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todzwife
09-17-2008, 05:59 PM
I already have the room reservations and the tickets. He says he's not sure if we can afford it now. I'm so not happy. :(

NicksMommy
09-17-2008, 06:14 PM
start selling on ebay! Do something to make money... Have you checked the budget board?

Queenbillabong
09-17-2008, 06:25 PM
It's not necessarily a bad thing if you can't afford it and have to postpone a trip. I would rather enjoy a vacation knowing it's not going to cause hardship than stress about money the whole time.

That's not to say it doesn't suck if you have to postpone a trip, but it does happen. The good thing is Disneyland is there for a long time and if it takes you a couple of months to save for a great trip, it will be there for you :thumbsup2

kkheburn
09-17-2008, 06:45 PM
I hear you on the canceling trip. My husband is not to excited about spending the money for our trip in Feb. We get our tickets for Christmas gifts and our room for our birthdays. Really all we need is money for gas and stuff in the park. Im so good about stashing money here and there. Last year I had over $300 for extra money. Hang in there! Plus I need my churro fix!

bumbershoot
09-17-2008, 07:58 PM
I already have the room reservations and the tickets. He says he's not sure if we can afford it now. I'm so not happy. :(

What will show that you guys can afford it? If you have the money for the reservations, if you have the tickets, what is it he is thinking will absolutely destroy your wallet?

Honestly, this is what, the third time he has done this? At this point I would be planning a trip without my husband. Assuming you DO have the money, that you're not borrowing and putting yourself in a hole to go, I think he just doesn't want to go.

Also, I assume that with each cancelation you've been putting money aside, so seriously, what is he thinking is going to happen, money-wise? People do joke about the Mouse pickpocketing them, but for all of our trips, we have actually had to put money out there in order to get anything. There's nothing extra we've been surprised by. The only wild card is souvenirs, but that is EASY to plan ahead for by shopping at disneyshopping.com's outlet, at the Disney Store if you have one nearby (I hear they have good sales), and even the character outlet warehouse down the road from Disneyland.

Other than that, you know the transportation costs, you have the hotel, you have the tickets. You have access to the menus, and you likely know how easy it is to share food, buy kid's meals, and bring in your own food to supplement or substitute. There are menus, if I recall correctly, for Mimi's and Millie's and maybe Coco's online, so even that's simple. Hubby, son and I all shared a macaroni and cheese dish, with garlic bread and a big salad, from Millie's, and it was under $12. We were all hungry, too! Big meal.

You guys need to have a talk, b/c it really seems there's something strange going on in his head, to keep doing this to your family.

todzwife
09-17-2008, 08:04 PM
I have been saving cash in a can for over a year and I've got about $200+ already. I have several things for sale and if those sell it will be about $250.

The hotel is $402 including tax.
Gas to get there will be about $500
The cash I have will cover food
I have $120 on a disney visa rewards card for food if needed
The kids have been saving for their "stuff".

Tickets are already purchased (from arestravel.com so we have vouchers so I HAVE to pick up the tickets or we'll lose that money)

I'm hoping to get the money for the hotel through sewing some stuff. ALL that would be left is the gas to get there.

I understand he's stressed,but we've been looking forward to this FOREVER. I'm ready to leave him behind if he doesn't want to come.:headache:

2ndStar
09-17-2008, 08:12 PM
Oh, I so hope you can work something out. Things have been tight for us lately too. I just cut back to a 4-day workday to be home one weekday with my kids, so we just faced my first paycheck with a 20% cut. We went from having plenty of extra play money for trips to really having to budget carefully. Our next trip is in January, and I wasn't sure if we could go. Two things that are help us budget for our trip: I signed up for a Disney Visa just before summer and have been using it for everything possible (I check it every two days and then pay it off from our bank account). So far I have $80 in Disney rewards. Also, I set up a SmartyPig account online - you can create various savings goals and then have small, regular amounts automatically deducted from your bank account until you reach your goal. I created one just for our Disney trip and so I can clearly see how much spending money we'll have and can budget a bit each month for it.

I've also made it VERY well known to all who will listen that a Disney gift card would be a great idea for my December birthday or for Xmas! We'll probably also get each of the kids one for xmas as well - kill two birds, you know...

I SO hope things work out for you. Especially in these bleak financial times, we all need a bit of sunshine, and what better place than Disneyland?!

godalejunior
09-17-2008, 09:11 PM
Sounds like it is time to have a garage sale to me............we made over $900 at our last one and that paid for an alone trip for DH and I.

pycees312
09-17-2008, 11:37 PM
it's weird to come on a message board and post stuff and then read peoples opinions but i assume you wanna hear it or else you would not have posted so hear it goes. If your saving money for long periods and the kids are doing things to save for thier own stuff honey you cannot afford it right now. And i know " most" men are proud and do not like to say no but it seems for whatever reason you always end up with the trip back on so you must be nudging and or nagging him over it. and if your in a financial crunch already this isnt going to help. I suggest if you ""must continue to save like you have been doing. and when you get all the money for the trip then appoach him with the trip. Otherwise this is more stress on his back as a man and i assume he is a provider. If you go on this trip with feelings how they are now you will not have a good trip and leaving your husband is not an option in my book. You should go as a family when it won't be a burden on anyone!! not you, your kids or you husband. I also suggest if you are making a big deal in front of the kids to stop it.and let them know you will get to Disneyland at a later time or better yet say nothing at all unless asked. I hope that wasn't to harsh and my response was only to the OP not anyone else who has saved for Diney lol i know we all do it at some point. from what i have read i just get the feeling there is more to this...:surfweb:

Also Having reservations does not mean you have paid in full.... and this is where i think part of the problem lies am i wrong?

Zoemakes5
09-18-2008, 12:32 AM
I have been saving cash in a can for over a year and I've got about $200+ already. I have several things for sale and if those sell it will be about $250.

The hotel is $402 including tax.
Gas to get there will be about $500
The cash I have will cover food
I have $120 on a disney visa rewards card for food if needed
The kids have been saving for their "stuff".

Tickets are already purchased (from arestravel.com so we have vouchers so I HAVE to pick up the tickets or we'll lose that money)

I'm hoping to get the money for the hotel through sewing some stuff. ALL that would be left is the gas to get there.

