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    Default How to "frugal" an "un-frugal" vacation location?

    Good luck on being frugal at Disney. lol. We went about 10 years ago or so, and
    one bottle of soda pop was $2.50, I could have croaked. lol. My squeaky cheap
    heart almost couldn't take it.

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    Hi,

    Were are you coming from? When will you be on Orlando. The theme parks all run
    about the same . I know Disney is $55. You could check the websites for
    universal studios they usually run speacial , try looking into sea worls. We
    have year passes and my kids love it. They have coupon books in Orlando where
    you can get a dinner show buy one get one But that can still run you a pretty
    penny. They have some great outlet stores if you like shopping . We usually take
    the kids to downtown Disney which is free they have some great shops and they
    have a great big playground with lego out front. We live in Tampa, and go every
    year with the kids for a cheap vacation. My parents own a timeshare so we get
    that free plus fl residents get discounts. I will try and think of other cheap
    things to do. Another tip go shopping before you get in Orlando The food prices
    are outrages when you get there. If you have ay other wuestion just email me.

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    I know this is not idea either but there are tons of timeshares there. What if
    you went to one of those silly meetings to get free tickets to Disney ? Usually
    if you go to a 90 minute presentation then you can get 4 free tickets. The
    presentations start at 7:30 am so there is plenty of time left to go enjoy the
    day.

    Just a thought,
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    We actually DID do disney pretty frugally when we went 2 years back. We drove
    down and stayed off the property. We had a big cooler. We brought all kinds of
    lunchmeats, pop, juice bags and snackfoods along. We found an inexpensive pizza
    place that delivered to the hotel (they did pasta dishes besides just pizza, and
    their pizza lasted two meals). Breakfast was usually hotel bagels or cereal.
    We planned a few nice meals out - 1 character breakfast and lunch, plus one
    restaurant dinner - but the rest were off of what we brought. I think we
    splurged on icecream on day in the park.

    So it *can* be done for anyone who hasn't considered it before. I was shocked
    at how reasonable it ended up being.

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    We bought the park hopper passes and that saved our sanity. My idea was to
    buy tickets for MK one day and MGM the next and Epcot the 3rd. The extra
    cost was well worth it. We spent only 4 hours at MK before getting bored so
    we hopped to Epcot. Then day 2 we started at MGM and ended at Epcot for
    fireworks. We started at MGM again the next morning and finished at AK. We
    couldn't have done this or enjoyed naps in the afternoons otherwise.
    I used these sights to get some great deals. Check the message boards.
    http://www.wdwinfo.com/
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    http://www.mousesavers.com/
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    We have made our vacation plans for the Summer and are heading into a
    most un-frugal area with three kids- Orlando. This will NOT be the
    big "blow-it-out-Disney" vacation of their dreams, but we do want
    everyone to have a good time. Housing is covered and a pool is
    included in the deal. Any ideas from people that have traveled for
    some of the good lesser attractions they visited would be great. We
    will have a kitchen and I will be cooking simple stuff and the kids
    will be making sandwiches. I have ages 19, 15, and 3 going with us,
    and my husband who is an avid golfer...Any suggestions are
    appreciated! We will be driving, so space is not such an issue, but
    will be dragging along two sets of golf clubs (yuck)...
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    I am a Disney Fanatic... yes, I freely admit that Disneyland, WDW, I
    love them all! I belong to a yahoo group that really helps you get the
    most bang for your buck there!

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheMouseForLess/

    It is wonderful. WDW isn't cheap, but you can find ways to make it
    frugal. Anything you want to know, they can help you with it!

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    Lisa,
    Have you thought about being a mystery shopper? Disney is a place that you can
    mystery shop. You have to apply to be a mystery shopper. Then you have to
    request the assignment. The assignment usually requires that you buy specific
    tickets from a specific gate. To be a good mystery shopper you have to follow
    all of the rules set by the mystery shopping co and pay close attention to
    detail. Anyway if you get the shop then you are reimbursed for your ticket. A
    good site to check out is Volition.com. It will give you info and links to sign
    up. A word of caution. There are many free sites, never pay to be a shopper.

    Good luck,
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