How To Do Disney On The Cheap

Whenever my husband and I take our family to a baseball game or local fair or even putt-putt golf the topic always comes up — a day at Disney isn’t much more than this! Think about it. To get a decent seat at a professional baseball game you have to be willing to shell out $60 minimum, depending on the time of year and how well the team is doing. And that doesn’t include parking. And the food? Many times it’s more than the counter service at Disney. Local amusement parks and fairs aren’t much better. Dollar for dollar, after an Continue reading How To Do Disney On The Cheap

To Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner…. Or Not?

Hi. I’m Maureen. And I am a control freak. (There. It’s out there. You all know my dirty, little secret.) I have planned vacations to Walt Disney World since the early ’80s. Oh, who am I kidding? I orchestrated trips earlier than that, dragging my family around from ride to ride because my parents knew I had studied and honed my skills since first visiting the park the year it opened. My grandparents took my sister and I, just months after the grand opening. And they stood there, befuddled with how to use the ticket books. We were wasting valuable ride time and Continue reading To Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner…. Or Not?

Quick and Painless Disney Budgeting Tip: Gift Cards!

budget planning tip using gift cards

Want a quick and easy Disney budgeting tip? Gift cards aren’t just for souvenirs anymore. You can pay for your meal at Be Our Guest, your tickets to the parks, even your resort room fee! For an upcoming trip, to “save money,” we planned on staying off property for our arrival night. In my search for an affordable room for our family of 5, every hotel told me we exceeded the room limitations. In other words, we’d need two rooms. If I’m going to pay for two rooms, I’d rather be at Disney World. And I know they can accommodate our Continue reading Quick and Painless Disney Budgeting Tip: Gift Cards!

A Dozen Ways To Do Disney World On A Budget

A Dozen Tips for Disney World on a budget!

For some, Disney World is a once in a lifetime trip. For others, (like me) a regular trip to Walt Disney World is as much a necessity as eating, drinking and breathing. But how can people afford to go on a regular basis? Or at all, with a limited budget? 1. Store promotion discounts – We signed up for a Target Debit card. We get 5% discount on all of our purchases, and that includes Disney gift cards. It all comes directly out of our checking account, just like a regular debit card. Other chain grocery and warehouse stores will Continue reading A Dozen Ways To Do Disney World On A Budget

Budget Disney Tip: Pay With Gift Cards

budget planning tip using gift cards

Gift cards aren’t just for souvenirs anymore. You can pay for your meal at Be Our Guest, your tickets to the parks, even your resort room fee! For our upcoming trip, to “save money,” we planned on staying off property for our arrival night. In my search for an affordable room for our family of 5, every hotel told me we exceeded the room limitations. In other words, we’d need two rooms. If I’m going to pay for two rooms, I’d rather be at Disney World. And I know they can accommodate our party in one room at some resorts. Continue reading Budget Disney Tip: Pay With Gift Cards

Want Discounted Tickets? Consider Disney’s YES Program!

No question. A trip to Walt Disney World is expensive. But there is a way to receive legitimate, discounted tickets with an amazing bonus. Participate in Disney’s Youth Education Series (YES) program. As a former teacher, I chaperoned trips to Walt Disney World. Little did I know, any kid can participate in the YES program under the individual enrollment package. You do not have to be part of a large group and everyone in your immediate family receives discounted park tickets. Disney offers a large array of classes for your child, grades K-12. You only have to participate in one class Continue reading Want Discounted Tickets? Consider Disney’s YES Program!