Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 14, 2011
    Stephanie from MA Asked

    I've been planning a trip to Orlando for a few months now trying to figure out how to see everything for under $2,500. Any suggestions? 2 adults 2 children (ages 15 and 4). We would be driving down. So far the chepeast I can find is staying off property.

    I always keep a spreadsheet of our vacation expenses. Often I'll first include everything that I'm dreaming of doing and then when the reality of my budget sets in, I begin deleting extras and compromising where necessary.

    Calculate round-trip the expenses of gas, meals and overnight hotels. With an airfare sale, it may be cheaper to fly.

    Figure out how many days you intend to visit the WDW parks. Save money with base tickets and touring one park per day. I recommend www.undercovertourist.com for discounted tickets. See www.mousesavers.com for cost-saving ideas, including off-site hotel deals.

    Is there a Special Offer at the WDW value resorts? Staying off-site can offer significant savings including free wi-fi, larger rooms at a reasonable price and more inexpensive meals.

    If possible, travel in the off-season. Stay away from school holiday breaks when you'll be hit with premium prices and high crowd levels.

    Bring your own water, granola bars and other snacks. If you fly, consider using www.gardengrocer.com to stock up on supplies.

    For special occasions before your trip, ask for Disney gift cards.

    Start a vacation savings jar. Add all of your loose change. Even though we primarily use our debit cards, we still leave most vacations with $50-100 after turning in our coins.

    Have each member of the family give up one luxury item until after the trip. Expensive coffees, magazines, online game subscriptions, movies, etc. can add up to a significant amount saved that can then be added to your vacation fund.

    Have a garage sale. Clean out clutter and put the money towards the trip.

    Planning and saving for your WDW vacation can be a fun for the whole family!


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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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