• On Aug 29, 2019
    Jarrad from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning a WDW trip for next year, and I have a couple questions. First off, is getting the protection plan for your Disney vacation worth the price? Also, are the Disney Dollars still around and being used in the parks?

    Hi Jarrad,

    Glad you stopped by today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Let me help your vacation questions. It may be several months away, but there's no best time to start planning than now!

    Booking a vacation package is a great way to combine a stay at a Disney Resort Hotel with Theme Park Tickets. You can even add a Dining Plan, airfare or vacation insurance to your package. You can book it online, by speaking to a vacation planning expert at (407) 939-1936, or a travel agent.

    To answer your first question, only you can decide what risk are you willing to take. For example, my family usually drives to Florida from New Jersey, so we opt not to get it, since vacation packages can be modified or even canceled without penalties up to 30 days before arrival. However, when we sail with Disney Cruise Line, we absolutely get vacation insurance.

    Regarding Disney Dollars, unfortunately they are no longer available, but are still accepted as form of payment. Instead, you may want to get Disney Gift Cards, which are accepted everywhere throughout the Resort, and are good for merchandise, food and even to pay off your Resort Reservation or Theme Park Tickets.

    One last tip: keep in mind dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance. Some restaurants, like Cinderella's Royal Table fill very quickly so start planning today.

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Meet the Panelist: Ricardo, New Jersey

Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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