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Old 02-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #376
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We are big penny pinchers. We stay off grounds. We have always found clean, close hotels close to the main gate for 50 dollars a night. We get a hotel that has a free breakfast and eat that, then we pack snacks in my bag and eat lunch at the park, then in the evening we get food outside of the parks on the way back to the hotel. If your interested in saving money on tickets check out the YES program. It saves us a ton on the ticket price. We also only get base tickets, since we are sure to want to stay the entire day in each park. We also drive down saving tons of money for a family of five. We also go off season, since that isn't a big deal for us since we homeschool. We estimate our 5day tickets and room: 1300, food: 500, gas 500 (we live in Illinois). So 2,300 for that part of our vacation. The kids usually bring their own money for souvenirs. I'm not sure if I'm leaving a category out. I hope these ideas help if you are looking to get the most for your money.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #377
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Leaving in 3 days!

6 days/ 5 nights at CBR
4 day base tickets ( hopping is a waste for us)
= $1500

For food we do TS and QS and pay oop because it is cheaper for us than the DDP.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:31 PM   #378
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I was just trying to figure this out and about had a heart attack when I saw the final results. We have changed our reservation several times and kept upgrading little by little.

The whole trip is coming up to about $7200 and that's 7 nights staying Club Level at the Beach Club with 3 adults one child and 2 infants. We are getting 3 annual passes though so that's an extra almost grand up front that will save us money in the long run.

Gas: about $500
Resort: $3176
Tickets (including annual passes) and 1 - 8 day PH: $2213
Dining budget: $1,000 but expect to be less with TIW
Extras: $300

My sister is going to pay for her own food and extras so I didn't really budget that in for her. But we are buying her ticket and paying for all but the extra $25 a night cost of the resort since she is going to help with the kids.

Next trip we'll be staying moderate again, but we decided to live it up for once as we NEVER splurge even on vacation.

Oh, and I forgot I'm paying for everything with gift cards purchased at Target with my Target CC so the total will actually be $350 less when you consider the 5% saved on the cards.

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #379
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6 nights Port Orleans Riverside-preferred room 2 adults and 1 child
6 day base tickets

Southwest Airfare: $15 (paid with points from Southwest Visa sign-on bonus)
plus $30 early bird check in

insurance: estimated around $100
Petsitter: $450 for 2 dogs

Airport parking: $90

I have $150 in gift cards and $400 in Disney Visa rewards dollars for food. PLus we save $$$ bringing food and ordering from Garden Grocer-just 2 character meals for Table Service

$2500 total +/- Southwest Visa 50,000 pts is the reason we can do this trip!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #380
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Well this is one thread I won't let DH read. When I told him I wanted to go back in May (after having gone in November), he asked if I could manage to make it under $10,000 I might manage it if I don't buy too much while I'm there
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #381
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We are checking in June 1 and checking out June 9; so 8 nights, 9 days. Staying at AKV - Jambo House in a Savannah View studio. 4 people - me, DH, DD18, and DD11. We are doing Disney and Discovery Cove and Sea World. Total cost is just over $8K.

Discovery Cove/Sea World $1,103.36 (4 swim with Dolphins packages)
AKV $1,562.00 (Savannah View Studio, renting points)
Food $2,500.00 (Tips included, and misc spending money)
Disney AP $2,445.00 (4 AP's)
TIW $100.00
Gas $200.00 (We are driving from SC)
Zoe $120.00 (boarding at vet's for my doggie)

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #382
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3 nights in march, contemporary tower non-theme park view, 2 adults, 2 kids = $5000 even, park hopper, including airfare + dining plan.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #383
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7 nights 8 days POR
2 adults 1 child
6 day park hopper - no water parks
$2800 with insurance

Airfare roughly $1000

$2000 spending/food

About 6k total
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:21 PM   #384
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May 16-May 22
Two adults, one 4 year old
6 nights at Coronado Springs-Preferred Room (Spring Room Offer)
7 day base tickets
Disney Dining Plan (1 QS 1 TS 1 snack)

$2731 (Woo hoo!)

Southwest Airfare $720 (a STEAL---nonstop flights from Rochester, NY to MCO)

Plus whatever my little princess wants while we're there ???

Total--who cares, we're in Disney World!!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:12 PM   #385
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5 nights 6 days
2 adults, 1 infant
AKL standard view room
4 day park hoppers

Airfare: $600

Food and shopping budget: $1200

Total: $4000

Worth. Every. Penny
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:28 PM   #386
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For my family of 5 (albeit one is under 3), leaving Tuesday!!

5 nights - 1 night at POR, 4 nights at BLT lake view 1 bedroom
Disney Dining
5 day park hoppers

Rough total : $4500

Airfare for 4: $1200

So total before incidentals: $5700
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:13 AM   #387
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My trip March 6-12th for moi

6 nights @ POP
7 day base ticket
Deluxe dining plan

Airfare $228 on Southwest

Dinner at Victoria & Alberts for my birthday $200

Cost: $2063 not including gratuities or souvenirs.

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Old 02-23-2013, 01:23 AM   #388
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  • DVC dues on 200 points - $937.
  • DVC Premium Annual Passes, upgraded from 10 day MYW hoppers w/ WP&M last December - $21 for 2A 1C.
  • Airfare - one way on Southwest Rapid Rewards points for 3 people, other direction hopefully $600 for three.
  • Groceries budget - $150.
  • Dining budget for lunches and snacks in the park for 5 days - $250
Total - $1958
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #389
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Yacht club resort CL
2 adults 2 kids (2&7 @time of trip)

7nights 8days with 6 day base tickets $2777

No dining plan
OOP food budget $1300
4 TS rest are QS
( def over budget but I rather be safe then sorry)

Flights round trip $891
Spending $$ 1500

Grand total= $6500

Me, DH, DD8, DS4

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:55 AM   #390
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I love this thread! I'm glad I'm not the only one who forks out thousands for a Disney vacation yearly, which in my eyes is worth EVERY penny. So here is our plans for myself and 11 year old DS.

Trip dates 6/13-6/21

1 night stay at AoA 6/13-6/14 $166.60 (staying here 1 night to save some $$ since our flight doesn't get in till a little after 8pm)
7 night stay at AKV Kidani in a standard studio (rented points) $1276
7 night QS DDP for the 2 of us $526.60
8 day park passes with hopper $756
Round trip airfare from Philly $538

Total trip = $3263.20

It might seem like a lot to some but when I started pricing out trips to go to the jersey shore for a week during the summer, renting a house alone for a week was going to cost close to $2000 or more!!! After seeing that going to Disney was a no brainier for me!!!
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