I understand he's stressed,but we've been looking forward to this FOREVER. I'm ready to leave him behind if he doesn't want to come.:headache:


I'd be a bit concerned for you, if money is an issue here. You've been saving for over a year, and you have $200-maybe 250. BUT, you have about $1000 left to come up with. That's 5X what you've been able to save in a year and a half. By those calculations, it will be 7 years before you can go. Either your DH is just tight with money and doesn't want to spend it on a DLR vacation, or you truly don't have the extra money.
I'd look very carefully at all of this before you go without him. IF finances are truly tight, I can imagine it's very hard for him to have to be the bad guy and say you can't go. Especially if the kids are expecting it. I know how disappointing it can be to have to postpone the trip. I know how sad and hard.
Now, if it's a situation where he simply doesn't want to go and he's being a butt about it, then that's a different story, IMHO.

jlparedes
09-18-2008, 09:56 AM
I may be losing my job about the time we are scheduled to go but I refuse to cancel and break my DN's heart and mine too LOL. So I've been doing things to help out with finances. I have planned to make $400 selling on eBay and so far I'm at $250 with several things on auction now. I sold my old laptop for $500 and that will pay for the hotel. I've worked a little overtime and DH has made a couple bonuses which has helped with the tickets. I put the hotel and tickets on my Disney Visa and then paid it off, so i gained over 200 Disney points which I will get to spend there on gifts and stuff.

Try to think of creative ways to save a few hundered. Babysit, get a second job PT, recycle, save change and cash it in, sell on eBay or craigslist. I also am very frugal these days. I use coupons for groceries, we'll be driving down so we're bringing a cooler of food and drinks so we don't have to buy as much. I used the entertainment book to book our room and will be splitting plates with DD because neither of us eat much. You can do it, if you put your mind to it and stick to your budgeting! Every litte bit helps.

BELLEDOZER
09-18-2008, 10:01 AM
My husband and I are in a similiar situation. We want to take the kids to DL, but we are very tight financially. However, when we decided to go, I started to save the kids family allowances, and when I had enough money, started to convert it to USD. By the trip I will have saved enough money to cover 2/3 of the trip. Hubby has counted on me to take the burden of putting aside as much of the trip money as I can so that we have less of a financial hit when we go, and theres nothing I like more than a challenge. We have decided to drive rather to fly, and that alone saved us around $600.00. I can justify putting the family allowance money towards the trip, as it's going to something that all of us will enjoy next year, and is something that the kids are really looking forward to. Saving the money can be done, you just have to get creative at times on how you do it, even if it means cutting back on Christmas expenses, taking advantage of sales, having a garage sale, etc. It can be done, even though it may not seem so at the time. By the way I'm a stay at home mom, and even so, I've managed to accomplish this feat, so if I can you can too. Good luck in saving the money for your upcoming trip!:grouphug: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Trish

olivejuice
09-18-2008, 10:09 AM
Hi, I have had to post pone a trip too. And thats after the reservations and saving 700 dollars because our car broke and we had to use the money. But at first i was very upset then i just started saving and planning again and I was able to go 6 mons later. which seems like forever but it went soooo fast. You should point out that the tickets are going to cost you money to not go.

But a garage sale sound like a great idea everyone likes garage sales. I really hope you can work it out. But I would think about things like a sale or something. I know when we start saving to go I never go to the movies or go out to eat and stuff like that. Its sooo suprising how much money my fam. uses when we go out to eat and stuff. When you want to go out just think (if i take this money we are about to spend and save it for Disneyland I will get there even sooner.)

Well good luck!:thumbsup2

todzwife
09-18-2008, 10:53 AM
I'd be a bit concerned for you, if money is an issue here. You've been saving for over a year, and you have $200-maybe 250. BUT, you have about $1000 left to come up with. That's 5X what you've been able to save in a year and a half. By those calculations, it will be 7 years before you can go. Either your DH is just tight with money and doesn't want to spend it on a DLR vacation, or you truly don't have the extra money.
I'd look very carefully at all of this before you go without him. IF finances are truly tight, I can imagine it's very hard for him to have to be the bad guy and say you can't go. Especially if the kids are expecting it. I know how disappointing it can be to have to postpone the trip. I know how sad and hard.
Now, if it's a situation where he simply doesn't want to go and he's being a butt about it, then that's a different story, IMHO.


The money I've saved has literally just been extra coins, we HAVE plenty of money. He's just freaking out about the economy and the election LOL! :headache:

Gisele
09-18-2008, 11:31 AM
If you have more than enough funds to go, then go without him, if he really just cannot seem to be on the same page as you and your family, if you don't mind my saying.
No matter the economy, nor the elections, should keep him from going, when it sounds like you and he can more than afford to go. Also, what I am trying to say is, with the former elements, unless we are no more, we will continue to live, no matter what, I don't care who may be elected, or if the economy does not become better, anytime soon, for we will persevere ( I love that word, it's meaning, and that it dates back to the 14th century) and work on moving forward.

fairykin
09-18-2008, 11:38 AM
You need to listen to him. He's expressing that He is afraid of not being able to take care of you and the children should the economy worsen. He's hearing about lay offs and mabe even having a friend who has been laid off. He's worried.
In the rock paper scissor war over I wanna go and an econimical fear.. econimical fear wins.

You love your husband..you want to be able to enjoy the Family trip WITH Him... so.. figure out a way to postpone it.

Contact the people you purchased the tickets for and see if you can arrange to have them mailed to you..see how long they are good for..and if you can't use them at a later date..sell them on ebay.

I'm sorry you are disappointed.. remember your family comes first..then Disneyland.:goodvibes

DL4my2kids
09-18-2008, 11:46 AM
I wish I had some great word of wisdom but all I can offer is a :hug:

We had to cancel our trip this year too.:sad2:

todzwife
09-18-2008, 12:18 PM
Well another option opened up and we may take a shorter trip in October instead. DH was MUCH more on board for this idea for several reasons
1. shorter trip=less money
2. Before the elections
3. No Knotts for Thanksgiving which would save another $200 :)
Soooo...

Crossing fingers SOMETHING works out.

Disney Dreams
09-18-2008, 12:30 PM
Sorry to hear that money is tight right now. It is for lots of people and it's a rough time. I understand a DL trip is something to look forward to (and disappointing if it can't happen right now), but the economy is a bit scary right now. If he is not comfortable with spending what really does add up to a lot of money, no one will enjoy the trip.

Try to focus on family and security instead of a trip that can be taken when things are a bit more comfortable for all of you. It's rough right now, not only for you.

A happy and secure family can be better than a trip that places unneeded stress. Honest. (And if you don't end up going - use a LITTLE of the money to buy some lasting Disney keepsake instead :wizard: ).

bumbershoot
09-18-2008, 02:30 PM
Well another option opened up and we may take a shorter trip in October instead. DH was MUCH more on board for this idea for several reasons
1. shorter trip=less money
2. Before the elections
3. No Knotts for Thanksgiving which would save another $200 :)
Soooo...

