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Old 06-17-2013, 12:01 AM   #706
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2 adults
1 Disney adult
1 child

1 night all star movies
7 nights Grand Floridian garden view
8 day park Hoppers with 1 bonus water park entry
Package price.....$3217.24

$2000 Food budget bought with target red card 5% discount...$1900

Transportation costs.......$530

Dessert party...........$90.00

Pirates and pals cruise......$210.00

Grand total.....$5947.24, not bad!
Can you purchase gift cards with the red card and that's how you saved?
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:21 AM   #707
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It's so much fun reading about everyone's trip plans! Here's ours:

Package - 4 nights at CR - Garden Wing; 5 day base tickets; counter service plan $3408
Dog sitting $150
Two nights en route $250
Gas $300
balloon delivery to room $65
Liberty Tree meal & souvenir money $300

Total: $4473

We usually spend around $3000 for our six night trips, but it will be our daughters 16th birthday and it has always been her dream to stay at the Contemporary, so we have been saving up for a special trip! We are so excited! My daughter thinks we are staying at the Residence Inn again...she's in for the surprise of her life! Yay!

We are planning to make up for the extra cost by having a $200 Christmas this year - I normally spend about $1500 on Christmas, so that helps make up the cost. I still have butterflies in my stomach for spending so much, though. We certainly aren't wealthy - I'm a lowly adjunct college instructor and hubby is a state employee. But we have no debt, have a decent amount of savings, and we've decided to splurge for our baby's 16th! She's a good kid and I'm so happy that we are going to be able to make her dream come true.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:29 AM   #708
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Changed resorts 3 times and this is our final.

2 adults and 2 kids Aug 17-25 8 nights at ASMU standard w/
7 day park passes with WP option $2150
Flights from Boston $900

Total $3050

OOP estimates food costs is $1200

Total $4,250

Not including spending money...maybe an additional $500
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:35 AM   #709
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It's so much fun reading about everyone's trip plans! Here's ours:

Package - 4 nights at CR - Garden Wing; 5 day base tickets; counter service plan $3408
Dog sitting $150
Two nights en route $250
Gas $300
balloon delivery to room $65
Liberty Tree meal & souvenir money $300

Total: $4473

We usually spend around $3000 for our six night trips, but it will be our daughters 16th birthday and it has always been her dream to stay at the Contemporary, so we have been saving up for a special trip! We are so excited! My daughter thinks we are staying at the Residence Inn again...she's in for the surprise of her life! Yay!

We are planning to make up for the extra cost by having a $200 Christmas this year - I normally spend about $1500 on Christmas, so that helps make up the cost. I still have butterflies in my stomach for spending so much, though. We certainly aren't wealthy - I'm a lowly adjunct college instructor and hubby is a state employee. But we have no debt, have a decent amount of savings, and we've decided to splurge for our baby's 16th! She's a good kid and I'm so happy that we are going to be able to make her dream come true.



Our dd's 16th is coming up in November so I can certainly relate. You sound like such wonderful parents and the memories you will make with your dd will far outlast any Christmas present! Have a wonderful, magical time.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:44 AM   #710
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Here's ours:

4 Disney adults
11 nights ASMusic standard room with summer promotion
2 days base ticket (have some non-expiry ones left)
$1745.00

2 nights hotel on travel days $150 approx.
Gas and food $400
Food $1000 (cs, off site, in room breakfast/snacks)

Total for 14 days including travel days $3300.00

It's been 3 years and cannot wait for August to get here! Have a great trip everybody!
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:44 AM   #711
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Our family of 7 went from 6/2-6/10, with another family. We bought park tickets for the 2 children of the other family, and paid for some of their gas and food. We used a $250 sky auction certificate to stay at Legacy Vacation Club in a 2 bedroom (it was great!), and then just the 7 of us stayed at AKV Kidani in a 2 bedroom for 1 night.

