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My Top 5 WDW Money Saving Tips

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As much as I love Walt Disney World, I am the first to admit – it is NOT a cheap place to visit – Resort room, park tickets, food, souvenirs, transportation, incidentals…it all adds up QUICK. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help lessen the financial burden that comes with planning a WDW vacation. Check out my top WDW money saving tips:

Sharing Is Caring: WDW has some seriously amazing food – they serve up every style of cuisine you can imagine, and it’s all delicious. Much of it is also very LARGE – their portions tend to be big, and this can be a big plus for you budget-conscious travelers. Many meals are so large that they can be easily shared by two children or even two adults. Check out some sharable meal/snack options here

Stay at a Value Resort: Walt Disney World has a TON of hotels on property, and all offer amazing service and helpful staff, but some are definitely fancier (ie – more expensive!) than others. There are Deluxe, Moderate, and Value level Resorts – with corresponding price levels as well. If you’re on a budget, the Value Resorts are the way to go for you and your family. They are all great places to stay (I should know, as I have stayed at all 5!), and while the rooms are pretty standard (nothing fancy, no frills), they are quite a bit cheaper than the other WDW Resorts, so if cost is your bottom line, the Value Resorts are worth checking out
*Bonusstaying on property will also help save on transportation costs – as Resort guests get complimentary shuttles to/from the Orlando airport via Disney’s Magical Express, and they are also able to utilize all on-site transportation options (boats/monorails/buses) free of cost as well

Plan Ahead: Anything you can do in advance will help you in the long run – researching restaurants (including costs, menus, etc), making lists of things to bring, checking out which rides/shows/foods your family might like, and just overall knowing the lay of the land will help avoid impulse purchases and unnecessary spending (buying a $4 bottle of water when there’s a bathroom/water fountain right around the corner, for example…)

Set A Budget: Use that research and those “planning ahead” skills to come up with rough estimates for costs of: airfare/gas, rental car, food, drinks, hotel, park tickets, and incidentals. Set a souvenir budget for your kids, and one for yourself too – and then make sure you stick to it – no matter HOW much they beg for “just ONE MORE PIN!”, or that giant balloon/stuffed animal/hoodie – trust me, your wallet will thank you – as souvenirs are pretty expensive at WDW, and the cost of just “one more thing” per person adds up QUICKLY

Pack Smart: In addition to making a list FAR in advance of items to pack, I suggest you start packing way in advance too. A few weeks before my trip I will print out my packing list (yes, I type it – don’t judge), and set my suitcase out with items I know I won’t need again before my trip. I also have some “must pack” items – ponchos, sunscreen, park-friendly snacks (trail mix, granola bars, etc – another big money saver!), a water bottle, and comfortable sneakers
Packing Tip – I wear all my “bulkiest” items when flying to save precious suitcase space: sneakers, jeans, and a hoodie are all a part of my standard travel attire, which leaves me more room for other necessities in my bags

Hopefully you can use some (or all!) of the above advice to help you save money on what can otherwise turn into a VERY costly Walt Disney World Trip – and even though I try and save money whenever possible and am all about budgeting, I know that a Disney vacation is worth every penny in the end – the fun you’ll have and the memories you’ll make are items you can’t put a price tag on

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: “Larger Than Life” Fun Awaits You At The WDW Value Resorts

There are tons of places to stay in and around Walt Disney World – and when it comes to narrowing it down to which one I want to book, I have to say I am partial to the Value Resorts – not only are they the most wallet-friendly (as the name implies!), but they are also really great places to spend some time with your family too – they are all intricately themed, and the décor is really enjoyable too. Check out some of the BIG FUN that awaits you at the WDW Value Resorts:

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Now I realize that not everyone is into giant Mr Potato Heads or Mickey Mouse pool fountains, but I think they are great, and I can bet your kids would love them – so why not save some money and stay someplace fun and family friendly like the WDW Value Resorts? I have stayed at them all, and loved every one!

TGIF

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Landscape Of Flavors Offers Delicious Fresh Menu Options For All!