Crossing fingers SOMETHING works out.

Well that's good. And yes, going to another park in the middle of a trip IS much more money.

But what is he thinking is going to happen after an election? I mean, a friend's husband worries, but that's b/c he works directly FOR an elected official in CA. That makes sense. But for a general person I don't get the worry. We have elections every 4 years. :confused3

Mugglemama
09-18-2008, 02:36 PM
i feel your pain, lol! we'd been planning a trip for months, when DH, back around 4th of July, says he doesn't think we should spend money on DL until we have such-and-such amount in our "emergency fund". i was really frustrated, because he waited to say this until after we had already told our kids we were going (i would have had no trouble canceling if we hadn't already told them, but i feel strongly myself about always carrying through with what i say to the kids, unless it's an emergency or something).

so the very next day, i started earning money for the trip (i work from home as a freelance writer - it's a company anybody can write for, you may want to check it out! it's called associated content....good way to earn some extra bucks. it doesn't pay a ton, but it all adds up - i've made about $1500 since that conversation on July 4th).

so basically, i paid for the trip. we're taking 2 weeks to drive down and visit family all through CA and AZ as well, and the money i earned is paying for that, too. here's how i kept it cheap, and kept DH happy...

staying at a super cheap hotel near DLR - nothing grand, but it's SUPER close, and we don't spend much time at the hotel, anyway. we're basically just there to sleep and shower. (super 8, $65 a night!)

we cut back from 4 day park hoppers to 2 day park hoppers. that saved us, as a family of 6, somewhere in the ballpark of $300, maybe a little more. i didn't mind making this compromise because we're going at a less-busy time of year, so we can accomplish what we want even with less days and shorter park hours.

we're driving. after figuring hours and gas prices in various locations along the way, gas will run about $380. but i budgeted $500, just in case.

we are eating CHEAP. we are lucky to be eating several of our meals during the trip with family members that we visit along the way (5 different homes), although we will be purchasing some of that food, we'll be able to keep it simple and relatively cheap. we're buying groceries (hotel has fridge and microwave) and bringing sandwiches into the park in an insulated backpack for lunches and snacks (we don't especially love the food at DLR anyway, so this didn't bother anyone. the only meals we'll buy in the parks are our dinners for the 2 days. and the restaurant the kids always want to go to is Taste Pilots Grill in DCA, and that costs us about $55 per meal for our family of 2 adults and 4 kids ranging in ages from 3 to 16).

we're not buying souvenirs. we've been to DLR 100+ times, and i am letting the kids take in previous souvenirs (spinny light up toys, etc.) to play with while there, and i bought a few things from the disney store, cheap. we're so busy getting on rides that the kids really don't care about the souvenirs anymore, anyway. they have so many from over the years, and we still have them all. we had AP's for a couple of years, during which time we practically lived in the parks every spare moment we had, so souvenirs just aren't an issue for them anymore.

i didn't buy new clothes for the trip, except socks, lol!! that was part of the deal....nobody gets new summer clothes if we want to go to disneyland. nobody argued.

now, i said i kept DH happy. however, last night when i actually forked out the $725 for the tickets, he was noticeably stressed. he wants to go too, but the expense freaks him out.

so check out Associated Content....see if you can earn some extra money there!!!

CrazyDuck
09-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Well another option opened up and we may take a shorter trip in October instead. DH was MUCH more on board for this idea for several reasons
1. shorter trip=less money
2. Before the elections
3. No Knotts for Thanksgiving which would save another $200 :)
Soooo...

Crossing fingers SOMETHING works out.

Just an observation.... Gas prices will be higher in Oct than Nov because of the continuing Ike fallout so any money you think you will save by shortening your trip will be offset by the higher gas prices (which is the majority of your budget :confused:). Curious about why the elections play any part in your trip planning? Unless your husband is a candidate or a campaign manager I don't see any reason why it would affect your financial situation. It's not as if gas will drop to $1.00/gal after Obama is elected president! ;) If you have already purchased your park tickets from ARES I'm sure you could get them to refund your money. Just give them a hardship story. It's not as if they are going to lose any thing!

JosieGirl71
09-18-2008, 04:33 PM
If you really CAN afford the trip, I think a compromise is in order. Maybe cut one day off the trip, cheaper motel, eat breakfast in your motel room, pack sandwiches for lunch in the parks, split meals, eat McDonald's, etc. There are TONS of ways to save money then maybe you will BOTH get your way. ;)

Mugglemama
09-18-2008, 04:44 PM
If you have already purchased your park tickets from ARES I'm sure you could get them to refund your money. Just give them a hardship story. It's not as if they are going to lose any thing!

actually, i'm not sure that's true. i just purchased my tickets from ARES last night, and they are very clear to state (and reiterate) that the tickets are nonrefundable, nonexchangealbe, and nonreturnable, before you ever click on that final "purchase" button.

i could be wrong, maybe they would allow somebody to do this, but from the terms and conditions i read last night, it sure didn't sound like they would.

samkj
09-18-2008, 05:05 PM
We've scaled down our next trip as well. It was originally 5-6 days in Feb (Presidents week) now its down to 3 days at Christmas! Gas will be "free" since we will be visiting my in-laws south of DL anyway and 3 nights less at the hotel will also save us a bundle. The tickets will also save us quite a bit. Unfortunately it will be MUCH, MUCH busier, but we'll manage. All in all we'll save around $1000.

Good luck with your trip.

YellowMickeyPonchos
09-18-2008, 05:20 PM
If you have more than enough funds to go, then go without him, if he really just cannot seem to be on the same page as you and your family, if you don't mind my saying.
No matter the economy, nor the elections, should keep him from going, when it sounds like you and he can more than afford to go. Also, what I am trying to say is, with the former elements, unless we are no more, we will continue to live, no matter what, I don't care who may be elected, or if the economy does not become better, anytime soon, for we will persevere ( I love that word, it's meaning, and that it dates back to the 14th century) and work on moving forward.

Gisele - Sometimes part of marriage is the importance of having patience and coming to an understanding when you have conflict. That is more important than advising someone to impulsively go to Disneyland without their spouse - especially when we don't know everything behind their story. Taking an action that one's spouse feels vehemently against is a good way to irreparably damage your marriage and the trust you have in your spouse.

