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Build Affordable Disney Family Vacations with Good Planning

I wish I could build affordable Disney family vacations with one click of the mouse (no pun intended) or one phone call. But this is one instance where careful planning can go a long way.

When planning Disney vacations the biggest expenses usually are:

  • DisneyWorld tickets
  • Meals
  • Travel
  • Hotels and
  • Souvenirs (a.k.a. shopping).

So, these are the areas that I target when trying to plan an affordable Disney vacation.

My first step in my Disney vacation planning process is a high level look at my goals. My trip needs to fit these requirements.

To accomplish my personal goals of a relaxing holiday on a budget, I try to travel during the Disney value season calendar. This way I can get the most discounted Disney vacations. Less costs, less crowds, more availability, cheap airfare to Orlando - need I say more?

Meals and theme park tickets go hand in hand. The main reason that I forego discounted Disney tickets is because of the Disney dining plan.

Do I need a rental car? Orlando is brimming with car companies so getting a decent rate is usually doable. But as a guest of the Disney resorts I usually can save money by passing up this option.

Choosing among the Disney resorts is also key in planning affordable Disney family vacations. Surprisingly, though, sometimes the value resorts are not the most economical choices. Who would have thought?

Finally, shopping for all that Disney stuff can really hurt the pocketbook. Keeping souvenir shopping on a budget is a must. (Especially if you have a shopaholic, collector, never-throw-anything-out child like my son!)

Here are some maps of Orlando to help in the planning process.

Satellite Maps of Orlando are a fun tool for planning a Disney World vacation

Use Disney World maps to help plan out your journey through the Disney parks.

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