How to Go on a Walt Disney World Vacation on a Budget

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The Walt Disney World park admission, hotels, and food costs can become
very expensive very quickly! In an effort to entice families, there are
now many Disney World vacation packages available, but upon closer
inspection, these all inclusive Disney World packages aren't always a
great deal.
This is why I have sought out an expert to help identify how to take your
family to Walt Disney World without bursting your vacation budget. Kelly
Goode, author of "A Mom's Miserly Guide: Orlando, Disney & Universal on
$25 a Day!", has generously offered to share some of her tips when
planning a Walt Disney World family vacation.
Griffiths
Your guide to planning a family vacation in Orlando for $25 a day is such
an intriguing concept! How did you come up with this idea and how long
did it take you to write the book?
Goode
Having been a travel agent for over 15 years in Florida, and an avid
Disney World fan, I sensed the need long ago for a comprehensive,
realistic guide for families to save money when visiting Orlando and
Disney World. I learned that people dream about and plan these vacations
for years in advance, and it broke my heart to hear and see people
struggle to afford their vacations when there were actually cheaper ways
for them to enjoy their Disney Dream Vacation. The book took about a year
to write, but it is an ongoing project due to the constant changes in
Orlando and the theme parks.
Griffiths
When you say that you can go to Walt Disney World for $25 a day is that
per person or is that based on a family of four, two adults and two
children?
Goode
Families can visit Walt Disney World on $25 a day - and that is for real.
The $25 is a per person rate and is based on real hotel choices, car
rental choices, and discount tickets. I actually have a chart in my book
that shows exactly how families can achieve this goal. All families may
not, of course, only spend $25 a day because they may want different
hotel choices, different theme park choices, or various restaurant
choices that increase their vacation budget. My book, however, allows
families to see how they can achieve this vacation on this basic budget
and move up if they like.
Griffiths
How often is the ebook updated with information? I know that when I
seriously consider buying such a guide, I worry that the information is
dated.
Goode
As I mentioned, the book is an ongoing project because it must be
constantly updated to give people the new information they need on
hotels, attractions, and prices. I update it continually and I also have
a blog which I update daily with updates that pertain to Disney,
Universal, Sea World, Orlando, and saving money on their vacations.
Griffiths
What are the 5 top most expensive errors that families make when going on
a Walt Disney vacation?
Goode
Well, every family is different, so I hate to label them with "errors,"
but if you force me I have to say that these are the most common ways
families deny themselves savings:
1. They travel at peak times, as opposed to taking the kids out of school
for a day or two. Value season decreases prices tremendously.
2. Families think that the only way to see Disney is to stay at a Disney
Resort, and quite often they are the most expensive accommodations to be
found.
3. Discount airfares aren't secured because people aren't comfortable
with purchasing discount airfares on the Internet - and they aren't savvy
to the sales. (My book helps with this tremendously)
4. Families don't take advantage of theme park discounts, whether that
means going through a special operator, purchasing tickets online, or
just taking an extra step or two to find discounts.
5. Parents aren't aware of the restaurant and food savings they can get
from various venues in Orlando. Hundreds of vacation dollars can be saved
with coupons, kids-eat-free locations, and special planning.
Again - my book helps in all these areas!
Griffiths
A Walt Disney vacation could easily cost thousands of dollars in a week
if a family hasn't planned an appropriate budget. How far in advance do
you recommend families plan their Walt Disney vacation to ensure that
they are squeezing every dollar effectively?
Goode
Planning is very important because everything from the dates, to the
airfares, to rental cars, hotel accommodations and theme park tickets
come in to play. I believe a family should start about 9 months out, but
continue to be flexible when searching for the ultimate savings in
vacation dates.
Griffiths
What impresses me most about Kelly's Walt Disney vacation guide is that
she doesn't accept any sort of payment from the companies that she
recommends. It really adds credibility to the guide as well as offering a
100% guarantee. Being creative with budgeting for vacation can often be
part of the vacation experience! The more you plan in advance, the more
likely you will be able to stay on budget while creating memories for
your family.
The author, Kimberly A. Griffiths, has been through the vicious cycle of
debt herself, and provides a no-nonsense system to managing your money
paycheck to paycheck. Visit the One Paycheck at a Time Web site for
articles and tools to budget your household:
http://www.OnePaycheckataTime.com


				
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