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corpcomp
08-08-2012, 11:21 PM
Just got back from 6 days at BCV (our longest vacation ever) and boy was it an eye opener.

BCV was fine - no significant room issues (420) other than a broken drawer which was repaired, and had a great view of the EPCOT fireworks every night. However we had a person across the hall that kept dumping their towels and garbage out in the hallway every night. Very discusting.

We brought my brothers son for the 2nd time in 8 years and he and my son (both 17) were able to go off on their own every day. DW and I were a bit shocked at the early empty nest syndrome we experienced - they both go off to college next year.

But the costs were shocking - We had to buy a 5 day pass for my nephew - $350 which was expected but then went to Universal for a day - ($750 all in - bus, food, multipark passes for 4) in addition to all the food, water park tickets, etc we did. Then our annual passes ran out the last day and I needed to buy a one day park hopper for the three of us for about $400. Total cost was about $2500, excluding the airfare and obvious cost of maintenance for the points. Factor that in and its a $5000 week.

So while I was thinking about all the costs, we met a couple from the UK who told us it was their first and absolutlely last trip there. With three daughters, their 14 day trip cost them about $10,000 - $5000 for airfare (we need a train tunnel under the Pond), a few thousand for the house they rented and the park tickets . Suddenly I felt better.

So its all perspective. Already planning our next trip (sans nephew) for April break and not buying annual passes anymore since we want to do other things than just going to parks. Still has the magic though. Also had the best burger in my life at ESPN called a Cuban. Really great - get one if you go there.

MOM POPPINS
08-09-2012, 06:53 AM
Just curious why you didn't just renew your annual passes on that last day since you are returning in April instead of buying the 3 one day hoppers??? Thanks for sharing and I will have to check out that burger at ESPN. :)

disneynutz
08-09-2012, 07:20 AM
A Disney vacation is very expensive even if you are a DVC owner. I continually post that fact because many are just so excited to become a DVC owner, they really don't factor in the total cost of a yearly DVC vacation.

We know two families who feel into that trap and they had to sell their memberships after just a couple of years.

Disney just posted a all time record profit and has announced that they will be cutting back on sales and discounts.

:earsboy: Bill

patsal
08-09-2012, 07:38 AM
Disney is expensive. Maybe change up your plan if you have to buy a one day pass for Disney. Do a water park that day or do your "field trip" off site that day. Any time you venture off site for just one day or cough up the cost of a Disney park for one day the cost of another park is very expensive. "Field Trips" away from Disney to other attractions for a day are just crazy expensive like Disney is for one day.

Though expensive, I wonder if your costs could have been pared down some with a bit better planning.

BTW we had DD 17 along with us and we were feeling the same early pangs. She will be off to college next year and I don't know that she will want to vacation with us so I just made the absolute most of it! So glad we have had DVC since she was 6 so we have had many wonderful vacations and I am kind of looking at all the new and exciting ways I can use DVC just with the two of us.

Mike2023
08-09-2012, 10:25 AM
I think a little bit of planning would have cut your costs significantly.

1. Leaving Disney to go to Universal for one day is always going to be an expensive venture. I tend to pick one or the other for my trips.
2. You should have been aware of when your annual passes where going to expire and planned accordingly. You could have saved the day at Universal for when your pass expired and avoided needing to buy an extra set of passes all together.

While I agree that Disney is expensive but it's not like we all don't know that going in. With a bit of planning you can make your money go a lot farther.

MouseMomx2
08-09-2012, 10:30 AM
Just curious why you didn't do Universal on your last day instead. That would have saved you the cost of the hoppers. Also, next time you might want to look into a one-day car rental instead of the bus to Universal. You can usually get them for $40-50 and can pick up at the Dolphin.

corpcomp
08-09-2012, 10:51 AM
Just curious why you didn't just renew your annual passes on that last day since you are returning in April instead of buying the 3 one day hoppers??? Thanks for sharing and I will have to check out that burger at ESPN. :)


That's a great question.

We had 1160 Disney reward dollars that were to cover the cost of the annual tickets but after blowing all that money at Universal just so they could go on a few edgy rides, and then wanting to go to a water park, that was about $1000 right there. And they texted me at about 12pm saying they were bored and what else could they do? I told them to go back on the rides again. Its difficult at this age because we rarely see teenage boys in Disney - mostly teenage girls.

Then they went to Downtown Disney several nights to go to the movies. I had expected U, which we visited on Saturday, to cost about $500 and we actually ran out on our annual passes on Sunday so we went to a Water Park that day.

I know we have 30 days to renew the passes, but the economy is still tough and I have about $250,000 in potential college costs facing me. So I'm getting a little gun shy regarding expenses.

corpcomp
08-09-2012, 11:01 AM
Just curious why you didn't do Universal on your last day instead. That would have saved you the cost of the hoppers. Also, next time you might want to look into a one-day car rental instead of the bus to Universal. You can usually get them for $40-50 and can pick up at the Dolphin.

Tried that - They were going to charge us for two days for the car since we needed it at 7am to get to U by 8am and were not returning till after 8pm, we go to Margaritaville for dinner and were meeting friends there.

Medium car was going to cost $60 for one day - $120 for two and the bus was $80.

That car center does not open till 8 and closes at 4pm so they confirmed it would be a two day charge.

