Disney World Debt Free: How To Save $2,357 On A Luxury Vacation


Disney World Debt FreeIf you’re a breathing American you probably have a desire to go to Walt Disney World at least once in your life. If you’ve got children, that desire is substantially escalated thanks to tricky marketing efforts aimed directly at your child. I mean, trundling down Main Street USA toward that big old Castle is an American rite of passage! If you don’t want to go to Disney World, you’re probably a communist and you should stop reading now.

Now that the commies have left us, let’s get down to business. Disney World is freakin’ expensive. Tickets are sky high, hotel prices are crazy, food costs are through the roof and then you got to fly or drive to get there! And once you’re there you’ll wanna buy stuff…it all just adds up quickly.

Wallet clutchers rejoice: never fear, the Small World Ninja is here. Grab those calculators and buckle up –  we’re going to shave some serious money off the cost of an epic Disney vacation.

Imagine having the time of your life with your family as you glide through Disney World – crowds are low, weather is great, memories are being made – knowing you did it debt free. No credit card bills to come home to, no interest payments. Just a fabulous dream vacation you’ll cherish forever.

For starters, if you told me you wanted to have a kick ass premium vacation at Walt Disney World for cheap, I’d tell you that you need 12 – 14 months lead time. That means you need to set your dates at least a year in advance, so, I’m going to set our theoretical trip for October 2013.

I recently came across an article through Pinterest where a blogger offered her wisdom for seeing Disney World on $70 a day. The article was rife with dangerous advice, like buying partially used tickets from shady brokers and hoping they work when you get to the gate (not only is it against the rules, it’s borderline illegal), or staying at a crummy motel and using your own car (not much fun, especially with kids in tow). Can it be done? Sure, but you reap what you sow, so I wouldn’t advise it. Plus, do you really want to show your kids that cheating is okay? What kind of example are you setting by skirting the system to save a few bucks? It’s distasteful and risky.

Besides you know what’s NOT fun on vacation? Staying in a dump, driving yourself all over God’s green earth and dealing with parking trams and carting a cooler through a theme park so you don’t have to buy lunch. If that’s how you wanna roll, I ain’t gonna stop you – but I’m here to show you how to have a real and relaxing Disney vacation without taking out a second mortgage.

Let’s say you’re a typical American family – two adults and two children. In this example, these children are both under the age of 10 (10 year olds and up are considered adults by Disney’s pricing system). They want to spend 7 days and 6 nights at the Most Magical Place On Earth. They live in the northeast, so they’ll want to fly down to Orlando rather than drive. They’re on a budget but still want to get the full Disney experience – you know, staying at a Disney resort, seeing the parks, etc. They’ll be taking the kids out of school for the trip to save money and avoid crowds.

To start with, we need to select a Disney resort hotel for our stay. If they wanted to stay at one of Disney’s cheapest hotels (the “Value” resorts), I’d recommend Pop Century ($774) or the Little Mermaid wing at Art of Animation ($808). By booking their room reservation now, they would need to pay a deposit equal to the cost of one night’s rate (around $115). The balance of the reservation would be due at check-in. If the money isn’t on hand now to pay it off in advance, just put away little bits over the next year to make up the difference in time for your arrival.

If they wanted to get a taste of the high-life, I’d recommend they book a Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Villa by renting from a timeshare owner. Disney would charge them $460 per night to book a studio villa (two queen beds) with a savannah view at Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, but renting from an owner would bring the $2,760 pricetag down to $1,300 if booked with a third-party broker. That means they’d get deluxe accommodations with a kitchenette and a balcony view of free roaming animals like giraffes and zebras for about $500 more than a Value resort stay. The downside to booking a villa through a timeshare owner is that you must pay the whole thing at the time of booking, and that needs to be 11 months prior to your arrival date.

So, if they have $1,300 saved up, they should go with the Animal Kingdom Villas rental. If they need time to build up the hotel money, Pop Century it is. Let’s assume they have $1,300 ready to go and start from there with the villa.

Disney Rack Rate $2,760
Online DVC Rental Rate $1,300

Savings: $1,460

Next are tickets. 7 Day Park Hoppers are expensive – $345 a pop for adults. The Youth Education Series (YES) program allows families to purchase extremely discounted tickets in exchange for their children’s participation in a short educational tour in one of the theme parks (topics range from science to animation). Since the kids are being taken out of school, this is a great option – they’ll have to do a little bit of fun edutainment, and mom and dad can shave more than $300 off their total ticket expenditure.

