Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 20, 2012
    Kelly from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Why would booking same package from Orbitz be $500 cheaper than online with disney directly. Same flight #, resort room and magic your way package? Seems too good to be true. Any advntage to booking on Disney website?

    Hi Kelly,

    I've often used discount travel sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity to book components of my Disney World vacations. For example, during a stay last year, I wanted to book a room at the Pop Century resort. I looked at the rate on the Disney website. Then I looked at the rate on Expedia. For the exact same room at the exact same time, the room was $15 cheaper per night if booking through Expedia. Guess where I booked? :-)

    I've saved substantially more money when booking flights and rental cars through the discount sites as well. The discount sites will often have inexpensive Disney inventory during dates when crowds are expected to be low. Disney wants to fill the beds, so they give room slots to the discounters. It's all legit.

    When booking through discount sites, I've personally only encountered two problems. First, Expedia was supposed to arrange my Magical Express transfer for me. Some glitch must have happened and I never got my ME tags. Not a big deal, I simply called ME directly and they loaded me into their system. The second problem happened when I ended up needing to change an Expedia reservation once. When you book through the discounters, you have to deal with them for changes, not Disney. For example, if there are weather issues that impact your stay, Disney might waive some change fees guest who have booked through them, where the discounter might not do this. You have to read the fine print on the travel agreement.

    Overall, I say if you can find a good deal, jump on it. I encourage you to also take a look at sites like mousesavers.com, which post listings of many possible Disney discounts.

    Good luck and let us know if you have more questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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