Our tickets ran out three days prior to leaving Disney so after they ran out, we did one day at a Water park, one day at U and one day at Disney. No matter how we arranged it, we would have to pay for an extra day at Disney. The only way I could have avoided the cost was going a few days earlier - but DW had already scheduled her days off with the hospital which she could not change.

corpcomp
08-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Disney is expensive. Maybe change up your plan if you have to buy a one day pass for Disney. Do a water park that day or do your "field trip" off site that day. Any time you venture off site for just one day or cough up the cost of a Disney park for one day the cost of another park is very expensive. "Field Trips" away from Disney to other attractions for a day are just crazy expensive like Disney is for one day.

Though expensive, I wonder if your costs could have been pared down some with a bit better planning.

BTW we had DD 17 along with us and we were feeling the same early pangs. She will be off to college next year and I don't know that she will want to vacation with us so I just made the absolute most of it! So glad we have had DVC since she was 6 so we have had many wonderful vacations and I am kind of looking at all the new and exciting ways I can use DVC just with the two of us.

Agree - we have been going since he was 4 and staying initially at value or moderate resorts. He still likes it, just does not want to hang with us. But I was told this all changes two months after they enter college. At that point, they run out of money, realize what a cash cow we are and call saying I love you Mom and Dad and .... I need money.

For DW and I, I just looked at going to Bermuda next year for our anniversary. We have stayed at a place called The Reefs. Hotel Cost - $745 per night including dinner. More than double the cost when we got married. Maybe we just stay home and work in the yard.

arthur06
08-09-2012, 11:05 AM
Just curious why you didn't do Universal on your last day instead. That would have saved you the cost of the hoppers. Also, next time you might want to look into a one-day car rental instead of the bus to Universal. You can usually get them for $40-50 and can pick up at the Dolphin.

All of this. I thought using Universal on the last day as well.

That being said. I know it was an expensive trip, and it was very nice of you to take your nephew along. With your son going off to college soon, you will look back at this trip fondly.

Brian Noble
08-09-2012, 11:06 AM
One thing we've learned to do: we either do "only Disney", or we do "only Not-Disney". If we are going to WDW, we don't also go to Universal, and vice-versa. We have now take a couple of "Not-Disney" trips---most recently this past June---and they are every bit as enjoyable as a WDW visit. In some ways, more so, as our kids have come to prefer the attractions in the other Orlando parks.

rcchello
08-09-2012, 11:07 AM
This was not your most expensive trip ever. Your kids college education is your most expensive trip ever!

If he is lucky you will not saddle him with enough debt, he will be paying until he is 40. Remember college loans don't go away in a bankruptcy.

OrangeCountyCommuter
08-09-2012, 11:48 AM
This was not your most expensive trip ever. Your kids college education is your most expensive trip ever!

If he is lucky you will not saddle him with enough debt, he will be paying until he is 40. Remember college loans don't go away in a bankruptcy.

And in a thread full of unasked for advice, we have a winner

Everyone draw up your soapbox:rotfl::surfweb:

corpcomp
08-09-2012, 12:08 PM
This was not your most expensive trip ever. Your kids college education is your most expensive trip ever!

If he is lucky you will not saddle him with enough debt, he will be paying until he is 40. Remember college loans don't go away in a bankruptcy.

My niece (on my wife's side) just graduated from Medical school two years ago. The day after graduation, the finance office called her in, and advised her she owed $160,000 to the school and they arranged a payoff where she will be debt free at age 61. She is in residency, making $55K working 70 hours a week. Soon however she will move onto a specialty and hopefully make a lot more to pay off the loan. Her parents refused to pay for Med school, saying that was her choice and her burden.

I wont do that - In my family we do not burden the kids with a mountain of debt regardless of what we have to sacrifice. I will simply work till 70 - no big deal.

Jousey
08-09-2012, 01:20 PM
My niece (on my wife's side) just graduated from Medical school two years ago. The day after graduation, the finance office called her in, and advised her she owed $160,000 to the school and they arranged a payoff where she will be debt free at age 61. She is in residency, making $55K working 70 hours a week. Soon however she will move onto a specialty and hopefully make a lot more to pay off the loan. Her parents refused to pay for Med school, saying that was her choice and her burden.

I wont do that - In my family we do not burden the kids with a mountain of debt regardless of what we have to sacrifice. I will simply work till 70 - no big deal.

I paid for all my education and my wife paid for all her private education. My kids can look forward to paying their own way. i will do what my mom did witch was come pay for groceries and pay for me to take a vacation, and send cash in a hallmark card to help them get by. I may look down the road to change this but not likely. As for med school, I work with a large amount of physicians and very few have gotten help from their parents, most are on their own.

Missyrose
08-09-2012, 01:35 PM
Man, this thread veered off track quickly. :rolleyes1

spiceycat
08-09-2012, 01:49 PM
my most expensive trip to WDW was before I brought DVC.

going with 5 others none of which paid anything - have yet to match that one. heck even paid for the gasoline for the others.

dwelty
08-09-2012, 02:04 PM
I think a little bit of planning would have cut your costs significantly.


You could have saved the day at Universal for when your pass expired and avoided needing to buy an extra set of passes all together.



totally agree. And I would have found something else to do on the last day instead of paying $400.00 for a one day pass, especially since the OP mentioned at the end of the post that they want to do things other than the parks anyway.

