Well our January 5th trip just got $300 cheaper. They have a special offer for pass holders.
Room only - Port Orleans Riverside (first time there) in a King guaranteed bed = $1600
Tax for room = $200
Tips for Mousekeeping = $35 ($5 a night plus $10 on the last day)
Parking = $0 - we have handicap plates
Tickets = $0 - we are Silver Pass holders (blackouts for summer and major holidays - not a problem)
Airfare = $0 - we are only 90 minutes from WDW
Meals = this will be our highest expenses
Breakfast for 8 days - $320
Lunch for 8 days - $320
Dinner for 8 nights - $800
Snacks and Beverages - $320
Souveniers - $200
Miscellaneous Expenses - going to the movies, mini golf and whatever else comes up - $1000
$4795 - life is too short and it is a vacation afterall
So I called back Disney and used a pin code and took our room down to 3300.Two week trip in May for my DF, me and my DLS. We like comfort and are spoiled. I budget down very well so we can spoil ourselves and we always almost come back under budget.
Hotel CBR 8 nights/ Tickets 6 days/Memory Maker 3700 (before any discount)
Road Hotels 700
DLS spending $ 300
Food 3950 (two weeks worth)
Spending money $1000
Food. 6 days of travel, the day before and the day after we come back, one rest day and dinners are all off site. So I have gift cards to many different restaurants totaling about 2800.00. leaving 350 cash and 800 for Disney food.
DLS $300 will be purely from apps, 150 in pp 150 to go ( I am projected to get this)
gas- already all taken care of in gcs.
Spending money has already been saved. Along with 200 for hotel/etc
I also have 945 saved up on a Disney gift card. That covers the 800 for food and 145 of the parking.
I am projected to get 450 more on gift cards. The last 55 of the parking. And 395 memory maker/hotel.
So I need 3105 for wdw left, 700 road hotels. So 3805 left for vacation which is well within my yearly vacation budget. So my spending money will not be cut short.
Christmas shopping & family holiday activities definitely slowed my savings this month. I added $175 (52 Week Savings Challenge, Savings Catcher, etc.) to my vacation savings account. I now have $4182 in the account & have paid the $200 room deposit. I need $1478 to reach my current goal of $5860. I need to average saving just under $300 a month to make my goal. Not impossible, but I fear the hangover from holiday spending will lead to January being a slow savings month also.Added $375 (checks from an accidental buildup of several years worth of wellness benefits from a supplemental policy my husband carries) to my vacation savings account. I now have $4005 in the account & have paid the $200 room deposit. I need $1655 to reach my current goal of $5860. Still crossing my fingers I get some Disney money for Christmas. I need to average saving $275 a month to make my goal.
Update to the update!So I posted this way back on the first page of this thread and I just booked the trip for next year! Here's what I have booked:
Who: 6 Disney adults
Where: Pop Century. I booked three rooms for us. I would still like to upgrade to a moderate, but I wanted to have Pop booked so that we had good value option in case we don't have the budget to upgrade. We've stayed at Pop before and really enjoyed it, so I definitely won't complain if we stay there again!
When: September 21-28, 2019
Tickets: 5 day parkhoppers +1 water park day for everyone
Food: Booked the Disney dining plan for now. I will likely keep it as DH and I often share meals and we would like to save some of the table service credits to do California Grill one night. We normally eat breakfast in our room and pack some light snacks, so we try to use our snack credits for bigger snack items that can substitute as small meals too.
Transportation: Still up in the air. If I can get the miles to fly everyone for free, I'll do it. Or if everyone says they'd rather fly and are okay paying their own way, that's fine too. Otherwise, I'll have the points to rent a van and drive us down. DH and I are driving down for our trip in 3 weeks and it's a straight shot from our location, so it's not bad.
Souvenirs: Everyone on their own.
