There are money-saving tips and tricks, even at Walt Disney World. What are they? Do you have secrets to share? In what ways does your family save money? Where can you cut back?
I don't have much to contribute to this discussion, but I did learn a few things in the course of my PR/Press weekend at Disney that I can pass on:
- There are affordable on-site properties. At less than $100 a night, the All-Star hotels also offer all the advantages of being on site (Magic Hours, transportation, Disney magic).
- The longer you stay, the more affordable your park tickets become. If you take a week-long vacation, your per-day price is going to be much less than a shorter trip.
- This isn't so much budget as value, but what I kept hearing over and over again was to enjoy your vacation. Don't run yourself ragged every day, because you are thinking about the money that you are spending on park tickets. Focus on the overall experience.
- Figure out your budget (for food, souvenirs, etc) and use cash. You are much less likely to overspend.
- To cure your children of that affliction that seems to strike in every souvenir shop (which is a part of any trip we've taken), give them responsibility over their budget. Figure out how much you would spend on extras, and give it to them. When I did that with my nine-year-old last summer, it saved a lot of fighting, debating, and begging.
- I know that some people won't buy into this, but I read this somewhere, specifically about a Disney vacation. The mom bought a lot of Disney items--T-shirts, hats, figurines--before her trip (at a discount store). She gave her children one "souvenir" each night of their vacation.
Next week's topic is Disney Hotels and Resorts. Tell us specifics--where do you stay? Why do you choose to stay there? Are there any non-Disney owned properties that you would recommend? If you've stayed in several properties, I would love to read a run-down of each of them.
People did link up throughout the week last week, so if you didn't read through all of the entries about Planning Your Trip, you might want to check back. Thank you all for linking up and sharing your experiences in the comments. The posts are full of websites, books, and planning strategies that will benefit each of us in future planning.
Last week I offered up a prize, and the winner is Lisa (Goldeelox) from Life, Love & Craziness. She's currently planning a Disney honeymoon and wedding, so I hope that I can offer her something from amazon to make it even more special.
If you would like to share your tips for Disney on a Budget (and I hope you do), please link up to the specific post on your blog, or leave some of your favorite tips or a favorite money saving experience in the comments.