Todzwife - I think it is best for the two of you to sit back and have an honest and open conversation about this whole thing. It sounds like there are issues that both of you need to address. As one of the PPs said, DL will always be there - and it's getting even better with all of the new improvements that are coming. If you have to take more time - it's okay!

jernysgirl
09-18-2008, 05:33 PM
Gisele - Sometimes part of marriage is the importance of having patience and coming to an understanding when you have conflict. That is more important than advising someone to impulsively go to Disneyland without their spouse - especially when we don't know everything behind their story. Taking an action that one's spouse feels vehemently against is a good way to irreparably damage your marriage and the trust you have in your spouse.

Todzwife - I think it is best for the two of you to sit back and have an honest and open conversation about this whole thing. It sounds like there are issues that both of you need to address. As one of the PPs said, DL will always be there - and it's getting even better with all of the new improvements that are coming. If you have to take more time - it's okay!

I have to say that I agree with YellowMickeyPonchos here. I would never be able to get the guilt out of me for leaving DH behind and spending lots of money, when I knew that he was really concerned about our finances. Don't worry, it will all work out somehow. :hug:

todzwife
09-18-2008, 06:16 PM
DH is a dentist so he's not directly affected by the election...I think he was just looking for excuses:lmao:
We talked at lunch and he is MUCH more receptive to going in October. This will mean we cut out half of Tuesday to begin the travel home but I told him I'll take what I can get. By not staying in a hotel that night, we'll save an additional $75 or so.
We have till Jan 18th to use the tickets. I don't care WHEN we go, I just want to go! This would be the third Disney trip that has been cancelled if it does not go through.

Queenbillabong
09-18-2008, 06:18 PM
That sounds like a good compromise to me - plus you'll get to see the Halloween decorations in October :woohoo: A short trip can be great as well (and you get so save money, so that's all good!)

Have a great trip!

CrazyDuck
09-18-2008, 06:42 PM
Your DH is a dentist and it took you a year to save $200 in a a can? :confused: You know dentists in my city make on average $150,000/year. How is it that your DH can not afford to take you and your kids to DL for at least a week?

YellowMickeyPonchos
09-18-2008, 08:22 PM
Your DH is a dentist and it took you a year to save $200 in a a can? :confused: You know dentists in my city make on average $150,000/year. How is it that your DH can not afford to take you and your kids to DL for at least a week?


This is an unfortunate and very stereotypical response and an all too common misconception for almost all types of medical practices these days, especially with insurance reimbursement tightening it's belt, too.

DDSs and MDs have a lot of expenses and extra insurances they have to carry these days. Their salaries are down (due to insurance), offices costs are up - if he owns his own practice, it's even worse. If they are in a situation where they have taken over an existing practice or are trying to build their own, it's even worse! It's just like if you went out and opened up Crazy Duck's Plate Lunch Shop. You have all sorts of operating expenses, other people's salaries to pay, etc.

Her husband has a legitimate reason to worry. This year has seen a lot of changes in healthcare - the Stark Act, HIPAA laws, etc. There are new laws on the horizon that could affect his practice even more.

I got laid off in January (from a radiology equipment manufacturer) and still have not been able to get a job in my field due to a lot of this. I am also watching this closely and am getting fairly worried. I'm even considering going back to a part-time position with the Disney Store because I can't get a job in my degree field.

Sorry to grump, but it is a hot button. :)

todzwife
09-18-2008, 09:14 PM
Your DH is a dentist and it took you a year to save $200 in a a can? :confused: You know dentists in my city make on average $150,000/year. How is it that your DH can not afford to take you and your kids to DL for at least a week?

LOL it was just the change jar. We usually use the debit card.:lmao:

todzwife
09-18-2008, 09:17 PM
Your DH is a dentist and it took you a year to save $200 in a a can? :confused: You know dentists in my city make on average $150,000/year. How is it that your DH can not afford to take you and your kids to DL for at least a week?

LOL it was just the change jar. We usually use the debit card.:lmao:

But just because he makes good money doesn't mean we have a ton leftover. We live in a smaller town and I can tell you he doesn't make your city's "average".
That said, we're FINE and we CAN afford it, DH is just concerned that the money could go toward something else. I just keep telling him that we need to go to our happy place and make some memories with the kidlets :wizard: princess:

mybestieismickey
09-18-2008, 09:30 PM
The husband and I "convinced" each other that we could do a budget trip in August so that we could go one more time before our passes expired. So, I looked at the things that there was no compromising on (kennel fees, gas, etc) and the things that had room to give.

In the end, our final trip ended up being only 3 days in the park instead of 5, we took sandwiches with us for lunch, our own water bottles, and committed to only spending $20 a day total (including food, snacks, and souveniers). I made the husband take out the money from the ATM, so everything was cash with no overspending. Obviously, this meant no sit down restaurants, but that's okay with us since we still got to go to Disneyland. Besides, Corn Dog Castle is a must do and the two of us can eat there for $10 (with the AP discount). In the end, we spent an extra $20 on a souvenier that we couldn't justify leaving till our next trip.

I'm so glad we talked ourselves into it. Our passes expire at the end of this month and right now the budget won't allow for renewal. We've never regretted a Disney trip in hind sight. Even if it meant cutting out extras else where (can't remember the last time I went to the movies :rolleyes: )

CamdenLab
09-19-2008, 01:30 PM
Your DH sounds a little like mine. I know John would LOVE to spend all our Disney money on other things, like our house, for instance and sure, it would be a better investment to spend it on finishing our front yard, new siding, etc. John spends money on 'things' not 'experiences' whereas I'm just the opposite. I love a good restaurant, a show, to travel. He loves a cheap restaurant with lots of food, waits to buy a movie on DVD (used for $5) and hasn't traveled in nearly 20 years. However, the kids aren't getting any younger (the oldest is 13) and he's been "wanting" to take them to Disneyland forever. But, he hasn't made any sacrifices to do it. He's bought hundreds of dollars worth of movies and CDs, goodies for his bike and motorcycle, etc., but those, again, are things. People have a different way of thinking, of spending money.

I decided last winter that it was time to take the kids to Disneyland. I came up with a plan (that wouldn't affect him much) and talked to him about it. We used the kids' birthday money (he'll spend at least $300 per birthday and there are three kids -- so that paid for all of our Disney tickets @ $900). Then, the kids started doing extra chores and there is their spending money. We have padded their spending money over time as a bonus for their birthdays. We are making our own meals about 50% of the time. We are bringing our dogs (saves at least $300). We are driving and saving over $1,000 there. We are having a yard sale this weekend and using that money toward Disney. My parents are giving us some stuff for the sale and my Mom said to keep half of the money we make off her stuff to take to Disneyland. So, that's nice if you have family around and the kids are old enough to help and get into it. We also sold a few things on Craigslist.

