August 23, 2019
We’re freshly home from spending a week in Disney World and I’m still on that ‘Disney high’… and missing so much about our days there. YES it was really hot (helloooo Florida in August) but we had SO much fun and made so many memories. I’m really proud of Kyle and I for pulling it off. Disney wasn’t ‘easy’ with 3 small kids but goodness was it worth it!!
I’m obviously an amateur but I got so many questions while we were in Disney and requests for a blog post about our trip, so I decided to share the knowledge I do have around Disney for others who may be planning and are as clueless as I was!
First and foremost, we planned this trip 9 months ago and started working with a Disney Travel Agent (Dionne Welsh – you can click here for her FB page and to contact her). We knew we’d likely be moving out of the area and away from the east coast as well as getting out of the Navy so we wanted to take advantage of Disney’s military discounts as well as the ability to drive versus fly. The best part about it all was we were able to make payments on our trip versus having to pay for it up front. We saved a TON of money being military, so if you’re a military family looking to book a Disney vacation, definitely take advantage of the discounts. Also, forget the idea that you can’t afford it because you probably CAN!
We started off thinking we couldn’t afford it at ALL. Most people told us to budget at LEAST $5k and we just knew that wasn’t possible. Who spends that much on a vacation with little kids anyways?! We knew Finn and Grady wouldn’t remember it and so we almost nixed the idea all together, until I saw a post in the Chesapeake Mom’s FB group recommending Dionne, so I reached out to her. I was pleasantly surprised that our trip for the resort AND Disney dining plan for our family for a week was only $1,600. Tickets to the parks with park hopper were separate but we received a HUGE military discount on those and Finn & Grady were free since they’re under 3!
So, here’s a few tips and points I can touch on to try and help you with your Disney vacation:
USE A TRAVEL AGENT
RESORT INFO | PARK TRANSPORTATION | PARK INFO
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