Are you dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation? Do you have sticker shock when you go online to price a vacation for your family. Layaway isn’t just for Christmas gifts, you can use it for your future Disney vacation as well. Learn two ways to put your magical vacation on layaway and you will be making memories in no time.


Put your Walt Disney World Vacation on Layaway

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort feature pool photo credit: Jennifer Greene Tween ‘N Teen TravelingMom

To say a Disney World vacation is a long term planned trip and not a spur of the moment trip holds true for most families.

My family and I visit Walt Disney World at least twice a year. On average my family of four staying in a moderate Disney resort with park hopper passes costs around $4,000.00. That is without airfare and dining included. My family consists of three adults (any child over 10 is a Disney adult) and one child.


We don’t have a Disney Vacation Club property or annual passes. So how do we afford to go multiple times?

Did you know that you can book your Walt Disney World vacation up to 10 months in advance? With a $200 deposit you can put your dream vacation on hold and have close to a year to pay it off. How is that for a layaway plan? Even better, if Disney releases a discount for your travel dates you can apply that even after you have already booked your vacation. There is no need to sit and wait for the best deal for your Disney vacation. By waiting for a good deal you may miss out on your dream resort for your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Once you decide which on-site Disney resort you want for your magical vacation, you can book it without any extra fees and have plenty of time to make payments.

The final payment will be due 30 days before check-in. Disney offers one of the most flexible booking policies for family vacations.

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Cinderella Castle at Christmas photo credit: Jenn Greene Tween ‘N Teen TravelingMom

Another great way to save for your Walt Disney World vacation is with a Disney Savings Account. Offering no maintenance fees, an budget estimation tool, and simple payment plan, the Disney Vacation account is a no-brainer to take advantage of. So how does the Disney Vacation Account work?

You will estimate the cost of a Disney vacation by selecting a destination and filling in a form. It asks valuable information like what resort you want to stay at, dining plans, and theme park tickets. You will need to do a little research and have an idea of what type of vacation budget you have in mind.

After you’ve added in the details, Disney Vacation Account helps you to create a plan and assigns you a budget based on your saving. You can start saving up to five years in advance of your planned vacation date. How is that for having time to plan the perfect vacation. You can start your savings account when the kids are young, and be ready to visit Walt Disney World when they are tall enough for most attractions.

You can add to your Disney vacation savings account weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. In addition, you can always add more at any time using your preferred debit or credit card or even a Disney gift card. Ask for Disney gift cards for birthdays and holidays, you can apply those to your account at any time.

Disney even helps you stay on track with progress trackers and helps you manage your account. If you decide that you want to change to a lesser or more expensive resort you can change that at any time and your savings goal will be re-calculated.

If your Disney trip isn’t a surprise you can get the kids involved in saving up as well. The kids can do chores and have the option to donate their allowance to the Disney fund. Or they can save all their dimes in a two liter bottle for one year. By the end of the year they will have saved $700.00! That is quite a bit of souvenir money and it doesn’t come out of your pockets.

Don’t count out a Walt Disney World vacation for your family because it is too costly. There are plenty of ways to save money and be able to take your dream vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Did you know that you could use these tools to plan your Walt Disney World Vacation?