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Special Package Deals

Disney offers several meal and recreation packages that can be added to a resort stay.  The most inclusive "Grand Plan" is only available for guests staying at the Deluxe and Home-Away-From-Home resorts.  The older "Disney Disney Style" and "Food 'n' Fun" packages that included meals and recreation only (in various combinations) are no longer available.

I've pulled the descriptions of the packages directly from Disney.com just to make it easy for you to compare them here...

Disney Resort Magic Plan

  • Accommodations for 3 to 30 nights at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Disney's Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket which includes unlimited admission during your package stay to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's three Water Parks (Open Seasonally): Blizzard Beach, River Country, and Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, plus Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex (excludes attractions/events separately priced)
  • Commemorative Disney Trading Pin (one per person)
  • One of 13 Flex Feature options, such as a Disney Resort or Character Breakfast, a Planet Hollywood® or Rainforest Cafe® T-shirt, or a Mickey 'n' You Photo Session (one per person)
  • Use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System (monorail, ferryboat and motor coaches)

Basic Plan (3 nights only) Includes:

  • Accommodations for 3 nights at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort
  • One general admission ticket (per person) to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex (does not include special events).
  • Use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System (monorail, ferryboat and motor coaches)

Deluxe Magic Includes:

  • Accommodations for 3 to 30 nights at a selected Walt Disney World ® Moderate, Home Away From Home or Deluxe Resort
  • Disney's Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket which includes unlimited admission during your package stay to:
  • Magic Kingdom® Park,
  • Epcot®,
  • Disney-MGM Studios,
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park,
  • Disney's three Water Parks (Open Seasonally):
    Blizzard Beach,
    River Country, and
    Typhoon Lagoon
  • Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and
  • DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, plus
  • Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex
    (excludes attractions / events separately priced)
  • Commemorative Disney Trading Pin (one per person)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- per person, per night at your choice of selected Theme Park and Resort restaurants (applicable tax and gratuities included)
  • Unlimited Resort recreation, such as golf (no tee time restrictions), fishing, boating, and more!
  • Unlimited access to Disney Children Activity Centers (ages 4-12) at selected Walt Disney World® Resorts
  • Two images displayed on a Leave a Legacy Tile at Epcot®
  • Unlimited access to selected behind-the-scenes Theme Park Tours
  • Choice of one of the following selections per person:
  • Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba™ (one admission per person)
  • Luxurious Spa Treatment (ages 10 and older, selected treatments)
  • 30-minute In-Park Photo Session (2 coupons required for redemption)
  • Walt Disney World® Quest* Magical Racing Tour&tm; Sony Playstation game plus limited edition watch
  • Hand Painted Commemorative Gallery Cel
  • Use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System (monorail, ferryboat and motor coaches)

Grand Plan Includes:

  • Accommodations for 3 to 30 nights at one of Disney's selected Home Away From Home or Deluxe Resort
  • Disney's Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket which includes unlimited admission during your package stay to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's three Water Parks (Open Seasonally): Blizzard Beach, River Country, and Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, plus Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex (excludes attractions/events separately priced)
  • Exclusive Disney Magical Moments Trading Pin (one per person)
  • Preferred viewing area for the spectacular Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks at Magic Kingdom® Park and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®.
  • Preferred viewing area for the all-new Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
  • Personalized pre-arrival itinerary planning
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner per person, per night available at over 170 restaurants, including in-room private dining and the world class Victoria and Albert's restaurant (applicable tax and gratuities included)
  • Light snacks and refreshments (one per person, per night's stay)
  • Unlimited Resort recreation, such as golf (tee time after 11 a.m.), fishing, boating, and more!
  • Admission to Cirque du Soleil® show La Nouba™ (one per person)
  • One selected luxurious Spa Treatment (ages 10 and older)
  • An exclusive Disney Grand Plan keepsake (one per room)
  • Dazzling Fireworks Cruise (one per party)
  • Unlimited access to Disney Children's Activity Centers (ages 4-12) and in-room private child care
  • Guaranteed seating at the incredible Fantasmic! show at the Disney-MGM Studios (selected shows)
  • Two images displayed on a Leave a Legacy Tile at Epcot®
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Unlimited access to selected behind-the-scenes Theme Park Tours
  • Use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System (monorail, ferryboat and motor coaches)

