But the Canadian Dollar is at low. The thought about spending so much money is scary. Especially if it’s in US Dollars.
Deciding on the time of year to go is the first step in saving some money. From the week after American Thanksgiving until the second week of December, and the end of August are typically some of the cheapest weeks to visit Disney. Free dining plans are often on promotion during the late summer and early fall and room savings happen at different times of the year- often with savings of 20%-30% depending on your resort.
Many Canadian travel companies are offering what sound like amazing deals, where you can pay in Canadian Dollars, save on ticket prices, etc. They sound good in theory…
While it may seem like you are paying more when you book directly through Disney, with a Disney Vacation Planner, there are many situations where you might actually be saving money!
- If you use a US credit card, you get 2.5% back in your pocket. How does this happen? Let’s say you book with your Canadian card- you pay the exchange rate for the day that the card is processed, plus 2.5%. When you use a US card, there is no exchanging of dollar value.
- Many Canadian travel companies are offering “Canadian Dollar Savings” for Disney Vacations- what this means, is they are taking the US dollar amount, and adding the exchange rate. When you book this way, you must pay in full. The cost of the trip reflects what the Canadian dollar exchange is on THAT DAY. There is no actual savings. In fact, booking this way may actually cost you more. Even if you book well in advance, savings promotions cannot be honoured if they are announced for your travel dates.
- MOST IMPORTANT: When you book with a Disney Vacation Planner, such as Clickthemouse.ca, you only pay a deposit of $200US for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. The balance of your trip is not due until 30 days prior to travel. If a savings promotion discount is announced after you book your trip, the savings discount is honoured and applied to your booking!When you pay in full, this cannot be done.
There are even more perks of booking directly through Disney with a Disney Vacation Planner:
Within 30 days of travel (meaning, before the final balance of your trip is due), if you need to alter your travel plans, such as changing dates, there is virtually no penalty!
If you change dates and the cost of the trip increases (certain days/months are more expensive than others) - YOU OWE NOTHING! If the cost of the trip decreases, there is only a $50 charge. However, this $50 can be used to tweak your package up until the day you travel! You can upgrade your park tickets to a Hopper, or add the Memory Maker. Even your dining reservations can be altered up to 36 hours prior to travel.
A great Disney Vacation Planner will do everything to save you money and ensure your vacation is MAGICAL and within budget.
Don’t wait for the kids to be a little older, the dollar to be a little better. Walt Disney always said “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”
Clickthemouse.ca is an Earmarked Disney Vacation Agency specializing in Disney Vacations based out of Toronto, Ontario.