7 Day YES Park Hoppers $796.60
7 Day Magic Your Way Park Hoppers $1,116

Savings: $319.40

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Next is food. Most families are taken in by Disney’s slick Dining Plan, which offers a pre-paid dining solution for their trip. The standard plan includes one counter service meal, one table service meal and one snack per person, per night of the trip. Let me tell you right now – this is not worth it unless you are a foodie and want to eat at a table service restaurant every night. Even then, to actually save money you’ll need to order the most expensive thing off the menu at every restaurant you hit. You’ll still be responsible for tips on all those meals too, plus any meals that don’t fit into the plan. It’s not as all-inclusive as it sounds.

Most people don’t have the will or wherewithal to really work the Dining Plan for all its worth, and since they have two children, sit down dinners every day may not be the best plan. I’m going to tell them to skip the Dining Plan and pay out of pocket for their meals. I’d recommend they plan four sit down meals at must-see restaurants and plan on doing counter service or snack options for other meals. For breakfast, I’d recommend they pack a few boxes of granola bars and apples for healthy snacks on the go rather than paying out of pocket for big breakfasts every day.

So during their stay, I’d tell them to plan on 4 table service meals (average price per meal for the whole family including tip: $95) and 9 counter service meals (average price per meal for the whole family: $35). This way they’ll get to sample the best Disney has to offer without stressing over breaking even on the Dining Plan.

Dining Plan Cost: $873
DIY Dining Cost: $695

Savings: $178

They’ll want to have some souvenir money on hand too. I recommend parents put a limit on spending in advance – make sure everyone knows they have say, $50 to spend over the course of the trip. Don’t budge on it and nip the whining in the bud. So if all 4 of them want $50 of spending money, that’s $200 for merchandise.

Unplanned Merchandise Spending: $God Only Knows
Planned Merchandise Spending: $200

Savings: Incalculable

Since we’re planning so far ahead, we have plenty of time to save. Today is August 2, which is 63 weeks prior to the departure date. If we saved $20 a week for that whole time, we’d have $1,260 in hand by the time we hit the Magic Kingdom. That’s more than enough to cover the $695 needed for food and $200 needed for merchandise. Put the balance toward tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ($230) and you’ve still got some left over for snack purchases.

If you think you can’t save $20 per week, you are flat out wrong. Does Mom have Starbucks every day? Does Dad have a stupidly expensive satellite TV package? How many times a week do you go out to eat (and that includes fast food, which is no longer cheap)? How full of food is your pantry? Do you go grocery shopping when your pantry and two fridges are still full? Are there odd jobs around the neighborhood your kids could earn a few bucks doing? Could you start a home-based business? How often do you go to the movies? Most Americans bleed money on a daily basis – finding $20 a week to reallocate is not a herculean task, and the result will be a debt-free vacation. Doesn’t get much better than that!

If you can cut $20 a week, you can probably cut $30 (total saved up: $1,890) or $40 a week (total saved up: $2,520) and take care of airfare along the way. If you need some ideas on how to “trim the fat” in your family’s budget, check out financial expert Dani Johnson’s War On Debt course.

Speaking of which, use Kayak or Hipmunk to monitor airfares as they open up for booking. There’s no magic formula for cheap airline tickets and sometimes it’s just luck of the draw. If you’re watching them in advance though you’ll know what to prepare for and save accordingly. Since the family is flying from the midwest and specials to Orlando abound, let’s say it going to cost $850 for all four of them to fly. If we estimate that the 1,000 mile drive would cost about $600 in gas, the convenience outweighs the cost factor to my way of thinking. Plus, Disney resort guests are given free transportation to and from the airport, as well as luggage delivery through the Magical Express program. No extra costs for transfers or rental cars needed.

If you’ve got good credit, open up a credit card with the airline of your choice. They’re always offering at least one free ticket as a thank you for joining the card. Use it for all your life expenses and watch the miles pile up (make sure you pay it off as you go). Depending on how much your family spends per year, you could rack up one or two tickets for free and save $425. At the very least you’ll save $200 with that free bonus ticket, so we’ll reduce our estimate for airfare to $650.

