6 Smart Alternatives to Disney World All-Inclusive Vacation Packages (Because They Don’t Actually Exist)
While Disney World itself doesn’t sell all-inclusive packages for your next magical holiday, there are several ways to bundle your next trip to the happiest place on Earth. The Orlando resort allows guests to book hotels and dining packages, along with air fare, on its website, which can lead to savings if you score the right deal. There are other ways to book your Disney World travel and hotels, as well, including through various airlines’ vacation services and via Costco Travel. Search all options before booking to ensure the best price and remember that sometimes you don’t need everything included in an all-inclusive rate, making these bundled vacations a better deal.
1. Disney World Hotel Vacation Packages
Disney World features several official hotels, including themed properties like Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Guests booking into these official Disney World hotels can opt to purchase a dining plan along with the room rate and park tickets (it’s also possible to add in flights as well). These must be booked on Disney World’s website, and there are three types of dining plans to choose from depending on the level of hotel you book. These include breakfast only, the quick service plan and the Disney dining plan, which is only available in deluxe Disney World hotels and villas. Disney frequently features special deals that will score you a free dining plan if you book a certain number of nights (currently the deal includes a free dining plan when you book a minimum of five nights during specific dates in 2020).
While bundling your Disney World vacation in a “Vacation Package” is technically not all-inclusive, it can be a great way to save money, especially when you include the theme park ticket along with the hotel and meals. It’s worth booking your Disney World travel super early (like six months to a year in advance) to take advantage of deals Disney offers. Consider visiting off-season and avoiding major holidays or spring break.
2. Costco Travel Packages
Costco members already know they can save big on holidays with Costco Travel deals. These include several options for Disney World, where visitors can score good rates at both Disney World hotels and nearby Orlando resorts along with theme park tickets. Many of the packages also include cool extras, like the resort fees waived (thank you very much) and access to Disney FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours, where you can experience the park early or late in the day without all the other guests. It’s worth digging through all the available current offers to find the absolute best deal—look for ones that include transportation to and from the park when located off-site. Not all of the packages include meals, but you can probably just stock up on extra snacks at Costco before the trip.
3. Southwest Vacations
Southwest Airlines’ Southwest Vacations can help you jet off to Disney World for a good, all-inclusive rate. Pick from hotels at Disney World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs or Epcot, and score added bonuses like transportation, park extras like Extra Magic Hours and consider adding a Disney Park Hopper option to your tickets.
The base packages include hotels and flights, and visitors can elect to add on park tickets (with a decent discount) when booking. Southwest Vacations also offers you a chance to add a rental car and Disney Dining Plan on to your itinerary after you select the dates and flights. If possible, be flexible in your travel dates to find the best deal.
4. United Vacations
Similar to Southwest Vacations, United Airlines’ United Vacations is a good way to bundle your travel, hotel stay and park ticket when visiting Disney World. Select from several official Disney World hotels and resorts, and save money thanks to United Vacations’ price-matching promise. Again, this is best booked when you can be flexible on travel dates since the flight prices vary drastically from day to day.
5. JetBlue Vacations
JetBlue is known for its good deals, which apply when booking a vacation to Disney World via the airline. Select your preferred hotel and travel dates, and get up to 10 percent off JetBlue’s regular fare when booking a package. You can add a rental car, theme park tickets (including other parks in Orlando) and hotel transfers, although dining plans are not included. Many of the hotels available through JetBlue Vacations aren’t part of Disney World itself, which can be a good way to save money if you’re willing to bunk up nearby.
6. Delta Vacations
Delta makes it simple to book a Disney World vacation through its Delta Vacations websites. These package bookings include round-trip airfare, Disney’s Magical Express transportation service and a stay at a Disney World hotel. You can then add park tickets, with the option for a Disney Park Hopper add-on. It is currently offering a deal where one free park day is included with a five-day flexible ticket, plus up to 20 percent off rooms, for stays in 2019. Meals aren’t part of the deal, but you can always add a Disney Dining Plan later once your hotel is booked.