Basic cost breakdowns:
Lodging $250 + $75 for for extra points + 30 dvc points
park tickets $2600 (includes 2 4 day child tickets, 1 5 day child ticket, 2 4 day adult tickets, 1 5 day adult ticket, 2 7 day adult tickets and 1 premium DVC AP)
8 day minivan rental 268 + 180 gas
dog sitter 250
airfare for 7 RT from Indianapolis $1000 + 28K southwest points ( additional 300 paid with for flight credits from a previously canceled flight)
food, souv and everything else 3000 (plus each of our 5 kids had $100 each for spending $ from my parents)

if we include flight credit and money from my parents, $8500 total spent
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:46 AM   #712
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UM mine has changed a lot now going on a Disney cruise.

8/17 to 9/2 17 days
2 adults 2 Disney kids

8/17 pop room only 108.00

8/18 to 8/22 Disney dream 2567.66 this is ony for 3 of us my youngest is on my parents reservation.

8/22 to 9/2
Pop century standard view
Free QSDP
7 day myw what Wp&f
Photopass plus
2886.47

Airfare for 4 out of Manchester NH 1200.00

The cruise is suppose to be a one time deal. I won't even total it. Taking 1500.00 with us girls are doing PL and we are doing a couple of TS meals and one day at legoland.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:57 AM   #713
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2 Adults....

6 nights at ASMu, 6 day park-hoppers, Free QS dining (fingers crossed!):$1,403

Airfare (2 RT tickets from Milwaukee): $607

Total: $2,010

IF we end up with Free Dining (our dates are within the current pin FD range, so looks like we could luck out), then I may add the Marceline Tour & MNSSHP which would be an extra $200 total. If not, that $ will go towards QS meals.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #714
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4 nights on the Dream, verandah room (including DCL transfers from airport to port and then port to resort) : $1540.28

4 nights at the Poly, GV room, w/4 days PH(including airfare, ME from the resort to the airport, also we had a bb offer for free dining) : $3367.52
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:34 AM   #715
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6 Days/5 Nights Garden View Room at the Polynesian - 1500
5 Day PH - $326
Roundtrip Airfare - $185
Food Budget - $500

Total - $2511.00
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:49 AM   #716
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Well, in April, my family (2A, 2C) had a 10night/11day stay at YC CL, which came in with a grand total of just under $7200. Worth every penny!!!

My DH surprised me with a girls trip with my best friend for September, so we can do Food & Wine!!!

I like this trips numbers a lot better!!!

For my half of the trip
9/27/13-10/2/13 (5 nights/6 days)
POP Century - $293.65 (currently booked with AAA, but will switch to military discount if that is extended)
$66.03 - MNSSHP ticket
$222.50 - RT airfare from Manchester, NH
$325.95 for 5 day Park Hopper, which I will update to an AP while I am there

Total: $908.13 + food/souvenier expenses (thinking about $400-$500)

Hopefully, the military discount will reduce the resort cost a little more...trying to do this one as cheaply as possible!!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #717
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Our dd's 16th is coming up in November so I can certainly relate. You sound like such wonderful parents and the memories you will make with your dd will far outlast any Christmas present! Have a wonderful, magical time.
Thanks so much! My dd's birthday is in November too and we are going to WDW the week of T-Day, just a couple days after her birthday. Hope you all have a happy and fun sweet 16 too!
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:39 PM   #718
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@dizcrazee I love that you are doing this trip for your daughter's 16th. Such a great way to spend a little money. You won't regret the $200 Christmas at all. See if your library has the Little House Christmas book for ideas on making memories with little to no money.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:20 PM   #719
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2 adults, 2 WDW adults and 1 child
7 nights BC SV CL
7 day base tix
$3365.00
$2000 food/souvenir budget
$2000 airfare
Total: $7365
I've been buying GCs at a discount so I'll save roughly $300 off my package price, and another $150 off my food/souvie budget. Since we are staying CL, I don't have to pay for breakfast OOP, and we can go back to the resort for snacks and drinks during the day, and cocktails at night . We are also only eating 2 TS meals the whole week so I think my food costs will be much lower than what I have planned for.

Its definitely our most expensive vacation, but we haven't been in 5 years so its totally worth it!
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:41 PM   #720
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Yup! I also pay it off right away so there's no interest to worry about. The only downfall is that the largest denomination is $50. Oh well!
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