Since I got sick last year and didn’t thoroughly enjoy my visit to Disney, not to mention my failure in my goal to eat my way around the world, I informed Dean that we’re going to see Mickey again. He didn’t put up much of a fuss, so I polished up my credit card and prepared it for the heavy burden of the Disney trip.
I shopped airfare and hotel rates for 3 weeks before deciding that we need to stay at the Hilton, so we can still take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours. It’s the only non-Disney hotel that participates. I wonder how much that cost them? I was even able to rent a car, budget for a day at Universal, and upgrade to a junior suite for less than the cost of a standard room at Animal Kingdom. Staying at a Disney property is prohibitably expensive, especially if you are a hotel snob like I am. Damn the San Diego Marroitt and Marina; it has spoiled me for lesser hotels!
I still have to purchase the park passes, but I hope to get those through AAA. Failing that, there is a site online that sells them at a higher discount than Travelocity.
Speaking of Travelocity, this year they were over $500 cheaper than Expedia! Normally, it’s the other way around, and I wasn’t even going to shop them! However, I had a problem with Expedia and disappearing Disney Park Hopper tickets, which even a call to their customer service department didn’t fix – they said I had to stay at a Disney property to purchase park passes from them. Since when??? Until I went to actually book the trip, the park passes were saved on the itinerary. Then, when I tried to pay for the trip, the tickets disappeared! And I couldn’t get them back. Rebuilding the trip did not help. The tickets were no longer offered. So I went to Travelocity while I was on the phone with the Expedia customer service rep, and proved to him that you CAN buy the tickets on line if you aren’t staying at a Disney property. When I saw how much cheaper the vacation was with Travelocity, I thanked the guy for his time, told him the price at Travelocity, and told him I could be booking with them instead.
Now I have to book a hotel room by the airport, as our plane leaves at 6:40 am. My biggest fear is that we miss the flight – Dean has an adversion to getting to the airport early, which has almost cost us 3 vacations now. Hopefully this trip will begin a little more smoothly.