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DVC Decision Points

Last week, in the midst of all the normal chaos and craziness, my phone rang. It was Disney Vacation Club. (I know, because I have their number in my contacts list. Yeah…there’s this really fine line between geek and stalker….) They’ve called me a couple of times, and to be honest, I’ve let it go to voicemail. Reality is, right now DVC is outside of our budget. But . . . with a little bit of pixie dust, that could all be changing soon. We’ve got some pretty big stuff in the works, and if any of it works out, it will be a game changer. So I answered the phone this time. Call it an act of faith. They called to follow up because I had registered for this webcast on DVC with Samantha Brown. Ok, I was wallowing! I get to do that sometimes ­čÖé After the...
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Special Events at Walt Disney World

Image courtesy of Heidi Strawser. Thank you! With summer winding down and Fall in the air, life is starting to gear up toward the holiday season. First there’s Halloween, then we go right into Thanksgiving, and Christmas, not to mention birthdays and apple picking and a handful of other traditions. Disney is no different – after a summer of just being Disney, they’re gearing up too. There are several big special events at Walt Disney World over the next few months: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights starting tomorrow, September 11 through November 2. Epcot International Food & Wine festival starts September 28 and runs through November 12. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts as soon as Halloween ends, running from November 9 through December 21. Holidays Around the World at Epcot happens between November 23 and December 30. You get the idea! These are the major...
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Disney World Without the Kids

Lately, I’ve been in the early planning stages of our next vacation. Actually, our next two vacations! We’re hoping to pull off a long weekend without the kids sometime in early 2013, and a longer family vacation next Fall. Planning two separate vacations is a balancing act between┬ábudget wrangling and deciding where we want to go. We looked at a cruise for our solo trip, or possibly an adults-only resort somewhere in the Caribbean, and while those options were certainly enticing – and the brochures breathtaking! – we decided to go back to Walt Disney World. Just the two of us, without the kids! (Can you tell, I’m a little excited about that prospect?) Why go to Disney World for our adults-only vacation? Why drop our kids off at the grandparents’ only to go somewhere where we’ll be surrounded by other people’s kids? There are a lot of great...
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Let the Countdown Begin!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.┬áI’m taking a second ride on the Blogorail this month, filling in on the Orange Loop. You’ve done that, right? Just sat and rode the Monorail – “One more time around the World, please!” Today we’re sharing the ways that we count down to a Disney vacation. For me, it’s all about the planning and organizing. It always has been, from the time I was little. I prepare for a trip by making lists. Lots of lists. I remember, back in 3rd grade, having so many lists in my notebook that I forgot what all I had already figured out…in frustration (and because it was more interesting than whatever my teacher was going on about….) I stacked up all my lists and made...
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Budgeting

How Much Does a Disney Vacation Cost?

A Disney vacation is a wonderful, magical experience. But a lot of planning goes into making it something unforgettable – and the first task is always “Can we afford it?” There are a lot of ways to cut the cost of a Disney vacation (later this month I’m reviewing Strategies for Paying for Disney – an entire book devoted to paying for a Disney vacation!), but the fact is that most of us can’t just sneak the cost of a Disney getaway into our normal monthly budget. Unfortunately that can prevent us from even trying – the knowledge that Disney is expensive. It might even seem out of reach, so we don’t even try. Today I’d like to answer the top 5 Disney budget questions that I hear all the time: Q: Just how much does a Disney vacation cost? A: That all depends on the options you choose...
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