(Mickey Piggy Bank via MaskedxMaestro)
It’s no lie. Disney vacations are ‘spensive!
If I didn’t live within driving distance of the Walt Disney World Resort, there’s no doubt my trips would be extremely limited. Heck, I’ve only visited Disneyland three times in my entire life. There’s the flight, transfers, hotel, food, tickets, souvenirs, etc. We’re talking several grand even for the tiniest of families. It can take years to save up for and fund the trip of a lifetime to one of the Most Magical and Happiest Places on Earth.
Enter Disney’s newest creation, the online Disney Vacation Account.
This new program allows you to
- Estimate Your Budget – Step 1: Select your Disney vacation destination. Step 2: Complete the online form, using the links within the form to help you estimate costs. Step 3: Click “Calculate” to view the total estimate–which should be used for guidance only as you save for your vacation.
- Create a Plan – A simple calculator is provided in this step which takes into account when you would like to take your vacation, how much you want to save and how often you want to contribute. You can start an account up to five years in advance of your Disney vacation.
- Track Your Progress – Your Disney Vacation Account has all the tools you need to track your savings progress, check your balance and manage your account. Whether you want to save more or less, or take your vacation sooner or later, you can update your goals at any time.
- Book Your Vacation – Use your Disney Vacation Account savings to book your vacation online or over the phone through Disney. Note that Adventures by Disney vacations must be booked by phone. You’ll be eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account prior to December 31, 2015 (date subject to extension), up to a total $500 in Disney Gift Card(s) per household. Your Disney Vacation Account must be active for a minimum of 120 days at the time of spending in order to receive this bonus.
So, what do you think? It’s a little bit like putting your Disney vacation on layaway. Is this a service you’d utilize?