Our Plans for a Quick (And Cheap) December Trip to Walt Disney World!

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One way to visit your favorite vacation destination more often is to get your family members as obsessed with it as you are!

We get to visit Walt Disney World one more time this year, thanks to my mother-in-law’s willingness to make a short trip down for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here’s how we are saving money on this trip.

My mother-in-law has bravely agreed to stay two nights at an off-property hotel that seems too good to be true. We are getting a one-bedroom suite with two queen beds, a full kitchen, a free hot breakfast and an evening manager’s reception with wine and beer for $75/night.

I’m a bit nervous about the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, even though it gets great reviews – 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor. I felt like I HAD to check this place out for the blog, and if it turns out to be good it will likely be my go-to recommendation for staying off-property. Wish us luck…

I’m only paying $22 (just to cover taxes) for my daughter and myself to fly to Orlando on Southwest, thanks to some of you!

I’ve earned thousands of Southwest miles this year because my readers have opened a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card through my referral link. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting this blog and making these kinds of trips possible so I can continue to create new Disney content for y’all! Read all about how you can fly for free on Southwest here.

My daughter flies free through the end of this year thanks to her being on my Southwest Companion Pass. I will seriously mourn the loss of my Companion Pass, which I have had for almost two years now. I won’t be able to get another one for a few years, so I’m glad I’m able to fit one more trip in.

I got a super cheap rental car for two days by using the tips and tricks I shared in this post. I don’t usually rent a car but for only $45 and for such a short trip I decided it was better than Ubering around. Parking is free at our resort plus I can park for free at the theme parks with my annual pass, so there aren’t any hidden expenses there.

We are saving money on food by getting free breakfast at our hotel, plus we aren’t eating at any pricey table service restaurants on property. We will get free dessert at the Christmas party (check out all of the fun goodies that are included here) so we will just have to get ourselves two affordable lunches and two light dinners.

Our only entertainment expense is our tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I got a discount on our the tickets thanks to my annual pass – the adult tickets were $91 each and my daughter’s was $86. You can also get discounted tickets through my recommended ticket broker, Undercover Tourist!

While this is pricey, it is less than the $115 it costs for a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom. The party technically starts at 7 pm, but you can actually get into the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 pm with your Christmas Party tickets. I’ve never been to the party and am excited to report back to you about whether or not it is worth it!

The life-sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian

We will be touring the monorail resorts to check out their incredible Christmas trees and gingerbread displays, which is my favorite free activity at Disney World during the holidays. If time permits, we might also check out either Fort Wilderness all decked out for the holidays, or head to Disney Springs for a bit.

So that’s how we are making a very budget-friendly trip to Disney World for a dose of holiday magic! I hope this helps give you some ideas on how to get to your favorite vacation destination (wherever that is) more frequently.


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