A Disney vacation is pricey, even if you stick to the bare minimum: tickets, lodging, and food. Once you start adding the many extras Disney offers, the numbers can really add up. For many people, though, a true vacation isn’t worth the money unless it’s a bit of a splurge. After all, vacations are meant to be relaxing and refreshing. Of course, Disney isn’t exactly known for its bargain pricing. Many of their “special offers” or vacation options aren’t a good deal at all. If you’re looking for a way to kick your Disney World vacation up a notch, here are a few add-on ideas that are actually worth the money.
1. A Fireworks Cruise
Disney World offers several different fireworks cruises for both the Illuminations show at Epcot and the Wishes show at Magic Kingdom. The Illuminations cruise costs around $325 and holds up to 10 people. You get your own pontoon boat with driver, plus snacks, water, and soft drinks. If you prefer, a full meal can be ordered for an additional cost.
The Wishes cruises are offered in two different price levels: basic and premium. They both include a pontoon boat and driver, snacks, water, and soft drinks. There are two main differences between the two, however: the basic cruise only seats eight guests while the premium seats 10, and the premium cruise includes music that’s piped in to accompany the show.
The basic cruise is around $300, and the premium costs around $350. These prices may seem a bit steep, but if you break it down by person, it’s quite affordable–especially for Disney standards. If you fill the boats up with ten people, the price is only $35 a piece, plus tip and tax. For that cost, you get a memorable experience, a quiet, uncrowded viewing area with your loved ones, a personal driver, and refreshments for the trip.
2. In-Room Decorations and Gifts
If someone in your party is celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, Disney Floral and Gifts can deliver something directly to your room and have it set up when you arrive. You can also choose something like a princess package just to make the trip a bit more special for someone in your group.
As you probably can imagine, some of these packages can be exorbitant, but others are reasonably priced. The “A Wish Come True” package, for example, is a romantic package offered for couples at Disney World. The perks of this package are offered over the course of two days. On the first day, a bouquet of thirteen roses is delivered to your room. The thirteenth rose is sprinkled with “pixie dust” for a bit of a Disney touch. The next day, the room is sprinkled with rose petals and candles, and a gift is left behind. This includes a Swarovski crystal/silver-plated bracelet with charms; a “fairy tale” wand; a poem; and a tray with champagne flutes, sparkling cider, and some chocolates.
At $365 plus tax, this package isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s well worth the price for most couples but especially for honeymooners or those who are celebrating a special anniversary.
Other reasonably priced items include Christmas stockings filled with goodies for about $75 and numerous floral bouquet options that are priced comparably to regular florists.