I agree that Universal is expensive. We did it last trip and it substantially increased our cost. We will not be doing it again. Of course I cannot blame Disney for that expense. :)

TeresaNJ
08-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the Cuban! Going to try one when I'm down there in December. :)

bumbershoot
08-09-2012, 02:55 PM
And they texted me at about 12pm saying they were bored and what else could they do? I told them to go back on the rides again. Its difficult at this age because we rarely see teenage boys in Disney - mostly teenage girls.

Assuming something about the boys, if you'd mentioned you usually see teenage girls at Disney, that might have gotten them right back to Disney! :)


And in a thread full of unasked for advice, we have a winner

Everyone draw up your soapbox:rotfl::surfweb:

That was advice? Saying that if the kid was lucky he wouldn't have debt? Sounds like a statement (and a true one at that), not advice.

OrangeCountyCommuter
08-09-2012, 05:58 PM
Assuming something about the boys, if you'd mentioned you usually see teenage girls at Disney, that might have gotten them right back to Disney! :)




That was advice? Saying that if the kid was lucky he wouldn't have debt? Sounds like a statement (and a true one at that), not advice.

"you will not straddle him". Yeah that is advice or a judgement. :rotfl2:

BWV Dreamin
08-09-2012, 09:02 PM
The ticket prices at WDW are our biggest expense. They have really gotten out of hand in my opinion. In October, we are spending 2 days at Universal and only 1 day at Epcot for food and wine. I used our Disney rewards points for 2 one day MYW ticket for Epcot. A 2 day park ticket at Universal cost $125 per adult. Even adding the Scream and Stay ticket still costs us less than a 2 day MYW ticket( $182/pp). Now I realize the discount comes with multi day ticket purchase. Still we are at the point where we don't want to go into a park every day.

arthur06
08-09-2012, 09:18 PM
The ticket prices at WDW are our biggest expense. They have really gotten out of hand in my opinion. In October, we are spending 2 days at Universal and only 1 day at Epcot for food and wine. I used our Disney rewards points for 2 one day MYW ticket for Epcot. A 2 day park ticket at Universal cost $125 per adult. Even adding the Scream and Stay ticket still costs us less than a 2 day MYW ticket( $182/pp). Now I realize the discount comes with multi day ticket purchase. Still we are at the point where we don't want to go into a park every day.

I totally agree.

There really is a way to maximize vacation dollars. Our DL trip in November is around $1,000 in tickets for 2 adults/2 kids for 5 day hoppers. One day tickets are killers, and up until about 4/5 days does it become more reasonable (at least for us). We usually buy AP's and spread the trips over 10-12 months.

I agree with what Brian said earlier, we usually do one or the other, but not both.

BestDadEver
08-09-2012, 09:45 PM
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I just made the absolute most of it! So glad we have had DVC since she was 6 so we have had many wonderful vacations and I am kind of looking at all the new and exciting ways I can use DVC just with the two of us.

This is exaxtly how I hope I feel when my son turns 17-18 . Be so glad I got it when he was 2 .

Muushka
08-09-2012, 10:13 PM
Just got back from 6 days at BCV (our longest vacation ever) and boy was it an eye opener.

BCV was fine - no significant room issues (420) other than a broken drawer which was repaired, and had a great view of the EPCOT fireworks every night. However we had a person across the hall that kept dumping their towels and garbage out in the hallway every night. Very discusting.

We brought my brothers son for the 2nd time in 8 years and he and my son (both 17) were able to go off on their own every day. DW and I were a bit shocked at the early empty nest syndrome we experienced - they both go off to college next year.

But the costs were shocking - We had to buy a 5 day pass for my nephew - $350 which was expected but then went to Universal for a day - ($750 all in - bus, food, multipark passes for 4) in addition to all the food, water park tickets, etc we did. Then our annual passes ran out the last day and I needed to buy a one day park hopper for the three of us for about $400. Total cost was about $2500, excluding the airfare and obvious cost of maintenance for the points. Factor that in and its a $5000 week.

So while I was thinking about all the costs, we met a couple from the UK who told us it was their first and absolutlely last trip there. With three daughters, their 14 day trip cost them about $10,000 - $5000 for airfare (we need a train tunnel under the Pond), a few thousand for the house they rented and the park tickets . Suddenly I felt better.

So its all perspective. Already planning our next trip (sans nephew) for April break and not buying annual passes anymore since we want to do other things than just going to parks. Still has the magic though. Also had the best burger in my life at ESPN called a Cuban. Really great - get one if you go there.

Who pays a few thousand dollars for a rental house near Disney? Was it Cinderella's castle?

ssxa
08-09-2012, 10:44 PM
We are visiting Disneyworld at the end of September for 13 days....Just the flights will end up costing us $4000 (Family of 4)! Add in the park passes and we also want to go to Universal (will not be able to afford the trip across the pacific and then across the entire country again) Want to see Harry Potter so we have no choice, Disney+Universal adds another $3000 give or take hundred. We still need to eat and buy things here or there and the trip is close to $10000! That is with paying nothing for accomodations thanks to DVC! Expensive for sure...my justification? Can't put a price on memories!!!

spiceycat
08-10-2012, 07:11 AM
Who pays a few thousand dollars for a rental house near Disney? Was it Cinderella's castle?

they stayed 14 days - so $500 per week - which is reasonable for an entire house offsite. houses generally have at 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms.