Now, some things came up recently. I am not spend-thrift and not having savings worries me -- we have three kids, two dogs, a horse and a house, not to mention our cars. I had to talk to him about tightening the purse strings and he was not happy. But, he'll be happy to see that when we get back our savings will be well-stocked.

So, I guess my advice is to present it in a way that is more positive than negative. Use money that you would have used either way toward the trip. Work hard to make the extra money that you wouldn't have had if it weren't for the trip. If your kids are old enough, get them involved by having them do extra chores, maybe babysitting, pet-walking or mowing lawns. Our kids are going to appreciate the trip more since they worked toward it and gave up other things to have it.

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 01:55 PM
We used the kids' birthday money (he'll spend at least $300 per birthday and there are three kids -- so that paid for all of our Disney tickets @ $900).

Our kids are going to appreciate the trip more since they worked toward it and gave up other things to have it.

They gave up birthday presents??? Oh how sad!!! :sad2:

Gisele
09-19-2008, 02:09 PM
Camden Lab,


Good post! :) and I love horses too! and I know the expense involved with owning one too. I hope that you are able to board your horse on your own property, that saves money right there, I alas do not most unfortunately own my own land, so horses that I have been fortunate to own, ( at different times) I had to board them, which can be good, when one needs an extra pair of hands, at one time or another, or if one is going to be away for a few days or more, that way, you can arrange to have someone take care of your horse.
So there are definitely pluses and minuses to boarding at home, or elsewhere.

pixiewings71
09-19-2008, 02:17 PM
They gave up birthday presents??? Oh how sad!!! :sad2:

Not really, my kids would gladly give up birthday and Christmas gifts to get a trip to Disney!! Your priorities are obviously not the same as the people who "gave up" $300 worth of gifts to go to Disney. I'd give that up, in a flat second, if I could get back to DL anytime soon.

OP, I hope it works out. I know I had to do some wheeling and dealing with DBF for our last trip. Luckily it worked out and we were able to do everyone's b-days (except mine) at DL last year. :) It was a GREAT experience and we still talk about how much fun we had. Even if you have to postpone you've got tickets that are good until January, maybe postponing until Jan would help, then you could actually GIVE things that pertain to the trip for Christmas gifts. :)

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 02:26 PM
Not really, my kids would gladly give up birthday and Christmas gifts to get a trip to Disney!! Your priorities are obviously not the same as the people who "gave up" $300 worth of gifts to go to Disney. I'd give that up, in a flat second, if I could get back to DL anytime soon.

Well I guess thats the difference between you and me... I wouldn't even think to ask my kids to give up birthday and Christmas presents to get a trip to Disney! If I couldn't afford it and they wanted to go, then "I" would be the one to sacrifice something ($10 lunches, HBO, frappucchinos, whatever...) to make it happen for them!

kkmcan
09-19-2008, 02:42 PM
We don't give up birthday presents for our kids but we have given up throwing expensive birthday parties. At $300 a party that's $600 a year! We also have a yard sale right before each trip (make about $250), save money in a jar and sell on ebay. All of our trips have been paid in full before going with little stress since it isn't coming out of our savings accounts.

bumbershoot
09-19-2008, 03:07 PM
They gave up birthday presents??? Oh how sad!!! :sad2:

Huh. Disneyland WAS my son's present this year. It was a whole lot more expensive than what we usually get for him!!! :goodvibes


todzwife, is it also that since he's self-employed, he doesn't have vacation pay? I remember when I had my chiropractic practice, even if I had had the money to take a vacation, it would have been difficult, b/c every day away from the practice was money lost. But still, he's got to take vacations if he can!

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 03:10 PM
I remember when I had my chiropractic practice,

:eek: OMG.... I didn't know we had a chiorpracter on these boards.... I'm gonna sneak on the ladies trip... I need an adjustment bumber! My back is killing me!!!

todzwife
09-19-2008, 03:24 PM
Ok so there was a TOTAL change of plans:lmao: I'm not sure WHY, but both DH and my dad were MUCH more open to going in October. So...new plan:

October 17-21 (well go Saturday, Monday and half of Tuesday)
Staying at Anaheim Plaza (Saving $80 vs. our 5 days at Hojo in Nov.)
No Blue Bayou (save what...$75?)
No Knotts Berry Farm for Thanksgiving (save about $200)

Just booked the Anaheim. I'm just glad we are going at all. I'm totally fine w/ a modified plan, AND this means we are going sooner.:woohoo:
Of course it's going to be busy so I'll probably get ridemax.

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 03:26 PM
Yay... so what are you doing on Sunday? Instead of paying for ridemax ($15) why not just pay for a 4th day? It should only cost $15/ticket more!

todzwife
09-19-2008, 03:36 PM
Yay... so what are you doing on Sunday? Instead of paying for ridemax ($15) why not just pay for a 4th day? It should only cost $15/ticket more!

We're probably going to go the the beach...my kids have never seen the ocean :)

Gisele
09-19-2008, 03:44 PM
Oh that will be ever so nice for your children to be able to visit the ocean, it is beautiful, if you do not mind my asking, what geographic location do you and your family reside in? it sounds to be a state that is not close to any ocean.

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 03:47 PM
Oh that will be ever so nice for your children to be able to visit the ocean, it is beautiful,

:crazy2: :lmao:

JadeDarkstar
09-19-2008, 03:49 PM
out of the money i get i usely spend 600 on christmas and bday this year i did 100 each as a budget and the rest went to dl.
it will be good even my son knows hes going to dl is the bday present. and christmas.
just like next year mine will be wdw (then its a brake for a few years)

todzwife
09-19-2008, 03:59 PM
Oh that will be ever so nice for your children to be able to visit the ocean, it is beautiful, if you do not mind my asking, what geographic location do you and your family reside in? it sounds to be a state that is not close to any ocean.

We're in New Mexico. Total Desert.:scared:

bumbershoot
09-19-2008, 04:04 PM
:eek: OMG.... I didn't know we had a chiorpracter on these boards.... I'm gonna sneak on the ladies trip... I need an adjustment bumber! My back is killing me!!!

Ach, if only I were still practicing. Due to a very large number of events and feelings, I closed my practice and actually gave up my license in 2000, and other than hubby and son, I haven't put my hands on anyone since then (to adjust them). So I'm waaaaay out of practice, and now I've even hired someone else to adjust hubby and son (and me) b/c of being so out of practice. :(

pixiewings71
09-19-2008, 06:56 PM
Well I guess thats the difference between you and me... I wouldn't even think to ask my kids to give up birthday and Christmas presents to get a trip to Disney! If I couldn't afford it and they wanted to go, then "I" would be the one to sacrifice something ($10 lunches, HBO, frappucchinos, whatever...) to make it happen for them!

