Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Disney sticker shock

Whew. I've been trying to figure out a way to take the girls to Walt Disney World while I sneak in a triathlon in the fall - either the Disney Olympic Triathlon on September 23rd, or the Florida Challenge (half Ironman) Triathlon on October 20th.

Except I'm breaking out in hives over the prices. To get (non-expiring) all-park/water park tickets and camp there in our own RV for four nights for just me and two four-year-olds, in their low season? Over $1100.

That's not even including all the crap you buy and food for all of us! Nor tickets for my husband, the Disneyphobe. It's not much more to stay in one of the cheaper Disney lodging options like the All Star Movies (cheapo motel, but they don't call it that).

Sigh. Yeah, there are lots of money-saving ideas out there, and we really do not need to go to one of the Disney parks and a water park in the same day, and we're sure to use any non-expiring tickets before long, but still. . . .

It would sure be fun. . . .

I was amused by Catherine's new term for the scrambled eggs she gobbled up this morning: "Crumbled eggs".

8 comments:

Fe-lady said...

I thought Disney was in the throngs of presenting "affordable" packages to families...at least that's what the commercial said!
I guess you could always cook "crumbled" eggs in the RV and forget buying the food there! :-)
Hope you get to go!

Kevin said...

I hate disney. I don't mind paying, even if its expensive, as long as they're honest. Disney tries to cheat you. They don't tell you that the dessert they're offering isn't included in the price fixe dinner you're eating. In fact, they suggest otherwise. Then there's maybe two water fountains in the whole park and a bottle of Poland Spring costs $5. In any event, your girls are too young to enjoy it for more then a couple of hours. I would wait until they're older before spending that much.

21st Century Mom said...

That is an insane amount of money. I'll bet it is cheaper to stay in a Disney hotel. And I agree with Kevin - your kids would be exhausted after 1 day.

Love 'crumbled' eggs.

Bev said...

I live in Orlando, volunteered at the Disney half two years ago and swore I would never do a disney race or volunteer ever again. They just don't make things easy or enjoyable for the volunteers. I also had a friend who did the race and she really didnt like the course. You could however try doing one of the races in Clermont, which is about 30-45 minutes away from disney. Check out www.sommersports.com

nancytoby said...

I hear you, Bev - I've heard nothing but bad things about the Disney triathlons. I've done a Danskin there and several of their road races, and those were pretty messed up in a lot of ways! Yeah, I've been thinking about the Clermont races hard...

ShirleyPerly said...

Hi Nancy,

I too live in Orlando but am not a fan of Disney, esp. when it comes to prices. The only reason I do their races is because the courses are relatively flat. The Clermont courses are pretty hilly in comparison. I know I should get out there to train more often on the hills but don't like driving an hour to just go ride my bike.

I thought I read somewhere that you don't care for hills much either. If I'm wrong, pls disregard ...

Good luck on whatever you decide!

nancytoby said...

It's true, me and hills are not very compatible, but we can get along for short periods of time....

Vickie said...

Yikes! And I was thinking of taking the grandkids this year again. Now I'm pretty sure I can't afford a new bike AND Disney all in one year. I really would like to know what income bracket they figure "affordable" fits into.