Affordable Disney Vacations
Every child deserves to visit Disneyland at least once in their lifetime. But anyone who has looked into a Disney vacation will tell you that they don’t come cheap. So what are the alternatives? How can you ensure that your children get to have this magical experience without spending a fortune or going into debt for the next five years? How to save money on your trip?
Yes, you are going to spend a considerable amount of money no matter how you approach it. But the difference between an affordable Disney vacation and one that leaves you depressed over the state of your credit cards when it is finished can be quite considerable.
Do Your Research
The most important thing in planning a Disney vacation is in doing your research into the various packages and discounts that are available not to mention the options you have in regards to food and lodging.
Getting the best deals means planning ahead. You are going to want to start looking into what kinds of packages are available 6 months to a year before you are scheduled to go on vacation. And while you can find plenty of information online, going through a travel agent may give you an edge, especially when it comes to package pricing for tickets (including park hoppers tickets) as well as ticket/hotel combos that can save you a significant amount of money.
If you are on a tight budget there are a number of corners that can be cut to help you save for the things that really matter.
First off, don’t feel as if you have to stay in a Disney-themed hotel in order to have a great vacation. There are plenty of budget hotels that will give you a place to sleep and clean towels for a fraction of the price of some of the more expensive places.
Secondly, be sure to come prepared. Bring sunblock, visors or hats, camera film and sunglasses from your hotel or you may find yourself forking over large amounts in the park’s convenience stores.
Another way to cut down on costs is to restrict you’re eating in the park to lunch only. Food prices in Disneyland can be prohibitively expensive. Make sure that your family eats a good breakfast before you head out, and make time for a sit down dinner after you leave the park in the evenings. That way you only have to budget for one meal at Disney prices per day.
Finally, if you have preschool aged children, do some advance shopping online and at Disney outlet stores for reasonably priced Disney items. Wrap them up as gifts (one per child per night) and they will probably never miss the higher priced items in the park stores. For older children and teens, give them a daily allowance to spend on souvenirs. Make it clear that once their money is gone, there is no more to be had until the next day.
Putting it All Together
As you can see, an awesome Disneyland vacation does not have to cost a fortune. With a little imagination and advance planning you and your family can enjoy the magic and share in memories that will last you for a lifetime.