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Old 01-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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Is everyone on here really doing all these trips to the World?

You people all must be made of $$$$$$
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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You people all must be made of $$$$$$
Disney, like every other vacation destination on this planet, can be very expensive or quite reasonable.

We just went as an adult couple, stayed value for 7 nights with a discount offer, had full dining plan and park tickets and the whole trip ... was $1696.00.

Not exactly made of money territory. Now, you can spend over $100,000 on a 10 day trip with the Platinum Plan, premium dining, top of the line resort/vacation villa, unlimited recreation etc...

But.. the range in between 2k and 100k is what makes life interesting.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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Not made of money. Bought DVC many years ago, so we go every year. We have a son with autism, and there is no place anywhere else that is so "autism friendly". We joke that we spent his college fund on DVC, and have not regretted a minute of this purchase.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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You'll also see the cases here that I shake my head at: people complaining about being too far in debt or who haven't been able to find a job in months, but they're still going on vacation to Disney. I don't get those..

Apart from that -- DVC, annual passes, TiW, buying flights on credit card rewards, etc, can make a trip affordable..
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
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Definitely not made of money but we budget in other areas of our lives in order to afford our vacations. We also are DVC owners and AP holders so we have motivation to get there multiple times a year.
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You'll also see the cases here that I shake my head at: people complaining about being too far in debt or who haven't been able to find a job in months, but they're still going on vacation to Disney. I don't get those..
My husband has been out of work for roughly 18 months at this point. We've been able to live within our means and still remodel our home (he's got tons of free time!) save for retirement and have money left over on the side for vacation. We don't go out to eat, we don't go to the movies (unless we have free passes) and we shop sales in order to afford our vacations. They're a priority in our lives. I would never take on debt to take a vacation, but just because someone is unemployed doesn't mean they're broke.

OP- My husband and I are taking a short trip in February. We have unused airline funds (that we got on Southwest as a result of price drops) that have to be used by the end of February. We were able to get a room at 40% off, and we have a few days left on old no-expiration tickets. We will take our own breakfast foods down with us, and use our normal weekly grocery budget to pay for our meals while at Disney. Our entire trip is going to cost less than $250 above and beyond our normal grocery spending.

In the years that we had APs, we would drive down and stay offsite at a $20 no holler hotel on I-drive and buy groceries to cook our meals at the hotel. Those trips averaged $800 for the week for the two of us when you factored in the pro-rated cost of the AP visits.


You should also probably consider that MANY people on the boards live within a reasonable driving distance to WDW and have access to Florida resident ticket rates and hotel discounts.
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A huge number of people on this board spend money on disney they should be putting towards retirement, or go into credit card debt for their vacations. In our country you don't have to be made of money to go to disney world, you just have to have a decent credit score so you can charge things.

Disney would lose a ton of business if people spent what they could reasonably afford going there.
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A huge number of people on this board spend money on disney they should be putting towards retirement, or go into credit card debt for their vacations. In our country you don't have to be made of money to go to disney world, you just have to have a decent credit score so you can charge things.

Disney would lose a ton of business if people spent what they could reasonably afford going there.
You know this how? That's a pretty sweeping, and negative, assumption to make about people when you don't know their incomes, savings patterns elsewhere, or what they do to save $$$ on their vacations.

I, for one, manage to save money for our vacations by not driving as nice a car as I'd like, not eating out much, not going to many movies, etc. I still manage to put away for retirement, save for my kids' education, and at this point have $0 in credit card debt, and a small mortgage and car loan.

I can't speak for others on the Dis, but I think it'd be wise not to make such assumptions about people about whom you know nothing.
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You know this how? That's a pretty sweeping, and negative, assumption to make about people when you don't know their incomes, savings patterns elsewhere, or what they do to save $$$ on their vacations.

I, for one, manage to save money for our vacations by not driving as nice a car as I'd like, not eating out much, not going to many movies, etc. I still manage to put away for retirement, save for my kids' education, and at this point have $0 in credit card debt, and a small mortgage and car loan.

I can't speak for others on the Dis, but I think it'd be wise not to make such assumptions about people about whom you know nothing.
Agreed. I also donate blood plasma (as does my husband). We both did it in college and were in the routine after graduation that now, even though we no longer *need* the blood money to survive, it is so much a part of our routine that it is our "blow money" for fun. The majority of that money goes toward our vacation fund. That results in close to $5,000 every year.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:26 PM   #10
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Signed up for Southwest Visa - 50k points enough EASILY to fly 3 of us there for free from Pittsburgh.

Use my chase freedom card on EVERYTHING and use the rewards points to pay for my meals at disney . So far I have 625 in free money to eat with at disney.

When my local grocer has double fuel perks, I end up getting disney gifts for 12% off. So I purchased 3000 at once and this netted me over 300 in savings.

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So so far I have flown for free, eating for free and already have my version of 12% pin before disney has yet to release a special.....Add that onto the 30% off I usually get, I have gotten 42% then off room rate...plus flown free plus eaten for free.

I know I know - it takes money to make money and this is true in this example. I needed the money to buy the gift cards and I needed the purchases I make all year to fund the version of free dining I get...


Point is though - disney costs me a lot less b/c of it.
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Disney vacations can be very expensive or done reasonable. Our family is addicted to Disney and we own DVC. DH and I work our butts off all year and Disney is our break from reality. When my kids were younger we did not go as often as we do we now. I think you will find a large spectrum of Disney lovers on this site, some first timers some that go yearly and some that go any chance they get. The only thing we all have in common is our love for Disney!

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You don't have to be "made of money". You just have to live within your means and be smart with the money you have.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #13
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Totally not made of money here. Actually quite the opposite. However, we do have FL Resident Season Passes, stay off property at the Rodeway Inn which is 10 minutes from the gates, and only eat one meal a day on property most times. We live 2 hours from WDW, and spent a total of 40 days since October 2011. As a matter of fact we have to renew our passes in a couple weeks for this year. We will probably only clock about 20 days this year, but they will include the MNSSHP and MVMCP for sure. We can go for a week just the two of us for $500 including our hotel, meals and fuel. I always get the efficiency at the Roadway and it has a full kitchen and never costs more than $30 a night. Put food in the crockpot on low in the morning and it is ready to eat when we get back.
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I think it also depends on where you live. If we were within a 10-12 hour driving distance from WDW, we would definitely be there more often. The price of the flight is what kills us and forces us to one trip per year. We're a family of 6, so the flight gets crazy expensive.
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