We are going back to Disney in September. Oh, how I love Disney! I get to relive my childhood and create new memories with my family. I never get tired of Disney (I hope this doesn’t change as the kids get older.).
We will be staying for 6 magical nights. This trip will include 10 people: my family of 5, my parents, grandmother, and my parents-in-love (in-laws). We have a couple of first-timers on this trip: my dad, grandmother, and son TJ. I was pregnant with him on my last trip, does that count? Anyway, I am so glad to introduce them to my happy place; show them what they have missed these years!
I want to make this trip as cheap as possible. I set a budget for $3500. The price of four-day park hoppers alone for 10 people would run $3,515.61 How will I carry out this!?!
Disney on a Budget. Here is the plan:
I LOVE staying on Disney property. However, with 10 people this is impossible. I have heard great things about Wyndham Bonnet Creek and was quoted $1300 for 2 3-bedroom units, sounds reasonable. I just didn’t like the idea of not knowing where we would be located. It was not guaranteed that we would be on the same floor, or building. So, I searched VRBO and found a great 6 bedroom house for $1100 which includes a $300 refundable deposit. I will post a review for the exact house once we return from our trip.
As stated before, I can’t go to Disney and not stay on property. As a surprise for the kids, my family will fly in a day earlier and stay at Animal Kingdom-Jambo House. I rented 16 points at $10 a point for a Savanna View Studio. (Huge savings here!)
Total: 1100+160-300 = $960.
My family will be flying with Southwest Airlines. I have a so many points left over from signing up for their credit cards for our Disneyland adventure. TJ is not quite 2 (will turn 2 the day after we leave) he will fly for free. After paying taxes, our cost was $20 for four tickets.
I reserved 2 6 day full-sized cars for my family to travel down. I am looking for rates to drop in August and September. Hopefully, I can re-book at a lower price.
We will eat most of our meals at the house. My family loves to cook, even on vacation. We will also take some snacks into the park with us. However, churros, dole whip, turkey legs…. we have to have it.
Total: $150 for snacks at the park. $400 for the week. $550
My father is retired military. We are able to buy the Military Salute Tickets (4 day park hoppers) for our family. I was so elated when I saw that they extended the number a service member could buy to 12. We are purchasing 10 military salute tickets. Our parents are conflicted on how many days they will go to the park, but $177 for 4 day park hoppers…. we’ll take it.
Total: $177×10 = $1770
I am going to include the 4 days and two cars.
Total: $17×8= $136
We try not to spend a lot here. We talk to the kids to set expectations. Since grandparents are going, I know its going to be some manipulation going on. We try to bring items from home that will distract them from all the toys that magically make your money disappear. Hopefully we can stick with it.
Airplane Tickets: $20.00
My total: $4055.14
So far $555.14 over budget. Boo! Over the next couple of weeks, I will be looking for more deals to get this cost down closer to $3500. $400 per person is not bad though! Do you have great ways to cut costs even more? Please leave a comment with your favorite Disney on a Budget Tip.
I am determined to get this down. Stay tuned to see if I can get it under budget!
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