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  • On Apr 21, 2013
    Catrina 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.

    I am planning a trip to Disney for my family of 4 (2 daughters 4,8 now ) in November 2014. I need to plan on a smallest budget as possible. I am SO overwhelmed! I just don't know where to start. Is there a check list or something? LOL Thank you!

    Hi, Catrina!  Once you get to Walt Disney World, the three biggest expenses are your resort room, your theme park passes, and the food you purchase while you are there.  While there isn't really a checklist, I can give you some ideas about budgeting for the Big Three.

    Resorts at Walt Disney World run the gamut from value rooms to deluxe rooms, suites, and villas. Value rooms run in the $100 range per night, depending on when you go.  The area outside of Walt Disney World has a ton of hotels that range in price from $50 on up.  The perks to staying on property is free transportation from the airport to the hotel; free transportation when you get there; and extra magic hours - bonus time in the theme parks for Walt Disney World resort guests.  If you opt to stay off property, make sure you factor in costs for theme park shuttles, parking at the theme parks, and any resort activity fees some hotels charge.  

    When it comes to park passes, buy passes for the days you need.  Don't add extras, like park hopping, and if you think you won't have time to do justice to all four parks, just pick the ones you really want to do. 

    Purchase the Disney Dining Plan, which takes the guess work out of how much food is going to cost; or pay as you go.  My family tends to share meals, and we also often skip breakfast in favor of an early lunch.  You'll also have a refrigerator in your Disney resort rooms that lets you prepare some quick foods in your room.

    This should get you started.  I am here for you every step of the way, so come back whenever you need me!  My motto:  less stress, more fun!  
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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