• On Mar 4, 2017
    Ryan from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello, So I know it is very far out. But my wife and I wanting to take a vacation to WDW with our then almost 7 y/o son in SEP 2020. The reason is so we can save for it all in advance. How do I know how much to save, and when can I book the full package?

    Ryan! Hiya, pal! Thank you so much for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel for help in planning your vacation to the most magical place on earth! It’s never to early to start brainstorming and planning, in my opinion, so you’re in good company!

    There are a few things I do to try and budget for my family’s vacations. I like to browse the various hotels offered at Walt Disney World Resort and explore amenities and prices. When I find one that fits our style, I’ll check prices and do a rough estimate of cost based on nights and occupancy. Then, I consider Park Tickets (I always choose the Park Hoppers because we love to hop around like Tigger!) and how many days we would like to stay and play. The last element to consider is dining (perhaps the Disney Dining Plan is for you?) and free spending. My kids are very little, so they often share a kids meal, or are sated with glow sticks from the dollar store. Older kids (perhaps like your seven-year-old) may eat a bit more or desire a trip to the Pirates League for a grisly pirate makeover. You can easily browse menus on each Walt Disney World eatery page to get an idea of cost for your budget.

    Lastly, you can book packages by phone at (407) 939-5277 with a Cast Member up to 499 days in advance. Online reservations have a much smaller reservation window, so if you simply MUST have the Finding Nemo Suite at Art of Animation, you may want to call ahead. Pricing may change in the future, but you can call ahead and pay only one night’s deposit on a room if you like. I love using Travelmation for anything I can’t do online myself. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me know! ~Lindsey P.
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm Lindsey, a social media-savvy gal that wears her #Disneyside on her sleeve (along with her trading pin collection!). I'm proud to say that my husband and our two Mouseketeers share my love for the Walt Disney World Resort and all it's magic, so get ready to ask me about new things to see and do on your vacation. I particularly love sharing off-the-beaten-path activities and always encourage visitors to try something new on each trip. Adventure is out there! Learn More About Lindsey

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