For Canadians wanting to go to Disney, travel just became a lot easier. With borders opening up and the tourism world slowly returning to a sense of normalcy, Disney World is calling - and Canadians are answering. Before booking the trip, however, there are some steps that one can take in order to make it as smooth and hassle-free as possible.
From what to pack to what to expect when flying, we've got a guide that's perfectly suited for all of those who are traveling from Canada to Florida. Whether one has questions regarding the vaccine requirements or how to deal with currency conversations, this is a one-stop shop for all things regarding Disney trips from the friendly Northern Territory. There might even be a few things in this guide that travelers haven't thought of!
Passport & Vaccine Requirements From Canada To U.S. Travel
It's important to know that vaccinated travelers are permitted to cross the border from Canada into the U.S. and back now, as of April 1st, 2022. Additionally, this also declares that travelers entering Canada by air, land, or water are no longer required to present a negative pre-entry test.
The ArriveCAN app is still required for entry within 72 hours.
Those who are unvaccinated should go through the virtual checklist by Canada's travel authority to determine if they are eligible at all to cross the border. Additionally, travelers should have a plan in place regarding potential quarantine if they come back with a negative test upon their return. For vaccinated travelers, a boarding pass, passport, and proof of vaccine are necessary for flights between the U.S. and Canada.
Tips For Booking Flights From Canada To Disney (Florida)
Some might argue that it's better to drive into the states for those who live close enough to the border, and then board a flight from the U.S. to Florida. However, this also brings with it its own problem such as the extra travel and time it takes to cross one land border before even boarding the plane. In reality, this option has potential for those who are looking to save some money and have the extra day or so to spend driving before flying. For those who don't mind the cost of flying directly out of Canada, it's not necessarily something to consider.
One of the best things that travelers from Canada can do when it comes to booking a flight into the U.S. is to consistently follow pricing. Alerts can be set for travel sites, which will help travelers get a feel for the ebb and flow of pricing and what is considered to be a 'deal.' Obviously, this requires knowing in advance when one is traveling - thus, being flexible is also a great way to take advantage of a deal that arises.
Travelers can save up to $1,000 in some cases if they manage to book a flight at the right time. Therefore, being flexible with dates is the best option - so planning a Disney trip in advance is a great money-saver.
Tips For Disney Planning, From Deals To All-Inclusive Bookings
Everyone should be on the lookout for Disney deals, but Canadians, especially, should keep an eye out. Considering the conversion rate (below) between CAD and USD, scoring great deals for Disney can mean the difference between blowing the budget and actually saving some money. Canadians can check Walt Disney World Discounts for updated news regarding deals, but should also consider booking within the Disney resort system and taking advantage of dining plans.
When travelers book a Disney resort, they also get the option of a dining meal plan which is a great way to save money on food during the vacation. Additionally, it just takes the stress out of trying to coordinate hotels, transportation to and from the hotel, and meals that are not included in hotel pricing. This is also the key to avoiding exchange rates that could potentially confuse travelers and leave them with less in their budget than originally planned; when everything is included in a grand Disney experience, it becomes a stress-free stay.
The CAD to USD conversion rate is as follows: $1 CAD = $0.78 USD. For example, $10 CAD will only be $7.76. USD, losing three dollars and change during the currency exchange.
Tips On The Best Time For Canadians To Visit Disney
The great thing about visiting Disney from Canada is the fact that Canadians are already well-versed in cold and inclement weather (for the most part). The friendly neighbors to the north of the U.S. don't have a reputation for adjusting to winter weather easily for no reason, and this is definitely something to take advantage of. While Florida's cooler weather would typically be something most people avoid when visiting Disney, it's something that Canadians can embrace - and can save some serious bucks while doing so.
This is especially easy thanks to the fact that Disney's current 50th Anniversary Celebration is ongoing for 18 months, and will continue through the winter of 2022 and into the spring of 2023. Therefore, there's plenty of time for Canadians to plan their vacations, budget accordingly, and experience all of the magic that the Disney Parks have to offer!