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Disney Again

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

For Christmas, my autistic son asked to visit Walt Disney World again.  It had been four years since our last visit and I truly doubted that I could afford it this year.  With a great deal of research using the WDW website and anything I could find, I came to these financial absolutes -- ticket prices don't change or discount for anything.  Yes, you could spend a day at sales pitch for a ticket but that was one day wasted on your vacation.  Also, their resort is the best value due to the ability to use their transportation.  They will transport you from the airport and to the parks saving on car rental as well as parking fees.  And finally, once you are in the parks you are subject to their food costs which are astronimical.

So I worked and tweaked the budget to squeeze out airfare, ticket and hotel cost.  But as my husband pointed out, we still couldn't afford the food.  Until a unique offer came across my email - if you stay at the resort, you received a free meal plan for everyone!  Yipee!  Free food was the final push we needed to book the vacation.

So my first advice to anyone considering a Disney vacation - sign up for the email alerts and watch carefully.  As soon as you see that free meal plan offer, jump on it.  Wow, it was worth it.

More on that soon though . ..

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