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Old 02-12-2013, 06:21 AM   #1
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Best Tips on a budget?

Hi everyone, looking for any tips on making this years trip to Disney world the most memory filled for my family. Looking like this maybe the last trip I make to the parks and I want to make sure my family never forgets it.

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We will be staying off property, so keep that in mind. We will be going to the parks 5 days though, no water parks as my littlest one would not have much fun.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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We have staid off site every trip so far. This year we are staying on site. Here are a few tips that I hope help. To cut food costs take in snacks, sandwiches, and bottle water. We froze our water and it staid cold during the hot months. To help pay for the trip without breaking the bank we did so in stages. Step one book your condo etc. we love Windsor hills and Windsor palms. You can find good deals on vrbo.com. Step two we bought tickets one at a time. We buy them at the Disney store. They don't expire until you use them. Step three for us is to get Disney gift cards and start putting a little money on it each paycheck so you use the cards for spending money, souvenirs etcetera. For us doing the trip this way helps a lot. A lot of people like the photo pass so I would preorder that.

We would get to the parks at rope drop stay til 6 or so go back to the condo eat and rest then go back for the late hours. It helps to plan your days out way in advance so you have a plan when you get there. For MK start at the back of the park and work forward. Use fast passes. Above all make memories, have fun, take lots of pictures. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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We have staid off site every trip so far. This year we are staying on site. Here are a few tips that I hope help. To cut food costs take in snacks, sandwiches, and bottle water. We froze our water and it staid cold during the hot months. To help pay for the trip without breaking the bank we did so in stages. Step one book your condo etc. we love Windsor hills and Windsor palms. You can find good deals on vrbo.com. Step two we bought tickets one at a time. We buy them at the Disney store. They don't expire until you use them. Step three for us is to get Disney gift cards and start putting a little money on it each paycheck so you use the cards for spending money, souvenirs etcetera. For us doing the trip this way helps a lot. A lot of people like the photo pass so I would preorder that.

We would get to the parks at rope drop stay til 6 or so go back to the condo eat and rest then go back for the late hours. It helps to plan your days out way in advance so you have a plan when you get there. For MK start at the back of the park and work forward. Use fast passes. Above all make memories, have fun, take lots of pictures. Hope this helps.
Thank you very much for the well thought out reply I plan on using some tips I have read elsewhere and hope it is fact rather then fiction The pin swapping in the parks. I read that I can just get some pins on Ebay to save a ton and do the pin swapping that way. Grats on Staying on site , I was hoping for a better promotion this year to let us do the same, but meh, this years promotion for the time we are traveling is not that impressive. Hmmm Buying tickets one at a time, might be a great way to break it up actually. I was planning on using the Under Cover tourist, but lump sum was really seeming to be overwhelming.

Our original plan was to try to go in the September - October range, but life happens and plans had to be move up to a sooner date. Once again thank you so much for your reply
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Thank you very much for the well thought out reply I plan on using some tips I have read elsewhere and hope it is fact rather then fiction The pin swapping in the parks. I read that I can just get some pins on Ebay to save a ton and do the pin swapping that way. Grats on Staying on site , I was hoping for a better promotion this year to let us do the same, but meh, this years promotion for the time we are traveling is not that impressive. Hmmm Buying tickets one at a time, might be a great way to break it up actually. I was planning on using the Under Cover tourist, but lump sum was really seeming to be overwhelming.

Our original plan was to try to go in the September - October range, but life happens and plans had to be move up to a sooner date. Once again thank you so much for your reply
UndercoverTourist does have the best prices, but wanted to alert you that they are noting that Disney ticket prices are due to increase in the near future. You do get the MouseSavers Newsletter? If not, sign up for it and you get a little more discount when purchasing Disney tickets thru a special link to UndercoverTourist.

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:59 AM   #6
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UndercoverTourist does have the best prices, but wanted to alert you that they are noting that Disney ticket prices are due to increase in the near future. You do get the MouseSavers Newsletter? If not, sign up for it and you get a little more discount when purchasing Disney tickets thru a special link to UndercoverTourist.

Enjoy your trip!

Thank you! I just now signed up for the mousesavers newsletter. I have scoured for tips for the past month or so and that was the first I had heard of this one Thank you so much.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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UndercoverTourist does have the best prices, but wanted to alert you that they are noting that Disney ticket prices are due to increase in the near future. You do get the MouseSavers Newsletter? If not, sign up for it and you get a little more discount when purchasing Disney tickets thru a special link to UndercoverTourist.

Enjoy your trip!
If you ever think you are going to WDW again -
I suggest buying the 10 day NON-expiring admission tickets.
We did use Undercover Tourist had them in a few days.
You can purchase them as hoppers or one park-one day.
Even though they are a lot of money up front - they will be good forever.
Esp. if you do not go often enough to get an annual pass.
We have purchased the 10 day non-expiring passes a few times.
When you see the increased cost in the tickets each year
you will be glad you did.
Have a great vaca !
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Thank you very much for the well thought out reply I plan on using some tips I have read elsewhere and hope it is fact rather then fiction The pin swapping in the parks. I read that I can just get some pins on Ebay to save a ton and do the pin swapping that way. Grats on Staying on site , I was hoping for a better promotion this year to let us do the same, but meh, this years promotion for the time we are traveling is not that impressive. Hmmm Buying tickets one at a time, might be a great way to break it up actually. I was planning on using the Under Cover tourist, but lump sum was really seeming to be overwhelming.

Our original plan was to try to go in the September - October range, but life happens and plans had to be move up to a sooner date. Once again thank you so much for your reply
Your welcome and thank you Have a great trip. Just FYI I have bought pins from eBay and it worked well.
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The pin swapping in the parks. I read that I can just get some pins on Ebay to save a ton and do the pin swapping that way.
If you really want to do pin trading, then yes you can save a little money by buying some pins on ebay ahead of time. But if you're on a tight budget, you could just skip the pin trading. You will see other people doing it, but certainly not everyone. We are pretty careful about our spending and have never done pin trading just because I feel like there's too much cost involved.
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My kids loved pin trading. We have never had problems getting pins on eBay. We always check thier reviews first. If they are selling fakes usually someone will notice and give that person a bad review.

Are you driving or flying?
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My kids loved pin trading. We have never had problems getting pins on eBay. We always check thier reviews first. If they are selling fakes usually someone will notice and give that person a bad review.

Are you driving or flying?
We will be flying got incredible ticket prices
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We will be flying got incredible ticket prices
Be sure to check the Transportation board for car rental discount codes and discount sites. I used carrentalmomma.com for our last rental and was able to combine an Alamo Insider perk for a free additional driver. Will you be driving to the Parks or does your off-site location have a shuttle?
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Be sure to check the Transportation board for car rental discount codes and discount sites. I used carrentalmomma.com for our last rental and was able to combine an Alamo Insider perk for a free additional driver. Will you be driving to the Parks or does your off-site location have a shuttle?
Being offsite I plan to drive to the parks. I would not want to chance the trips fun and timing on the hotels schedule.
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