Shane and I love to go on vacation (who doesn’t?) and we don’t do it nearly enough. We’re hoping that as our kids get a little older, we can start doing an every-other-year big trip, and a few mini weekend trips scattered throughout the year. My two big kids still talk about our vacation to Tennessee from last June, and even our Brown County, Ind. cabin rental trip from more than a year ago.
They love it, we love it. Let’s do the big one.
For awhile, I figured we should wait to go to Disney World when Johnny was 9, Vivie was 7 and Amelia was 4. I figured if we wait until then, they’d be sturdier, have more endurance and be able to go on most of the rides.
But then it occurred to me that my big kids are at a fun age for a first trip (just turned 3 and 5) and Amelia won’t remember anything, but she’s fairly portable and we could do it.
Crazy? Absolutely. Should we do it? Ok.
We’d like to go again when the kids are older, but we’re just itching to go soon (maybe this fall?). Part of it is to have something really fun to look forward to and plan. And come on. It’s Disney!
This won’t be a low-budget trip. I know you technically can do it cheaply — drive, camp, and make all of your meals at your campground. That’s not what we’ll do for this trip.
We’re planning to stay at a hotel of some sort (haven’t decided whether to do on-property or off), and we’d rather fly. Two hours in flight vs. 18+ in the van each way? Yeah we’ll fly.
Even though it’ll be our most expensive family vacation to date, it doesn’t mean we’ll be paying for it all out of pocket at full price. No ma’am.
We’ll use credit card rewards, coupon codes, online rebates, selling stuff we don’t want…and of course good ol’ fashioned saving to finish it off.
- I’m entering every day in the Disney Resolutions sweepstakes to try to win a free trip. That’s the cheapest way to go of all! Hope I win :D
- I’m on the monthly newsletter mailing list for Mouse Savers, which can clue me into deeper discounts. They also have a special link for deals via Undercover Tourist for tickets.
- I plan to have a travel agent price out some options for us. They offer a free service, so why not?
- We have two credit cards in play, earning some substantial bonuses. More on that to come.
- I used some Amazon gift card money to buy some guide books (The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014 and With Kids 2014). Perhaps they will help us save money and have a better trip.
- There are plenty of Disney-related blogs out there to help with planning and saving money. Gotta love the internet!
How about you? How did you save on a trip to Disney?