Disney is expensive - w/o the discount on annual passes - doubt could afford it these days.

when disney had good days before (late 90's) - they put the park tickets up twice a year - if those days are back - it does not look good for us on a limited budget.

BEASLYBOO
08-10-2012, 09:01 AM
And they texted me at about 12pm saying they were bored and what else could they do? I told them to go back on the rides again. Its difficult at this age because we rarely see teenage boys in Disney - mostly teenage girls.

In their defense, doing Universal in one day is tough! Especially in late July through August, it's hot, the lines are long and unless you're staying there, you're stuck there at the park. At Disney you can head back to your villa mid-day when you're hot and tired and head back out later.

We're Floridian's with season passes to both Universal and Disney. We do Universal early morning and head back to our DVC resort at 2pm! Swim, do lunch and head to DW after 5pm or not at all!

Disney's expensive but without my already paid for DVC I couldn't afford the small fortune I drop on each vacation!

P.S. I remember the 1970's DW trips, leave at 7am w/ sandwiches packed in the cooler for the return trip at 9pm! All worn out, heading home, dreaming of MK, its all there was!

$750 - 1000 a week, a 3br house with a pool and the cleaning fee included, that is the going rate in Orlando!

Muushka
08-10-2012, 09:33 AM
they stayed 14 days - so $500 per week - which is reasonable for an entire house offsite. houses generally have at 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms.

Disney is expensive - w/o the discount on annual passes - doubt could afford it these days.

when disney had good days before (late 90's) - they put the park tickets up twice a year - if those days are back - it does not look good for us on a limited budget.

I always thought a couple was 2 and a few was 3 or more. 3K sounds like a lot of money for a house near WDW for 2 weeks.
Makes me wonder about the other figures quoted.

corpcomp
08-10-2012, 10:50 AM
I always thought a couple was 2 and a few was 3 or more. 3K sounds like a lot of money for a house near WDW for 2 weeks.
Makes me wonder about the other figures quoted.

If you go online you will see rental homes specifically for Disney patrons. I looked at one location - Lake Buena Vista and the rates for a number of houses were $2200 per week for a 4 bedroom home. Not really out of line for a vacation destination.

tfc3rid
08-10-2012, 11:36 AM
It is expensive in general... However, I just returned from a quick 48 hour trip, staying at SSR... Have an Annual Pass and TIW card from earlier this year. Used DME back and forth to MCO. No souvenirs as we go often. Cost for Airfare was $98 RT from ATL. Cost at WDW was $175. So my trip overall cost less than $300, for 3 park days, 2 nights for 2 people.

leighnsean
08-10-2012, 06:47 PM
I agree. Imagine the added cost if we paid for our rooms for our visits? We get to stay in beautiful accommodations and to me the monthly cost is worth the 2 weeks we go every summer. We do drive from RI so we don't pay airfare or car rental and that makes a difference.

corpcomp
08-10-2012, 09:54 PM
I agree. Imagine the added cost if we paid for our rooms for our visits? We get to stay in beautiful accommodations and to me the monthly cost is worth the 2 weeks we go every summer. We do drive from RI so we don't pay airfare or car rental and that makes a difference.

I would love to drive down and save about $1200 in airfare but DW works in a hospital and is not allowed to take off more than a week at a time. Then again I guess I could drive DS and myself down for a longer period and simply let her fly on her own down and back and take DME to the resort after which DS and I would just go back into the parks for a few more days and call her every night and tell her how much fun we are having. :rolleyes1

dvc at last !
08-10-2012, 10:34 PM
The ticket prices at WDW are our biggest expense. They have really gotten out of hand in my opinion. In October, we are spending 2 days at Universal and only 1 day at Epcot for food and wine. I used our Disney rewards points for 2 one day MYW ticket for Epcot. A 2 day park ticket at Universal cost $125 per adult. Even adding the Scream and Stay ticket still costs us less than a 2 day MYW ticket( $182/pp). Now I realize the discount comes with multi day ticket purchase. Still we are at the point where we don't want to go into a park every day.

We purchase non-expiring 10 day passes.
You can purchase hopper or not When they run out - buy again !
The cost per day is great. We go to WDW each year - have a pool day,
DTD day or visit other resorts for dinner (no admission required).
The passes last 2 plus years !

We have two out of private college and a daughter's wedding a month ago !

happyann79
08-22-2012, 09:24 AM
Disney is certainly expensive! The price of tickets has skyrocketed over the past 10 years!

corpcomp
08-22-2012, 10:24 AM
Disney is certainly expensive! The price of tickets has skyrocketed over the past 10 years!

I was there during the first year it opened.

I believe the ticket price was under $20, now $89, excluding tax. What is stunning is that the prices kept going up all through the recession.

iluveeyore
08-23-2012, 01:44 PM
Tickets are expensive, no doubt about it. We love our DVC annual pass prices though, and budget so we can use them for at least two trips or more.

