Ok so I know what everyone is thinking. How in the heck is Disneyland a frugal endeavor? It can be much less expensive if you shop around for things. Like say admission tickets. If I went to Disneyland it would cost $101.00 for a one day park hopper pass I believe. That is PER Person too. Ouch.
Preface: I was at a friend's house and another of her friends was mentioning that her mom bought cruise tickets on ebay. I must admit that I was extremely skeptical. The other day I was at my parents' house and we were all discussing Disneyland and how we wanted to go there.
The next day I thought, well let's look on ebay and see if this is real. I bought 4 tickets for $202.00 (Of course I put it on my credit card.) We are to pick the tickets up down there right before they open. Some might say that sounds shady, but they do have 4000+ great feedbacks. 100% great feedback, in fact. I figured if worst comes to worse we can at least go down and see the beach if it isn't legit, and I will dispute the charges on my credit card, though I really want to go to Disneyland more than anything.
My dad found a hotel room for $65 a night. My little sis said she will go, too. So it will be my kids and I, my dad and sister. We will split the room between the three of us. And the tickets to Disneyland are $50.50 each. My son is free since he is not yet 3 :)
Normally I would not spend that kind of money for one day of enjoyment, but I think this is worth it to me. We've never had a real vacation since my son wasn't even crawling. In fact, since he was so small, he was left behinf for Grandma to watch him. So I figured this would be a fun family trip. I have had a very bad year this year with job loss, uncertainty, and constant fear with things going on in my life. I have worked the numbers out ahead of time and know what I am spending. The looks of joy and happiness on my kids' faces, and *yes* even my own will be more than worth it.
My sister or dad will drive, and we will split gas between the three of us. Easier and cheaper. We are only going for the weekend, so there won't be a need to have my own set of wheels to go anywhere special since the motel is right by Disneyland.
Food- we will all buy our own food. Sorry, but the kids and I will NOT be buying grub at Disneyland. It is extremely too expensive to pay those prices for food. Maybe one treat each (and even that isn't guaranteed), but not a meal or anything at the amusement park. If we have to walk across the street to eat for a reasonable price, then so be it. We'll be getting plenty of exercise during the day, so what is a little more?
I am not telling the kids about this. It is going to be a surprise. In all honesty, I didn't want to tell them and then something happen with the tickets and it not happen. The kids would be heartbroken if it didn't happen after being told and being so excited. (Trust me, they would freak out and start jumping for joy if they found out we were going.) I hope and pray that it all works out.
I will let everyone know for sure the final result. And if this all pans out, you will know a MUCH less expensive way to go to Disneyland :)