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Could we pull this off?

ocXSqupDpoc We are seriously considering pulling a stunt like this one on the kids. The question is . . . could we actually pull it off? First, that would involve several months of planning without any of them overhearing. Second, I would have to figure out a way to make sure I remember not to send any of the kids out to get the mail, since they would recognize the travel documents. Third, we would have to somehow pack and load the car the night before — after the kids are all asleep, since the boys’ window overlooks the driveway. Finally, we would have to make the all-important decision of when to tell them: That morning (I bet there wouldn’t be any whining about getting dressed!)? After we load them in the car to do “errands?” Or do we cook up some story to explain why we have to...
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Budgeting

Disney Dining Plan or Pay With Cash?

I’ve seen a lot of blog posts out there criticizing the Disney Dining Plan on the grounds that it may or may not offer a significant cost savings depending on the restaurants you choose and what you order. Ok, that’s fair. But I’d like to share why our family wouldn’t do Disney World without the dining plan: It’s a vacation. Maybe some people enjoy budgeting. Not me. I don’t want to think about money when I’m on vacation. That doesn’t mean I go nuts and buy everything in the gift shop. It does mean that I don’t want to have to keep a running total in my head of how much each meal is going to cost, whether we’re over or under budget. I don’t want to stress about being broke by the end of the week because I didn’t pay close enough attention to prices at the beginning....
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Total cost: $5000

A friend asked me this morning whether my math was correct. Yep, $5000 is the total cost for our family of 6 to spend a full week at Walt Disney World. First, we’ll take advantage of one of the great deals Disney offers for off-season travel. Right now, it’s Kids Eat and Play Free. Last time we went, we took advantage of the free meal plan. Plus, we go in early September, which is one of the least expensive AND least crowded times!  We never waited more than about 20 minutes for any ride or attraction.   Pin It
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How much is this going to cost?

Last time we went to Walt Disney World, we got to the resort late Monday night, and left mid-day Friday. That gave us basically three and a half days there. By lunchtime each day, the kids were exhausted, overheated, and overstimulated so we went back to our hotel for nap and quiet time until dinner.  This time, we would like to be at the resort for a full five days, so we’re going to try to arrive late Sunday and leave early Saturday. We want to stay at a moderate resort, but due to our family size we’ll need two rooms. Hopefully I can get connected ones. For this trip, we’re hoping to travel with another family. If we can add just two more people to our party, we’ll have the 8 required for a Grand Gathering, and all the perks that go along with that. We’ll also be...
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Disney Dining

Walt Disney World – Expectations Exceeded

Before we went to Walt Disney World, I made the assumption that it would be a lot like every other theme park I’d ever been to. The glossy marketing photos are beautiful, of course, but the actual place never looks quite as pretty. Except that Disney World does!  I remember riding the monorail, looking out over the lake at the Grand Floridian, and thinking “It really does look like the postcards!” This is a photo I took while we were in Magic Kingdom, because I thought I might want to sketch the most famous castle in the world. And I’ll admit, I insisted on the Deluxe meal plan. I’ve eaten theme park food before, thanks. Greasy burgers and cold fries are not my idea of a good time. I thought if we had three sit-down meals per day, the food might be at least as good as Denny’s, and we...
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