Our passes ran out last October, so in May DH and I used SWA credits we had and went down to our first stay in AKV savanna studio with no kids for a week (our only child at home is our DD 17, boys are 20 and 22 not at home). We are trying to adjust to empty nest as well. We had no passes, but we got a rental car, bought a few groceries for breakfasts and lunches for the week, and stayed on a budget for dinner every night. It was such a relaxing and enjoyable trip - I was a little bummed I couldn't just pop into a park for a quick fix, but AK is my favourite park, so being able to watch the animals from my balcony every day made it less painful. We were at the pool every morning at 8:30 reading, swimming and soaking up the sun, had lunch in our studio, then would read on the balcony, go explore other resorts, wander DTD, whatever. We saw a couple of movies, had another fun visit to Jellyrolls one night, and basically had a relaxing week for about $800.00.

So don't get worried about not having your kids in future trips - we have been taking ours since my daughter was 4 and joined DVC when she was 6, so we too have had many enjoyabe DVC trips with the whole family. I look forward to some less expensive and less busy trips with DH (we can stay longer with our points when the kids aren't with us and do non-park trips), and someday I'll be able to enjoy watching my grandchildren's first visits to WDW!

We do have an expensive trip coming up soon though, we are going for a week starting New Year's Day with DD and her BFF and joining my DSIS and her DH and four kids, so we are getting a one bdrm at OKW for us, and will be getting our APs (have our 25th anniversary trip next October to use them again for). Plus our dues have to be paid as soon as we get home, so trying to save my pennies and having a very low budget Christmas this year!

pixie08
09-08-2012, 05:27 PM
A Disney vacation is very expensive even if you are a DVC owner. I continually post that fact because many are just so excited to become a DVC owner, they really don't factor in the total cost of a yearly DVC vacation.

We know two families who feel into that trap and they had to sell their memberships after just a couple of years.

Disney just posted a all time record profit and has announced that they will be cutting back on sales and discounts.

:earsboy: Bill

Yes I agree. There are just 2 of and we can spend a few thousand a trip depending if we need passes if we are dining/tours if we do the spa anything extra. Bare bones it is still $2-3000 with flight, food, park passes etc.

We love our membership, don't get me wrong but it isn't cheap. It's a pay in advance system for your hotel room with a decent discount if you use it right;)

PRmamiDEdos
09-08-2012, 05:38 PM
We are visiting Disneyworld at the end of September for 13 days....Just the flights will end up costing us $4000 (Family of 4)! Add in the park passes and we also want to go to Universal (will not be able to afford the trip across the pacific and then across the entire country again) Want to see Harry Potter so we have no choice, Disney+Universal adds another $3000 give or take hundred. We still need to eat and buy things here or there and the trip is close to $10000! That is with paying nothing for accomodations thanks to DVC! Expensive for sure...my justification? Can't put a price on memories!!!

"$1000 per person to fly?????????????? Where do you live?

Sent from my iPad using DISBoards. Please excuse the typos.

melissac
10-12-2012, 04:14 PM
"$1000 per person to fly?????????????? Where do you live?

Sent from my iPad using DISBoards. Please excuse the typos.

Under her screen name says Hawaii so that is about right for flights if you are lucky.

corpcomp
10-12-2012, 04:26 PM
Under her screen name says Hawaii so that is about right for flights if you are lucky.


Right now I'm getting rates of $600 per out of New York on Jet Blue.

May just cancel and not waste the money.

melissac
10-12-2012, 05:13 PM
Right now I'm getting rates of $600 per out of New York on Jet Blue.

May just cancel and not waste the money.

Is that to MCO or are you talking about Hawaii. Just was a little confused:scratchin

We where very luck with my up coming girls only vacation. Flying out of regional airport in WI(MSN) to MCO then going to Anaheim(SNA) then to another regional airport closer to home CWA. All for $500 thought that was a great price. United is who we are flying.

corpcomp
10-12-2012, 05:15 PM
Is that to MCO or are you talking about Hawaii. Just was a little confused:scratchin

We where very luck with my up coming girls only vacation. Flying out of regional airport in WI(MSN) to MCO then going to Anaheim(SNA) then to another regional airport closer to home CWA. All for $500 thought that was a great price. United is who we are flying.

JFK to MCO

melissac
10-12-2012, 05:29 PM
JFK to MCO

That is crazy. Is it over a major holiday or within 3 weeks?

corpcomp
10-12-2012, 06:31 PM
That is crazy. Is it over a major holiday or within 3 weeks?

Mid April, about 3 weeks after Easter.

corpcomp
10-12-2012, 06:33 PM
I agree. Imagine the added cost if we paid for our rooms for our visits? We get to stay in beautiful accommodations and to me the monthly cost is worth the 2 weeks we go every summer. We do drive from RI so we don't pay airfare or car rental and that makes a difference.

Wish we could drive. DW only gets 5 days off at a time from work (hospital) so no way we can drive from CT

PRmamiDEdos
10-13-2012, 04:40 AM
Right now I'm getting rates of $600 per out of New York on Jet Blue.

May just cancel and not waste the money.

I never pay more than $250 per out of JFK. Keep looking.

Sent from my iPad using DISBoards. Please excuse the typos.

