My family went on a week long vacation to Florida in January, which was a great get away. Of course, when we got back we had to deal with February record snow falls. Who would have guessed?
January is a the best time to go because there are no lines and the hotels are very cheap.
I mentioned in some earlier posts that we went to Disney on a vacation but with a toddler we knew she wouldn’t be up to going to parks and we didn’t want to spend that much. We went on a fairly frugal vacation.
A couple things we did:
1. FREE – Downtown Disney – Downtown Disney is free for everyone. It is like an out door mall. There are a lot of shops and even a couple paid activities. The fun part is just walking around and seeing the sites. For the little ones there is a Lego Store, and Mr. Potatohead store. We went there a couple times during the week to walk around. If you go to the Mr. Potatohead store it costs about $20+ to fit as many items in a box. Not bad.
2. FREE water taxi rides between Boardwalk hotel, Swan hotel, Hollywood Studies, and Epcot – If you stay at one of the hotels or park at one of the hotels like we did you can catch a taxi ride to each of the parks listed and back again. We just rode on them a couple times before my daughter wanted to run around.
3. FREE – Monorail – The main entrance to Walt Disney World includes the monorail entrance which is free to take you to Magic Kingdom and Epcot and back again.
After having a great time at Downtown Disney, my daughter seemed to be interested in the animals so we decided to go to Animal Kingdom.
Where to find discounted Disney tickets? Thanks to a dear friend we were able to find some discounted tickets. Check out The Official Ticket Center – The Best Deal on Disney Tickets! The best way to buy tickets is in a bundle so we picked non-expiring tickets and paid with a debt card! It cost about $50 per adult per day. We got 6 days non-expiring non-hopping passes. Prices do change but this is a great place to check out for the best prices. The toddler is free for now.
Any other suggestions? What have you done with your kids on vacation that was frugal?