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Old 08-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Room only vs booking room and ticket package

What are the pros and cons of booking a room only versus booking a room and ticket package? My wife and I are discussing how we want to book the vacation.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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If you want the dining plan, you have to book a package. The package also comes with some coupons, like for the arcade or mini-golf.

If you don't care about the dining plan, you can still book a package or a room-only (RO). Here are the differences:

1) Deposit: Packages require a $200 deposit. RO is one night's stay, which can be more or less than $200.

2) Pay in full: Packages must be paid in full no later than 45 days of arrival. RO may be paid in full on check-in.

3) Cancellation: Packages may be cancelled for a full refund before the 45 day mark, or there is a graduated penalty. RO may be cancelled for a full refund up to 5 days before arrival; after that, you lose the deposit.

4) Tickets: Unless you have an AP or are a DVC member, you must buy at least a one-day base ticket for a package (2 days if it's free dining). For RO, you don't have to buy tickets at all through Disney; you can get them through an authorized reseller like Undercover Tourist for a small discount.

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