Sunday, March 3, 2013
I'll admit it: I'm having terrible Disney withdrawal. And when that happens I tend to find myself doing the Disney math. What's Disney math, you say? Well, it works like this: Say you're flying into Orlando on a Saturday, but you're a bargain hunter and you check flights and see that you can save $350 for your entire family by flying in on Friday instead. Your room at Port Orleans is only $250 a night and adding an extra day of tickets will only set you back about $35 for everyone. Well you just did better than break even in this scenario, you actually saved money! So you add that extra day. That's Disney math.
Disney math experts use it for all sorts of things: Annual passes are a favorite or that granddaddy of all Disney math problems, buying a Disney Vacation Club property. And you know what? It often makes sense, especially in scenarios like the one above. If you read here you know that I spend a lot of time in the parks, in part because I've been afforded some opportunities because of my job, but right now I'm heading into a serious dry spell and not due to go back until the middle of June. Can I make it? Or can I make the Disney math work?
Here's the part where I act like a responsible grown-up. My children have year-round school, which means we're in school for nine weeks and off for three. This makes Disney trips during slower weeks of the year very tempting. We're currently heading into another "track-out" and it came down to enrolling them in camps or taking them to Disney for a few days, with Disney costing about $500 more than camps which, of course, are educational and allow me to work, which is pretty important too! In the end, I did the responsible thing and I'm keeping them occupied for two weeks rather than going to Disney for a few days, but it hurt. I really wanted to go.
What about you? Do you do Disney math? Feel free to share your most economical, outrageous, or just plain crazy math problems the comments.
Posted by Christina Wood at 9:28 AM