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  • On Apr 1, 2010
    Nicole from OH Asked

    Our family is visiting Disney in May of 2010. We are very excited, but I am very overwhelmed at the same time. I have read what to pack and where to eat. How do families visit on a budget but have a good time also? Any tips?

    Hi Nicole, Disney is wonderful in that it caters to every budget. Not knowing if you have the Dining Plan or not, here's a few tips:

    *Plan to eat breakfast in your room. In addition, bring snacks & water bottles into the Parks. You can make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for a few lunches. You can order from Garden Grocer . com and have it delivered to your Resort. This will save a fair amount of money. Water by the case full from them is very affordable (as compared to approx. $3 per bottle in the Parks).

    *Souvenirs are always a big expense. We tell our kids that we will visit The World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney on the last day. This way, we aren't being harassed to go into every gift store each day. We found years ago that we would buy things in each Park & it was easy to lose track of how much we spent. This way, each kid has a set amount of money to spend. They often set their sights on things throughout the week & decide at the end what it is that they most wanted. I know some people who don't put restrictions on how much they buy their kids at Disney & if they are able to afford to do that, wonderful for them. Our kids have never left feeling deprived & this has taught them to budget & saves money at the same time. Works great for us. Of course, there are always some places (like Star Tours at Hollywood Studios) that my sons want to get one of their souvenirs & that's fine. Just as a rule, I find that it works best to have a budget in mind for how much you want to spend per kid. Maybe get them a Disney Gift Card or Disney Dollars (hold on to it yourself) and let them know that when it's gone, it's gone (talk to them about this before you even leave home).

    * Don't rent a car, use the complimentary Magical Express. Disney's transportation can bring you wherever you need to go on property.

    I hope this gives you a few ideas and that you have a magical vacation!

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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