My family and I were lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World last month for Christmas, and even luckier still to get to stay in the NEWEST Disney Resort – The Art of Animation Resort. Let me tell you, this place did NOT disappoint, the Little Mermaid/Finding Nemo/Lion King/Cars themes were awesome, the service was great as usual, and probably the best thing about the Resort is its Landscape of Flavors Food Court – which offers up tons of great and unique menu options. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to find here:

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Breakfast: Omelete station, pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, make your own yogurt/fruit/granola parfait, breakfast sandwiches (like this “steak” sandwich, and the chicken sausage sandwich!) breakfast platters (both American AND Mongolian!), and tons of bakery and packaged choices (fruits, yogurts, etc)

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Lunch/Dinner: Create your own salad station (a personal favorite of mine!), Mongolian grill, hamburgers/sandwiches, pizza/pasta (and cheesy pesto bread yum!), plus packaged items like salads, sandwiches, and sushi

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Desserts: There’s a bakery case that was offering some delicious seasonal options while we were there – sugar free cranberry apple pie, Pecan pumpkin tart, Gingerbread cookies, and then there were also cupcakes and other cookies, and then there’s the gelato station – serving up tons of great flavors (including seasonal ones like peppermint and pumpkin!). Or you can go a bit healthier and have a fruit smoothie whipped up just the way you like it (strawberry/banana/mango comes to mind? Yum!)

Drinks: They offer the standard Coca Cola soda machines (which offer Sprite Zero in addition to Diet Coke and light lemonade, which I was glad to see!), as well as plenty of bottled choices: waters, Gatorade/Vitamin water, smoothies, juices, and a decent selection of beer and wine too (available by the single serving, or full size bottles/six packs are available too!)

Our personal favorites from the Landscape of Flavors? It’s REALLY a tough call, but for me personally it had to be the Pumpkin Pecan Tart (which I got multiple times!) and I know my parents really loved the Cranberry Apple Pie, and my husband loved the Mongolian Sausage plate – which was delicious sausage served with rice, two sides, and fresh naan bread

We will definitely be staying here again, partly (ok, largely!) due to how amazing the food was! I would highly recommend the Resort (and its food!) to anyone and everyone!

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Disney For Adults – FAQ

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When people find out how much of a Disney lover I am, and how often I vacation at Walt Disney World, I am often met with skepticism, disbelief, and QUESTIONS – I am always prepared for all three, and it led me to realize that many people probably have the same inquiries, so here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Disney World for adults:

“Isn’t Walt Disney World Just For Kids?” – HECK NO! That’s really the reason behind me starting this blog, is to help adults realize that WDW has a lot to offer for those of ALL ages, and that everyone will have fun here, not just kids

“Isn’t A Walt Disney World vacation expensive?” – It can be, but if you make smart choices like staying in a Disney Value Resort, sharing meals (as Disney portions can be HUGE!), keeping your souvenir budget in check, and going at “off” times when the prices are lower, you can save money and make it more of a value

“What is there for adults to do at Walt Disney World?” – A LOT! From spas, to golf courses, to 5 star meals, to boat rentals, to watersports, to behind the scenes tours, to special events, to shopping, swimming….let’s just say this – you will never be bored at WDW

“Where can I stay at Walt Disney World?” – They have a ton of amazing Resorts – ranging in price and ameneties, you can stay in anything from a basic room to a campground cabin to an RV to a 3 bedroom suite. Disney does a great job with theming on these resorts too, so if you’re really into New Orleans, or the Caribbean, or Disney Animation – there are Resorts themed to all of those and more!

“What’s the food like at Walt Disney World?” – Theme Park food gets a bad rap, and for a good reason – it’s mostly overpriced, bad tasting, and bad for you. Well, rest assured that WDW food is absolutely NOTHING like your typical Theme Park cuisine – they do it all here: sushi, steak, salads, buffets, dishes from around the World, and much more. It’s one of my favorite parts of Disney – is trying new and different restaurants and food

“Why should I go to Walt Disney World?” – Why NOT? It is a magical place, with something for everyone – rides, food, shows, attractions, animals, characters, parades, live music, drinks, dancing, laughter – need I say more?

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So How Much Does A Disney Trip REALLY Cost?

