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Old 04-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #31
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For our November trip, 2 adults no kids:
8 nights at OKW studio using rented DVC points =$1,056
Park tickets (annual passes, I've divided the cost by three as that is the number of trips we will get out of them) =$407
Spending money for parks including meals (actually $800 in Disney gift cards but I get 5% off with Target Red Card)=$760
Groceries for villa=$75
Gas =$250
Hotels/meals for drive down=$150
Total $2,698


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Old 04-06-2013, 10:06 PM   #32
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Wow, it really does make me feel better seeing that I've got away cheap in comparison to many. My sister and I are staying at the Pop next month for 10 days. Well, 10 days for me... she's a grad student and got stuck with a presentation on the very last day of finals week, so I'll be solo for two days before she joins me.

2 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines: $468
10 days at Pop Century (spring discount!): $1156
7-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (me): $301
5-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (her): $270
2 single-day admissions for Universal: $184
Total: $2379 for a ten day vacation

I'm still debating with myself on whether to splurge for a single night at the Polynesian. It makes me feel sick contemplating paying $580 for ONE night, which is more than half the cost of TEN nights at Pop!!!

Still, it would mean two whole days of luxurious relaxation surrounded by palm trees and white sand, the opportunity for actual swimming in the zero-entry pool, sunbathing whilst sipping alcohol from a pineapple and reading something deliciously trashy with no redeeming literary value whatsoever.

Not to mention the lottery-win of this year's late evening reservations at 'Ohana being followed by NOT having to sleepily crawl our slow way back to the Pop after dinner, waiting in queues to ride the monorail and then the Disney transportation bus at the end of a 14-hour day, after having stuffed in so much food that just getting out of my seat feels as if I've used up all my remaining energy for the whole trip.

I think it's worth it... but still... more than half! I have to stop looking at the numbers.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #33
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Wow, it really does make me feel better seeing that I've got away cheap in comparison to many. My sister and I are staying at the Pop next month for 10 days. Well, 10 days for me... she's a grad student and got stuck with a presentation on the very last day of finals week, so I'll be solo for two days before she joins me.

2 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines: $468
10 days at Pop Century (spring discount!): $1156
7-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (me): $301
5-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (her): $270
2 single-day admissions for Universal: $184
Total: $2379 for a ten day vacation

I'm still debating with myself on whether to splurge for a single night at the Polynesian. It makes me feel sick contemplating paying $580 for ONE night, which is more than half the cost of TEN nights at Pop!!!

Still, it would mean two whole days of luxurious relaxation surrounded by palm trees and white sand, the opportunity for actual swimming in the zero-entry pool, sunbathing whilst sipping alcohol from a pineapple and reading something deliciously trashy with no redeeming literary value whatsoever.

Not to mention the lottery-win of this year's late evening reservations at 'Ohana being followed by NOT having to sleepily crawl our slow way back to the Pop after dinner, waiting in queues to ride the monorail and then the Disney transportation bus at the end of a 14-hour day, after having stuffed in so much food that just getting out of my seat feels as if I've used up all my remaining energy for the whole trip.

I think it's worth it... but still... more than half! I have to stop looking at the numbers.
Yeah mine looks better too when I don't include meals. Darn grand kids wanna eat while we're there lol
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:34 AM   #34
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$580 brings you just about 25% closer to the budget of your next trip. I think I would spring $20 for a taxi after 'Ohana and enjoy some frozen drinks at Pop. One day is just not worth the move to me. I would not get 2 full days out of it, with check-in, and possibly no home room for half the day on both ends.
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Wow, it really does make me feel better seeing that I've got away cheap in comparison to many. My sister and I are staying at the Pop next month for 10 days. Well, 10 days for me... she's a grad student and got stuck with a presentation on the very last day of finals week, so I'll be solo for two days before she joins me.

2 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines: $468
10 days at Pop Century (spring discount!): $1156
7-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (me): $301
5-day non-hopper Disney park ticket (her): $270
2 single-day admissions for Universal: $184
Total: $2379 for a ten day vacation

I'm still debating with myself on whether to splurge for a single night at the Polynesian. It makes me feel sick contemplating paying $580 for ONE night, which is more than half the cost of TEN nights at Pop!!!

Still, it would mean two whole days of luxurious relaxation surrounded by palm trees and white sand, the opportunity for actual swimming in the zero-entry pool, sunbathing whilst sipping alcohol from a pineapple and reading something deliciously trashy with no redeeming literary value whatsoever.

Not to mention the lottery-win of this year's late evening reservations at 'Ohana being followed by NOT having to sleepily crawl our slow way back to the Pop after dinner, waiting in queues to ride the monorail and then the Disney transportation bus at the end of a 14-hour day, after having stuffed in so much food that just getting out of my seat feels as if I've used up all my remaining energy for the whole trip.

I think it's worth it... but still... more than half! I have to stop looking at the numbers.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:45 AM   #35
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We typically spend around $2800-3000 for a 10-12 day trip. The last few years we have been going in August and got free dining. I use my airmiles to get park tickets so I have only purchased the minimum required ticket to get FD. Some of those have been used and some have been saved for future use. We stay at a value resort in a preferred room.

