|so the story goes...
Many moons ago, before the wee-ones were
born...a young couple (that's us) booked our first trip to Walt Disney
World together. However circumstances would lead us to change our vacation
plans (and our airline tickets) to another destination to visit far-away relatives
Several years later we would finally make
it to the magic...however, this was for
our first child's 5th Birthday! Would you believe it? How time flies!
As you might guess, we were hooked!
Our 4th trip was just a few months
ago...(and we miss it already!) That time around, we had 3 offspring in
On a whim...after a brief
period of coercion tactics on my part, I convinced the boss (my wife) that
we had a rare opportunity to make a quick escape to that magical world
without the children! As part of my negotiation (begging), I conceded that we could make
this trip very inexpensive.
Seeing how "cheap" we could do this
trip became a fun "challenge" for us. Here are some tricks we were
able to take advantage of in order to make this quick trip reasonably:
- My Annual Pass (specifically
purchased for our Nov. 2005 trip, and never expected to use it again)
was expiring soon, so this dictated our travel dates. Luckily, the dates
seemed to "align with the planets" because many things fell to our favor
for the weekend we chose.
- AP discount - for whatever reason,
there seemed to be a lot of availability of AP discounts for the weekend
we chose (April 1st & 2nd). And the discounts were good! We were able to
book a garden room at the Contemporary for a very reasonable rate. (Make
sure you visit
www.mousesavers.com!) Although not the cheapest choice, a
monorail resort was desirable to make our travel time during this
blitzkrieg of a trip minimal.
- Skymiles - finally I had enough
miles saved from past trips to purchase my round-trip ticket for $5!
Yeah! To top it off, my wife's ticket was the lowest we've ever had
for a round-trip ticket to Orlando. That was nice!
- Disney's Magical Express is FREE -
since it's only a weekend, and there's no kids in tow...we will forego
the checking of luggage. This will make our airport time minimal and our
Magical Express travel uncomplicated. (Update: we did check a bag
for the trip there, since it was basically carrying our next
day's clothes, etc. It was waiting for us in our room when we returned
late that night.)
- Since our trip is so short, we
opted to save and not get the Hopper option on my wife's ticket this
time around. Our big plans are to spend our first day in Epcot - and
really enjoy the World Showcase that we so often "skip-over" when with
the kids...and stay for Illuminations for our first time! Of course, day
2 will be at the Magic Kingdom, if we "hop" anywhere, it will be to Downtown
Disney. (Update: This worked out perfect...we did see so much
more at Epcot than we normally see with the kids in tow. It was really
nice to be able to really explore the countries.)
Now, I have to confess, we won't be
entirely offspring-free. Again, we'll be traveling to WDW
while my wife is pregnant...though much less pregnant than
our 2004 trip...