Archive for August, 2014

This was our dream vacation (well mostly mine as I am a BIG Disney fan). I thought I would document this process and the trip into separate posts. This will hopefully help me in the future when I’m ready to go back, and hopefully help anyone else who is looking for information. And I find it would be helpful to document each day so that when I finally get around to scrapbooking this, this will help me organize the album in some kind of order!

So we finally decided to take the plunge and go to DisneyWorld. Since it’s on the East Coast, we knew it was going to be expensive in terms of flights.

So I decided to do some research. Leaving from Vancouver, BC, there are no direct flights to Orlando. There would always be a layover, which results in a minimum 7.5 + hour day, not including having to be at the airport at least 3 hours in advance since it was considered an “international” flight. If I ever have to do a layover during a flight from Canada to the USA, I will ALWAYS do the layover in the US and not in Canada. The reason is if I need to take a connecting flight in Canada, I would have to leave the plane, collect my luggage, then go through customs before being able to board my plane. If my flight is late arriving, then it can cause all kinds of panic of whether I’ll catch my connector.

If I were to do a layover in the USA, I would’ve already gone through customs in Vancouver. So when I connect the in US, I would just have to find my gate. Since my luggage was already checked, the airlines would just pass it along to the correct flight (hopefully), so there is virtually no fuss to catch the connector.

With that being said, I did NOT want a flight that had a layover since I had my two daughters with me. Though they are 12 and 9, it is still a lot of stress with getting them off the plane with all their belongings, running to a new gate and boarding again.

So I looked to see if there were direct flights from Seattle, WA (our closest big US airport) to Orlando. I lucked out and found that there were some direct flights so it would only be 5 hours + the 2 hours arrival prior to departure.

When I compared prices, it would cost approximately CAD$2800 (for four passengers) to fly from Vancouver to Orlando (with 1 layover). If I were to fly from Seattle to Orlando (direct), it would cost USD$1800. Since Seattle is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver, I had to factor in the cost of a hotel room and long-term parking.

After much research, I decided on the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Centre as they had a Stay and Go rate. for USD$180 per night, they offered 10 days of parking included. plus they offered a shuttle to and from the hotel. So I booked one night at the start of our trip and one night at the end of our trip. Combined, it gave me 20 days of parking (I needed 18 days), plus this was a bonus as we had to be at the airport by 7:30am, and we wouldn’t arrive back until 11pm on the return flight (though technically it would be 2am since we would be still on East Coast time).

For this additional $360+ cost! it was still worth it to do the 3 hour drive to Seattle and back. As we were able to go down the night before, it gave us a chance to relax in the morning and not stress about leaving in the middle of the night and whether we would arrive at the airport in time. Also, this took care of parking for us so we didn’t have to worry about finding a airport parking lot. The best thing was that we were able to come back and be rested prior to making the drive home the next day at our leisure. Who wants to be making a 3 hour drive when you’ve been up for almost 18 hours?! We were already exhausted at the end of the trip when we got back to the hotel, and were happy that we didn’t have to worry about falling asleep at the wheel.


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