Ummm, I don't drink frappucchino and I don't eat $10 lunches or whatever.... I make EVERY sacrifice to be able to take my kids to DL in fact we just got done with 14 trips in 12 months so please don't imply that I am a bad parent because my kids would give up birthday and Christmas to go. We didn't ask them to do that, they offered to do so when we told them we couldn't renew our AP's this year. THEY were sad, THEY offered, I have amazing children and if I could make it happen we would be at DL every weekend. It's just not realistic. And some people can't afford a trip to Disney without giving up extras, we aren't all made of money Sy, some of us are on very strict budgets, especially now with the mortgage issues and gas prices. That said, I took BOTH of my girls to DL for their birthdays this past year, they both had meals inside the park of their choice, they both got money to buy themselves a nice souvenir AND they both got gifts on top of that. My girls are not deprived in any way, even they know how lucky we were to have the last year of AP's and we are all looking forward to getting them again, and then we will probably make another 12-14 trips in 12 months because it's just too easy to do that! :lmao:

We're probably going to go the the beach...my kids have never seen the ocean :)
Ahh, I love the beach. :) Your kids will love it too! Enjoy!! I'm so glad this all worked out for you!! YAY

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 07:55 PM
Ummm, I don't drink frappucchino and I don't eat $10 lunches or whatever.... I make EVERY sacrifice to be able to take my kids to DL in fact we just got done with 14 trips in 12 months so please don't imply that I am a bad parent because my kids would give up birthday and Christmas to go. We didn't ask them to do that, they offered to do so when we told them we couldn't renew our AP's this year. THEY were sad, THEY offered, I have amazing children and if I could make it happen we would be at DL every weekend. It's just not realistic. And some people can't afford a trip to Disney without giving up extras, we aren't all made of money Sy, some of us are on very strict budgets, especially now with the mortgage issues and gas prices. That said, I took BOTH of my girls to DL for their birthdays this past year, they both had meals inside the park of their choice, they both got money to buy themselves a nice souvenir AND they both got gifts on top of that. My girls are not deprived in any way, even they know how lucky we were to have the last year of AP's and we are all looking forward to getting them again, and then we will probably make another 12-14 trips in 12 months because it's just too easy to do that! :lmao:


I was not saying that you are a bad parent. I was just saying that I don't think kids should have to make sacrifices when it comes to financial situations regarding luxuries like vacation trips and Christmas presents. If you are going to take your kids to Disneyland then the parents should be the only ones that should have to make sacrifices. You don't tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because we are saving money to go to Disneyland." Now if it was a necessity then that's a different story. You could tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because I had to pay rent." You see the difference there? Parents sacrifice for luxuries, everyone sacrifices for necessities! Now lets talk about patience. Kids have none! It is ok if you tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 week!", and little Jimmy will be Happy :). You can't tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 year!", because that would make little Jimmy mad :mad:! At most you can stretch out a birthday present trip to Disneyland to 3 weeks! Anything longer than that you need to buy them a separate present and call the Disneyland trip a vacation!

14 trips in 12 months??? Someone here is made of money and it definately is not me!!! ;)

Sherry E
09-19-2008, 08:08 PM
I was not saying that you are a bad parent. I was just saying that I don't think kids should have to make sacrifices when it comes to financial situations regarding luxuries like vacation trips and Christmas presents. If you are going to take your kids to Disneyland then the parents should be the only ones that should have to make sacrifices. You don't tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because we are saving money to go to Disneyland." Now if it was a necessity then that's a different story. You could tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because I had to pay rent." You see the difference there? Parents sacrifice for luxuries, everyone sacrifices for necessities! Now lets talk about patience. Kids have none! It is ok if you tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 week!", and little Jimmy will be Happy :). You can't tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 year!", because that would make little Jimmy mad :mad:! At most you can stretch out a birthday present trip to Disneyland to 3 weeks! Anything longer than that you need to buy them a separate present and call the Disneyland trip a vacation!

14 trips in 12 months??? Someone here is made of money and it definately is not me!!! ;)


:rotfl:Little Jimmy - for some reason, that name just cracks me up! Maybe Little Jimmy is made of money and nobody knows it yet?? If I understand correctly, Pixiewings and her whole family at one time had APs, so that is what you are supposed to do when you have APs - go as many times as you can squeeze in in your 12 months. Of course, you can cut back in other areas, like stay offsite, bring food, eat counter service and not table service and all that, but at least their admission was covered for the 14 times and that seems well worth the cost of an AP.

jernysgirl
09-19-2008, 08:11 PM
I was not saying that you are a bad parent. I was just saying that I don't think kids should have to make sacrifices when it comes to financial situations regarding luxuries like vacation trips and Christmas presents. If you are going to take your kids to Disneyland then the parents should be the only ones that should have to make sacrifices. You don't tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because we are saving money to go to Disneyland." Now if it was a necessity then that's a different story. You could tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because I had to pay rent." You see the difference there? Parents sacrifice for luxuries, everyone sacrifices for necessities! Now lets talk about patience. Kids have none! It is ok if you tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 week!", and little Jimmy will be Happy :). You can't tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 year!", because that would make little Jimmy mad :mad:! At most you can stretch out a birthday present trip to Disneyland to 3 weeks! Anything longer than that you need to buy them a separate present and call the Disneyland trip a vacation!

14 trips in 12 months??? Someone here is made of money and it definately is not me!!! ;)

If you noticed pixie did mention they had APs, so that makes it easier to fit in trips more often. And she was not making her girls sacrifice anything, she said that they volunteered because they would rather have the trip than presents. Some people just don't values things as much as experiences as a PP had mentioned.

I for one think that giving a trip for a present is totally ok. My kids would probably prefer it that way as well. :) :) :)

pixiewings71
09-19-2008, 08:29 PM
I was not saying that you are a bad parent. I was just saying that I don't think kids should have to make sacrifices when it comes to financial situations regarding luxuries like vacation trips and Christmas presents. If you are going to take your kids to Disneyland then the parents should be the only ones that should have to make sacrifices. You don't tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because we are saving money to go to Disneyland." Now if it was a necessity then that's a different story. You could tell little Jimmy "Sorry, I couldn't buy you a birthday present this year because I had to pay rent." You see the difference there? Parents sacrifice for luxuries, everyone sacrifices for necessities! Now lets talk about patience. Kids have none! It is ok if you tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 week!", and little Jimmy will be Happy :). You can't tell em "Hey Jimmy, Happy Birthday! For your present I'm taking you to Disneyland in 1 year!", because that would make little Jimmy mad :mad:! At most you can stretch out a birthday present trip to Disneyland to 3 weeks! Anything longer than that you need to buy them a separate present and call the Disneyland trip a vacation!