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I talk a LOT about how amazing Walt Disney World is, how it’s a vacation you will never forget that is worth every penny, and I truly believe this.

But you may be wondering….exactly how many pennies will it take to get there? I have mentioned before that it’s not a cheap vacation, and that you will want to plan ahead and save up for it. How much saving, you ask? Well, for 2 adult travelers it goes something like this:

Lodging – You can expect to pay around $100 per night for a room at a WDW Value Resort, for a total of around $750 for 7 nights. The Value Resorts are the cheapest on property, and are nothing amazing, but we love them – they are fun, playful, and more than adequate for a place to rest your head. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, Disney has PLENTY more options in their Moderate and Deluxe Resort Categories

Park Tickets – Adding a 6 day Park Hopper Ticket to your Disney Resort Stay as a “Package” will cost around $60 per person, per day (this is one easy way to save money, by purchasing a 6 day ticket instead of a 7 day ticket- as you probably won’t have time to enjoy 7 full days in the Parks due to travel times etc), for a total of $720

Dining – approx $56 per day, per person, for a total of $780 for the week. This Disney Dining Plan includes one Counter service meal (similar to a fast food restaurant), one snack, and one table service meal per day, per person – which is more than enough for us! Portions tend to be large, and a table service could be a buffet if you choose, so you certainly won’t go hungry!

Transportation – This one is tricky, because it all depennds on where you live and how you plan on getting to Disney. Since we live in New York, we fly into Orlando, which usually ends up costing about $260 per person, for a total of $520 for the two of us. I like to include airport parking in this too, so I usually budget around $600 for transportation. Once we arrive in Orlando, we take the free Disney Magical Express shuttle to our Disney Resort, and from there on out we use all Disney Transportation for the whole week, which is also free! If you want to rent a car to get around Disney and the surrounding attractions more easily, then that is something additional you would want to think about budgeting for

Souvenirs/Miscellanous – This category includes anything and everything from tipping your waiters to airport snacks and souvenirs and sunscreen and a million bottles of water….yeah, it all adds up, and you will want to be prepared for it! We usually average around $100 a day for all incidentals, some days it may be more some less, but around $700 seems to be a good amount for us

So….$750 Lodging + $720 Park Tickets + $780 Dining Plan + $600 Transportation + $700 Souvenirs = A Grand Total of $3550 for a 7 night, 6 day stay at Walt Disney World for 2 Adult Travelers

Does this dollar amount shock you? I don’t blame you – it’s not a small number. BUT – think about this – most other trips would cost just as much (a cruise, a trip to an all inclusive resort, etc), and there ARE ways to make your trip more cost effective. Check out the Walt Disney World website, and play around with their vacation planning tool, and while you’re there check out the current deals and promotions they are offering to see if any of them can work for you! Plus you really are getting a lot of bang for your buck – you will never be bored at Disney, there is always something to do or see or experience, and that is worth the price to me!

We book our Disney trips through AAA, and they can’t always get you a better deal, but they will try, and they know a lot about Disney so if you’re planning your first Disney trip they can be a great resource!

Now I would like to place a HUGE disclaimer on all of this – this is simply our experience, as 2 adults traveling to WDW, and we don’t take full advantage of all the discounts/promotions that Disney offers, mostly because we like to plan our trips a year or more ahead of time and those deals don’t always come out far enough in advance for us to be able to utilize them. So you may have a VERY different experience when it comes to pricing your trip – but I find that this is what works for us, and it’s a good example of what you can expect to pay to enjoy the Happiest Place On Earth!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Exploring POP Century

Walt Disney World has TONS of amazing Resorts to choose from, and they even have a great selection of cheaper, or Value Resorts.

Last April my family and I stayed at WDW’s Pop Century Resort, a Value Resort with a nostalgic “remember when” theme, including oversized memorabilia from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

We just had to explore all the fun things at the Resort, so check out some of the great stuff we found!

Twister, giant toys, a computer themed pool – this place has it all!

Maybe this inspired you to book your next WDW stay at Pop Century? We really loved it – the rooms, the food court, and the Resort itself were all amazing, and I will more than likely stay here many more times!

TGIF!

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