One of our dreams is to take our kids to Disney. My daughter wants to go see “Cinderella’s home”, my son wants to go see McQueen and Woody. The Popo and I just want to see their faces light up. One of my better memories growing up was going to Disney. I wanted to make sure though that my kids were A) old enough to cherish that memory and B) Tall enough to ride everything they wanted. We took a big trip last year to the east coast so I thought maybe our next big trip could be Disney.
Then I was given a challange. It is an Orlando Vacation Challenge sponsored by Orlando Vacation. I am so glad I took this challenge because I have learned so much and now I know what to expect! For one- Sea World now has Aquatica which is like a giant water park where you can do things like a “Lazy River” except it is under water so you can see the fish, or a Dolphin Plung where you go down a water slide that will take you under water to see dolphins! There is so much to choose. So now the problem of finding out what to do and for how long. So I started my search on Orlando Vacation with the hotel.
Since we are not that picky on where we sleep I went with a simple Hawthorn Suits by Wyndham. The selling point on this was the price $89 a night for a total of $534 for 6 nights. The other part was that it had free breakfast, full kitchen, and kids under 17 stay free. They also offer free shuttle services to the parks and literally a block away from Sea World!
Then the task of figuring which parks and how long. I went with the Disney 3 Day pass which gave me a bonus of an extra day. This should give us plenty of time to visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot and MGM. Then we decided to spend a day at Universal Studios and got access to Universal Studio Island of Adventure which has even more rides. Last but not least I went with a simple Day pass to Sea World.
Yep you see that right: $2497! That is all! I figured it would cost us around 5K but $2400 for a family of 4 to spend a week of fun and dreams?!?! That can’t be true. Let’s check out other sites.
I first checked Expedia and found my hotel. It was more expensive at $569.64 for 6 nights. To get the same tickets and everything the total came to $2921.58! I would save $424.58 going through Orlando Vacation! Maybe I did something wrong?
Lets go to Orbitz. Same hotel was MORE. It came to $129/night for a total of $774! The tickets were comparable but it came up to $2736. That is $239 more then Orlando Vacation! Surely going to the Disney Website directly would get me a better deal right? WRONG! I couldn’t even find a hotel to stay in! For the dates I selected, I stopped clicking “Check availability” at the $196/night hotels! So I didn’t even go further on that one!
I was amazed at how much different the pricing was. Just goes to show how doing your research can save you a TON of money! I am now even more inspired to take my kids to Orlando. I would love to do it this year but we need a break from our big vacation last summer so maybe next year. Regardless I know where I am going to be planning my trip when we get to that point!
What would your dream trip to Disney look like?
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