Let’s recap what we’ve got in total:

$1,300 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Savannah View Studio
$796.60 (4) 7 Day YES Park Hopper Tickets
$695 Food
$200 Merchandise
$230 (4) Tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
$650 Airfare
$3,871.60 Total Cost of Deluxe Vacation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Ninja-Style

What if they didn’t have that $1,300 and opted for Pop Century instead? It would look like this:

$774 Disney’s Pop Century Standard View Room
$796.60 (4) 7 Day YES Park Hopper Tickets
$695 Food
$200 Merchandise
$230 (4) Tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
$650 Airfare
$3,345.60 Total Cost of Value Vacation at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

And if they took the Magic Your Way Package with Dining like everybody else and paid full airfares, they’d be up against this:

$2,760 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Savannah View Studio
$1,116 (4) 7 Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Tickets
$873 Disney Dining Plan
$200 Tips, non-covered dining expenses
$200 Merchandise
$230 (4) Tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
$850 Airfare
$6,229 Full Price of Deluxe Vacation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Even if a discounted package became available and the Dining Plan was offered for free, the price would still come out to $5,356 – saving $1,484.40. If the Dining Plan was paid for, the savings skyrocket to $2,357.40.

By planning 12 – 14 months ahead, adding some nips and tucks to your budget and staying on task, what sounds like an expensive vacation really isn’t that bad – and you can do it debt-free.

If you wanted to pare down the extras you could – skip the Halloween party, save $230. Replace a table service meal with a counter service meal, save $60. Cut the merchandise budget, save $100. Doing all that just cut down the cost by an additional $390. That brings us just under $3,500 at Animal Kingdom Villas or $3,000 at Pop Century, and we’re still having a full and awesome Disney experience.

Bank with Chase? Get a free Disney Debit Card for your checking account. It’ll give you 10% off of merchandise purchases $50 or over in the parks and at local Disney Stores, as well as access to an exclusive character meet-n-greet in Epcot. Disney VISA credit cards can earn you 1-2% in Disney rewards dollars on all your transactions as well – a good alternative to airline miles cards, but again, make sure you keep it paid off.

Disney often releases room discounts as well, usually about 3 or 4 months out. Keep an eye out and if you’ve booked a room through them and a discount becomes available, call and they’ll apply it to your existing reservation. Got a AAA membership? They offer a discount (usually 10 – 15% off) well in advance – if you’re not taking the villa strategy, you can book with an AAA discount through Disney directly over the phone (407 W-DISNEY). 10% off the Pop Century reservation nets us an additional $77 in savings; if a 15% discount is released, $116 (that’s like getting a free night!).

There’s a reason why everyone thinks Disney World is so expensive – because it is. But if you’re not made of money and you still want to enjoy a premium Disney vacation, you can do it with a little planning…and of course, faith, trust and pixie dust.

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  1. mrsmicole
    4 years ago

    Where did you buy your room?!? I don’t even know where to start looking for someone’s timeshare?!


    • Drew Hackney - The Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      One of the most reputable places to rent someone else’s Disney Vacation Club timeshare is DVCRequest.com.


  2. Jen George
    4 years ago

    For the YES tickets and programs don’t you have to be a group of 10 or more to register for the programs and therefore get the tickets at the discount? Is there a different page I am missing? I would love for my kids to some of the programs but I can’t find anywhere you can sign up unless you are a group.


    • Drew Hackney - The Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      Hi Jen –

      You can register on an individual basis for YES programs at DisneyYouth.com.


  3. aamsmom
    4 years ago

    I just stumbled across another tip this past fall … from a Disney ticket sales attendant. My daughter and I were in Orlando for a soccer weekend and decided to stay an extra day to visit the Magic Kingdom. We lucked out, as that night was one of the Not So Scary Halloween Party nights (advertised 7pm-12am) AND there were still tickets available. We weren’t able to get to the park until about 2:30pm and I just figured I’d have to bite the bullet and pay for two adult one-day admissions PLUS the Halloween party. Our delightful attendant offered us this information … Guests, with Halloween party tickets, are able to enter the park at 4:00pm!!! That’s a full 3 hours before the advertised time, giving us 8 hours at the Magic Kingdom for a price that is less than a one day pass! She was also kind enough to mark our park map with the attractions and eateries that would be closed at 7pm (for the party), so that we could visit those rides before “the bewitching hour”!

    So … because we had an hour plus before the Halloween gates opened, we jumped on the monorails and rode both the park route and the resort route. It brought us back to the Magic Kingdom a little before 4pm … and lo and behold they were already letting guests in! We rode everything we wanted, as many times as we wanted with little or no waiting! It was great!

