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Old 05-13-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Can't take that FL trip? Think again.

If you really wanted to go to WDW for "cheap" you can do it. Below is a 5-day trip budget for four adults going during slower season (though busier season isn't much higher).

Airfare: $250 x 4 (buy on a Wednesday)
Car: $25 x 5 (carrentals.com + coupon. We just did mid-size for $10 a day)
4/3 Villa: $60 day total x 5 (Flipkey/Homeaway. We got a 3/3 for $55)
Tickets: $250 x 4
Groceries: $200
Food: $200 (it all depends on what you want to save)
Gas: $40
Souvenirs: $100 (Is it necessary?)
Parking: $15 x 5
Misc: $200 (or much less)

So four ADULTS could go to Disney for 5 full days for about $3100. And I guarantee even less -- $2500 or so -- if you have a strict budget and stick to it, or go for four full days. And if you wanted to do SW/BG or Universal for a 3-4 day trip it would be about half this.

My family and I just did a full week in a 4/3 villa; airfare; rented a car; saw SW/BG/AQ/MK/Disc Cove/Uni/IOA/Treasure Tavern; got groceries; ate out every night; played several mini-golf games; had food in the Parks; and more for less than $100 per person per day.

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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sounds great...

IF you can get airfare for that price (We fly out of Tulsa, which rarely has deals on airfare, if we fly from OKC or Dallas we have to drive there and get a hotel room that will keeep our car there)

IF you can get a coupon/code for the car

IF you can be flexible with your dates so you can get a good deal on a villa/rental home

These are good tips, and I have done Disney on the cheap, but it's not realistic to think everyone can get these same deals.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by KingofSwing3000
If you really wanted to go to WDW for "cheap" you can do it. Below is a 5-day trip budget for four adults going during slower season (though busier season isn't much higher).

Airfare: $250 x 4 (buy on a Wednesday)
Car: $25 x 5 (carrentals.com + coupon. We just did mid-size for $10 a day)
4/3 Villa: $60 day total x 5 (Flipkey/Homeaway. We got a 3/3 for $55)
Tickets: $250 x 4
Groceries: $200
Food: $200 (it all depends on what you want to save)
Gas: $40
Souvenirs: $100 (Is it necessary?)
Parking: $15 x 5
Misc: $200 (or much less)

So four ADULTS could go to Disney for 5 full days for about $3100. And I guarantee even less -- $2500 or so -- if you have a strict budget and stick to it, or go for four full days. And if you wanted to do SW/BG or Universal for a 3-4 day trip it would be about half this.

My family and I just did a full week in a 4/3 villa; airfare; rented a car; saw SW/BG/AQ/MK/Disc Cove/Uni/IOA/Treasure Tavern; got groceries; ate out every night; played several mini-golf games; had food in the Parks; and more for less than $100 per person per day.

Start saving today to go tomorrow.
During free dining in September, I priced out 5 nights in September at POP for a little over$1700.00 , tickets included . Thats for 3 adults and 1 child.
Airfare for us is a killer though. No deals to be found.

Plus 2 bigger problems: can't pull DS from school for a week. He'll be a freshman next year AND no extra money since we're going to DLR this summer and Hawaii next summer.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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During free dining in September, I priced out 5 nights in September at POP for a little over$1700.00 , tickets included . Thats for 3 adults and 1 child.
Airfare for us is a killer though. No deals to be found.

Plus 2 bigger problems: can't pull DS from school for a week. He'll be a freshman next year AND no extra money since we're going to DLR this summer and Hawaii next summer.
I'd take this any day over WDW!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:05 AM   #5
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$3,100 seems a little high to me for a 5-day offsite trip where you might get one CS meal per day with that $200 food budget (I would allot all of the souvie and misc money for food too, just to be safe). I just priced out a 10-day stay for 2 adults and 2 children in an All Star Movies room with free QSDP (it costs maybe $25-$30 per ticket for an adult upgrade) for $2,475. Add on your discount airfare and it becomes $3,475; just $375 more for double the days, staying onsite and plenty of park meals and snacks for everyone.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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If you get a travel rewards cc then you can get the free miles for airfare.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #7
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If you really wanted to go to WDW for "cheap" you can do it. Below is a 5-day trip budget for four adults going during slower season (though busier season isn't much higher).

Airfare: $250 x 4 (buy on a Wednesday)
Car: $25 x 5 (carrentals.com + coupon. We just did mid-size for $10 a day)
4/3 Villa: $60 day total x 5 (Flipkey/Homeaway. We got a 3/3 for $55)
Tickets: $250 x 4
Groceries: $200
Food: $200 (it all depends on what you want to save)
Gas: $40
Souvenirs: $100 (Is it necessary?)
Parking: $15 x 5
Misc: $200 (or much less)

So four ADULTS could go to Disney for 5 full days for about $3100. And I guarantee even less -- $2500 or so -- if you have a strict budget and stick to it, or go for four full days. And if you wanted to do SW/BG or Universal for a 3-4 day trip it would be about half this.

