Just came back from WDW this past Thurs. Stayed 4/4 - 4/12 and we rented points to stay at VWL.
Not going to do a whole trip report, but just thought I give some observations at going to Disney at one of the busiest times of the year! Now we’ve been in the summer, Thanksgiving, 4th of July and Christmas time - but the crowds leading up to Easter Sunday were the biggest we’ve seen!
We arrived the Thurs before Easter - just love Magical Express. Love the freedom of just getting off the plane & getting on the bus to the resort. Flew JetBlue and had a great experience there too. Got to WL at 10:30am. I had done online check-in and our room was ready with the keys already printed out in our packet.
Now besides renting points - which saved us a whole lot of $ during a holiday week, I did a few other things to save a few bucks. I purchased our park tix thru Undercover Tourist last year - so I was able to buy tix before the prices went up this year. (At check-in the CM was able to add these tix to our room key/dining plan/charging card, so we only had to carry around 1 card each.
Another money saving tip was on my dining plan. Since DD11 now has to pay adult prices the dining plan was much more expensive for us this year. Although she’s very small for her age, the dining plan was still a good option for us. She hated the limited choices on the kids plan, so she was so happy to be able to order adult options. So anyway -on another board I read about the Target RedCard. The card is used as a debit card & is linked right to your checking account. When using the card you get 5% off all purchase (including all gift cards, other than Target cards) Also, if you use their pharmacy for your prescriptions you get another 5% coupon that you can add to the other 5%. So…I purchased $1,025.00 of Disney Gift Cards to put towards my dining plan & got 10% off them! It wasn’t a problem at all except the poor girl I rented the points from is the one who had to read all the card #'s over the phone to the Disney CM to add the plan for me!