With new extras and discounts, the 2015 Walt Disney World Resort packages open for booking today.
Disney offers complete vacation planning with their Magic Your Way system. Guests choose a resort, then their theme park ticket options, which might include Park Hopper (to visit more than one park per day) or Water Park Fun & More (to add visits to water parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, miniature golf, and other "fun" options). Guests can also add several tiers of the Disney Dining Plan, from the counter-service plan, standard plan, deluxe dining, and even premium and platinum packages with a full array of additional entrances and benefits.
In return, guests receive a vacation package with all of its components booked together, plus a collection of "Magical Extras," including discounts to experiences around Walt Disney World Resort.
Magic Your Way Magical Extras include discounts for experiences like bass fishing excursions and horseback riding, services such as spa treatments or supervision at children's activity centers, and even two admission vouchers to DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park.
In 2015, several new Magical Extras are joining the Magic Your Way Package, including a 20% discount at select Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company locations around Walt Disney World Resort.
There are also several discounts on food and non-alcoholic beverages at Downtown Disney locations, including 15% off at Bongos Cuban Cafe and 20% off lunch at Paradiso 37. The voucher for Planet Hollywood dining will increase to a $15.00 value.
Downtown Disney shopping locations offering Magic Your Way discounts will include Arribas Brothers, a crystal and glass arts store, with a 10% discount on some purchases; HoyPoloi Gallery, an art and design store, with a 10% discount on some purchases; Pop Gallery, also with 10% discounts, and a 15% discount on merchandise from Something Silver. The popular scented soap shops, Basin and Basin White (at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa) will offer a 10% discount as well.
Special tour experiences will get the discount treatment as well, with a 15% discount on select tours at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Want a hair wrap? The Hair Wrap Company, which operates at locations around Walt Disney World Resort, will offer a free charm with a hair wrap.
If your package includes dining, note that PhotoPass pictures from Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Character Breakfasts will no longer be included.
What is the advantage to booking so soon? Disney World vacations can require a lot of pre-planning. Dining reservations open up 180 days in advance, and hot restaurants like Be Our Guest and Cinderella's Royal Table are often snatched up within minutes. Disney also accepts payments in the months leading up to a vacation, which can make budgeting for a big trip easier for many travelers. And refund and change policies remain very flexible up until forty-five days before arrival, making a future trip easier to move around if life gets in the way.
Booking a Walt Disney World Resort package can be done online, through your travel agent, or by calling the Disney Reservation Center at 407-939-5670.