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  • On Feb 3, 2013
    Jennifer 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.

    This October trip I will be a SAHM so trying to budget! Any advantage/disadvantage in pricing for hotel/dining/ticket pkg to book early or wait just to the 180 day mark (to be sure to get our meal reservations in)? How is the new Art of Animation resort?

    Hi Jennifer,

    I always think the sooner you book the better if you find a deal. You can guarantee the resort you want and you will know the amount of money you need to spend. In addition, if you sign up alerts from Disney or like the Walt Disney World Facebook page, you will get alerts on deals. Mousesavers.com and Allearsnet.com also list specials. In general, you should look for fall deals starting in June/July.

    While there is no guarantee of a special, you can always save money with these tips:

    Only purchase a Magic Your Way ticket without any additional upgrades such as park hopping. Without the pressure to park hop, you can spend all day in just one park and enjoy the little extras such as an impromptu show on the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios or petting an animal in Animal Kingdom.

    Bring snacks to the parks or split a meal. I think there is a lot of food served with a meal. I often split a meal with my husband at lunch. Another trick is to eat a table service lunch versus dinner. Some restaurants offer the same menu at lunch and dinner but have a price increase at dinner. 

    Limit your souvenir budget. We give our daughter's a set amount each trip to spend as they want. This allows them to manage their budget and the constant wanting of everything is eliminated. 

    I have only heard great things about the Art of Animation but have not stayed there. The suites have a microwave and refrigerator so you can eat breakfast in your room which is another price saver. I order from the Garden Grocer to save on my food bill.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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