So last night we booked flights for our trip to Walt Disney World this October, so I figured that, and the start of this website were a good reason to write a post about what we’re doing.
We’re flying out to Orlando 26th October for 15 nights in World Traveller Plus with British Airways from London Gatwick. Aside from one person in our party, we’ve all only really travelled in Economy, and as direct Economy flights this year were within £200 of Premium Economy flights we figured we may as well go for it. We were aiming to book with Virgin Atlantic, but their systems seem to have been down last night as every time we tried to book it kept telling us that the seats weren’t available and hiking the prices by hundreds at a time (for multiple flights). The BA flights were around the same price and actually get us into Orlando earlier, and we leave later than Virgin on our return date. The only issue I have is that I wasn’t aware that we would need to pay an extra £250 for a party of four to reserve seats. With the added cost between Economy and Premium Economy I’d guessed that there wouldn’t be a charge for booking your seat.
We’ll be staying the first night at a Walt Disney World hotel (more information once this has been booked and confirmed!) and then 14 nights in a one-bedroom suite at Old Key West.
When we went in 2016 we stayed at Saratoga Springs and absolutely loved the hotel, the facilities, the proximity to Disney Springs, the ease of access to the parks with the buses. As we’re looking at purchasing our first block of DVC points this year when we visit, we wanted stay at Old Key West so ‘worst case scenario’ (because it would be a real struggle to stay on-site anywhere at Disney), we know where we may end up having to stay in busy periods as these are the two oldest DVC resorts on-site at Disney World (the recently refurbished Old Key West’s original name was Disney Vacation Club Resort when it opened in 1991).
We have a two week Walt Disney World Park Hopper with water parks and Memory Maker (I know this is standard in the UK, but as they’re optional add-ons elsewhere in the world thought I’d list them).
This is my seventh trip to Orlando, and as a group, we’ve decided to focus on Disney World this trip. FastPass+ really has changed the way that I visit the parks. It means that I know I’m going to get to do everything I want at least once, so it takes the pressure off “I must queue for this ride or I may not get to experience it!” I noticed last time that I really took my time to appreciate the theming and details that I hadn’t noticed previously.
We’ll be there for the final Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so I’m really excited to experience them both (hopefully twice each!) and focussing on the Disney Parks means I’ll be able to still do the water parks and take my time experiencing the Food and Wine Festival (and possibly one of the 5k/10k/Marathons, so watch this space!)
We’re opting for Uber this time rather than hiring a car. Based on what I’ve seen on message boards and costing things up (and the trouble we had getting our deposit back from Dollar – still outstanding, by the way…), we think Uber might be a more cost-efficient, better option as no-one needs to be designated driver.
Our next deadline is Advance Dining Reservations on 30th April, so everyone’s looking at the list of Table Service and Signature restaurants onsite, and we’ll be agreeing which ones we’ll be trying to book.
There’ll be more ramblings… sorry… plans posted as we get closer to the holiday!