Buzzsgramma
10-13-2012, 06:35 PM
Mind you i am not complaining...for the wk of Thanksgiving 2011 we took our married children,spouses and 7 grand kids all considered adult..total of 13...most drove 5 flew in from Chicago..R/T.
we are DVC so they had rooms,went to the park/hoppers 5 days...ate at O'Hana's, Boma's, Teppen Edo, etc..
.the day at U both parks was nearly $2000....we paid for the gas and hotels going down,all food at parks and hotels..& airfare... each family were given $300 in gift cards
We were celebrating our 47th Ann...we had a great time...if anyone want ed to do something other than want we planned no problem...To this day i still haven't added it all up!!

corpcomp
11-11-2012, 09:33 AM
Mind you i am not complaining...for the wk of Thanksgiving 2011 we took our married children,spouses and 7 grand kids all considered adult..total of 13...most drove 5 flew in from Chicago..R/T.
we are DVC so they had rooms,went to the park/hoppers 5 days...ate at O'Hana's, Boma's, Teppen Edo, etc..
.the day at U both parks was nearly $2000....we paid for the gas and hotels going down,all food at parks and hotels..& airfare... each family were given $300 in gift cards
We were celebrating our 47th Ann...we had a great time...if anyone want ed to do something other than want we planned no problem...To this day i still haven't added it all up!!

Just got power and Internet back after 12 days here in CT thanks to sandy. If I were you I would not add it up either.

Bad news for us is that the school is talking about canceling spring break.2nd year in a row and three weeks lost to storms.

We are moving to Florida where it is safer.

imlsherman
11-11-2012, 10:31 AM
I never pay more than $250 per out of JFK. Keep looking.

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It all depends on what time of year your are planning to fly. My a family and I can only go when school is on vacations so that means higher rates. This is what we are driving this year for Christmas. The drive is not that bad and it saves you a lot of money in the long run.

TheDalys
11-21-2012, 10:46 AM
We have Disney down to a science,,,, so far. DVC helped our costs in a big way.

We bought resale, so it was half the price of direct. For what we paid for the points and our MF costs over the extent of the contract calculated together, it is about $1300 a year. And that is 250 points. With the points we have we use on 1 or 2 bedroom villas, so that we have a full kitchen to make our meals. And since we stay at disney we do not pay for transportation.

We alternate years on buying our park passes, there are 3 of us that need tickets (and 1 child under 3 that doesnt need passes as of now). we all have 7 no expiration passes, this year i am going to purchase the PAP on sale for our january and november trip. We usually only visit 3 parks each trip, november we will visit 4. That will finish my DW and DS' s tickets up, so they will have to buy tickets in 2014, and i will still have my 7 no expiration passes, because i used the PAP in 2013. So we are not overwhelmed with a big disney park pass bill each time we run out.

It is a 2 hr 30 min flight for us, so we do not need a comfortable flight. Spirit airlines is just fine for us and we have not paid over $80 each way yet (per person).

For a family disney vacation, I think $2500 - $3000 is well worth it. And everyone wonders how it is afforded every year, DVC was the key.

JasonDVC
11-23-2012, 04:20 PM
We have Disney down to a science,,,, so far. DVC helped our costs in a big way.

We bought resale, so it was half the price of direct. For what we paid for the points and our MF costs over the extent of the contract calculated together, it is about $1300 a year. And that is 250 points. With the points we have we use on 1 or 2 bedroom villas, so that we have a full kitchen to make our meals. And since we stay at disney we do not pay for transportation.

We alternate years on buying our park passes, there are 3 of us that need tickets (and 1 child under 3 that doesnt need passes as of now). we all have 7 no expiration passes, this year i am going to purchase the PAP on sale for our january and november trip. We usually only visit 3 parks each trip, november we will visit 4. That will finish my DW and DS' s tickets up, so they will have to buy tickets in 2014, and i will still have my 7 no expiration passes, because i used the PAP in 2013. So we are not overwhelmed with a big disney park pass bill each time we run out.

It is a 2 hr 30 min flight for us, so we do not need a comfortable flight. Spirit airlines is just fine for us and we have not paid over $80 each way yet (per person).

For a family disney vacation, I think $2500 - $3000 is well worth it. And everyone wonders how it is afforded every year, DVC was the key.

Add to that using Disney Visa Rewards dollars for food and it can become affordable.

Just found flights from Providence for $70. This helps as well

Cee
11-24-2012, 07:29 AM
I learned a long time ago that if I was going to enjoy Disney, I mean REALLY enjoy it, I would have to shut my mouth and open my wallet. :thumbsup2

TheDalys
11-24-2012, 01:18 PM
Add to that using Disney Visa Rewards dollars for food and it can become affordable.

Just found flights from Providence for $70. This helps as well

Canadians do not get to have the rewards of a disney visa :-(

corpcomp
11-24-2012, 01:40 PM
Add to that using Disney Visa Rewards dollars for food and it can become affordable.

Just found flights from Providence for $70. This helps as well

Wow - just looked - $1750 for three out of JFK for Spring Break. Can go lower but would have to fly at about 7pm at night. Waste of a day.

imlsherman
11-24-2012, 08:06 PM
Wow - just looked - $1750 for three out of JFK for Spring Break. Can go lower but would have to fly at about 7pm at night. Waste of a day.

I feel your pain that is way we drive from New York. The flights are way to much when the kids are out of school. The drive I not that bad we have done it twice in the last two years with two kids under the age of four.

