In this episode I am joined by Angie Muma and we discuss our money saving strategies for a Walt Disney World Vacation.  

 

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Guest Katie Miller from Mouse World Travel shares her tips for solo cruise travel and talks about her recent stay at Coronado Springs Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida.

You can find more information about Katie at:
www.mostdelightfulplace.com
Or you can email her at katie@mouseworldtravel.com
Twitter @DelightfulPlace

 

Katie is an experienced cruiser with Disney Cruise Line and is getting ready to go on her 9th cruise.

Solo Travel Tips

Most cruise lines charge a single supplement charge for solo travelers, which means you will pay the cost of 2 people in the room even though there is only one person traveling.

To save some money on your cruise, look for cruises that travel on the off-season.  Off-season is late January and early February.  Also in the Fall when children are in school.

Look for a 'Guarantee' rate when you are looking to book close to the time travel.  You may be able to save some money.

Connect with fellow travelers on your cruise via Internet communities.  Facebook is a great place to find a group.

If you are traveling with friends you can link components of your reservation so you can share travel experiences, like dining and shore excursions.
  
You can eat at Cabanas for dinner to have a more relaxed meal if you don't feel like going to the dining rotation scheduled for the evening.

Spa offers day or cruise long passes for the Rainforest Room.  You can buy a one person pass or a 2 person pass and the 2nd person does not need to be a family member in your cabin.  It can be a friend.

Take advantage of all the fun activities on-board.
Napkin folding is great.
Mixology classes are a great value since you can get several alcoholic drinks that you make during the lesson.
There are also a variety of tastings; wine, whiskey, rum, etc.

Disney Cruise Line has an app that can use the ship's Wi-Fi free of charge to keep up with the planned activities on the ship.  

Major sporting events will be broadcast on the ships.  The Super Bowl was projected on the Funnel screen that is set up on deck.

Look at room category 5E since they have a great balcony that is very roomy.

Castaway Cay is Disney's private island and is gorgeous.

Safety considerations for solo travel is to stay smart.  Don't advertise that you are alone.  Don't do anything on vacation that you won't do at home.  

Katie's last cruise she spent 5 nights pre-cruise at Coronado Springs Resort in a business class room.  She loved it.  The business class room has perks of being close to the main lobby and a business lounge with breakfast and snacks throughout the day.  This class of rooms are available here since Coronado Springs is a convention hotel. 


Great Additional Resources from Most Delightful Place Blog 
5 Tips for Cruising Solo
Dining Plan : Did I save Money?
Pros and Cons of Dining Plan

YouTube Video of her category 5E room

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Food costs are a large part of the vacation budget.  One way to save money is to keep groceries in your room for quick meals, drinks, and snacks.  Even just having your own beverages can save you a ton of money.  All the resorts on Disney property have the mini-fridges in them that really makes this a breeze now.  

 

We do this on all our vacations, whether it is visiting family in Pennsylvania when we are staying at a Super 8 or at the Grand Californian in Disneyland.  We keep food in our room to save money.

 

Here are some of the options I am familiar with (meaning I have done this):

WeGoShop   Over at  TravelAgentDad.com there is a blog post about my experience on our last vacation.

Having a rental car on your vacation.

Using a taxi.

Bringing your own in your luggage.

Buy from the resort gift shop.  



Here are some other options that I am familiar with but have not used.

 

Garden Grocer

 

Ordering from companies online for delivery.  Amazon.com typically offers delivery for orders over $25.  I believe Wal-Mart, Staples, Target, as well as some other options I am not thinking of should work.   I say should, because unfortunately I have heard online the stories of  deliveries not making it.  You might not get your food or it may come a couple of days into your vacation.  Deliveries need to have the person’s name that the reservation is in for Bell Services to accept the package and their reservation number if possible.  I would be too nervous if I was counting on this from my vacation.    

Hess stations.  Across from Downtown Disney and the Boardwalk Resort is Hess gas stations.  People have walked over and picked up supplies.  

 

I say stick with Garden Grocer or WeGoShop if you want the delivery.

 

 

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