I’ve been going to Disney World in Florida forever. Seriously, as far as my life is concerned, it’s been forever. I’ve been horrifically spoiled by parents and grandparents growing up, which created in me a love (nay, need) of Disney so strong that I just have to find a way to get our family there every year, even if we can’t really afford it (I mean, who needs floors in a bathroom, right? We managed fine on that plywood for 3.5 years).
I get asked a lot from friends and internet strangers for advice (and have been known to give it even when not asked), so I figured I’d lay everything out here, and hopefully help some other people find ways to do things a bit cheaper. A warning: there is a LOT of information swirling around in this head of mine, and all of it may not matter to you. For instance, I always stay off-site, so if you’re an on-site person looking for information, you can ignore the hotel link.
So over the next few days or weeks I will slowly start pouring out all my tips and tricks from a lifetime of visiting into a few pages for all to see. The bold text below will turn to links as I get them written.
To give you an idea of what you’ll be able to find though, here’s where we’re headed:
Disney Park Planning
Cheapest times of the year
How to Save with Kids
Understanding the new Fastpass+ System
And here’s a peek into our family’s vacations over the last four years.
2010 – Oliver’s first trip at 8 months
2011 – Oliver and his red balloon. We managed to get that sucker all the way back to Canada (and we drive), and it lasted for about another 4 weeks back at home. Insane. That ALMOST made it worth the $20 it cost. Seriously, we actually spent $20 on one balloon. Ridiculous.
2012 – Oliver is now 2.5 and Anna is hitting Disney for the first time at 8 months. Oliver was thrilled when the first person we ran into was his current hero.
2013 – Oliver is 4 and Anna is 2. They are in absolute heaven meeting all the characters and princesses this year, and Oliver can’t get enough of Splash Mountain.
This is also the first time we’ve got to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Anna was in her Frozen Princess Anna costume when you could still easily find one… a month before the movie came out. We had so much fun at this last year, we’re going back this year, but actually on Halloween!