We just got back from a trip to Orlando on Tuesday of this week. AND, what a trip it was. We had planned for a long time and set aside a good amount of money, but I don’t think anything really prepares you for vacation costs. I think all in all we did really well. We got our tickets some time ago for $212.00 round trip from WA state. That was really good. Our lodging was in a condo by Aaron’s Accommodations – three bedrooms, two baths 1400 sq feet., laundry, kitchen. Only about 15 minutes from Universal and less than a half hour from Disney.

We paid $125.00 or thereabouts for three adults, three kids for six nights. (My parents were there the first week – family reunion, and they picked up the hotel costs the first week.) Near the end, we moved to another hotel, as the one we were in was not handicapped accessible, and was becoming very difficult on my husband. But even that was nice, it was Hawthorn Suites near the airport (which proved helpful, when we had to be to the airport at 5:30 a.m. the day we left). It was only $89.00 and was a full kitchen, and a living room with fold out couch and a big bedroom with two double beds – certainly adequate. We did eat at least one big meal out each day, and that averaged $55.00. I did take snacks and drinks into the parks, and we drank a lot of water.

But yes, we did buy ice cream a couple of times from the vendors and a few other snacks and such. The big killer was souvenirs. My husband, dear as he is, wanted to be able to buy souvenirs without worrying about cost. He would not hear of buying them in advance at garage sales or whatever, so we spent more than $300 on that. And our rental van was pricey, but that is because it had to accommodate a motorized wheelchair. It actually was a God-send to find the place that had those available. But – it was $75.00 per day. We have lots of wonderful memories, and that is what it is all about, right!! Oh, we bought our amusement tickets ahead of time, through the military, five days of Disney and three of Universal for three adults and two kids (one still young enough to be free) was $1,252.00.

Occasionally you can buy online for ten percent off or such. Wendy – about shades of green, I called there when we were going to move and they said that they could only accommodate four in a room, even though we were a family of five, with an extra adult. So, please check on that, so you don’t get a surprise at the end!. AANNDD – the baby rooms at the Disney parks are awesome. Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom had places with videos for the older kids if you just needed a break. Plus there were quiet areas for nursing moms, and changing tables and (pricey) diapers, and baby food, if you absolutely needed to buy some.

They were really accommodating. MGM had a place also, just not quite as nice and roomy as the others. So, that was a real bonus. If you think of any specific questions, I would be happy to try to answer them. Most of all, go and enjoy. For us, it was most likely a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we did enjoy. (But it was hot!!)