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    I am convinced there is some secret out there that I do not know about. How do people afford Disney all of the time?! Seriously?! We have 3 girls (8, 10, 17) and Disney is a fortune! Because I don't have 'little' kids, we stayed in a one bedroom villa, giving us 2 bedrooms and a washer and dryer. We also had a full kitchen, but that is not a necessity.
    We would love to come to Disney more often, but I really have no idea how people afford it!! Is there some magical secret I do not know about? We were lucky enough to get a free dining plan while we were here (it happened to be a special they were running at the time), but our room and park tickets were EXPENSIVE!

    Thanks in advance for any tips and advice you have!!

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    I think it depends massively on the time of year, where you stay and for how long. For us, we go every 3 years or so, we can't afford to do it more often than that as we're limited to the expensive summer holidays - but that's because we stay for three weeks usually :D



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    We don't have kids, we have Disney instead :D it IS very expensive though, I wince every time I click buy on our Annual passes. It's even more expensive if you include the Dining <gulp>
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    We have been every year up until now, we always go at a quieter time of the year and I have always used air miles to pay for our flights, so that's been a huge help.

    After this year though, I don't know if we will be able to afford to go next year, my miles are almost gone and with costs going up all the time, it might finally be the straw that broke the camel's back :(









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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 322368, member: 46
    After this year though, I don't know if we will be able to afford to go next year, my miles are almost gone and with costs going up all the time, it might finally be the straw that broke the camel's back :(
    so you're basically saying the camel's got the hump? :p
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    We only go every 3 years.

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    I live in the US so flights are much cheaper. I can also drive which is what we are doing in Nov. There are usually only 2 of us traveling and I think that makes a huge difference.












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    Priorities in life come into play. Expendable income has many other priorities when children (or pets!) and other family responsibilities are involved. It's a matter of how much you can devote to an expensive vacation. Disney is very costly from my perspective.

    I like Dawn's every three year cycle. That gives you the opportunity to explore other options that aren't so costly and perhaps closer to home.






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    Hmmmmm....never thought about our cycle...let's see, we went BC (before children) then when DD was 6, 10, 13, 16, and 21. What really seems to help us is using our Disney Visa card for EVERYTHING. We get 1% back and it adds up quick (especially when you use it for house renovations). We don't carry a balance, pay it off every month. I guess it goes that we go about every 3 or 4 years using the money from the card to pay for the Disney stay. We have only stayed on site and used the "Disney Dollars" for lodging, tickets, and most meals (especially with the DDP). It will be about another year and we will have enough to cover our stay. Then again we don't stay as long as many UK friends. Can't imagine staying there a few weeks! Holy cats that must be awesome.










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    Growing up in a family of four from Chicago we would go every 2 years and drove each time.

    As an adult my wife and I (no kids) would go about once a year when we lived in Chicago and Minneapolis.

    Now that we live in Florida we had been going 2-3 times a year but not always staying on property. We have a timeshare we would exchange with Marriott near by. We also get discounts being FL residents.

    Even for us now with prices continuing to go up we have taken a bit of a break from Disney trying to do other vacations we have wanted to do.










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