Motley Fool Asks, “Is Disney World Affordable?”

30 Jan

Motley Fool has an article today which should be required reading for anybody planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

Can Disney be done on a shoestring budget? Of course. You can pay as little as $30 a night for off-site hotels that are within viewing distance of Disney’s nightly fireworks. Disney’s ticket prices are still high — and rarely discounted — but staying outside of a Disney resort opens up thriftier dining and shopping options. You won’t get the same experience at a $4 buffet as a $25 in-park character meal, but it clearly gives you more bangers and mash for your buck.

But Disney doesn’t want to market that vacation. It doesn’t mind filling up its parking lots with day guests, but it doesn’t make any money if you head out for dinner at the Golden Corral, shop for snacks at Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), and crash for the night at the nearest HoJo. And don’t even go down the path that finds roadside billboard temptations luring potential park guests over to rival parks run by Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) just minutes north on I-4.

(Matt, thanks for the link!)

I’ve seen too many people end up with Disney vacation packages that include too many options they’ll never used (and then end up feeling ripped off once they get there). I always encourage my friends to read MouseSavers.com and at least ponder options beyond the standard Disney packages.

One Response to “Motley Fool Asks, “Is Disney World Affordable?””

  1. tgtby2 February 4, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    i have found your tips (mouseguest, mousesavers, tour guide mike) to be very helpful!!! thanks, girly

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