Summer of 2013, Disneyland Vacation with Grandma and Grandpa
Are you planning a trip to Disney sometime soon? What about a trip to Southern California? Well, check out our tips and experiences and find a coupon code too for more money off your trip!
Well, either way, we wanted to share this thrifty tip with you for this specific travel!
We live in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., so when you are a family and you want a vacation, it often leads to somewhere in Southern California, and often Disney makes it on the list. Despite Alex’s groaning, the rest of the family likes to go to Disneyland.
In fact, we went in our unthrifty days in 2001. Shortly after we got married. It was part of the “Show Me Just How Much Debt We Can Get Into“ stage. As an “unthrifty” traveller, a trip to So. Cal and Disneyland was not cheap! In fact, during that trip – we will call it what it really was: “Debt-land.”
Well, several years later after we paid off over $100K in debt, we had a goal to take our family to Disneyland as the first vacation after becoming debt-free. Our kids really wanted to go and we really wanted to take them!
You can bet your bottom dollar that we shopped around this time and were determined to get the absolute best deal! This a few years ago. I spent many hours and much time to get the best prices on everything.
When I put together my “own” package by getting hotel here, tickets there, etc. I had my total price in hand. Well, I decided to stack this up against travel agents and companies to see if they could do better.
I contacted several different agencies, but one of them was one that is headquartered in our backyard – Get Away Today.
Well, to make a long researching story short…… we ended up buying our Disneyland package through Get Away Today.
They ended up having the best prices that I could find on my own by piecing together the best of the best on my own. In fact, going with an all-in-one package with them, vs. piece by piece myself, it was around $11 cheaper!
I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but more than just it being cheaper by $11…. they had free gifts for the kids, all of the reservations done by them in an easy package that required very little work, transportation, transfers, coupons, cancellation refund and even extra Disney perks that only come with booking through a company or Disney directly – but at the lowest price through Get Away Today!
Now, the nice thing about what they do is find the best prices based on what you want and they are personal, friendly, easy to work with and very helpful! Their website is one of the easiest to use, which is GREAT because I spent lots of time on their site by trying several different options to see what came out on top!
Basically, what we wanted was a “good neighbor” hotel as this was much cheaper than a Disney hotel (but they also have the best prices on those, they are just naturally more!), a hotel within walking distance, as well as shuttle so we had both options. A free breakfast, family perks and swimming.
We also kept our dates flexible, which is just another step in getting the absolute best price!
In the end, our trip was a HUGE success! It was fun, stress-free, all as planned and we received everything without a hitch. We had one of the easiest trips in terms of planning and executing because we bought a package, which is always a plus – but even better, it was cheaper!
Get Away Today specializes in Disneyland trips. They have been around for a while and so they now have many destinations globally and Southern California in general. We do not know if they are the cheapest and best for the rest of the destinations since we have not traveled to those since knowing about them, but since they have a great reputation for Disneyland and millions of satisfied travelers, it is probably going to be one of the best deals for other trips too! But of course, you can always double check this with simple searches on their site.
Head to their site HERE to see all of the Destinations and Options
One comment I wanted to make on this topic. Last year, Grandma and Grandpa took us to Disneyland. I was in charge of the package since my parents trust and know my deal hunting skills. Since it had been several years since traveling with Get Away Today, I did the same process of finding the best deals for what our requirements are and then searching many package and individual options on Get Away Today.
Again, we were actually going to get tickets and more from Get Away Today as it was again cheaper than anything else I could find. But at the last minute, there was only one option that was better.
My parents went back to school when all the kids left the house as adults. Well, my mom had entered an academic competition and the nationals competition was in Anaheim, CA. Because hundreds of students were coming into Anaheim, CA for this competition, the association putting the competition on received a big discount for theme park tickets by reserving hundreds of them. So we ended up getting our tickets through this association this time, but the only way we could get it was in my mom’s name and she had to show proof that she was one of the contestants in the competition as well as photo i.d. These tickets were the only tickets that were cheaper than any dozens of other options we found.
I took this to be encouraging that although we didn’t use them last year when Grandma and Grandpa took us due to the special circumstances, in the future, this is what we will be doing as the competition discount was once in a lifetime (the association goes to a different location each year – we just lucked out that it was Anaheim and that she was a contestant)!
Get Away Today has lots of different specials and discounts depending on the month! They also have some great ways to reserve prices and pay slowly (lay away plan) and many other ways to get a deal and not break your budget.
See their current specials HERE
We contacted Get Away Today to see if they have any extra specials that we can share with you exclusively! Well, they decided to give us a coupon code to save another $10 off your package to So. Cal! That’s great because we didn’t even have that!
By the way – Get Away Today has a “best price” guarantee – which means that if you find a better price (other than a special circumstance like the one mentioned above), they will not only match it but BEAT IT! YAY!
*As far as we know, this coupon code is good for life as long as you use it! They will honor this code for you no matter when you book!
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