Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 5, 2009
    David from IN Asked

    I need help planning a June 2010 trip for 7 to WDW. I want to stay on property and hope to do so without going broke in this crazy economy? I have 3 adults and 4 kids 16,10,8,8. I would love for you to use your magic to make this happen for us. Thanks


    I would agree that the economy has everyone watching their spending and tightening the belt!  And Disney has lots of options that fit every budget.

    At first glance, my best recommendation is for your party to reserve two connecting rooms at one of the Value resorts.  The 8-year-olds may enjoy the icons at All-Star Movies but the adults may prefer the lake views at Pop Century.  (The room sizes and prices are the same as well as the food court offerings.)

    Adding the dining plan can save you money IF you eat all of the food on the plan.  Keep in mind that you will pay the gratuity on the meals.  But if you were planning on a few Character Meals anyway, dining plans for the kids pay for themselves!  Best of all, when you pre-purchase, you can stay on a budget.  (The dining plans are found here.)

    You can't purchase the dining plan without buying tickets, and the easiest way to save on tickets is to go with the one-park-a-day-only tickets.  Park Hoppers have a lot of value, especially if it's crowded, but if you're on a budget, the $50 per person cost may be better spent elsewhere on your vacation. 

    Lastly, your transportation to WDW may be where you can save the most money.  Although Disney doesn't sell airline tickets, keep in mind that, even from Indiana, with a larger party, driving may be your most economic option.  However, if you choose to fly, remember, staying on property means Disney will pick you up from the airport FREE on Magical Express!  Cha-Ching!  More money saved for those souvenirs to take home!

    Your homework assignment: visit our Budget section here at the Mom's Panel for other ideas on how to stay within your budget on your Disney vacation!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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