My family and I just did a full week in a 4/3 villa; airfare; rented a car; saw SW/BG/AQ/MK/Disc Cove/Uni/IOA/Treasure Tavern; got groceries; ate out every night; played several mini-golf games; had food in the Parks; and more for less than $100 per person per day.

Start saving today to go tomorrow.
I'm not sure Universal would be half of that. I was pricing with military tickets for Disney so take this with a grain of salt, but when I was looking Universal was much more expensive, especially if you price it out staying onsite at both locations. Your money goes further at WDW.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:56 AM   #8
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I'm not sure Universal would be half of that. I was pricing with military tickets for Disney so take this with a grain of salt, but when I was looking Universal was much more expensive, especially if you price it out staying onsite at both locations. Your money goes further at WDW.
I have to agree. Universal is not cheap. If you stay off site and a cheapy hotel and just go there it can be not bad, but then you pay for parking as well. With Disney, I have done it for a lot less than quoted by the OP by staying onsite.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:11 AM   #9
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I'm glad that I'm not the only one who looked at the OP and thought that it could be done cheaper.

Not only that, but $3,100 might as well be $31,000 for a lot of people. It's not like everyone has that much extra cash sitting around and quite a few people prefer to not put it all on a credit card.

I've done some pretty affordable trips by using leftover days on no-expiry tickets, FF miles for airfare, renting DVC points during the least expensive times and using my Disney Rewards Dollars for food. But I'm also aware that this doesn't work for everyone.

Regardless, if you've found a way to get to Disney that works for you, then more power to you!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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It's different for everyone. $3,000 for a week is what I consider a pricey vacation, including Disney. That's what we spend when we're going all out.

The Disney portion of our trip this summer will cost me only gas and groceries. Our Disney rewards are covering the campsite and our park tickets.

After staying onsite at Universal in 2008, I wouldn't visit any other way, and those hotels can be expensive (but worth it). For this trip, our stay is covered by Blue Sky rewards. We did have to purchase the park tickets: $600 for the four of us. Given enough time I probably could have found a slightly better deal on those.

So total oop cost I anticipate for this trip is $900 (depends on how you count the groceries, we'd spend the same amount if we stayed home, so I didn't include it). That's an 8D/7N trip, seven park days, sleeping in a tent 5 nights, and staying at a nice hotel 2 nights, eating out of the cooler for 90% of the trip, and driving the 16 hours down and back without stopping.

Not trying to argue the OP's point, but maybe add to it.

If you look at all your options and work at it, you can usually find a way to make a Disney vacation (or Universal) fit your price point!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:53 AM   #11
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I don't think this is so bad. The OP states it's for 4 adults, so presumably 2 couples. If you break that down per couple it would be $1500 for a 5 night vacation that includes park tickets and car rental.
That's pretty good.
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If you really wanted to go to WDW for "cheap" you can do it. Below is a 5-day trip budget for four adults going during slower season (though busier season isn't much higher).

Airfare: $250 x 4 (buy on a Wednesday)
Car: $25 x 5 (carrentals.com + coupon. We just did mid-size for $10 a day)
4/3 Villa: $60 day total x 5 (Flipkey/Homeaway. We got a 3/3 for $55)
Tickets: $250 x 4
Groceries: $200
Food: $200 (it all depends on what you want to save)
Gas: $40
Souvenirs: $100 (Is it necessary?)
Parking: $15 x 5
Misc: $200 (or much less)

So four ADULTS could go to Disney for 5 full days for about $3100. And I guarantee even less -- $2500 or so -- if you have a strict budget and stick to it, or go for four full days. And if you wanted to do SW/BG or Universal for a 3-4 day trip it would be about half this.

My family and I just did a full week in a 4/3 villa; airfare; rented a car; saw SW/BG/AQ/MK/Disc Cove/Uni/IOA/Treasure Tavern; got groceries; ate out every night; played several mini-golf games; had food in the Parks; and more for less than $100 per person per day.

Start saving today to go tomorrow.
I have 5 people going for 15 nights for 6000...
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I think Op is not too bad, but I'd fiddle with the details and pay about the same to stay onsite,go when I could get a FD deal , share a room no rental car,etc etc.
Saving anything is a good idea,so not too bad- my last trip maxed at 2400.00 for 4 peeps for 10 days(but I use my airline points really carefully to do that plus a couple of unused ticket days from our past included then to save some $$$)This past trip we stayed onsite at both Universal and Disney,that was great!
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Food for 4 adults for 5 days is gonna be way higher than $200. $200 is just my bar tab.
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Food for 4 adults for 5 days is gonna be way higher than $200. $200 is just my bar tab.
4 adults can anticipate about 15.00 pp per meal. So roughly 60.00 per counter service meal. You can get it down some of course but just one meal on site with a drink will send that meal total over budget.

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