Searching for your dream Disney holiday can seem like a complete nightmare. There are so many different options, so how do you know which one is right for you? At Fairytale Holidays by Travel Counsellors, our job is to find the very best holiday tailor-made just for you.
But before you start searching, you need to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases and carefully considered what it is that you really need and want (that’s what this guide is for!). Here are our top 7 tips to finding your perfect Disney holiday.
#1 Work out a rough budget for your Disney holiday
A massive misconception is we only ask for your budget to maximise our commission and over charge you. Our Magic Maker’s job is to find that sweet spot that balances everything you love from a holiday along with your budget. Without knowing what you can realistically afford, we have no way of being able to balance this for you. Therefore, we also ask you to be realistic too. If you’re looking for a Disney holiday that you ultimately can’t afford, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
The same way you would set a budget for buying a car or a house, sit down and workout what you can comfortably afford to spend on your Disney holiday.
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In addition, once you’ve paid your deposit, the balance is due until 12 weeks before you go. Plus, you can towards your Disney holiday anytime you like too.
#2 Why asking for a “cheap as possible” holiday is the worst thing you can do when searching for your Disney trip
When you’re in a restaurant and the waiter comes to take your order, you don’t ask for the cheapest item on the menu (unless it just happens to be what you want to eat). Therefore, you order what you actually want to eat. It’s exactly the same with your holiday. Some people will want a healthy salad, some a juicy steak and others an exotic spicy dish. If you’re served a bowl of plain rice whilst the people at the table next to you are tucking into a delicious meal, it’s going to make your choice seem very unwise and boring.
Sometimes the difference between a fantastic hotel with brilliant facilities and friendly staff is just a few pounds more per night compared to the “cheapest” hotel. Would you rather spend that little bit more to have a much better holiday or is “the cheaper the better” what you’re really looking for?
#3 Take reviews with a pinch of salt
Have you read so many TripAdvisor reviews you feel like you’ve already been there? And even if there are hundreds of amazing reviews, do you always focus on the one negative review? I generally find that the majority of negative reviews are from people who were unaware of the hotel they were actually booking. Our Magic Makers know every single Disney hotel inside and out. They’ll find the very best hotel for you.
More and more people now as using TripAdvisor reviews to try and get unwarranted compensation from hotels which skews all the positive reviews. Likewise, some hotels offer an in-resort reward for leaving a good review. Even worse, rival hotels and restaurants are known to leave bad reviews for good hotels to try and persuade customers to book with them instead. How do you know which are the real reviews?
Another point to remember is the best reviewed hotels on TripAdvisor tend to be middle-of-the-road chains where people have booked with low expectations, but have been pleasantly surprised.
We do the research for you to find the best hotel that’s right for you, regardless of what uninformed previous guests have written.
#4 Never, ever say “We’re not fussed”, “Anything will do” or “It just has to be cheap”
Think of Fairytale Holidays by Travel Counsellors as your travel problem solvers. Unfortunately, this kind of vague statement gives us almost nothing to go on. Would you go into a restaurant and just ask for food?
The more your personal Magic Maker know about what you like to do, the types of restaurants you love and your general expectations, the better holiday experience we can create for you. Just a little bit more information from yourself can have a massive impact on your Disney holiday. The more time and effort you put in, the better your holiday will be.
#5 The more we know about what you love, the better your Disney holiday is going to be
When we’ve asked people about their previous holidays booked elsewhere, the most common word has been “fine”.
“Fine” is good enough for your lunch break. “It’s Fine” is good enough your drive to work.
Fine is not good enough for your trip to Disney after saving a year or maybe more for it. In other words, by putting in a little bit of extra effort when requesting a quote or speaking with us, we can transform your holiday from “fine” to “amazing”. Isn’t that worth a little bit of extra effort?
#6 Be flexible
Sometimes by changing your dates by a few days or flying from another airport, you can save a fortune. If you can only fly from a certain local airport on exact dates and times, it will severely limit your choices.
#7 Make sure whatever you book, you’re protected
If you book your flights and accommodation separately, you have very little financial protection.
For example, if your flight is cancelled or delayed, the hotel you’ve booked separately are not obliged to move, change or even refund your booking. It’s the same for transfers and park tickets.
Your airline is quite limited on what they have to offer by law. Compensation is available, but in most cases, only if it’s the airlines fault. The majority of the time, flights are cancelled due to weather and strikes which are both out of the control of the airline and they can simply offer you a full refund. Last minute replacement flights will cost you a fortune and generally your refund would not cover these.
Many travel insurance policies have very strict and low limits on what they’ll cover in these circumstances.
We’ve been awarded an ATOL license. So, if your airline was to collapse (such as with Thomas Cook or Monarch for example), you’ll be repatriated back to the UK. Every penny of your holiday is safe and secure in our Travel Trust fund independently managed by Barclays Bank.
Our 24/7 Duty Office monitors events world-wide and are there just in case you should need them whilst you’re away. In the past year alone, they’ve helped our clients who have been affected by strikes, hurricanes, medical emergencies, Covid 19, freak weather, volcanoes, drones and the collapse of Thomas Cook. Isn’t that good to know?