The website and blog that I founded in 2009 is The Affordable Mouse, and it was born as a response to a comment that I hear ALL the time:
“I would love to go to Disney World, but I can’t afford it”.
It’s what most people think…and it “can” be true…..but it doesn’t “have” to be. In fact, a Disney vacation can actually be affordable to most people, with some planning, tools, and information. So I began The Affordable Mouse as a way to share ways to help others make their dreams of a Disney vacation become a reality.
It took me a while however, to realize that Disney could be affordable. Our first family trip was when our daughter was 7, and we just KNEW that this was our “trip of a lifetime”, that we were never going back, so we needed to see everything, do everything, and cost was not a huge issue…other than the fact that we saved for years to be able to afford to take our “dream vacation” in the first place.
And then we went to Walt Disney World. And we found out pretty quickly that we wanted to go back again. Only we did not want to save for years to go back. So it was obvious to me that, if we were going to make visiting Disney World a regular occurrence (at least that was what I wanted to do!), then I was going to have to find a way to do this for less money than we spent the first time.
So I started serious researching: reading books, scouring the internet, lurking on message boards, I did it all. I thought I had “planned” for our first trip, well… I was apparently a mere novice then! There was a LOT more to learn about planning a Disney vacation, as it turns out. And in doing all this I discovered one very important thing:
“We could go to Disney World for a lot less money than I thought!”
This was so exciting to me! And this is what I share now on The Affordable Mouse on a daily basis.
So on our site you will find lots of great information, ideas, tips and money-saving strategies for a Disney World vacation from me as well as from a wonderful group of very talented writers. I also have a Step by Step Planning Guide to get you started, several budgeting tools and spreadsheets to keep you organized, and I have even recently written a new ebook about saving money on food called Magical Meals: A Guide to Affordable Dining at Walt Disney World. And you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, where we share more information with lots of folks who love to talk Disney money-saving strategies.
There’s a special magic to Disney, and it’s one that I truly believe every family should have the chance to experience if they want, at least once. That’s the goal at The Affordable Mouse: to help make that magic happen for families who didn’t think it was possible. I hope you’ll stop by sometime to visit, “Like” our Facebook page, and “Follow” us on Twitter. It’s always wonderful to meet new Disney friends! Have a magical day!
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