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  • On Feb 8, 2014
    Mary from SC 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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    Hi Moms! It is the spring of my junior year and I am dying to go to Disney World. Next year I will be too busy getting ready for college so I think it would be very fun to go now as a pre-graduation trip. What are some ways I can get my parents on board?


    With a daughter in her senior year, I understand how busy your next year will be, and I can appreciate you looking ahead and wanting to enjoy a Senior Trip now instead of later. But let's look at it from your parent's perspective...

    If my daughter came in and told me she'd saved enough money for my husband and I plus her to go, you'd bet we'd be on board. But something tells me you might not have that in your bank account.

    So, if you're wanting your parents to pay for this trip, keep in mind that they are about to embark on expenses your senior year that may make a Disney trip something that needs time for which to budget. With this in mind, do a little research on the most economical time of the year to visit. (Value Season is typically in mid-January to mid-February, September, and mid-November to mid-December.) Then look into the most economical way to travel (probably by car from South Carolina) and find a hotel that won't bust the bank. (All-Star Music or Pop Century would be my recommendation.) Then, for budget purposes, look into the price of tickets online at and the basic Dining Plan. Once you know what a no-frills trip will cost, I think it will help you understand the sacrifice that your parents may have to make to give you the trip. And this may help get you on board to help cover some of the costs or at least stay on the budget they give.

    As much as I'd love to give my children everything they want, I know it's not in their best interests. However, I have found that when my own children show me that they've done their research and are willing to put in some of their own money for something they really want, I am more inclined to make equal sacrifice.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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