I often find myself scrolling through the ShopDisney site and adding a bunch of items I love to my basket, only to realize I don’t have enough to get free shipping and I don’t want to add a bunch of items I don’t need or pay $8 for shipping. So I had an idea. If I can make all my purchases at major Disney outlets in large amounts, I can guarantee I don’t pay shipping and I’m able to maximize my discounts.
The concept is this. It’s a monthly subscription box that’s completely customized to the subscriber. I’ll take your sizes, your favorites, the things you collect and customize your purchase to you. You can subscribe for as much or as little money wise as you like (above a floor amount), and get boxes catered specifically to you.
I’ve floated this idea around in my head a few times, but have worried about logistics, so I’m proposing this. I’ll do a first run for some volunteer guinea pigs, so I can figure out my own shipping costs, time constraints, and what kind of savings I’m able to provide with this approach. I may add on site Disney Parks buyers at some point, but for now it’ll just me. Guinea pigs will need to agree to any terms I may set and prepay for their first box (I won’t require a binding subscription for this test run). I’m not going to guarantee (probably never will) any set savings (or even that I can save you anything, but I’m hoping I can), but what you get is a box that’s completely suited to your personal tastes (hopefully) rather than the cookie cutter subscription boxes currently on the market.
Shoot me an email at email@example.com or DM me on Twitter if you’d be interested in being part of the test run.
So, the big rumor this week (at least at our house, my wife and I high fived) is that alcoholic beverages will be added to the Disney Dining Plan for 2018. Under the new plans, guests will be able to choose between one non-alcoholic specialty drink or alcoholic beverage per meal. Obviously, we’re probably going to see a price hike, but since I was going to be paying more to get alcohol anyway, we cool.
Alas, against our initial hopes, I still can’t use all those snack credits to drink around the world in Epcot.
We’re traveling in 2018, so I actually haven’t had a chance to crunch the real numbers for our trip. 2018 packages will be able towards the end of this month (June 2017) and we should be able to delve into the numbers for 2018 at that point. For now, I’ve still been going off of 2017 prices and just assuming a 3-5% hike in those numbers.
You can go through and pull numbers direct from Disney’s site, but when I’m crunching data and building spreadsheets and what not, I prefer to just go to WDWinfo and get all the beautiful data in one place.
You can find 2017 resort rates here:
(Note that depending on where you stay, you might be able to get a discount on your resort)
2017 Dining Plan Costs are here:
2017 Ticket prices are here:
With Pandora opening recently, and Toy Story Land opening in 2018, expect prices to take another decent jump, and probably another one in 2019, with Star Wars Land coming down the pipe.
All in all, these numbers are a pretty good place to start and to get idea of what kind of budget you need to have.