Vacation Planning

Brittany - posted on 12/29/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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You all have been so helpful over the last year or so since I have been on here.

My husband and I have been going thorugh a rough time, many of you know, and we have decided to change some things in our lives (like how we spend our money :))

We are planning our first REAL family vacation to Disney and I need some help......on hotels and prices!

Any and all suggestions are welcomed!

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Amanda - posted on 01/02/2012

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Oh I just read are you going to DisneyLand or World?



Btw Disney World isnt as costly as people think. We ate out every night, and drove from Canada 24+ hours (with a stop in Virgina Beach), we spent maybe 4K thats with food, parks, gas, new tires, hotel rental in Virgina Beach, and outlet mall shopping.

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Laura - posted on 01/22/2015

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You can check this website if you plan a vacation now
https://familyvacation.com/
It was really helpful for me because it was all customised and personalised.

I even been to some of those places and they are all locals, which was the best experience

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2012

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If we do Florida agian for a vacation with the kids. We will fly down instead (24 hours in the van with three kids isnt fun even with two people driving), but I think we would rent that very house again. Neighbours across the street is an older couple whom were very helpful, so where the neighbours right beside our house.

I dont suggest eatting on I 129 though, for food stick to I 27 (less tourists).

Brittany - posted on 01/03/2012

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Thank you all for the suggestions! For us to rent on Disney ect....it would be around $7,000!! UGH! I did look at the house and it is a possibility!

We will be driving there. We live on the Gulf Coast in Alabama, so it is a days drive.

Amanda - posted on 01/02/2012

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Rent a home! I just got home from Florida, this is the home I rented. It was $702 for the week. It is 15-20 minutes from all the parks. Its a great quiet neighbourhood.

http://www.blueskiesvillaflorida.com/en/

The house is much bigger then the pictures. We had 4 adults and 3 children in it, and it never felt like there wasnt enough room.

Rosie - posted on 01/01/2012

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i've only looked at the one in florida. i always get confused as to what the names of each one is in each state, lol. i'll have ot look again at the one in cali.

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DisneyLand is by far less expensive than Disney World.
Driving is cheaper than flying.
I disagree with on-site being cheaper. We researched and found off-site w/kitchenette cheaper. But then again, this is DisneyLand. Only 2 theme parks in Disney Land-California as opposed to 4 theme parks in Disney World-Florida. I also started planning for our first trip to Disney 4 years ago and connected our credit card to Disney Dollars. I accumulated over $300 Disney Dollars which pretty much paid for lunches & souvenirs. However, I also splurged in some areas as well. But if your family is trying to SAVE money, then I honestly would consider a different vacation spot. Disney is something to save up for and enjoy for a special occassion. Nothing is worse then going on a special vacation and having to scrimp on things because there's not enough money.

Rosie - posted on 12/31/2011

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how did you manage that sherri?? i've looked for my family of 5 and it would cost $7000

i can go to hawaii cheaper.

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2011

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Pick hotels that have kitchenettes so that you can save money by making your own food, eating in the Park is really expensive also if you can order the disney vacation planning guide it will really help you organize your trip so that you can make the most of the time and money you have while you are down there.

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