So for approx $2800 we are getting air, hotel, food, park tickets, and spending money. We are a family of four...kids are both well over age 10. Our oldest doesn't always come with us so some trips cost a tiny bit less.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #36
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$580 brings you just about 25% closer to the budget of your next trip. I think I would spring $20 for a taxi after 'Ohana and enjoy some frozen drinks at Pop. One day is just not worth the move to me. I would not get 2 full days out of it, with check-in, and possibly no home room for half the day on both ends.
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Oh, I'm not checking out of the Pop for that one night. This is a 10 day vacation and I'm a self-confessed over-packer, not to mention all the medical equipment that accompanies me. It would take the better part of a day to move everything. My sister and I will sleep late at Pop, pack a few things up and head to the Poly late morning, spend a lazy day at the pool, stuff ourselves at 'Ohana and sleep at the Poly. The next day we'll repeat the sleeping late and the poolside relaxing, then hie ourselves back to the Pop around dusk.

The Poly stay is more about the pool access than escaping 'Ohana without an ordeal (taxis aren't a great option unless I'm desperate; I have to request a handicapped-accessible vehicle with a lift and I've had very bad experiences), though I wouldn't have done it without both factors. I'm pretty heavily disabled and I can't use most resort pools because of the steps. The Poly is one of the few places featuring a zero-entry pool where you just wade in. I haven't been able to enjoy a day poolside in literally years so it's worth a lot to me.

In any case, it is definitely a splurge. To be honest, I've been feeling sorry for myself because my health has deteriorated significantly since last year's Disney visit (we go every year in May) and I know I won't be able to do a lot of the rides and experiences I normally enjoy. I'm making myself feel better about it by planning things that my practical side usually shies from.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #37
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Not a value vacation, my but my first stay at a moderate. I went back and forth so many times trying to decide on staying value vs moderate. I splurged this time.


For one adult:

7 nights at POR with 7 day PH $1837.11
Flight from bellingham (including parking and baggage fees) $640
Food (I have always had free dining before)guessing at $350
Extra spending $$ $200

Total: $3027.11 CAD

Yikes!! I did my best with currency conversion. That's $432.44 per day

Oh well, I am looking forward to my first moderate stay. With these prices (yes I got the 30% off with the spring offer and I am staying in a GV Royal room) it may be my last moderate stay.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:26 PM   #38
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Flights for 4 $975 Southwest/Airtran
POFQ with basic park passes and DDP $3300

*Praying for free dining* but going regardless.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #39
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October 10-19, 2012 - ASMu - 2 adults (DBF and me)
preferred room for 9 nights + 9 day park hoppers: $1874 (after a very small but appreciated room discount)
2 one-park tickets to Universal + shuttle to/from Universal: $220
2 roundtrip flights Buffalo to Orlando: $570
trip insurance for both of us: $97
all meals OOP: $1300
my shopping money: $400
TOTAL: $4461
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #40
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Oh, I'm not checking out of the Pop for that one night. This is a 10 day vacation and I'm a self-confessed over-packer, not to mention all the medical equipment that accompanies me. It would take the better part of a day to move everything. My sister and I will sleep late at Pop, pack a few things up and head to the Poly late morning, spend a lazy day at the pool, stuff ourselves at 'Ohana and sleep at the Poly. The next day we'll repeat the sleeping late and the poolside relaxing, then hie ourselves back to the Pop around dusk.

The Poly stay is more about the pool access than escaping 'Ohana without an ordeal (taxis aren't a great option unless I'm desperate; I have to request a handicapped-accessible vehicle with a lift and I've had very bad experiences), though I wouldn't have done it without both factors. I'm pretty heavily disabled and I can't use most resort pools because of the steps. The Poly is one of the few places featuring a zero-entry pool where you just wade in. I haven't been able to enjoy a day poolside in literally years so it's worth a lot to me.

In any case, it is definitely a splurge. To be honest, I've been feeling sorry for myself because my health has deteriorated significantly since last year's Disney visit (we go every year in May) and I know I won't be able to do a lot of the rides and experiences I normally enjoy. I'm making myself feel better about it by planning things that my practical side usually shies from.

You know what, go for it! Sounds like you truly deserve it and your plan is absolutely perfect!

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:35 PM   #41
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1 adult, 2 kids
7 nights at Pop
8 day park tickets (no hopper)
Disney Dining
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$2501

Roundtrip Flights from buf to MCO direct on jet blue $660 ($220 each)

Total $3160
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:42 AM   #42
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8 nights at POLY LV w/7 day PH w/waterpark for 3 of us
$4782. + $1019. for airfare = $5801. ! That does not include food, shopping, taxis and towncar....so approx. total should be $7300-$7800. Looking at that total makes me crazy Just trying not to think about it and gonna have the most magical time of our lives
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:36 AM   #43
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2 adults sept. 7-15

1 night Drury inn $70
7 night POFQ with DDP & 7 day PH & WPAM option $2961

Praying for free dining really need it!

If A RO code only comes out ill down grade to ASMU but still stay 7 nights with DDP & PH passes with WPAM & according to the math of the summer promotion it should be around $2200

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #44
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Just wondering how much it cost you to have your vacation staying at the value resorts?? Ours will come in at around $4000 for a family of 4(with one of us being free)! This includes dining and airfare for 4 also and pricing is for this year when in actuality we are not going until next May so this may be likely to change!
It's hard to compare unless you live where I do and travel the same time. The place I can see where you can cut costs is the dining. Skip the dining plan and have groceries delivered.

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August trip, ASSp with current discount $841. Airfare 3 x $246, but we had some dollar value with AirTran that had to be used or it would expire. Cost OOP, more like $300. I just rented a car for a few days, $97. The last few trips we've gone without a car, but I wanted to go to the outlet mall. Also, the car will allow us to pick up a few things at Publix and go to the outlet mall. Bag fees possibly $50. Airport parking at home around $63. Then there is food, not sure about that maybe $500. No parks planned at this time, but we do have some non expiring tickets, if we want to use those. Totaling it all up $1851. Maybe I should check into DVC rental for only $200 more than ASSp.
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