If you can time it right, you can get the best budget Disneyland vacations. The problem for most families is that the season for these budget vacations may not coincide with school breaks.
Although I don't advocate kids missing school, if your child is doing well in school, you may want to take advantage of these off-season savings and ask their teacher about home-study for the vacation week.
With the current economic climate, it may be tough to save for vacation, but there are ways to get the most out of your dollars and have lots of fun for less.
Taking advantage of Disney's "value" season is one of them. During January, February, October, November and December, except for the weeks that include Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may save as much as 45% by visiting the park during the off-season. The seasonal rates do not apply to park admission, but they do to the resort hotels.
Of course, for true budget vacations, other accommodations are less expensive than the resorts. But the resorts do add an element of magic and convenience to your stay.
If you purchase your tickets in advance online, you'll pay less than you would at the gate. The five-day hopper bonus ticket is the best value, costing only $40 per day, as opposed to over $70 for a two day pass. You can pick the tickets up at the gate and avoid paying a shipping fee.
There are many travel agencies that offer budget Disneyland vacations. Some packages include airfare, accommodations and park passes. To get the best Disney deal, shop around on the Internet.
Your personal economic situation might not be that great, but resorts, airlines and travel agencies are doing worse. Because of that, traveling right now may be a lot cheaper than you thought.
There are some other budget vacations that you might want to consider. Instead of staying at a hotel, check out some of the timeshares. Timeshare rentals are dropping lower and lower, as owners are struggling with their own economic issues. In Hawaii, for example, timeshare rates are as low as $100 per night.
Another advantage to timeshares, particularly for a week-long stay, is that they have fully equipped kitchens. You might not like the idea of cooking on vacation, but you will save a lot of money. You can get some of the best budget Disneyland vacations by staying in timeshares in the area of the park, rather than the resort hotels.
If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World, here's a savings guide that's bound to save you some money. It's written by an ex-Disney employee and offers insider tips to get you the best Disney World vacation deal. Click Here! and see for yourself.
And last, but not least... home sweet home. Staying at home may not sound fun, but it can be, and it is one of the best money saving ideas for budget vacations. There may be many things in your area that you and your family have never seen. And, since you're saving so much money, you'll be able to plan a lot more day trips with your family versus just one big vacation. Sometimes, by being creative, you can have a great family vacation without wiping out your savings. Budget Disneyland vacations are just one of your options.
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