Entrance to Walt Disney Park, hotel and food costs can become very expensive very quickly! In an attempt to attract families, there are now many Disney World vacation packages, but on closer inspection, these Disney World package packages are not always many.
That’s why I looked for an expert to help you identify how to take your family to Walt Disney World without breaking your vacation budget. Kelly Good, author of “A Guide to Miserable Things for Mom: Orlando, Disney, and Universal for $ 25 a Day!”, Generously offered to share some of her tips when planning a Walt Disney family vacation.
Your guide to planning a family vacation in Orlando for $ 25 a day is such an intriguing concept! How did this idea come to you and how long did it take you to write the book?
After being a travel agent in Florida for more than 15 years and an avid fan of Disney World, I long felt the need for a comprehensive, realistic family guide to save money when visiting Orlando and Disney World. I learned that people dream and plan these vacations for years to come, and it broke my heart to hear and see how people struggle to afford vacations when there are actually cheaper ways to enjoy their Disney vacation. It took about a year to write the book, but it’s an ongoing project due to the constant changes in Orlando and the theme parks.
When you say you can go to the world of Walt Disney for $ 25 a day, is it per person or is it based on a family of four, two adults and two children?
Families can visit Walt Disney World for $ 25 a day – and it’s real. $ 25 is a fare per person and is based on actual hotel choices, car rental choices and discount tickets. In fact, I have a chart in my book that shows exactly how families can achieve this goal. All families can, of course, not spend just $ 25 a day because they may want a different choice of hotel, a different theme park, or different choices for restaurants that increase their vacation budget. However, my book allows families to see how they can achieve this vacation with this basic budget and move up if they wish.
How often is the e-book with information updated? I know that when I seriously consider purchasing such a guide, I worry that the information is dated.
As I mentioned, the book is an ongoing project because it needs to be constantly updated to give people the new information they need about hotels, attractions and prices. I update it constantly and I also have a blog that I update daily with updates that apply to Disney, Universal, Sea World, Orlando and save money on their vacations.
What are the 5 most expensive mistakes families make when they go on vacation to Walt Disney?
Well, every family is different, so I don’t like to label them “mistakes”, but if you force me, I have to say that these are the most common ways for families to give up their savings:
1. They travel at peak times, unlike taking children out of school for a day or two. The season of value reduces prices tremendously.
2. Families believe that the only way to see Disney is to stay at a Disney resort and quite often they are the most expensive accommodation.
3. Discounted plane tickets are not secured because people are not comfortable buying discount tickets online – and are not sales-minded. (My book helps a lot with this)
4. Families do not take advantage of discounts at the theme park, whether it means going through a special operator, buying tickets online or just taking an extra step or two to find discounts.
5. Parents don’t know about the restaurant and the food savings they can get from different places in Orlando. Hundreds of holiday dollars can be saved with coupons, childless dining and special planning.
Again – my book helps in all these areas!
A vacation at Walt Disney can easily cost thousands of dollars a week if the family has not planned a suitable budget. How far in advance do you recommend families plan their vacation at Walt Disney to ensure that they are effectively squeezing every dollar?
Planning is very important because everything from dates, to plane tickets, to car rentals, hotel accommodation and theme park tickets, come in to play. I believe that a family should start around 9 months, but continue to be flexible when looking for the best savings on vacation dates.
What impresses me most about Kelly Walt Disney’s vacation guide is that it doesn’t accept any payments from the companies it recommends. This really adds credibility to the guide as well as offers a 100% guarantee. Being creative with your vacation budget can often be part of the vacation experience! The more you plan ahead, the more likely you are to be able to keep your budget while creating memories for your family.