With the release of the 2020 package deals we ask the question, are Disney packages actually worth it?
Let’s assume we are two adults wanting to go Disneyland Paris for a short 4 day / 3 night break in the early Summer. Arriving on Monday 8th June, departing Thursday 11th June 2020.
We headed over to the Disneyland Paris website to get a quote. They currently have a deal with up to 20% off hotel and ticket packages plus free dining and a free €100 gift card.
For this experiment we have chosen the Newport Bay Club Hotel. The package for three nights accommodation in a standard room and a four day park pass for two guest at a cost of £1131.97. This include free half board dining which includes hotel breakfast and one meal at a selected table service or buffet restaurants plus the €100 gift card.
So our target is £1131.97. Can I find a better price by booking this myself.
Firstly I head over to Hotels.com to see if any room only rates are available on there. I find they have the same standard room for £716.00 (room only). They did have a rate including park tickets at a cost of £1339, but £623 for two four day park tickets seems very expensive.
So having got the room sorted I now want to check out park tickets. So I tried going to Disneyland Paris’ website to buy tickets but this was actually down, so I looked elsewhere. My next port of call was the Visit Hub Disneyland Paris Ticket Finder.
Piqniq offer discounted tickets so I could get a four day ticket for £208.50pp (discounted from £219 on the DLP website) but I also found I could use the Discovery Annual Pass on these days. The Discovery Annual Pass is €179 or about £155. So the tickets are going to cost £310 for the two of us.
So with the hotel at a cost of £716 and the hotel and tickets at £310 we have now spent £1026. To purchase a hotel breakfast and a table service or buffet in the parks is going to cost around £360 for two guests at full price. So booking the same deal separately actually costs £1386. So in this instance you would save around £250 by purchasing the package with Disney direct, plus you would get that extra €100 spending money.
We did do the same experiment with the Santa Fe hotel, which is a value hotel. With this deal you do get a free hotel breakfast rather than the half board and this package cost £859.39 on the DLP website.
We did actually beat the Disneyland Paris price for this three night break with the total cost coming out at £842 but when you factor the free €100 gift card it is probably worth splashing out on the extra £17.39 by booking with Disneyland direct.
I actually think that the Disneyland Paris dining package can be really good value for money. When they offer it as part of a hotel and tickets package it going to make the deal hard to beat. If you are booking a value hotel which only come with free breakfast you do have the option to upgrade this half board which I would recommend as it will save you money if you are planning to go to a buffet or table service restaurant.
So are these packages worth it?
I think the answer is yes. Disney owned resort hotels are more expensive, you are paying a premium to stay on site. In this example the ‘value’ Santa Fe hotel works out at £144 per night and the Newport Bay Club hotel is £239 per night (room only). I would always compare options just outside the resort where you can pay around £100 a night room only. In fact we found the Ibis Budget at Val d’Europe for just under £80 per night.
All things considered this is a fairly good deal when you get free dining, but it’s always worth shopping around to check!