A cold boozy drink in your hand, your feet in white powdery sand.
Island music piped in, your kids big cheesy grin.
Drop you kids at the club, back to the room for some love.
No cooking or cleaning for you, this is not your normal zoo.
Do you fantasize over the thought of going on a Disney Cruise? I still do. Our trip on the Disney Dream was easily one of the best vacations ever. (Second only to Beaches Turks and Caicos. More on that another time)
As a Florida Resident, discounts on Disney Cruise Line await. Disney Cruise Line cruises can often times double the cost of other notable cruise lines. And yes, people pay for it. Why do people pay more for the Disney Cruise Line? Simple. Because other cruise lines don’t come close to offering the same experience as Disney. I’ve been on all the best. The Disney Cruise Line is my absolute favorite.
- The staterooms are designed for families: larger and pristine. They even have bath tubs.
- Disney Service! Smiling helpful faces everywhere you look. The ships are immaculately maintained and cast members go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. “Have a magical day!”
- The food is phenomenal. You visit a different restaurant each night. Which all have a different theme and entertainment surprises. Top that off with our amazing servers who literally cut the food on our kid’s plates, and made silly hats out of napkins.
- Entertainment is top notch. Nightly shows and deck parties are every bit as good as their epic movies and park entertainment.
- You can bring your own alcohol! Visit the policy from my friends at Cruise Critic, you will see this is a rarity.
- KIDS CLUB. I saved the best for last. Your kids will become obsessed with using the kids club. You’ve read it before. I’m here to confirm. For a family getaway, I didn’t plan to use it much because the boat, excursions and destinations have so much to offer, that we wanted to enjoy together. Plus, I’ve turned my nose up at the kid’s clubs on other cruise lines. But my kid was having the freaking time of her life in there. Plus, they give you a phone to use so you can check in anytime.
I could gush, truly I can go on and on about all the magical details. All the amenities that make traveling with young kids easier and more enjoyable. From the art classes offered to youngsters to the room service cookies and milk. The AcquaDuck (water slide) to the bed that magically descends from the ceiling. I’m stopping I promise. Since the Florida Resident season is here, I’m going to get to the nitty gritty on how to get it!
Disney Cruise: Florida Resident Discounts
So, just like other cruise lines, as the sail date approaches, Disney looks to fill its remaining staterooms by offering discounts to Florida residents. Us lucky locals that don’t need to go to extremes to get to the dock. So as the sailing dates approach they start to discount dream vacations. Here’s the best way to take advantage of the Disney Cruise: Florida Resident Discount.
Using the Disney Cruise website:
- Search Florida Resident
- Select “Special Rates for Florida Residents”.
- A list will pop up of Sail Dates for the year. Ignore it. Instead, click the little blue button on the left “See All Eligible” click “Book Now”.
- Update your party size (only the people you are paying for).
- In just a few seconds you will see a list of upcoming dates. Right now there are dates that go all the way to June. Some of these prices will continue to drop as the dates get nearer and there are staterooms available.
- The key to getting the best price is holding out, without missing out!
- Book your vacation on the site and scramble to the sail date!
- You will have to provide proof of residency through a simple fax within 48 hours after you book your reservation.
BONUS TIP: Those in our group with jobs put in requests for time off covering a few sets of dates even though we would only be utilizing one set. I’ve yet to meet an employer that won’t let you cancel time off, a last minute request for time off is a different story.
Our Florida Resident Disney Cruise
Our group of families toyed with the idea for a few months and watched the rates/weather/our schedule. We targeted a few long weekends, focusing on a 3-night Bahama cruise. Staying in the Bahamas also meant we didn’t need passports. Another time and cost savings. Cha-ching!
The closer the dates got the less our chances of a big score became. We ultimately booked our room about 7 days out, in mid-April, and paid $2,100 including taxes AND insurance for a family of 4 on a 3 night cruise in balcony stateroom. Our friends held out until 4 days before and paid the same. I’ve since learned the best time period of getting a $1,500 bracket is more like January/February. Even though it’s the Caribbean, those waters are still a bit nippy for me.
Ultimately, it was easily one of the best vacations ever, and I hope to do it again soon in the near future. See Ya real soon!
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