JasonDVC
11-24-2012, 08:34 PM
Can go lower but would have to fly at about 7pm at night. Waste of a day.

While I agree it's a waste of day, if I'm going for 1 week, I don't mind "losing a day" if I'm getting the flights for essentially half price.

corpcomp
11-25-2012, 11:25 AM
We have Disney down to a science,,,, so far. DVC helped our costs in a big way.


It is a 2 hr 30 min flight for us, so we do not need a comfortable flight. Spirit airlines is just fine for us and we have not paid over $80 each way yet (per person).

And everyone wonders how it is afforded every year, DVC was the key.

Just checked Spirit. Cheapest was $1704 for three from NYC. But we are going Spring Break mid April so we get hit by the airlines.

Would drive but DW only gets 5 days max off from her job at any one time so driving 1100 miles is impossible. When DS goes to college next year we will start going as a empty nest couple and go in late September when the rates are the lowest.

He intends to apply for an internship in Disney so maybe that will help.

TheDalys
12-01-2012, 11:50 AM
Just checked Spirit. Cheapest was $1704 for three from NYC. But we are going Spring Break mid April so we get hit by the airlines.

Would drive but DW only gets 5 days max off from her job at any one time so driving 1100 miles is impossible. When DS goes to college next year we will start going as a empty nest couple and go in late September when the rates are the lowest.

He intends to apply for an internship in Disney so maybe that will help.

Ya i guess the time of year can increase the price. We are going in january (4 adults 1 seated child), total price with bags $889. I booked them late July. And 1 week after i booked the price went down $10 a person (figures). I think in 2014 we are going to go in a busier season, so i will keep an eye on flight prices all year.

Shazzie B
04-02-2013, 06:32 AM
Thought I'd pop by & say Hi:wave2:

We're finding Disney holidays more & more expensive too - we have two Teenagers also, 1 at University 1 due to go in Sept.

However this year we're only at Disney for 9 nights (normally about 16) as we're saving money by staying with my Brother 1st, guess where -Wilton Conneticut - could you wear your lime green Mickey head around town for the last week in August:lmao:

We managed to get flights from JFK to MCO for $82 each - booked in Nov though (I think we still have to pay extra for luggage on top), out of your holiday season I guess as early Sept.:)

corpcomp
04-02-2013, 11:30 AM
Thought I'd pop by & say Hi:wave2:

We're finding Disney holidays more & more expensive too - we have two Teenagers also, 1 at University 1 due to go in Sept.

However this year we're only at Disney for 9 nights (normally about 16) as we're saving money by staying with my Brother 1st, guess where -Wilton Conneticut - could you wear your lime green Mickey head around town for the last week in August:lmao:

We managed to get flights from JFK to MCO for $82 each - booked in Nov though (I think we still have to pay extra for luggage on top), out of your holiday season I guess as early Sept.:)

Wow - $82? Mine are $400 each JFK to MCO - Spring Break time.

I will be on the lookout in town in late August for any people wearing Disney hats and shirts and singing Rue Britannia.

Where are your kids going? We are deciding now between Villanova near Philadelphia and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Managed to get into the Honors program at Georgia Tech, probably because he is from the Northeast and they want more kids from the Northeast (higher tuition).

Shazzie B
04-03-2013, 03:42 AM
Wow - $82? Mine are $400 each JFK to MCO - Spring Break time.

I will be on the lookout in town in late August for any people wearing Disney hats and shirts and singing Rue Britannia.

Where are your kids going? We are deciding now between Villanova near Philadelphia and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Managed to get into the Honors program at Georgia Tech, probably because he is from the Northeast and they want more kids from the Northeast (higher tuition).

We were impressed with the price too - paying about 625 each for flights into JFK & back from MCO to UK though - hope my brother won't be charging us much rent:lmao:

Yes probably to the shirts & hats - but definate no to the singing:rotfl2::rotfl2:

DS is at Wolverhampton (Nr Birmingham) doing Forensic Science. DD due to do Primary Education (much more normal child!!!) hopefully at Oxford - depends on final grades etc. :goodvibes

I don't know a lot about your college system - but Georgia sounds great - but I'd probably choose that as nearer Disney and closer to home for you (I think ??)

All the best.

Minniesgal
04-03-2013, 03:52 AM
One of the reasons we finally pushed the button to buy DVC is we realized we love the resorts as much as the parks. If we have a cash strapped visit I have a plan of not buying park tickets and not making a lot of ADRs but simply enjoying what the resorts have to offer. We always leave disney wishing for more resort time and believe we would really enjoy a holiday like that

jimim
04-09-2013, 01:53 PM
A Disney vacation is very expensive even if you are a DVC owner. I continually post that fact because many are just so excited to become a DVC owner, they really don't factor in the total cost of a yearly DVC vacation.

We know two families who feel into that trap and they had to sell their memberships after just a couple of years.

Disney just posted a all time record profit and has announced that they will be cutting back on sales and discounts.

