|My son never missed a chance to meet Goofy!|
There are so many websites and blogs dedicated to planning for a Walt Disney World trip that it was overwhelming at first. Since my husband is active duty military, we knew that it was a no brainer to buy the discounted tickets offered to military members and their family and friends. Those tickets include 4 days at the parks, and one upgrade (park hopper or water park fun and more) for $138. You can add the second upgrade as well and pay a total of $165. We decided to add both upgrades, once we decided we would be spending a full week at Disney World. The regular price of the tickets with both upgrades would have been over twice the price that we paid per ticket for everyone, even including my five year old son.
|You wouldn't know this pic was taken at almost midnight, would you?|
In order to save even more money, we shopped for easy food items before we left home. We bought things like poptarts, stuff for peanut butter sandwiches, nutrigrain bars, dried fruits, Ritz crackerfuls, and things like that. We also included some things that can be heated quickly in the microwave, like Chef Boyardee. My family doesn't normally eat that much processed food, but I knew my choices were either things like that, or fast food every day, and the processed food was much easier on the budget, leaving more money for things like souvenirs, and dining experiences that we would really enjoy. We also chose to eat out once each day.
My son really wanted to do a character meal, so I researched them to find one that we would love. We ended up choosing to have breakfast with Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck at the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort. Choosing breakfast allowed us to save quite a bit of money, and choosing to do it at a hotel, instead of in one of the parks allowed us to do it on one of the days we weren't spending in the parks (remember we had four days in the parks and were there for 7 days), so we weren't in any hurry, and could relax. I'm glad we chose to go with a cheaper option, because it was still expensive. And honestly, my son didn't even enjoy it anymore than he enjoyed just meeting the characters throughout the parks (which is totally free). I don't think we will be doing a character meal again.
|My husband is wearing one of the lanyards here.|