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Old 08-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Most Expensive trip ever

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.
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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.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:20 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 08-09-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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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.
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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 .
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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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?
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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.

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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
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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.

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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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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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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