If you’re planning a trip to sunny Orlando then you’re likely wondering how to get the best Orlando vacation packages possible. As a resident of Florida, you may know that you’re eligible for certain discounts but not know how to get them. We’ve come up with a simple guide that helps you compare the options available to you as a Florida resident. Read on to get the details and then make an informed decision before booking your package.
Disney World Orlando vacation packages for Florida residents
First, let’s discuss the available Disney discounts for Florida residents. They offer a discount on the hotels within their property. This discount can be as much as 25% but remember one very important thing: It’s likely still much more expensive than the price you’d pay at just about any of the other Orlando Florida hotels. Disney boosts their prices for on-site hotels significantly and you can save as much as 88% by staying in an off-site hotel.
Next, let’s consider discounted Disney World theme park tickets for Florida residents. Depending on how many says you want to visit and whether or not everyone in your party is a Florida resident, you may or may not benefit from Disney’s discounted ticket prices. Typically, the tickets they offer to Florida residents do come at a significant discount but they’re very specific tickets. For example, they may only allow admission on weekdays, and there are almost always many weeks that are blacked out for use.
On the other hand, discounted tickets available to everyone can be almost as affordable and come with no restrictions at all. Plus, when you look at the savings available in Orlando vacation packages that include theme park tickets, then you can save a significant amount compared to booking at area Orlando Florida hotels and buying your theme park tickets separately.
Conclusion: The best way to save on Disney World Orlando packages is to buy your room and theme park tickets from a single company like Orlandovacation.com. Not only can we provide excellent discounts and a large variety of Orlando Florida hotels to choose from, but our associates can help you through the entire planning process.
Universal Orlando vacation packages for Florida residents
As is true for the Disney packages, Universal Orlando vacation packages are typically more affordable than buying Florida resident tickets to the theme parks. You can get discounts on Universal hotels, but only their top-priced properties. If you want to pay hundreds of dollars per night for an average-sized hotel room, then that’s the way to go.
On the other hand, for the same price – or even less – than you’d pay for that on-property room, you can rent much larger Orlando Florida hotels or even a vacation home. Then buy discounted theme park tickets. Once again, if you buy from a single company and choose a package, you’ll get the best overall prices. For example, we find that our clients save 12% on average when they book a package with us, versus booking everything separately.
Getting the best deal on Orlando vacation packages: Consider what type of tickets you really need
One of the best ways you can immediately save up to $80 per theme park ticket is to choose base tickets. For both Disney World and Universal, a base ticket gives you access to a single park per day of your ticket. Walt Disney World includes free Fast Pass+, which allows you to skip the line, while Universal’s Express Pass costs another $99+.
Both parks offer park hopper or park-to-park access, which means you can visit more than one park per day. For example, if you got a four-day park-hopper for Disney World, you could start the morning off in the Magic Kingdom and then head to EPCOT for dinner. While this sounds like a lot of fun, there’s one thing to keep in mind: About three out of four people who visit Disney World add the park hopper, but only 60% of them use it.
The good news is that you don’t have to make a final decision before you book your trip. Why? Because both parks allow you to add these options on at the parks. That’s why we recommend that you book base tickets and see if you really need park hoppers or park-to-park tickets. If you do, then go to the closest customer service counter and they can add it for you. It won’t cost a cent more than it would have if you’d added them in advance.