Credit Cards, Flight Cost, Hotel Cost, Travel, Travel Cost

We’re taking a slight detour from the subject of Disney trip planning with this series of posts.  The other half of the Back to the Mouse trip planning duo, Nancy (who is usually the creative force behind our Instagram photos), shares her experiences traveling to Italy last fall.

Florence, Italy has been number one on my travel wishlist ever since I was in college.  I minored in Art History, and one of my all-time favorite classes was focused on Renaissance and Baroque architecture, with overviews of the most significant buildings in Italy.… Read the rest

Travel, Travel Cost

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

Our trip that was booked at the last minute (well, a week out) ended without too much drama.  After dropping off the rental car, we found the Southwest counter without any issues and checked in for our flight.  We dropped our bags off and headed to the food court for lunch.  After lunch, we headed through the TSA PreCheck line with no issues.  I noticed the regular security lines were pretty long though.  Then we headed on the mini monorail to our gate.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a concierge stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  Nothing on the new ships but lots of choices near San Juan and Galveston.  There’s even one from San Diego!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Concierge Price Concierge PPD
5-Night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York to San Juan. 5 November 26 2017 Disney Magic New York New York $5,620.52 $1,124.10
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a verandah stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan, but there are two Fantasy and one Dream sailing.  They are leaving soon though!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Verandah Price Verandah PPD
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an oceanview stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan.  I think a lot of people canceled their scheduled cruises and these cheap prices are guaranteed rates.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port  Oceanview Price   Oceanview PPD 
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an inside stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan.  I think a lot of people canceled their scheduled cruises and these cheap prices are guaranteed rates.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Inside Price Inside PPD
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Parks, Flight Cost, Ticket Cost, Travel Cost

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

We usually take a family trip each summer.  For various reasons this past summer, we hadn’t planned anything and the days were beginning to wear on us.  So, with less than 7 days notice, we decided to plan a trip to Walt Disney World at the end of August 2017 for a long weekend.  Here is how we did it!

Flights

We knew we weren’t going to get to Orlando for a long weekend by driving, since that requires a good twelve hour drive each way.  Airline ticket prices for the next weekend (leaving on Friday, returning on Monday) were running around $340 per person.  We looked at some alternate airports, but the price was approximately the same.   I feel that’s a bit too much for a quick weekend getaway.  I checked American Airlines to see if I could use points, but there were no awards available at the saver level.  We didn’t have enough Chase Ultimate Reward points to transfer to United Airlines to get flights with United either, despite having the United MileagePlus Explorer card.… Read the rest

Hotel Cost, Travel, Travel Cost

Prior to a recent quick trip to Walt Disney World, we were searching for a cheap hotel room.  We had used most of our hotel points up planning future trips, so we were limited to using Hyatt Points or paying for a room.  A quick scan of the Hyatt website showed the Hyatt Place Orlando / Convention Center had availability for the three nights we needed.  The Hyatt Place is a Category 2 Hyatt property, which means it costs 8,000 points a night for a standard room.  We had just enough points to book it.  We have stayed at various Hyatt properties before and found them to be fairly good.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a concierge stateroom as of October 6, 2017.  Lots of good choices on the older ships.  There are no sailings on the new ship in the top ten.  You’ll also notice none of these seem to match up with any school breaks. 

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Concierge Price Concierge Price Per Night
5-Night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a verandah stateroom as of October 6, 2017.  The list has moved around a little bit.  There’s a good mix of ships represented on this list, including some longer sailings.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Verandah Price Verandah Price Per Night
5-Night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York to San Juan. 5 November 26 2017 Disney Magic New York New York $3,057.88 $611.58
7-Night Halloween on the High Seas Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral.
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