The total cost of our trip is $8,638.58. I went ahead and just paid the deposits on a credit card I'm working on a spending requirement for. I'm hoping that will be the only portion of the trip I pay for with "non-discounted" money! I currently have half of the remaining balance saved in credit card cashback and discounted Disney GCs. So I think the remaining $4000 should be very doable over the next 10 months with accruing more cashback and discounted GCs!
I posted the above way back in October! Finally starting to really plan. Budget has been set at $7,500 Canadian. 10 nights. Nov. 2-12, 2019. We decided to do the full 5 days at Disneyland again, plus 2 days at legoland. 2 free days in the middle somewhere.We are tentatively planning a trip to DL in November 2019. We were there in November 2017 and my budget was $6000 CAD (actually came in a tiny bit under budget) for 8 days with 2 adults & 2 kids. One kid was under 3 at the time, so free for the park/character meals. I was hoping to keep the budget around the same this time, but my numbers are coming nowhere close . I didn’t realize how great a deal I got through westjet vacations until I started pricing out hotels for this trip . We were hoping to do 1 less day at DL this time (so 4 days), and 2 days at Legoland (staying at the legoland hotel). So a westjet vacation package wouldn’t work, and even their vacation package prices are way higher ($1400+) than last year. So, I’m just crunching numbers right now trying to figure out if we can make it work.
We are planning a family trip for summer 2019. It will be a surprise for our in-laws and we are splitting most of their share with my BILs and their spouses. The trip is built around a 5 night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. Then we would also like to do a day at Epcot and a day at Kennedy Space Center, because those were the things that the ILs didn't get to do as much on our wedding trip like they'd planned (thanks Irma). The long version of the trip would be a second park day and possibly a second day at KSC.
I'm tracking our budget plus the ILs. Most things are the same between us, so I'm just budgeting costs high (longer trip) and low (base trip) for one group. I'll add where we're at on our trip too.
Flights: $688/$952 - Hopefully this is really high as I based them on this year's prices, but only looked about 8 weeks out. I will have Southwest points to cover our flights and hope to book when they release flights and to rebook if they do drop. Cash OOP $11
Cruise: $4490 us/$4869 - This is the only difference between us and ILs; it includes the fare, gratuities, and Palo. We had a placeholder discount discount (10%) + $100 credit, and I budgeted for an excursion we thought about doing on our honeymoon but it booked up before I added it ($172)
Hotels: $477/$928 - 2 nights at Pop and 1 night at Port vs 3 nights at each place Cash OOP $0 (can use points)
Tickets: $330/$552 - 1 day Epcot and 1 day KSC tickets vs 2 day nonPHs and 2 day KSC tickets. Cash OOP $406 (can use points for KSC)
Disney Food: $205/$358 - 1 day vs 2 days. Cash OOP $358
Other Food: $310/$425 - 3 day vs 4 days. Cash OOP $425
Transportation: $96/$145 - rental cars on either end of cruise. Cash OOP $0 (can use points)
Total: $6596/$7850 us and $6974/$8229 ILs
Cash OOP goal $5160, current savings $972 (putting $350 per month towards it, but will adjust down if I'm projecting to go over goal)
Cruise gift card goal $4490 for $3960 OOP, currently at $1900 for $1596 OOP
Adds up fast! Hopefully some things come down or I can get better deals. DH and I were able to pick up about $2800 in credit card points for about $1100 in cost (long story), so we are planning to put that towards the ILs trip and count the $1100 as part of our portion. And we have lots of CC points to use for ourselves, for flights, hotels, etc. I’m also working on gathering discounted/free Disney GCs for our cruise. I’m hoping the actual cash cost could come in around $4000 or so. We’ll contribute an amount towards it each month, and I plan on earning some extra cash to help put towards it.
My earnings were a little lower since October 1st when I last posted. Since then I cashed out:I cashed out $175 in Disney Gift Cards this month!
$75 from Swagbucks, $35 from Perk, $5 from Fetch, $10 from ShopKick, and $50 from Ibotta.
Current gift card balance is $900 out of $1630, 6 months to go!