When Should I Purchase a Vacation Package?

Historically, I’ve never advocated for purchasing a WDW vacation package from Disney. They typically never save you money, provide any tangible value-add, and lock you into a trip cancellation policy that’s a bit unreasonable.

I’ll go more in-depth on those three assertions in a later post, but for now, I can officially say there IS a reason to book a WDW vacation package…sort of.

So we know you can’t make a park reservation with a ticket right? In this instance, however, purchasing a vacation package is our magical loophole into a way to make park reservations without actually locking ourselves into a ticket purchase.

Before I get deeper into this, the reason we want to lock ourselves into a ticket purchase as late as possible is simple – you never really know what can happen. I know dated tickets can be used down the road, but I’m not really a fan of having a few thousand dollars tied up in theme park tickets for an extended length of time.

I’d much rather have that money tied up in something stable like Bitcoin.

Anyway, back to the loophole…

By booking a vacation package (cancellable 30 days out), we now have the ability to make park reservations. We also have the ability to keep those park reservations when we cancel our package.

So here’s what you could do…

  • Book a vacation package with Disney greater than 30 days out
  • Make initial park reservations
  • Cancel vacation package prior to 30 days out
    • Park reservations retained in My Disney Experience account
  • Purchase discounted tickets from undercovertourist.com closer to travel date
  • Tie tickets to My Disney Experience account

I’ve only used this loophole when Disney was allowing vacation package cancellations up to the day prior to travel. in this instance, we used the same steps above, but canceled our package and associated new tickets literally the night before our trip. This allowed us to limit our cancellation risk and get the latest available third-party ticket discounts.

Now that we’re back to the 30-day cancellation policy, there might be some risk in letting those park reservations hang out in your account for an extended time without associating tickets. As such, it might make sense to cancel your package at the 30-day window and associate new tickets within a week or so. I say this because I’m not sure if Disney periodically cancels park reservations for accounts without associated tickets.

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