:earsboy: Bill

I agree I don't think people take this into account. We k ow each year we r doing a min or 2 trips sometimes 3 like this year. So we r ready for the 1 after another airfare bills along with the dues coming in the same time as 1 flight payment is due and then add the annual passes and u got 4 to 5 grand sunk already and u didn't get there. But then u look back after its all in the clear and u got 2 to 3 trips to look forward to. We r deff in that min set but we look at what we saved if we didn't have dvc. The ticket discount. Tiw card. We save a bunch there that we wouldn't have without the dvc membership. I think were we see the savings is cause it's multiple trips that we would have taken anyway but get the discount and have the room taken care or already.

It's deff not a cheap investment like u always say and thank god I'm ready for that each year even before our dvc membership. I can't see how u can go to Disney and live in a world where u think its not going to be expensive. It's just an expensive trip even with discounts I think. Ya there are so many other trips one can take bit u can't compare them to Disney. They r all deff kinda of trips. A trip to the jersey shore might be a bunch cheaper for the same time but then a trip to the west coast to say tour Sonoma and Mendocino might be double. It's all how one travels.

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corpcomp
04-09-2013, 02:19 PM
I agree I don't think people take this into account. We k ow each year we r doing a min or 2 trips sometimes 3 like this year. So we r ready for the 1 after another airfare bills along with the dues coming in the same time as 1 flight payment is due and then add the annual passes and u got 4 to 5 grand sunk already and u didn't get there. But then u look back after its all in the clear and u got 2 to 3 trips to look forward to. We r deff in that min set but we look at what we saved if we didn't have dvc. The ticket discount. Tiw card. We save a bunch there that we wouldn't have without the dvc membership. I think were we see the savings is cause it's multiple trips that we would have taken anyway but get the discount and have the room taken care or already.

It's deff not a cheap investment like u always say and thank god I'm ready for that each year even before our dvc membership. I can't see how u can go to Disney and live in a world where u think its not going to be expensive. It's just an expensive trip even with discounts I think. Ya there are so many other trips one can take bit u can't compare them to Disney. They r all deff kinda of trips. A trip to the jersey shore might be a bunch cheaper for the same time but then a trip to the west coast to say tour Sonoma and Mendocino might be double. It's all how one travels.

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True, we joined because of the quality of the rooms and amenities. If we wanted to save money we would have not joined DVC and just stay in values or moderates and save hundreds on the room each trip versus the maintenance fee which is about $1600 now. Of course airfare and food would still be the same. So right now the standard DVC trip for 5 days cost us about $1200 for airfare, $700 for food, $350 for the dog boarding, $80 for parking at JFK, tickets at about $900 or about $3300 total excluding the cost of the room, via the maintenance fees. With DS 17 going to college next year which will cost a fortune (about $60K), we may cancel trips every other year for the next 4 years as a partial offset.

jimim
04-09-2013, 02:33 PM
True, we joined because of the quality of the rooms and amenities. If we wanted to save money we would have not joined DVC and just stay in values or moderates and save hundreds on the room each trip versus the maintenance fee which is about $1600 now. Of course airfare and food would still be the same. So right now the standard DVC trip for 5 days cost us about $1200 for airfare, $700 for food, $350 for the dog boarding, $80 for parking at JFK, tickets at about $900 or about $3300 total excluding the cost of the room, via the maintenance fees. With DS 17 going to college next year which will cost a fortune (about $60K), we may cancel trips every other year for the next 4 years as a partial offset.

College is crazy anymore. I'm young. 36. Just starting a family of 2 kids and I dread the day college rolls around. I come from the up ringing that u always try to give ur kids a better and easier life than u had and my parents did it all for me which I am very grateful for and want to do the same and more for my kids. I have no idea how I will either. I deff don't want to strap my kids with 30 years of loans. I remember when I took on my wife's cause I had none and it was crazy for those few years getting rid of them. I don't want that for my kids. Well at least minimal of it has to be.

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corpcomp
04-09-2013, 03:02 PM
College is crazy anymore. I'm young. 36. Just starting a family of 2 kids and I dread the day college rolls around. I come from the up ringing that u always try to give ur kids a better and easier life than u had and my parents did it all for me which I am very grateful for and want to do the same and more for my kids. I have no idea how I will either. I deff don't want to strap my kids with 30 years of loans. I remember when I took on my wife's cause I had none and it was crazy for those few years getting rid of them. I don't want that for my kids. Well at least minimal of it has to be.

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My parents did the same for me and I want to also do the same for my son. Unfortunately we live in a wealthy town where the kids are taught they must go to private school and not the state schools. UCONN and three other colleges offered him a scholarship and it would only cost us $18K but DW said she wants him to go wherever he wants regardless of cost. Many people I know tell their kids you are going to a state school period! In 8 years, private schools will hit the $100K mark according to one University President. But I will not take money out of retirement plan or remortgage the house. I've just given him an option of one school at $60K and he has to fund his senior year by working all 4 years, or the Georgia Tech Honors program at $40K, with a new car for his sophomore year, a paid abroad program and a bank account. GT would save us about $85K and I would rather give him most of that when he graduates than giving it to the school.

Small schools from out of state will offer you all sorts of money to come there, the named schools wont even contact you since they have 10's of thousands applying unless your kids are the top of the class or get perfect 800's on their SATs. Duke's 25th percentile is 760 on the math SAT, which is about the top 3% for the bottom end of the class. Incredible.

My advise is to save as much money as possible. not count on scholarships or grants and pray they get a D1 offer to play sports. :)