Disney World on a Budget
So many vacationers end their dream Disney vacation before they’ve even begun because of a handful of myths about putting a trip together on a budget. It is possible to create a budget that will work for you and your family if you know where to look and plan out the trip with plenty of time and flexibility. If a Disney vacation is really the vacation that you want it pays to look at all the myths that are stopping you and then start planning.
These are the five most common myths about vacationing at Disney World on a budget and tips for putting together your dream vacation.
1. A Disney vacation costs way more than a traditional beach or city vacation would run the average family for a week
When you compare a weeklong Disney vacation for a family of four to the average beach or city vacation for the same family, you would be surprised to find out that the two average out to the same price. This myth is born from the sticker shock that comes with needing to pay for things upfront, and the established price point for the things that you are planning on doing. When you plan a beach or city vacation you are really only paying for transportation and lodging upfront, but pay through the duration of the vacation for every single thing the family does. This gradual spending adds up fast, and the same two thousand dollars you put down for your Disney vacation is what a weeklong beach vacation has cost you.
2. Low budget Disney vacations don’t have Disney magic
A lot of people think that vacations that are done on a budget can’t be as spectacular as full priced, expensive vacations, but that’s not true for Disney. The price you pay for your vacation is not something that follows you around during the time at the park. You can put together a great budget vacation at Disney that is comparable to a full priced vacation, and it can be filled with Disney magic.
3. You can’t have any Disney experiences on a budget
Everyone knows about Disney tours and experiences, and they also have a reputation for being very expensive and high priced. But, it is possible to have a special experience on a budget. There are even Disney experiences that can be arranged for free, if you know where to look to find them. It’s all about knowing what everyone finds special and exciting and then creating a special experience or activity for them to participate in.
4. Disney vacations never go on sale
While Disney prices are pretty set in stone, there are a few times of the year when Disney runs sales on their hotel rooms, dining plans, and cruises. You need to be fast to grab these hotel deals because folks wait all year to book the sales and they book up fast.
5. The only way to save on a Disney vacation is to do it all yourself
While a DIY Disney vacation can save you a lot of money, it is not always cheaper to put try and put together all aspects of a vacation. Booking an off-site hotel, renting a car, purchasing tickets from a dealer are all ways to save money on aspects of your vacation, but it doesn’t always add up or save you money. Sometimes the savings that come with booking a DIY portion result in higher rates or fees elsewhere that end up cancelling out any savings. Compare all your options and the fees that might accompany alternate choices before making alternate plans.
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