of the excellent restaurants at Epcot, since you have a hopper option on your ticket you can enter as many parks on one day, and stay for 9pm ILLUMINATIONS! Take a complimentary boat ride from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s since it has Extra Magic Hours that evening and will stay open until 11pm. Ride Aerosmith’s Rock n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror before enjoying a leisurely walk around the park. Head back to your Disney resort in comfort and ease. It really can happen that way.


Sleep late after a big Disney day yesterday. Have breakfast at your Disney resort with your Quick Service Dining, enjoying a couple of extra cups of coffee in your resort mug or breakky at Animal Kingdom. Head over to Typhoon Lagoon, swim with sharks and stingrays, jump around 6 foot waves, slide thrilling slides or find yourself a cozy lounge under a palm tree enjoying a snack. Take a nap at your resort mid-afternoon before heading to Magic Kingdom for dinner at Pecos Bills, Pinocchio’s Haus or one of the many counter service restaruants. Grab a seat on the curb waiting for SpectroMagic parade and WISHES unique fireworks show….keep a look out for Tinker Bell! End the evening with a Mickey Ice Cream bar, using one of your snack credits from your dining plan.

Your options are not rushed, they enchance your Disney experience.

MYTH # 4 Park Hopping Takes Too Much Time

Early I wrote about the benefits of purchasing a 7-day base ticket for Disney guests who plan a leisure one week vacation. Now I’d like to point out the amazing fun you can have with park hopping. Personally, I love this option. As a Disney veteran I love waking early and taking advantage of Disney’s Extra Magic Hours at one park then visiting another park later in the day when the first park is busy. Disney opens one park an hour early and another park up to 3 hours later in the evening for Disney resort guests. However, these parks are at their busiest and most crowded on Extra Magic Hour days. By having the hopper option on your ticket, you have the benefit of enjoying the quietest times and places in Disney World parks. My family has also challenged ourselves to visitng all four park on one single day, which can’t be done without a park hopper option.

Now to address the TIME factor. Since Disney has awesome transporation service for resort guests, it take very little time to travel from one park to another.

Here is an example of one Disney day we enjoyed during our July 2009 trip: After a light breakfast snack and morning coffee, we took the Disney motor coach from our resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride Tower of Terror, Rock n’ Roller Coaster and Star Tours [hubby and our kids did the last one, I walked around the park taking pictures]. Once we got our daily dose of thrill rides, we decided to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Epcot. We took the complimentary boat from Disney Hollywood Studios to Epcot enjoying the sites along the way and the entertaining commentary of the boat’s pilot. At Epcot rode Test Track and samples the free international sodas at The Cool Zone. Lunch was enjoyed at Mexico’s counter service. It was getting late in the afternoon, but our children wanted to ride Splash Mountain before a swim at our resort. So we boarded the monorail for the seven minute ride to Magic Kingdom. Splash Mountain is AWESOME! We were tired, so decided to take the motor coach back to our resort. We rested and swam at the resort and then had dinner. While my kids and hubby rested that evening, I took the motor coach back to Epcot to see Illuminations and then the monorail to Magic Kingdom for a late night SpectroMagic. It was a magical Disney day!

MYTH # 5 Vacation Packages Are Too Expensive

I have spent years pricing and searching for the best Disney deals and I have to say Disney has finally perfected their packages so that THEY are the best deals out there. It’s so satisfying when I offer a client;

Disney resort accommodations

Disney Magic Your Way tickets

Disney Dining Plan

Airfare and airport transfers

AND a complimentary personalized Itinerary

Everything in one package at the best possible price. I have broken it down several times and Disney packages are always the best value for supreme service.

Contact me, Sandra Clarke, for comments or questions 416-993-9718 sclarke@travelonly.net



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