• On Feb 4, 2013
    Laura Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Looking at planning our 2nd vacation. Our first last fall was amazing! However, I am disheartened with the costs -looking at the same trip, same everything - but our 2 year old is now 3 - the trip this year is $1,000 more! Have costs gone up that much?

    Hi Laura! I'm so happy to hear that your family's first Walt Disney World vacation was so magical that you're already planning a second one! 

    Last year your two-year-old was able to enter the parks without a ticket and could dine free at the buffets, and now that your little one is three, your trip will cost a tad more since you'll have to pay for a child's ticket and meals. While ticket and resort prices tend to increase a bit each year, the cost of your trip shouldn't be drastically more than last year. I suspect the main difference in price is that last year you likely took advantage of a special offer such as a reduced room rate or Free Dining, and those deals haven't been released yet for next fall when you're planning to visit. Keep an eye on the Special Offers page of the Disney website and on unofficial sites like and you'll likely see deals for fall Disney vacations posted later this spring.  In years past, Disney has offered Free Dining packages and/or discounted resort room rates for fall trips, so there's a good likelihood we'll see similar deals that could save you and other fall travelers quite a bit, and you'll likely be able to take another Disney vacation for an amount closer to what you paid last year. 

    Other ways to save money on your Disney trip include staying at the reasonably priced Value resorts, bringing breakfast items to eat in your room, taking your own water bottles to the parks instead of buying bottles there, sharing meals at restaurants, buying park tickets from reliable discount ticket brokers (like and visiting during non-peak times when the crowds and prices are lower. Where there's a will, there's a way! 

    Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! We'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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