A few days after I return from the Disneyland Resort I am already thinking about my next trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Vacationing several times a year, especially on a budget, can be a challenge to your wallet. In this blog post I am going to share with you my tips for planning your Disneyland Resort Vacation on a budget.
If you think you can’t afford to stay on property or enjoy character dining then you are wrong, because with careful planning and saving you can do it.
Buy an Annual Pass
If you plan on visiting the Disneyland Resort more than seven days per year then look into purchasing an annual pass. If you live in California you can even make monthly payments on your annual pass.
However, there are a few things to consider first.
- How old are your children? At the Disneyland Resort children 0-2 are free so they don’t need a ticket to enter the park.
- Check the Annual Pass blockout calendar. Only the Signature Plus Passport allows you to visit the park everyday of the year. The other two passes, the Signature and Deluxe, have blocked out dates. You can find the blockout calendar here
- Know the differences between the Passes. There are a variety of options to consider when choosing the type of pass to buy. Disney does change their discounts and pass options from time-to-time so research them and discuss the options with your family before you buy them.
For more information about the Disneyland Resort Annual Passes click here
Chore Chart = Savings Plan For the Kiddos
Put the kiddos to work in your household and let them earn money for the souvenirs they want to buy from the Disneyland Resort. I have found this great system called the Responsibility Station. It is a chore chart on steroids. The concept is that your children do chores and earn a paycheck at the end of the week.
We have modified it a little bit to fit our needs but it works great.
They then decide if they should save the money, spend the money or give the money to charity. It is called the Fisher Kids Responsibility Station. This is a great way to have the kiddos help out around the house and save up money for your trip.
Book Your Vacation Package At Least Six Months in Advance
When you book your vacation package in advance the hotel and flights are cheaper. With most hotels you are able to find a decent refundable rate so if your plans change you can adjust your hotel stay dates. With the airlines it is a different story. So if you plan on flying to the Disneyland Resort make sure that your dates are solid before booking your package as refundable airfare prices are higher.
Take Advantage of Vacation Payment Plans
Did you know that when you book your vacation package through the Walt Disney Travel company that you can make payments on your vacation?
- Book at least 40 days in advance
- Deposit of $200 is required within seven days of booking
- Balance of payment must be received no later than 30 days prior to date of arrival.
For more information or to book your vacation package call (714) 520-5060
Create a Vacation Savings Plan
Now that you know you can make payments on your vacation plan I am going to show you how you can do that. With my chart below I am going to plan a vacation for the first week in June. This will give me 24 weeks to pay off my Disneyland Resort Vacation. Then I will still have a month prior to the trip to continue to set money aside so that I can save money for food, souvenirs and any other items I may need to pay for.
June 1 – 7 – Disneyland ResortTickets: 5-Day Park Hopper® Souvenir Ticket with Magic Morning for 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 and 8
Character Dining: 1 Character Dining and 1 Premium Character Dining
Hotel: The Disneyland Hotel (my favorite)
This method is a little bit trickier and I had my husband (who is an Excel Master) put this together.
With this plan you start out paying larger amounts in the beginning but as the weeks pass you are paying less and less each week to Walt Disney Travel. I like this method as well because the closer your trips gets the lower amount you have to pay towards it.
There are a few ways you can break this down, but here are the two I like to work out. If you take the total of $4,430.12 / 24 that is $185.00. You can pay this weekly to Walt Disney Travel. With this plan you are paying equal amounts per week and $738 per month.
As you can see, paying for your Disneyland Resort Vacation can be done with plently of pre-planning. I’d love to hear what other Disneyland Resort Vacation Savings tips you have, just leave a comment in the box below.