A few months ago this trip wasn’t even on our radar. We were planning on going next year with the kids, but not this year. I can’t believe we are a week away from going to Disney with the kids. The last time I went to Disney in Orlando, FL was with my family when I was a Junior in High School some 16 years ago. A lot has changed in my life since I was 17 years old. Now, I have a wife and two kids that get to experience Disney.
There are so many questions I have about going to Disney.
- Will the kids like it?
- What is there to really do for a 5 and 3 year old?
- Where are we going to get the money for Disney?
- And So On…
Will the Kids Like it?
I’ve wrestled with this one for a while because my kids are younger. I have a feeling that my 5 year old will remember a lot more about going to Disney then my 3 year old will. They aren’t in to Harry Potter, barely into Star Wars, but love Lego’s. Lately my boys have been into Tom and Jerry, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse; not the new Mickey Mouse, but old school Mickey Mouse. It’s almost their own way to unconsciously prepare for going to Disney.
However, after all the thinking about it, I’ve resolved the fact that they will enjoy it, as long as we enjoy it. Kids feed off of us as adults. If we complain, they will complain. If we enjoy it, they will enjoy it.
What is there to do for a 5 and 3 year old?
One of the greatest advantages that I have for finding out what kids can do at Disney is to ask others who have been there recently. It is much more cost efficient to ask people how to save money when going to Disney, or other theme parks, then just winging it. Most of the time when I try to wing things, I end up spending more money then I needed to and more energy trying to figure it out.
One of the greatest resources I have is the massive community of dads in the National at Home Dad Network. There are so many dads throughout the country that have been to Disney with their family that can offer advice and wisdom on where to go, what to do and more.
Here’s my list of things to do for a 5 and 3 year old
- Character Meet and Greets: Nothing is more exciting to a kid, to see a character in person that they have seen on TV, Movie or online.
- FastPass+: Don’t stay in long lines or it will exhaust you. Plan ahead and your life will be easier
- Ask your kids what they want to do: Nothing is more aggravating to your kids when they want to so Mickey Mouse and Donald and you want them to see Star Wars stuff. Same thing with life, ask what they want to do too. Let them choose different things they want to do.
Where are we going to get the money for Disney?
For our family, we have a timeshare, and a week at the Fountains outside of the Disney Resort. So we aren’t even paying for a hotel for 4 adults and 2 kids for the whole week. Its a wonderful thing for our family. Your situation is probably going to be different then ours, so make it work for your family. Save up money for a while. Don’t rush into putting things on credit cards and paying it off. If you have the money, then put it on a gift card, visa gift card and use that to pay for your tickets.
For our family, I’m an Uber/Lyft driver and for the past month, I paid my monthly bills early and been saving every bit of money I can from tips and revenue to pay for our tickets. Unfortunately I came up about $200 short but its better then putting the whole amount on a credit card.
Food is so Expensive
One of the great things about where we are staying at (our timeshare) is that there is a full kitchen. Having this luxury can save you lots of money since you can come and go out of the park as many times in one day as you want. We will be able to make our own sandwiches and dinner each night (except one where we splurge). You can also bring in outside coolers inside the park with bottles of water, snacks and more. See where I’m going, saving money!! I love saving money as much as I can and going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.
Going to Disney doesn’t have to break the Bank
We got our tickets from Undercover Tourist and it saved us a little bit of money. Not eating out, getting souvenirs outside of Disney parks, and more can help you save money and have fun.