We spent 3 days at Disney World that year and since the day we left, we’ve wanted to go back. We had planned on going back the next year, 2009, but due to my husbands health issues we racked up quite alot of debt (compiled with credit card debt) it just wasn’t possible. In May of 2010, we welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world and along with her came more medical bills, to top it off I didn’t return to work full time. We were on the brink of filing bankruptcy. The next six months we were hounded by collection calls. Fortunately, most of the places were willing to work with us, we were able to do settlements on most of them, and the rest got reduced payments. There was a light at the end of the tunnel again. 2011 brought new hope. We managed to get about 90% of our debt paid off, and with our tax refund we set aside enough for Disney World!
Disney World has several “seasons”, I found the extreme cheapest time of year to go is September. We are staying on property because I just feel like it is part of the experience. However, there are many great hotels nearby, off property, that are more than fine if you are on a tight budget.
We decided to fly because our daughter hates being in the car. We don’t even go anywhere more than 30 minutes away because she cries so hard she throws up. Disney World is more than a 15 hour drive, so we are going to fly. I did some research and found that Southwest was offering the best deals at the time as well as no charge for luggage! I also found that flying on Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest days of the week, so we are leaving on Tuesday and returning on the following Wednesday. The benefit of flying, Disney offers free shuttle to and from the airport. This trip will be both our children’s first airplane ride as well, I’m a little anxious about that.
The particular time we are going, Disney is offering a free dining plan so two meals a day are provided free, so that will be a big savings. We plan to bring some cereal or donuts along for breakfast so we don’t have to eat out. September also kicks off the Halloween Festivities at Disney World as well. For an extra charge you can get tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The kids, and Disney characters get to dress up and trick or treat around Magic Kingdom, as well as a special Halloween firework display. All the times we’ve gone, we’ve never gone around Halloween, so this will be neat.