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Old 10-22-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Wink How cheaply could my budget minded disfriends do this trip?

Hi, just looking for some suggestions after seeing akamadforthemouses post re: the $1600 challenge. A little background: I would like to take the family to disney next August for a belated Christmas present i.e. they won't get gifts other than that for Christmas this year. THere are my dh, me, dd 20, ds 19, dd 17, dd 17, dd 16, ds 15, dd 13, dd 11, ds 10, ds 8, dd 6, dd 4 and dd 2. I was thinking along the lines of a two weekish trip with lots of disney included but I'm open for other suggestions as well. On site, off site, camping on site? Food? Eating in parks - out of parks? Tickets 10 day, less? water parks or no? Probably not hoppers - too many people to hop. I've spent hours and hours looking and figuring and then thought of all of you. Any info, plans, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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With the amount of people you would like to take I would definitely look into Grand Gatherings!
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:25 PM   #3
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Is that 13 kids? Wow, bless your heart!

OK, I cannot imagine staying onsite with that many people. It would cost a fortune. I suggest you look into renting a house. 4 bedrooms would be the bare minimum, but there are bigger houses out there that will fit 15 no problem. I would also minimize park days for logistic reasons and to have lots of pool time at the house. out of two weeks, I would do 6 park days (2MK, 2Epcot, 1DS, 1AK).
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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A couple of years ago we did a two week trip with 9 people. I definitely found it was more economical to stay offsite and rent two cars (we had four adults and 5 children).

Are you driving or flying? If driving and don't have to rent a car I would definitely stay in a vacation villa with a private pool. We loved having our own pool, especially in August.

I also found we saved a lot of money by eating meals in. We usually had a big breakfast, snacked in the parks, went back the rental house in the early afternoon for a late lunch/early dinner, swim, rest, ect. and then went back to the parks at night. Since it was hot no one really wanted much to eat in the parks. It was mostly ice cream and drinks.

Have a great trip!
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:57 PM   #5
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Yup, that's 13 children! Thanks for all the great suggestions so far. I'll definitely start leaning more towards the vacation homes and I was hoping to get in on the give a day, get a day promo. You don't have to stay on site to do that, do you? Thanks again everyone.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:10 PM   #6
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I would pack lots of snacks and/or lunches to bring in the parks with you. It especially helps the little ones when standing in long lines to have their favorite snack. We bring granola bars, Disney fruit snacks, Pringles, etc. Hope you have a great trip with your family and have lots of fun planning!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:17 PM   #7
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Just to point out, and I'm not totally familiar with the numbers, but I believe that once you get to 5 or 6 day tickets the cost to get more is really low, so you might as well get the 10 days if its not much more then the 6 (though with 13 children+2 adults, it may rack up the $$$)
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:27 PM   #8
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I would see about renting a vacation home off property to save the most amount of money on lodging, and add to the savings by being able to have meals at the vacation home.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:07 AM   #9
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I don't have time to do all the math on this.....so this is rough estimating.

10 day pass is $210 for a child and $243 for an adult.

So, if you do the give a day/get a day and get $80 towards each, your tickets will be roughly $1,800 for 10 day passes for everyone.

Then if you get 2 condos through SkyAuction for $200-$300 each per week for 2 weeks would be between $800-$1200 for 2 weeks.

You might be able to find a large house for $600/wk too which would be $1200 for 2 weeks.

Eat as many meals as you can outside of Disney (we have a backpack cooler we bring into the parks even if just for water and snacks) and try to stick to your regular grocery amount......

$140 for parking.

And you could do Disney for $3,140 plus gas and budgeted extras.

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