Honeymoon Escape Includes:

  • Accommodations for 3-30 nights at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Disney's Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket which includes unlimited admission during your package stay to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's three Water Parks (Open Seasonally): Blizzard Beach, River Country, and Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, plus Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex (excludes attractions/events separately priced)
  • Commemorative Disney Fairy Tale Honeymoon Pin (two per package)
  • Pre-arrival Honeymoon Itinerary Planning
  • Disney's Fairy Tale Tote Bag filled with special treats.
  • One Disney Romantic Choice Feature, such as an in-Park professional photo session, Couples Only Romantic Spa Treatments (selected treatments), or dinner at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort fine dining specialty restaurant including a bottle of wine or champagne
  • Unlimited use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System

Discovery Magic Includes:

  • Accommodations for 3 to 30 nights at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket which includes admission from check-in until the end of the day of check-out to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach water Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's River Country Water Park (open seasonally), Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, the DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, and Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex, with the freedom to visit multiple parks and attractions on the same day. (Admission to sporting events at Disney's Wide World of Sports™ complex requiring a separate admission charge is not included.)
  • Commemorative Disney Trading Pin (one per person)
  • Preferred viewing area for the spectacular Fantasy In The Sky fireworks at Magic Kingdom® Park and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®.
  • Preferred viewing area for the all-new Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
  • Use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System (monorail, ferryboat and motor coaches)
  • Two Magical Wishes Features per person, per night, including:
    • Breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner at your choice of selected Theme Park and Resort restaurants (applicable tax and gratuities included)
    • Recreation, such as one round of golf (tee time after 11 a.m.) and more! (counts as 2 Magical Wishes Features selections)
    • Behind-the-scenes Theme Park tours
    • Mickey 'n' You Photo
    • Specially created Walt Disney World® Merchandise

Great Golf Escape Includes:

  • Accommodations at a selected Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Commemorative Disney Trading Pin (one per person).
  • One round of golf per night's stay including:
    • Greens fees
    • Golf cart rental
    • Club cleaning & storage
    • Bucket of range balls
  • Bucket of range balls
  • Choice of one (1) per person:
    • Admission to DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
    • Admission to Downtown Disney Pleasure Island
    • Admission to one Disney Water Park (one park choice per day)
    • Breakfast or lunch at selected Disney Resort and golf course restaurants
  • 50% off same-day second round (replay rate)
  • Complimentary round-trip transportation to golf courses from your Disney Resort
  • Preferred 90-day advance booking tee times (including second round, if desired)
  • Unlimited use of the Walt Disney World® Transportation System

So, Do I Buy a Plan Deal or What?

The key to determining how valuable any Disney package is for you is to think through what your actual usage will be of what perks are included. If you'll use the flex features, and you still feel like you'll be able to take full advantage of the meal portion of the package, then you'll likely do well to use a package deal. If you won't use some of the "perks" then the overall value drops for you.

I don't mean to be condescending as I state this stuff...it's really pretty obvious, but the fact of the matter is -- if you won't use the extras, then they have absolutely no value to you and you really must eliminate them from the equation.

Also, beware of package items that are very nice (like the "free" pins, animation cels, and so on).  Again, they can be a great perk, but they're not really "free" if they are boosting the price of the package deal above what you would pay ala carte for the vacation you'll really be using.

I guess the bottom line is... caveat emptor! (may the buyer beware!) Only you can know what you'll really use and what you won't. You can make a good decision after thinking that through.

 

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