Review: Strategies for Paying for Disney

Lynn W. (NDM#371) (57 Posts)

It was love at first sight for Lynn. From the first moment she stepped foot in the Magic Kingdom she knew she'd found where she was meant to be. Many trips have followed that first back in February 2008 and each trip brings new and exciting adventures with her three amazing kids and husband. Lynn is also the owner of My Pixie Dust Diary.


Everyone leading a Disney Driven Life wants to visit their happy place as often as possible.  Our very own NDM#268 Natalie H. from TN recently published a book entitled Strategies for Paying for Disney (available for Kindle and in paperback) which will help you do just that.    Here’s the official description of the book from Amazon:

Disney is a fabulous vacation spot, offering World-class entertainment and attractions. With so many offerings, many people are overwhelmed by the extensive planning and extraordinary costs associated with this dream vacation. Here you will find much of the information you need to make your Disney vacation affordable while also receiving planning tips. This book will:

  • Give an exciting overview of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
  • Provide detailed information on most aspects of planning a vacation to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
  • Suggest a variety of unique and well thought out money savings tips for a variety of vacation needs, i.e. those wanting to stay on a tight budget, as well as those hoping for deluxe accommodations while also staying within their budget
  • Show individuals strategies for bringing in money to go on a vacation to Disney with minimal effort
  • Demonstrate how the various money savings strategies accumulate chapter by chapter
  • Applying the money savings strategies to a variety of vacationing situations

I feel like people who travel to Disney fall into one of two categories: you’re neurotic and start planning your next trip before this one’s finished and those who just show up at Disney and hope for the best.  Natalie’s book would appeal to either one of these groups and covers everything from researching your trip to the trip itself and many different ways to save for a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort without making anything seem overwhelming.  Aside from being a Disney mommy herself and owner/blogger of The Disney Moms, Strategies for Paying for Disney and Meet the Magic, Natalie’s also a CPA; this comes through clearly in her detailed descriptions and attention to detail explaining different scenarios and options to help save even more during a trip.  For a visual person like me, the scenarios included in the book really show the price differences between the different options Natalie describes throughout the book.

I’ve been to Disney several times in the past four years and feel like I’m pretty good at finding ways to make the trips affordable without feeling like you’re missing out on any of the Disney magic. Of course there are some common sense things like packing your lunch (both at the parks or at home to help save up for the trip), but there are also other things that you may not thing about when looking for some way to save money for their trip such as looking at your monthly bills (including your mortgage or vehicle loans) to see if there are any changes you could make.  This book made me look at even more ways I could make future trips more affordable or allow my family to do more during the trip by making a few small changes.

Another great part of the book is the Resource section at the back of the book.  If you’re looking for a phone number associated with Disney, it’s probably listed right here for you in one neat list.  There are also several different websites listed in the book for reference to help make your planning and saving easier.

Visiting Disney soon and don’t think you’ll have time to read the entire book before your trip but still want to save some money?  Natalie’s done a great job breaking out the information, making it easy to find exactly what will apply to your trip.  She also has a summary at the end of the chapter to give you the highlights so you can read through that to get the basics and read the chapter later when you’ve got more time and start saving right away.

No matter what kind of trip you’re planning to Disney, Natalie’s got a tip for you to help save some money along the way which we can all appreciate.  Just because you’re on a budget, you don’t need to miss out on any of the magic.  She even has a section dedicated just to free things at Disney!  This book would be perfect for anyone planning a trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort if it’s your first or fiftieth trip!

Disclaimer:  Natalie was kind enough to provide me a copy of her book so I could share a review here for the Disney Driven Life.  All views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way to provide this review.