Published: October 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM20 years ago, we could jump on a plane from the UK at the very last minute. We used to book off "Teletext" a text information service on one of our Four (yes, USA, four!) TV Channels. You could get a last minute deal for as little as $150, all in. However, the costs have risen ENORMOUSLY (what happened to the concept of air travel getting cheaper as the years go by???!)but now, its cheaper to book months in advance, but still very expensive compared to what it used to be....
Published: October 21, 2011 at 3:34 PMWe usually start planning about 2-3 months out. My wife calls Universal and speaks directly with an agent who sets up a deal with airfare / on-site hotel and park tickets.
We usually save a few hundred by doing it this was as opposed to purchasing everything separately. They usually throw in a few perks as well. Last time they gave us a room upgrade at no charge. We will be going back in Summer 2012 for an 8 day stay at the Hard Rock.
I think we may do a 2 park VIP tour this time, although I probably know more trivia and facts about the parks than some of the tour guides.... :)
Published: October 21, 2011 at 3:45 PMBecause Im about 25 minutes from Orlando, Its always the week were going. Now were thinking about a California theme park vacation.
Published: October 22, 2011 at 12:23 AMMy wife and I have just booked our next Disneyworld vacation - for November 2012! Partly because we need to plan ahead, (we run a guest house here in Wales), partly because it gives us something to look forward to, but largely because there have been some good deals available here in the UK for bookings made by the end of October - (free Disney Dining Plan, 14 day ultimate tickets for the price of a 7 day non-ultimate(I forget the wording), plus $150 spend in the Disney stores).
Published: October 22, 2011 at 10:59 AMI can normally throw the foundation of my vacation together in about 2-3 days (the hotel, park tickets, transportation and the like), but it could take me a whole year to really build the vacation to what I beleive it should be. When I have dont this my girlfriend loved the vacation I planned. I booked our March 2011 trip to Disney World on October of 2010 primarially because my dad wanted to take his time. I began thinking of off site hotels of where we would stay, then I looked at the Disney Web Site and saw the free dining promotion and decided a better money value would be on property. After all the planning and reading I did to make sure me choice was right I went with it and booked it through a Travel Agent. The trip was errorless because of the way I planned and a month after I came back from my trip I became a travel agent my self along with my girlfriend...now I creat the dreams I have for other families. Currently I am planning a trip for October of 2012 for me and her to visit Disneyland so the 1 year rule still in the way I go for my own vacations.
Published: October 22, 2011 at 12:18 PMWe usually brainstorm where we want to go in the fall, get serious about reservations in December, then pay for airline tickets, park tickets in January and February. We stayed close to home this past June, so I'm in the midst of planning a trip to Orlando in December, the week before Christmas. The room is reserved but nothing else is paid for and I'm literally freaking out.
Booking flights today, will pay off room before arriving, and will buy park tickets next month. I love having everything paid for in advance, but we drug big time this year.
Published: October 22, 2011 at 12:51 PMI work for Disney, but I don't live in Florida or California. So when I go to work, I have to work. When I go by myself, I go care free. When I'm taking people, especially newbies, I plan months in advance, schedule the days out, with help from the Unofficial Guide people, so we don't waste time in the mornings and then have relaxing evenings.
Short of a time table, I have dinner, lunch, shows, hours, locations etc planned ahead. But it's almost a hobby to me.
Published: October 24, 2011 at 1:41 AMOur next trip accross the pond is going to be 2014 and yes, I am already planning it! When it comes to Orlando vacations I have a serious case of OCD!