    I submit this as an idea for another cost savings for visits during December or October. Enjoy a relaxing morning at your resort or maybe head to Disney Marketplace to window shop and stroll (no extra expense!). It’s a late night for little ones, but both the Halloween Party and the Christmas Party should be a part of everyone’s Disney World bucket list!


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      That is a great tip that few people know about! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Karen
    4 years ago

    I am not sure where you get your airline tickets but it would be nearly impossible to get 4 tickets to Orlando for that $600 for the vast majority of people-and most of us cannot vacation at the times of year you suggest. I would love to see you bargain research a trip during a school vacation when most people go. Realistically we can’t pull kids out of school-just not an option for the masses. In a perfect world we could all do it your way.


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      If you follow the credit card strategy and are flying from within the east coast/midwest region, it’s definitely doable. You’ve got to be religious about fare-watching and learn which airlines fly the cheapest out of your city.

      It’s much more difficult to save on a Disney vacation if you visit during peak seasons, like summer or holiday breaks. You can still save by using the strategies above, but the savings will definitely shrink. You’ll also be up against huge crowds. I don’t know about your children’s school situation, all I know is that a lot of people make the choice to pull theirs out for the savings and the educational value of the trip. God bless!


  5. Jody
    4 years ago

    I love Disney and we always plan WAY ahead. These are some great tips. Did not know about the timeshare idea or the YES tickets – though our kids are only 5 and are probably not old enough yet. Thanks for a great article.


  6. Liz
    4 years ago

    Hi! Just found your website via pinterest. We LOVE Disney and have been there about a ba-zillion times. This is the first I’ve heard of the YES program. Do you happen to know how it would work out if you have 2 kids in different age-brackets?


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      As far as I know, they would just need to participate in 2 different programs – they wouldn’t be in the same workshop/tour together. Hope that helps!


  7. kfierley
    4 years ago

    So, I at the YES program, it seems to imply you must pay for park admission seperatly and didnt show any discounts for tickets for the adults. Did I simply not do something right?


  8. kfierley
    4 years ago

    Nevermind!! Found it.


  9. Ashley Ritchie
    4 years ago

    I have been researching and budgeting and planning our trip for months. We have 2 adults and 2 kids. I don’t know how in the world you could go to Disney for a week and give your kids $50 total for souvenirs. Never mind that you’d probably need to pay for stroller rental for the younger child which can add up at $15+ per day, and there is no way I’d realistically get through a single park without at least one stop for snacks and drinks. After the cost of our lodging, we have budgeted $4500 for everything else. We’re driving 9 hours and staying off site (Going with the whole family, a group of 13 and it was much cheaper for us to rent a house for the week), so we will also need to pay for parking.


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      How much you budget for souvenirs is entirely up to you. There are plenty of inexpensive souvenirs at the parks so it can be done. It’s about getting creative. :)


  10. Ronica
    4 years ago

    Any tips for 3 adults (well, 1 adult and two teen kids). We are not flying and cannot participate in the YES program. I tried booking my trip for next March (a year in advance) and Disney’s website won’t let me book that far in advance.


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      Ronica, any of the above tips can apply to you – a DVC rental might suit you well as it would afford you more space and allow you to book further in advance. Reservations through Disney for 2014 should open up sometime over the summer.


  11. kelly harris
    4 years ago

    Booking ideas for 3 adults & an 8 yr old for Halloween. None of us have ever been!


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      You can definitely use the tips in this article to save money. If you’re a total newbie, you will find a ton of value in my book, which is exhaustive but not overwhelming. Check it out on the homepage of this site.


  12. Sherrie
    4 years ago

    I just want to weigh in and say that this article is totally accurate and correct. We have been going to Disney world every year (sometimes twice a year) for several years now. Only once have we spent over $3000. We rent a DVC unit every time and save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Check out mouse owners.com. We have done the yes program (for as young as 5), however I must say its not as much of a discount as it used to be.

