Planning a Disney World Vacation on a Budget – Part 1: Travel

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A 2012 Disney World Vacation

Save on Travel, Food, Entertainment, and Shopping

 

We’re going to Disney World in May!

 

My husband’s family will be going with us on our Disney World Vacation, which includes his Mom and Dad, brother and his girlfriend, and sister and her husband.  My mother and father-in-law gave us a week at the Sheraton Vistana in Orlando, FL, for Christmas.  So, we have one big expense covered.  However, there are many other expenses associated with a Disney World Vacation.  In order to plan for a Disney World Vacation on a Budget, I’ve started off by making a few lists.

List #1

Travel

Saving money on the way to Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort

List #2

Food

Saving money on food and restaurants in Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort

List #3

Entertainment

Saving money on tickets and attractions in Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort

List #4

Shopping

Saving money on gifts and memorabilia before and after you go and while in Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort

List #1 – Travel

The expense of getting to Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort depends largely on where you’re traveling from.  We are located in Wisconsin, so we will be traveling quite a distance to reach the magical world of Disney.  Half of the family will be flying and my husband’s parents will be driving along with us (my husband, me, our 6 and 4 yr old daughters, and our 2 and 5 month old sons.)

So, before starting your travel list, you need to decide on the type of travel.  How are you going to get there?  If you will be taking a plane, you’ll need to think about how you’re getting to the airport and possibly renting a car to travel around Orlando, Fl, and the Walt Disney World Resort.  Write down everything you will need to take for travel purposes, such as plane tickets and luggage.  Here’s an example of my driving travel list I made for our 22 hour car trip.

  • Rent or Borrow a Large Van to fit all of us – My mother-in-law has this covered
  • Car top carrier for all of our luggage – Will have to rent or borrow
  • Baby carrier – already own
  • Car seat – already own
  • Booster seat – already own
  • 6 bags of luggage – borrow any suitcases needed
  • 6 pillows – already own
  • 4 water bottles, 1 sippy cup, and 2 baby bottles to fill and reuse along the way – Don’t buy water!
  • Small cooler – already own
  • Drinks – buy juice boxes and sports drinks from Costco
  • Snacks – buy a large bag of trail mix from Costco and separate into sandwich bags
  • Ice – get from store the day before departure
  • Sun Glasses – already own
  • Hats – already own
  • iPad – already own
  • iPod – already own
  • Portable DVD Player, batteries, and charger- already own
  • DVDs – borrow Disney DVD Collection from sister
  • CDs – already own Disney Songs collection and other Children’s Travel Songs
  • Books – children’s activity books and The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012
  • Magazines – Disney Magazines, Parenting magazines, and other fun stuff to look at
  • Garbage bags for garbage
  • Plastic Ziplock Bags for anything that needs to be saved or separated after opening, like food or crayons
  • Entertainment Book and other coupons
  • Money and credit cards – We use the Blue Cash Preferred Card and get 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas, and 1% cash back everywhere else!  The cash back we get on groceries is more than enough to cover the annual fee.

 

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