How to Budget for Your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

How to Budget for your Walt disney World Vacation

The 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Package Pricing came out this month and well yes, prices went up. Don’t let that discourage your from planning a vacation in 2017. Half way through 2016 is a great time to think about and plan how to budget for your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation.  Want to know WHY you should plan your vacation now rather than later? Soar into 2017 with your plans set and have one less thing to worry about next year. If you plan and book now, you have between 5 months to 16 months to budget, save up, and pay for your 2017 vacation.

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A Disney Magic Your Way Vacation Package includes your resort, park tickets and optional dining plans. This package allows your family to benefit from the many perks Disney gives its guests. These Perks include:

  • Free Airport Transportation Via Disney’s Magical Express
  • Free Resort to Park Transportation via Bus, Boat or Monorail
  • Free Resort and Theme Park Parking
  • No Resort Fees
  • Extra Magic Hours at the Parks When Only Open to Resort Guests
  • Earlier Window to Make Attraction FastPass Reservations than Non Resort Guests
  • Being on closer to the parks and attractions than non-resort guests
  • Magical Extras – Discounts to some restaurants, shopping, and recreational extras


Cheapskate Princess readers get extra perks when booking a Walt Disney World vacation package through our Princess Travel Experts at Destinations in Florida. When you book a vacation package to Walt Disney World Resort by July 30th, 2017 get our exclusive Cheapskate Princess Freebies:

  • ONE Disney lanyard per child
  • TWO official Disney Trading Pins per child
  • $5.00 snack credit per person (this can be used on a Mickey Ice Cream Bar, a Dole Whip or anything your appetite desires)
  • A special phone call from Mickey Mouse per family!

And while there are the benefits and perks, booking your vacation NOW gives you time and flexibility to pay for your vacation the best way it works for you.

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Plan Ahead To Lock In Current Rates:

While spring break, summer, fall or the holiday season of 2017 might seem like a long way away, now is the best time to plan for a 2017 Walt Disney World vacation. You will the most options for resorts and accommodations the further out the further out from your vacation. Once decided, you can lock in your resort of choice and the type of room at the current rate with as little as a $200 deposit.

Low Deposit:

Disney’s vacation Magic Your Way Vacation Packages let you pick the vacation you want – resort, accommodations, tickets, and dining.  Once you decide on your vacation package options to meet your needs, you can place a deposit on your package. No matter WHAT the size of the package, your deposit is only $200 per resort room. This deposit will guarantee your room and the rate when booked. If ticket prices go up or dining prices go up, you are locked in to the prices that were in place when you booked your trip.

Pay as you like:

The balance is due on your Walt Disney World Vacation Package is 30 days prior to arrival. You are free to pay the balance on the day due, OR you can pay it in increments up until the due date as needed with no hidden interest or finance charges.

Fully Refundable Up to 31 Days Prior to Arrival:

The deposit is also VERY flexible in that it is 100% full refundable up until 31 days prior to your arrival date on your vacation. For vacation packages, this includes your park tickets. If you purchase your park tickets alone, they are NON-refundable and expire the end of the next calendar year. If you have to cancel your vacation package 30 days or less than your arrival date, never fear, your package is refundable less a cancellation fee.

Flexible Payments Accepted:

Yes, you can pay your vacation with a major credit card or more than one credit card too if you need to. Did you know you can also use Disney Gift Cards towards vacation payment?  Target Red Card holders can purchase Disney Gift Cards with automatic 5% savings, so when you use the Target Red Card purchased gift card towards your vacation, you are getting 5% off!  Be forewarned though, IF you need to cancel and you have paid with Disney Gift Cards, your refund will be how you paid….so if you paid with gift cards, refunds are back to the gift card.

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Disney Vacation Account:

Want to self budget your trip?  Disney offers Disney Vacation Accounts you can use to pay deposits and payments on vacation.  Set up a your Disney Vacation account for free and deposit money in your account as you wish. There are NO fees with Disney Vacation accounts and you can request full withdrawal at any time.  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, 2017 (date subject to extension), up to a total $500 in Disney Gift Card(s) per household.

Trip Insurance Coverage:

Did you know when you purchase optional trip insurance with your Walt Disney World Vacation Package airline tickets are covered with the insurance?  YES, even if you did not purchase your airfare through Disney as part of your package and purchased airfare separately, your airfare is COVERED!  Trip insurance often covers more than just the resort and tickets, so its wise to consider for peace of mind the cost of insurance when planning a vacation as you never know what life might throw your way.

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Remember, our Princess Travel Experts at Destinations In Florida can help you pick the perfect package for your family. As promotional discounts come out, as a part of their magical service, should your resort and room become available for a discount, and your room is eligible, they will apply the discount to your room.  This is not guaranteed as promotions are limited and do not always apply to every resort and room, however, they are always looking for ways to make your vacation as inexpensive as possible. They do this for their clients, EVEN AFTER PACKAGE IS BOOKED.

Ready to price out your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Package?  Contact our Princess Travel Experts Julie, Erin or Elizabeth at Destinations in Florida and Soar into 2017 with your Walt Disney World Vacation Package and some awesome freebies if you book by July 30th, 2017.

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess travel partners at Destinations In Florida keep up to date on all the changes and news at Walt Disney World so you do not have to. Contact them here for your no obligation vacation quote and to be sure to get the most out of your vacation. When are you planning on heading to Walt Disney World in 2017?

Written by Julie Franklin: 

Julie FranklinJulie Franklin is a travel agent creating family memories at Destinations In FloridaAn Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She can plan and book your customized magical vacation anywhere at no extra cost to you. As a blogger, mom and wife of a budget traveler, Julie knows how to get the most magic for you vacation. Whether thinking of heading to the parks in Orlando, cruising, an all-inclusive resort or traveling anywhere, let Julie take the stress out of your vacation planning.

You can reach Julie at or call her at 404 312 8099 for your free no obligation vacation quote. Tell her Cheapskate Princess sent you!

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