    Some additional tips- for character meals, do them at lunch vs dinner. You’ll save significantly for a family if 4 if you do 4 meals.
    Buy Disney gift cards all year from target with your red debit card and pharmacy rewards. You get 5+5% off that way. Buy $25 each time you go to target. We budget $150 for each kid for souvenirs. If they want to buy popcorn with that money, let em. They’ll quickly realize they’ll eat the microwave popcorn from the room and save that money for toys!
    Disney lets you take in as much food as you can fit in a soft sided cooler. We use wegoshop.com to have groceries delivered, and we take in lunch, snacks and drinks into the park. Disney gives free ice water and if you take those flavored drink mixes your kids won’t even know the difference. Most of the kids meals are uncrustables, yogurt and grapes anyway, why pay $10 for that? Even if you order quick service for the adults, you gotta pack for the kids. You’ll save at least $100 doing that.

    If you want to save on merchandise, consider doing pin trading. You can google it. Trading pins makes kids feel like they’re getting Disney souvenirs, but you’re really just trading the 50 you bought on eBay for $12.

    If you must go during school breaks, you can still save, but you’re not going to be able to go for $3000. Try camping. You can even rent luxury campers from companies in the Orlando area and they’ll deliver and set up at Ft Wilderness for you. This keeps your lodging below $1000 for the week and you still have enough space and access to Disney resort perks.

    Sorry I know this was long, but I’m very passionate about saving at Disney!


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      Thanks for the awesome comment Sherrie! Lots of great tips here, and thanks for backing me up with your experience!


  13. Antony
    4 years ago

    1) If you opted out of the Savannah View room at AK Lodge you could save even MORE money. Sure the SV rooms are nice, but animals can bee see from the hallways, the lobby, etc. They also have special viewing areas with guides and nightvision goggles that are free and offer a much better viewing experience, at times.

    2) If you buy cheap pin lots on eBay you are literally destroying Pin Trading. I’m the last person to ever defend the mouse’s prices or profit margins, but the pins you get from 95% of eBay sellers are cheap Chinese factory seconds and knockoffs, most of which are of low quality. Most cast lanyards are now full of these garbage pins, most of which are of the “hidden mickey” variety. Hidden Mickey pins used to be special and sometimes hard to find. Now it’s rare to see a lanyard that doesn’t have a half dozen or more of the “fake” lanyard pins on them. If all the cast members have bad and or low quality pins, there is no incentive to trade. Why woud your kids want to trade their cheap garbage pins for other cheap garbage pins? This is why I no longer trade in the parks at all.

    3) Cheap beverages. If you want to get sodas, beer, etc to have in the room or take into the parks, consider going to Downtown Disney and walking to the Hess gas station across from the old Pleasure Island. It’s a short walk, they have decent prices and beats $3 for a pop or $6.75 for a beer!


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      All great points! Thanks Antony!


  14. Rob Treynor
    4 years ago

    $35 for counter service? For a family of four?

    Let’s try that out. I’ll pick, randomly, Pecos Bills. 4 meals. Using the menus at Touringplans.com: I’ll have the taco salad ($8.59). The wife the burger ($9.39). Kid one will have the chicken sandwich ($9.19), and kid two the pork ($9.59). One basket of onion rings to split ($3.79). 4 sodas ($2.99×4). = $52.51


    • Small World Ninja
      4 years ago

      I should have been more clear. This article is calculated using two adults and two children – so the math is based on kid’s prices for two of those meals ($5.99 each). If both adults get soft drinks and the entrees you mentioned, plus two kids meals, the subtotal is $35.94. If you don’t order the soft drinks (and I don’t recommend you do if you’re trying to save money), the subtotal is even better – $29.96. Hope that helps!


  15. Jenny
    4 years ago

    Hi,
    My husband daughter & i are going to Disney World & staying at th Sharaton Vistana resort. They are time share. For 9 days we pay $1,200 for full kitchen,7 pools seperate bedroom ,living room! I will send a package up full of food,shampoo pb & j ect. What i also have done to save $$ is i picked up a few things here & there throughout the year to surprise my daughter with. She will get a little “gift” every day. That way when we go to the parks she won’t bug for an expensive toy every 2 seconds:) Our trip is in November for our daughter’s birthday. We have np problem taking her out of school. Enjoy life,enjoy your family! :)


  16. Amy
    4 years ago

    When we went in the fall of 2011, our family (kids were 12 and 8) hunted for Press A Penny machines all over the parks and resorts and these were our souvenirs! Most are .51 (some are $1.01). We bought each kid a Press A Penny book from the gift shop and let then choose to press any and all pennies they wanted. For less then $50 total, we had fun finding the machines, searching for the more unique character pennies and it was a nice feeling not to have to say NO for the pricey toys that we didn’t have room for anyway. They still look at and enjoy their penny collections even 2 years later!

