A news article caught my eye, and it was a little alarming. Obviously, the prices at Disney have increased, and on some things, quite significantly. This article claims that of the people they surveyed, 18% of people visiting Disney are going into debt to do it!
While that might not seem like a huge number, it's almost one in five. What's alarming, to me, is that the majority of these visitors might not know there's a way to go to Disney and enjoy it, without going into debt?
My opinion hasn't changed, from the first time I posted this article, that you shouldn't go into debt to go on your Disney vacation. Admittedly, it's harder and harder to save nowadays to achieve that dream of going. Our family sure sees that too!
So, what can you do? First, start by looking at your day to day expenses. What can you cut? Can you air dry your laundry? That's 50-75 cents a load! Could you skip eating out a meal, or order something cheaper? For me, I've learned that doing a grocery pickup instead of browsing the shelves saves me at least 10%, because I'm not getting items that look good. Sure, I might miss some "deals" but how many times are deals things we don't need?
When you go to plan, what can you cut? Can you stay off property? Stay at a value resort? When it comes to food, can you breakfast in your room? Could you pack a lunch and bring in one meal a day? Disney has an incredibly generous outside food policy, and makes it easy to save a little on food!
A Disney vacation can still be all you've imagined, and without going into debt. If you are planning a 2023 or 2024 trip, think smart, and save big so you can enjoy your trip while you are there, not feel miserable while you pay off the trip for a year.