Friends … I have four Southwest tickets that I need to use by September 7, originally purchased for a trip in April 2020 that we didn’t end up taking, for obvious reasons.
We’ve already scheduled and paid for our summer vacation to Hilton Head, and since we live in OH, we drive. When I mentioned to my husband our need to use the tickets, he said, well, maybe we could take a super-cheap (I know, I know, try to hold in your laughter) to Disney. I said which one? Disneyland or WDW? And he said (wait for it …) I don’t know.
So I am looking at a week in August (13-20) before school starts for DS7. I looked at RT airfare and 5 day non-hopper, non-G+ tickets, and flights are higher to CA but tickets are higher in FL, so there is only about $300 difference in the trips.
I have been to WDW three times, as has DH, once has teens, once when DS17 was 7, and then in Nov 2019 when our older was 14 and our younger was 5. I’ve been to DL three times, all back in the early 2000s. DH has been there once or twice, also in the early 2000s. Neither of our children has been there.
I have also looked at pricing on hotels and have found, in FL, Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista at $965 incl taxes and fees, and ASMo at $1383 incl taxes. In CA, I have Tropicana at $1489 or farther away the Hyatt Place at $1352 for the week. I have done that walk, so I know it is about a mile and right across from the Convention Center. Also, if my hotels are trash, please tell me that and make a recommendation.
Then there is the whole less experience for more money and people continuing to throw money at Disney despite this. Our vacation dollars are limited. We usually take one vacation a year, usually to Hilton Head, and sometimes we visit my in-laws in Huntsville AND take a family vacation. We are headed to Huntsville next week, to HHI in June, and my husband said let’s do Disney on the cheap (or as inexpensively as possible) is … well, I should probably take him for a brain scan, but instead I plan to move on this before he changes his mind, before airfares go up any more than they already are.
If we go to FL, we might also try to squeeze in a trip to Kennedy Space Center and Gatorland. If we go to CA, we might try to add a trip to the San Diego Zoo and a day at one of the beaches.
So, my friends, what would you do and why? What else should I consider (beyond I want to go to Disney)?
I put this under WDW because I couldn’t tag both WDW and DL. If you think I should change the tag, please let me know. Thanks!