It has been a long time coming, but we have finally been able to rebook our cancelled 2020 holiday! If you know me, you’ll know that I was beyond devastated that our trip was cancelled and had since then written off Disney not thinking it would be realistic for us to go again. I know that the pandemic lead to far more serious issues but going to our favourite place really did keep me going through the first part of last year. I was also worried that we had such as great deal when we last booked that we wouldn’t be able to get that again – but I have been proven wrong. Here is a blog all about the details our our March 2022 Disney trip!
So firstly, we were originally booked (2020) for my FAVE time of year aka Halloween and did look at this option again. However, my grandparents are joining us again and my grandad was desperate to book for the first part of the year. Also, the pricing for Sept/Oct was higher due to the 50th anniversary actual month, flights prices being too far out and launch of the Disney WISH ship. This leads me to my second confirmation that we are indeed adding a Disney Cruise to the end of our vacation. We ended up booking three weeks in March 2022 which should be amazing!
It’ll be no surprise that A LOT has changed in Walt Disney World over the past year. The Disney Dining Plan and FastPass+ has been suspended with no return date announced, there is currently park pass in place meaning you can’t park hop and must book the park you want to attend in advance. Also, not all of the the Resorts are opening and available for booking. Restrictions, measures and offers are constantly changing and therefore flexibility with booking was essential for us.
Luckily, booking directly through Disney means that our holiday is ATOL protected and they will refund us 100% of our package if the trip is cancelled due to COVID. We can also call and amend anything on the booking at any time which means we can consider swapping hotels, adding any future dining plans or offers to our package etc. As Disney Vacation Club members, we looked at staying at our home resort Old Key West but DVC properties are not available yet. We are going to keep an eye on everything and see what happens. The main thing is that we have an incredible holiday already to look forward to with the added protection of booking through Disney.
We booked a week after the Disney 50th Anniversary year deals for UK residents were announced as were able to make the most of this offering. Disney are currently offering 14 day park tickets for the price of 7, $61 dining credit per booking per night, $200 Disney gift card and a Disney gift basket. More details on the Anniversary celebrations are to be announced but this is a pretty good deal considering that a few months ago there were absolutely no offers.
We also wanted a Sea and Land Package to add a Cruise to the end of our trip. I have to say that if Disney Cruises at all interest you it is always worth calling and pricing this up as the cost of our trip is the same as just staying at some of the Disney Resorts etc. It’s crazy what deals you can get if you call and discuss with a cast member.
Here is a breakdown of our trip and what is included in our package. We book 2 of these (one booking for Alex and I, one for my nanna and grandad;
Return Flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
14 nights at Disney’s Carribean Beach Resort
14 day park tickets
$854 Dining Credit
$200 Disney Gift Card
Disney Gift Basket
Memory Maker (Disney Photo Pass etc)
4 Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral onboard the Disney Dream
Stops at Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island)
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Transfers to and from Port Canaveral
There we have it! If you want more in-depth details about what is included in a Disney cruise etc then check out my last blog. There’s a whistle stop tour of the holiday we have been waiting for! See you in 288 days Disney!