    Also, I don’t know if this happens all over WDW, but our boat captain gave the kids several Disney “trading cards”. The ones our kids got were about transportation and included some boats, the monorail and the Electric Water Pageant. They have trivia and fun facts on the back.

    When I went with my oldest as a toddler, I bought some Disney character washcloths from the dollar store (the kind that are packed up in a little brick the size of a half dollar). Each night his “souvenir” was to see what character popped open in his bath and it was all he needed :-)


  17. Simba Rocks
    4 years ago

    Ninja has good tips! Doing WDW this way will create lasting magical memories for years to come. My kids love WDW and want to return every year and plan on taking their families and they are only 5 and 8 vs our friend’s children who didn’t do WDW resorts, and think WDW is boring with a been there, done that attitude because they didn’t enjoy it as much. If it is within your budget, it’s worth it to go Lux/Disney resort. The ninja tips are true and really good advice. Especially, the good values in regards to DVC rentals. I have done it both ways, the cheap and Lux.
    Whether you pull kids out of school or not, IMO it is not worth any family’s valuable vacation time(especially if you have young kids) to go cheap. It ends up being a nightmare trying to save money by getting in and out of a rental car w/stroller to an offsite hotel, driving around in an area you aren’t familiar with in search of fast food restaurants, you could eat at staying at home, after waiting in long Disney lines. When kids get tired and hungry they complain and cry, then parents get frustrated because they are tired too. The magic evaporates real fast, parents can’t help but resent their kids a bit for being ungrateful and spoiled because they don’t understand all the effort we go through to get them to WDW. Going cheap is the quickest way to kill the “magic”. I am all for saving money, but It is worth every penny to get the “best deal” on site in a Disney resort for the convenience vs. the cheapest off site or non Disney hotel. Beware of prices too good to be true there are many Disney scams out there.
    Our family vacationed WDW the “resort” way, we stayed at the Polynesian and we haven’t looked back since. When we got tired at the park we just returned to our room and hung out by the pool. The resorts itself are loaded with kid activities. The following year we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, it was amazing, definitely a most unique resort. We are going back to AKL again this year.

    My money saving tips are:
    -Buy stuff from The Disney Store on sale prior to going, they have the same stuff in the park. My kids arrive wearing the latest mickey mouse and Disney character shirts,bags and hats feeling very much “in the spirit” of things. Right now Disney store on line has $8 shirts, and I bring $1 glow sticks/gadgets from Target they hold during the electric light parade. Kids don’t care where you get it, as long as they have what everyone else has at that exact moment. My friend bought several princess outfits for her daughter to wear. Her little girl never once complained because she already had her gown on.
    -Do Bring own snack foods/bottled water to park, fruit snacks and chips-those are worth it. Kids can munch on them while waiting in line. This is a time and money saver.
    -Strollers– you can buy an umbrella stroller in the park for $25 to $30 dollars, still less than renting everyday. I always see them in shops right at the entrance of every park.

    Thanks Ninja, good site!


  18. Dashtrex
    4 years ago

    Wow, I think you might need to leave disney planning to those who live and breathe disney. There is so much more to planning a disney vacation, and you are glossing over some really complex ideas. For instance my family of 5 with 2 teenagers meaning 4 adult and 1 child is staying at a moderate resort with the dining plan and tickets for $3,404 that’s for 6 nights 7 days. Of course we’re not flying but I there will be very few people who can fly a family of 4 for $650. We would fly from Atlanta to Orlando well within your east coast range. Disney offers savings and extra discounts around slower times of the year that you should explore, and if you aren’t doing the dining plan there are plenty of cheaper and nicer (wyndom is sometimes cheaper than the value resorts) hotels that offer shuttle service some are even inside disney world. I would encourage anyone who is seriously considering a disney vacation to check out blogs dedicated to all things disney vacation. They can save you hundreds and give you the ins and outs of each element of your vacation so you can decide what value is best for your family.


  19. Osaze Okoro Obaraye
    3 years ago

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am Mr Osaze Okoro Obaraye,I wish to apply for a trip to Disney World with my family by April,Please send me how to move forward or whom to contact to get process started.
    Thanks very much as i await your kind response.

    Good day.


    • Small World Ninja
      3 years ago

      You can book a trip by contacting Walt Disney World directly at disneyworld.com.