Disney dollars (Listography 2011}.


{Each Wednesday, Danielle, @ Elleinad Spir, Emily, @ Notorious MLE, and myself are working our way through the lists of Listography 2011.}


If you're looking for "some ideas for trimming back your budget" [which happens to be this week's Listography topic]- DO NOT go anywhere near Disneyland Park.

And definitely, do not stay overnight in the Disneyland Hotel... or any of the hotels in the resort for that matter- even if they claim them to be- and even if they are in fact the the ticket to the "ultimate Disney experience".

And when you're exhausted from going to bed at 3am (or 4- but who's counting after 3?) the night before, and leaving your house in a total disaster state- since you're only going to be gone for one night, and you finally get there, and slip into your bikini, and realize that you've been so busy having "summer FUN" that you've somehow forgotten to workout for the past month, and your eating habits haven't exactly entailed summer's "light & fresh" fare (well at least not the "light" part of the equation)... and your kids are flying down the water-slides-- you really needn't order any cocktailsEven if you're surrounded by women with dark skin, long legs, & huge boobs.  And you're sitting right behind one of them- that you swear is one of the 'OC Houswives.' ...especially when those pretty cocktails come off of a menu with NO prices listed.

And seriously- room service??  A budget deal-breaker!  Who would be foolish enough to $8.99 on a slice of chocolate cake??  Not to mention the $7.99 slice of apple pie a la mode.  Or the [bottle of] prosecco.  Or the tip... or delivery fee.  If you're on a budget, Just Say NO to room service.  A no-brainer.

And last, but definitely NOT least, do not invest in annual passes- even if it costs 80-freakin-dollars per person to get into the park- and the cost of the cheapest passes pretty much covers 2 visits... and even if your son is admiringly obsessed with Disney trivia, and hidden Micky's, and checking off every single attraction/ride/feature/store on the premises... and even if your daughter is adorably smitten from the point of entry to exit, prancing around all proud as she leads us with her treasured map- saying things like "This is magical!" and "I can't stop smiling!"  And even if they offer the best damn corn dogs you ever did have. (right Stephanie??)
                         
...or you could realize you only live once and throw caution to the wind (and live off of Top Ramen and quesadillas for the next year).

 And how do {or don't} you trim back your budget??  Link up @ Emily's, or share in the comments :).
   

17 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! You are such a great writer, you have me laughing and giggling right now. I can only picture that adventure and I agree with all your tips. I am glad you had fun though.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Funniest, bestest (yes I made that a word) list ever! So glad you are having fun!:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. best post ever!!! in my head i read in in that really fast, dry way. love love love!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. We want to take B to Disney in the Spring....I'm already dreading the cost! Why o why do they make it so rough!?!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Haha, this is funny! Coincidentally, a friend was just telling me about her love for Disney World. I've never been and was shocked to learn the ticket price! She says the experience is magical and worth the insane expenses. However, when I told her that Mickey (or any costumed characters) would creep me out, she said I wasn't allowed to go near them because I might crush their spirit. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Torrie, you make budget-blowing sound so fun! :) I've never been to Disneyland but it's on the list. I have a coworker who goes there 5-6 times a year so I figured it's probably worth at least one visit.

    Jenn

    ReplyDelete
  7. We're guilty of budget blowing at Disney too! But you know what...Some of my happiest memories are with my fam at the Magic Kingdom when I was little, so I'm happy to splurge on it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. amazingly awesome post. one of my faves yet! xoxoxoxo (i'm dreamin' about those corn dogs now...)

    ReplyDelete
  9. you are one funny writer! and i agree about not getting the annual passes!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. But it's all so magical. They magically clean out your wallet and you magically don't think about it that seriously until you get home and check your credit card statement. And you're magically broke...

    My half marathon is a Disneyworld, so I've already begun to experience the "magic" of Disney. Even their sporting events require giving up massive sums of money...hmm...

    ReplyDelete
  11. hey Ramen and quesadillas can be pretty good for you ..... (no. no they cannot). But fun cancels all bad judgement, right?? (possibly the worst idea for a slogan ever!!!)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Okay so I'm thinking you did approximately all of these things listed here...to which I say HELL YEAH YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. haha too funny! i love that she was saying "this is magical!" - they've gotten her!

    having fun is what really matters, right??? the rest is just part of the deal :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. I seriously just laughed out loud at that entire post!! You are too funny ;)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Just stopped laughing - brilliant! I have never been to Disneyland, my friends took my kids last year. You know I was always so cynical about it...generally theme parks make me feel very grumpy.... but you definitely put the magic back into the happiest place in the world! This post makes me feel so enthused I might even try a visit! (Even if its to try the most expensive piece of chocolate cake in the world!)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm on board with the "you only live once" route. You can skimp elsewhere. Disneyland is not the time to deprive yourself!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...