Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 24, 2012
    Michelle from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am a single mom traveling to Disney World with my 3 year old son for the second time. I want this trip to be very special bc it is just the two of us and he is older and can enjoy it more this time. Any budget friendly ideas? Trip in less than 3 weeks

    Hi, Michelle!  How exciting that you get to make a return trip to Walt Disney World with your favorite little prince!  

    Some of the things I do to help control costs include bringing my own snacks and some drinks with me.  I always have crackers, trail mix, raisins, or something in my bag that the kids can snack on in between meals.  I also carry bottled water with me that can be refilled at the fountains when we need a drink.  You can add single size drink mixes to them for lemonade or iced tea, and not only does it save time so you can see more, but it's a big money saver.

    At counter service restaurants, I usually order a kids meal for myself.  I'm not able to eat a big meal at any one sitting, and I find the kids meal is more than enough for me.  It also lets me get grapes or something a bit healthier as a side.  This can also save a few dollars at each meal.  

    If you're doing a sit down meal, consider sharing your dinner with your son.  I often split a meal with one of my girls.  We might order one appetizer and one entree to split between two of us.  If anyone is still hungry, we know we can grab dessert, but more times than not, we're pretty full!

    If you're doing a character meal, consider doing a breakfast or lunch instead of dinner.  You'll save some money by opting for an earlier meal.  

    You can also do things like make your own autograph book to take with you.  You'll find plenty of suggestions by doing a Google search to make a cute and frugal autograph book.

    Have a great vacation, Michelle!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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