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Old 04-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #31
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I am going to Maui again next month, staying club level with ocean view room. I stayed club level BWI in December.

With all costs totaled, I estimate Hawaii will be about $2000 less than WDW.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:53 PM   #32
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We rent a house, less than a block from the beach. We like the privacy, kitchen, washer and dryer. We can do 3 week long trips to the beach for less than 1 week to disney, staying on site, park hoppers, and dining.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:34 AM   #33
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No, beach is cheaper. Mountains are cheaper.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:11 AM   #34
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No, beach is cheaper. Mountains are cheaper.
We can rent a house at the beach or the mountains for less than the wdw tickets. And food is far cheaper
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:24 AM   #35
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The place that we rent for a week at the Jersey Shore costs almost as much as a week in a moderate resort at Christmas time. But, we don't do boardwalk games or rides, miniature golf or any of the other "tourist-y" things when we go to the shore. We sit on the beach during the day and play cards with friends at night. I cook most of our meals, which I would also do at home. We *might* go out to eat a couple of times during the week.

So, when you consider the total cost of the a Disney trip (eating out every day, tickets to the parks, airfare, rental car), the Disney trip comes out to be far more expensive than the trip to the shore.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:50 AM   #36
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I am going to Maui again next month, staying club level with ocean view room. I stayed club level BWI in December.

With all costs totaled, I estimate Hawaii will be about $2000 less than WDW.
Where do you stay and where do you rent through?
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:41 AM   #37
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We are in Maryland. When the kids were younger we would go to Ocean City. It def cost us more to go to the ocean than to do wdw. We have paid as much as $1600 a week for a nice place on the boardwalk. (I don't camp). Than you have to find "stuff" to do with them. Parasailing, jet skiing, even jolly Rogers can put a real dent in the budget.
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We are in Maryland. When the kids were younger we would go to Ocean City. It def cost us more to go to the ocean than to do wdw. We have paid as much as $1600 a week for a nice place on the boardwalk. (I don't camp). Than you have to find "stuff" to do with them. Parasailing, jet skiing, even jolly Rogers can put a real dent in the budget.
Agree. Our Rehoboth long weekend a few years ago cost about the same as a short trip to Disney because I calculated it out after the fact.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:45 PM   #39
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Agree. Our Rehoboth long weekend a few years ago cost about the same as a short trip to Disney because I calculated it out after the fact.
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We are in Maryland. When the kids were younger we would go to Ocean City. It def cost us more to go to the ocean than to do wdw. We have paid as much as $1600 a week for a nice place on the boardwalk. (I don't camp). Than you have to find "stuff" to do with them. Parasailing, jet skiing, even jolly Rogers can put a real dent in the budget.
I was just thinking along those same lines. We usually do WDW one year and Lido Key, Sarasoto the next; except for one year we went to Ocean City, Maryland and all I kept saying was Lido Key would have cost half as much and WDW 1/3 as much and we only stayed there 4 days compared to 7. We go to Lido Key during the summer and stay on the ocean for one full week and it costs significantly less than the World. Of course our children love the beach and we spend sun up to sun down on it. We go out for 2-3 meals, we have a kitchen and stock up on food when we get there and BBQ several meals or walk to a nearby beach front counter service eatery. We pay less than $900 for full week rental at Lido Key and
food is about $500 for a family of 6. There is no way we can do Disney for that cheap!
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:07 PM   #40
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We have found Disney to be much more expensive the past few years, and because of this, we have traveled elsewhere. Last year we traveled to hawaii for 2 weeks, and including airfare, car rental, and accommodations (studio apartment), it was much much cheaper than the same two weeks at disney (without car rental and in a smaller hotel room). We also had a kitchen so we were able to make breakfast and lunch in the room when we were around, which saved us more money.
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We have found Disney to be much more expensive the past few years, and because of this, we have traveled elsewhere. Last year we traveled to hawaii for 2 weeks, and including airfare, car rental, and accommodations (studio apartment), it was much much cheaper than the same two weeks at disney (without car rental and in a smaller hotel room). We also had a kitchen so we were able to make breakfast and lunch in the room when we were around, which saved us more money.
Wow! I would have never guessed that. That's great! If you don't mind me asking how many people could you fit in a room? And how close to beach? That is my oldest DD's dream vacation. I just don't know if I can get over flying that far.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #42
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Did your beach vacation cost more than your Disney vacation?
Not until my son and his friend cracked up the rented wave-runners.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:13 PM   #43
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Not until my son and his friend cracked up the rented wave-runners.
Bummer, did they actually crash into each other?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #44
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Many years ago, we rented condos in Ocean City, Maryland. Then I found we could go to Disney for less that OC, so we made the switch.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:18 PM   #45
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A beach vacation is SO MUCH cheaper that I find this idea laughable. A beach (or mountain) vacation costs about 30-40% the cost of a Disney vacation.

At Disney you pay whatever Disney charges for the room, and even at the value hotels, that's pretty high. Tickets, restaurant meals, etc. If you do free dining, they make it up on the hotel cost. Disney is one of the most expensive vacations we ever take. Cruises are in the same ballpark, but everything else we do it cheaper.

In contrast, at the beach you can get a really nice condo or house from any number of sources, which'll include a money-saving kitchen and washer/dryer. Beach activities are largely free: Walking on the beach, lounging with a book at the pool, board games and movies in the condo/house in the evenings. In a one-week vacation, we'd go out to dinner a couple times, but mostly we'd enjoy cooking big meals together.

If you've paid more at Disney, something's unusual about your situation: Either you didn't have to buy tickets or something else . . . or you seriously over-paid at the beach.
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