14 trips in 12 months??? Someone here is made of money and it definately is not me!!! ;)

Seriously Sy, did you even read my post? lol :confused3 We had AP's, they were expiring, we told the girls we weren't renewing and THEY said "Mom, we will give up birthdays and Christmas if we can keep our AP's" I NEVER told them that would happen, I NEVER asked them to give anything up, THEY volunteered. We ultimately said no because we decided we need to pay some debt off first, after all we did take 14 trips in 12 months. ;) And yes, we paid cash and used gift cards and rewards a lot but we also chose to charge some of the expenses so we need to pay those off before we can (in good conscience) go again. :) :thumbsup2

And FTR, my girls do have patience, in fact they have a LOT of patience and neither of them would have any difficulties waiting for a trip to DL as a gift. Also, if we were doing that we would be going around the time of their birthdays so they would know well in advance "no parties, we are doing DL instead" and I can assure with 100000000% certainty that they would be absolutely fine with that! My girls are as into DL as I am, which IMO is a good thing. :cool1: :thumbsup2 I wish you would just read what I posted instead of interpreting what you wanted, I also explained that they gave up neither Christmas nor birthdays, just that they had offered to do so because they would rather go to DL than have material gifts. We are very family oriented and we do a lot of things together, that matters to all of us more than getting gifts. :lovestruc Can I just take a moment and say "I have the BEST kids in the WORLD!!!!" My girls are so grounded and so self-sacrificing and I really don't know how I got so lucky....altho DD8 just come and tell me that DD12 is "getting on my nerves" LOL :laughing:

:rotfl:Little Jimmy - for some reason, that name just cracks me up! Maybe Little Jimmy is made of money and nobody knows it yet?? If I understand correctly, Pixiewings and her whole family at one time had APs, so that is what you are supposed to do when you have APs - go as many times as you can squeeze in in your 12 months. Of course, you can cut back in other areas, like stay offsite, bring food, eat counter service and not table service and all that, but at least their admission was covered for the 14 times and that seems well worth the cost of an AP.

Thanks Sherry, yes, we did have AP's and we were all sad when we made the choice to let them expire. :sad1: And we did stay at the HoJo or used our timeshare points so our stays were much cheaper after we upgrade, we went for long weekends (taking off on Friday and leaving Thursday after we were home from work) we ate CS or made our own meals, we took snacks in and our own water bottles. I also belong to MyPoints and was able to get gift certificates to restaurants in the area so we were able to save that way as well. You don't have to have a ton of money to make a trip to DL memorable, you just have to be together and have fun. And you know, we did and we loved it. :) And we can't wait to pay off some of our debt so we can start going back. Maybe not 14 times in 12 months but I would happily settle for 4 trips a year. LOL :)

If you noticed pixie did mention they had APs, so that makes it easier to fit in trips more often. And she was not making her girls sacrifice anything, she said that they volunteered because they would rather have the trip than presents. Some people just don't values things as much as experiences as a PP had mentioned.

I for one think that giving a trip for a present is totally ok. My kids would probably prefer it that way as well. :) :) :)

Thanks Jernysgirl, for reading the post. :) I would be super happy to get a trip to DL as a gift, no matter when it was given to me....heck I'd be happy to get an IOU this Christmas for a trip next Christmas! LOL Yes, I'm a diseyphile and I'm proud of it! :rotfl:

CrazyDuck
09-19-2008, 09:00 PM
Seriously Sy, did you even read my post? lol :confused3 We had AP's, they were expiring, we told the girls we weren't renewing and THEY said "Mom, we will give up birthdays and Christmas if we can keep our AP's" I NEVER told them that would happen, I NEVER asked them to give anything up, THEY volunteered. We ultimately said no because we decided we need to pay some debt off first, after all we did take 14 trips in 12 months. ;) And yes, we paid cash and used gift cards and rewards a lot but we also chose to charge some of the expenses so we need to pay those off before we can (in good conscience) go again. :) :thumbsup2


I read your post. I was not just replying to you though. I was just making a general statement. I'm glad you didn't allow them to give up their birthday and Christmas in lieu of AP's. If it was me though, I would not let them even know that we were not renewing them. My kids don't need to know that I can't afford AP's. They have enough to worry about like not peeing in their beds! :lmao: Your kids are very lucky to have made that many trips to DL! Even when I lived 5 miles from DL we still never went more than 2 times a year.

And don't say you don't have a lot of money ;) because even "going on the cheap" x 14 trips is still gonna cost you a lot on $$$. Just the gas for the 400+ miles you have to travel back and forth 28 times :eek: woulda set you back a couple thousand dollars! Now add in food and lodging x 14 trips... WOW I can only imagine!!! At least you got your moneys worth out of those AP's :thumbsup2

Sherry E
09-19-2008, 09:10 PM
Seriously Sy, did you even read my post? lol :confused3 We had AP's, they were expiring, we told the girls we weren't renewing and THEY said "Mom, we will give up birthdays and Christmas if we can keep our AP's" I NEVER told them that would happen, I NEVER asked them to give anything up, THEY volunteered. We ultimately said no because we decided we need to pay some debt off first, after all we did take 14 trips in 12 months. ;) And yes, we paid cash and used gift cards and rewards a lot but we also chose to charge some of the expenses so we need to pay those off before we can (in good conscience) go again. :) :thumbsup2

And FTR, my girls do have patience, in fact they have a LOT of patience and neither of them would have any difficulties waiting for a trip to DL as a gift. Also, if we were doing that we would be going around the time of their birthdays so they would know well in advance "no parties, we are doing DL instead" and I can assure with 100000000% certainty that they would be absolutely fine with that! My girls are as into DL as I am, which IMO is a good thing. :cool1: :thumbsup2 I wish you would just read what I posted instead of interpreting what you wanted, I also explained that they gave up neither Christmas nor birthdays, just that they had offered to do so because they would rather go to DL than have material gifts. We are very family oriented and we do a lot of things together, that matters to all of us more than getting gifts. :lovestruc Can I just take a moment and say "I have the BEST kids in the WORLD!!!!" My girls are so grounded and so self-sacrificing and I really don't know how I got so lucky....altho DD8 just come and tell me that DD12 is "getting on my nerves" LOL :laughing:



