We had always thought that Disneyland Holidays were out of our reach, every time the adverts came on the television the kids would look at us expectantly, as if the phrase ‘kids go free’ made it all somehow magically affordable. But with three kids there was no way we could afford to take them all to the real Disneyworld; they were just going to have to be happy with a week in a caravan at one of the UK theme parks. Of course they said it didn’t really matter and that they would be happy wherever we took them on holiday, but they just couldn’t hide the disappointment on their faces, even with the biggest and most enthusiastic smiles they could muster.
Was it Worth It?
Of course the television ads made it all sound so easy, but it couldn’t be could it? All that we could think about was the list of costs, travel, accommodation, park admissions and being able to afford to eat, hire a car and have money to spend when we were there. The more time we spent thinking about how expensive it was going to be the more we decided that it was never going to happen, until that is we actually went online to check out some of the deals that the ads were promoting. I had my eyes opened and my mind changed in just a few minutes. From being convinced that there was no way we could afford Disneyworld Holidays to thinking it could actually be a viable option was incredible, but we needed to sit down and look at this properly and be realistic. Could we really go for one of the multi-centre holidaysbrochures were promoting?
Doing the Maths
Once we’d been online and checked out all of the different promotions and deals we found that we would be able to manage after all, especially when we worked out just exactly how much our budget holiday at home was costing us each year. We managed to save money on the travelling and the hire car at the other end, and the cost of admission to the parks was taken care of with the price for our accommodation. The fact that one of the kids is only four really did save us money. In fact when we added all of the costs together it only worked out a couple of hundred pounds different to the cost of a week in the rain in a run down, shabby caravan park. Oh it was always fun, but not the kind of holiday that leaves you with a lifetime of memories.
Telling the Kids
Telling the kids where we were going was fantastic. The looks on their faces spread from confusion to shock, to disbelief and then to some of the widest most natural smiles I have ever seen. They started crying, we started crying. It was silly really but to see the joy on their faces was something I could never have imagined would make me feel so good. Heaven only knows how they are going to react when I tell them that next year’s Orlando Holidays 2013 are just around the corner and we are booking our tickets now to save even more money. I honestly cannot wait to go and wish I’d looked into it sooner.
Orlando holidays in 2013 don’t have to break the bank. They are much more affordable than you may ever believe!