Family planning a trip
  • On Nov 22, 2022
    Jennifer from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm just starting to consider saving and planning a trip in the upcoming year or two. Where is the best place to start?

    Hey Howdy Hey Jennifer,

    I am so excited you stopped by planDisney as I love to help Guests begin the steps for their Walt Disney World Resort vacation. I often start planning for our very next trip on our plane ride home. Of course, good vacation plans usually includes steps on how to save for the perfect magical adventure. 

    The great news is Disney World Resort wants to help you save for your vacation and actually offers a payment plan that Guests can utilize. The program allows you to make interest-free payments over a period of time. You would need to make an initial payment at the time the vacation package or reservations are made, with various payment options and the final payment due thirty days before your arrival. You can select if you want to make equal monthly payments, a payment each week or perhaps a few lump payments. All payment options are acceptable as long as the payments are complete one month in advance of the arrival date. 

    Perhaps you are not quite ready to book your travel but still want to begin a savings plan. No worries, I have some great suggestions for that too. I would first take a look at credit card options. There are a number of great cards that provide travel points that could be used towards a trip. My favorite is the Chase Disney Visa. Not only can I add up points that I can redeem for my Disney vacation, but I also receive numerous offers for various Disney related promotions and specials. 

    Another great savings option is to open a savings account for vacation purposes only and set it up to where a set amount is deposited in there from your paycheck. Some banks offer opportunities for you to "round up" purchases. In those case, each time you use your debit card to make a purchase, the amount would automatically be rounded up to the next dollar and the additional amount (over your purchase) would automatically be deposited into your savings account. One last idea that we often use is Disney gift cards. Any time I have a little extra money, I purchase a Disney gift card and place it in an envelope. Or, if the grandparents are looking for birthday or Christmas gift ideas, I suggest Disney gift cards. This way we do not spend the money on other impulse purchases and save the money for our next Walt Disney World trip. 

    One last thought, never underestimate the value of a piggy bank. That loose change in your pocket each night adds up pretty quickly. I hope some of these ideas helps get your vacation funds up and running. If I can help with any additional planning questions, please stop back and see me

    Hope to see ya real soon, 
    Margaret 
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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