Thanks Sherry, yes, we did have AP's and we were all sad when we made the choice to let them expire. :sad1: And we did stay at the HoJo or used our timeshare points so our stays were much cheaper after we upgrade, we went for long weekends (taking off on Friday and leaving Thursday after we were home from work) we ate CS or made our own meals, we took snacks in and our own water bottles. I also belong to MyPoints and was able to get gift certificates to restaurants in the area so we were able to save that way as well. You don't have to have a ton of money to make a trip to DL memorable, you just have to be together and have fun. And you know, we did and we loved it. :) And we can't wait to pay off some of our debt so we can start going back. Maybe not 14 times in 12 months but I would happily settle for 4 trips a year. LOL :)

Thanks Jernysgirl, for reading the post. :) I would be super happy to get a trip to DL as a gift, no matter when it was given to me....heck I'd be happy to get an IOU this Christmas for a trip next Christmas! LOL Yes, I'm a diseyphile and I'm proud of it! :rotfl:

As a kid, I was always treated to DL "for my birthday." That was my b-day gift. I could usually bring one (or two) friends along, and I would sometimes get gifts too - some of them purchased at DL - but the trip itself was my b-day gift. That was 100% okay with me then, and would be 100% okay with me now! I am glad that, thus far, I have not had the funds to get an AP, because I know I would feel terrible when the time came that I couldn't renew it - and I don't even have kids! I would just feel terrible for ME!;)

pixiewings71
09-19-2008, 10:01 PM
I read your post. I was not just replying to you though. I was just making a general statement. I'm glad you didn't allow them to give up their birthday and Christmas in lieu of AP's. If it was me though, I would not let them even know that we were not renewing them. My kids don't need to know that I can't afford AP's. They have enough to worry about like not peeing in their beds! :lmao: Your kids are very lucky to have made that many trips to DL! Even when I lived 5 miles from DL we still never went more than 2 times a year.

And don't say you don't have a lot of money ;) because even "going on the cheap" x 14 trips is still gonna cost you a lot on $$$. Just the gas for the 400+ miles you have to travel back and forth 28 times :eek: woulda set you back a couple thousand dollars! Now add in food and lodging x 14 trips... WOW I can only imagine!!! At least you got your moneys worth out of those AP's :thumbsup2

If you're not talking to me then please stop quoting only me. The quotes imply you are speaking to me and no one else. And please don't tell me how much money I have, you have no idea. Yes, we did travel that much and do that many trips and yes we were very lucky we could do so. Again, we have a time share, we used our points for a couple of stays and our time share company gives us free stays a couple times a year as well. They want us to buy more so they give us free stays and other perks. :) Things like free meals and gas cards. That helped immensely with our travel expenses. And again, that's why we are taking a break, we need to pay those trips off before we charge more. We paid cash some of the times but we also used our credit card. Gotta get rid of that so we can have more fun. Besides, you live in HI, you've gotta be making some kind of money to live there! LOL I went to HI...oh man, like 11 yrs ago, it was super $$$ then, I'm sure it is now too. Gorgeous, but $$$. ;)

pixiewings71
09-19-2008, 10:03 PM
As a kid, I was always treated to DL "for my birthday." That was my b-day gift. I could usually bring one (or two) friends along, and I would sometimes get gifts too - some of them purchased at DL - but the trip itself was my b-day gift. That was 100% okay with me then, and would be 100% okay with me now! I am glad that, thus far, I have not had the funds to get an AP, because I know I would feel terrible when the time came that I couldn't renew it - and I don't even have kids! I would just feel terrible for ME!;)

LOL Sherry, we did feel bad. For the kids and for us! LOL We had such a great time at DL this past year, we feel so lucky and loved every minute...OK maybe not every single minute but the majority of minutes were loved by us all. LOL We are hoping that next year (2009) we can get new passes, as a Christmas gift I'm sure, but if we start using them at the beginning of 2010 we can get a full year out of it. :) Or we are talking about a trip to the World, I've never been and DBF went many many eons ago. LOL The kids have never been but I imagine they would love it. :)

Sherry E
09-19-2008, 10:14 PM
LOL Sherry, we did feel bad. For the kids and for us! LOL We had such a great time at DL this past year, we feel so lucky and loved every minute...OK maybe not every single minute but the majority of minutes were loved by us all. LOL We are hoping that next year (2009) we can get new passes, as a Christmas gift I'm sure, but if we start using them at the beginning of 2010 we can get a full year out of it. :) Or we are talking about a trip to the World, I've never been and DBF went many many eons ago. LOL The kids have never been but I imagine they would love it. :)

I can't see how they wouldn't love it! There is a lot to love! As much of a sensory overload as DLR is, and as tough as it can be to squeeze everything in to one trip, and as draining on the wallet as it can be, I cannot even fathom what WDW will be like. Although, when one of my friends and her family went to WDW last December, the price of a full weeklong (6 or 7 nights) stay at Port Orleans was about the same price as three nights at the Grand Californian, so maybe it is not as bad as I think it is, pricewise?! Of course, there is no way to go to WDW and only see one or two of the parks. You have to see them all, and stroll around all of those resort hotels and there are so many more restaurant choices - it seems a bit overwhelming, really. But millions of people visit WDW every year, so it has to be manageable in some ways!

Gisele
09-19-2008, 11:57 PM
Pixie, maybe you and your family will be able to visit Dl. when it is Celebrate Your Birthday promotion. That way, at least one person can be admitted complimentary on behalf of Disneyland. :)

alvernon90
09-20-2008, 11:31 AM
If you're not talking to me then please stop quoting only me. The quotes imply you are speaking to me and no one else. And please don't tell me how much money I have, you have no idea. Yes, we did travel that much and do that many trips and yes we were very lucky we could do so. Again, we have a time share, we used our points for a couple of stays and our time share company gives us free stays a couple times a year as well. They want us to buy more so they give us free stays and other perks. :) Things like free meals and gas cards. That helped immensely with our travel expenses. And again, that's why we are taking a break, we need to pay those trips off before we charge more. We paid cash some of the times but we also used our credit card. Gotta get rid of that so we can have more fun. Besides, you live in HI, you've gotta be making some kind of money to live there! LOL I went to HI...oh man, like 11 yrs ago, it was super $$$ then, I'm sure it is now too. Gorgeous, but $$$. ;)

This is one of the more bizarre passive-aggressive fights I've seen on DISboards.