Vacationing & The Economy

We decided last year that we would have to cut our vacationing down to once a year because money just isn’t what it used to be.  I was looking over my reservations for this year, and realized that I was going to be paying @$400 for a campsite at Ft. Wilderness.  Can you believe that?  @$400 for 3 nights on a site, and I supply my camper.  Thinking about the money we would be spending just in transporting the camper, and time I would have to add onto the travel was all it took.  I called Disney, and asked them for a price for a room at the All Stars, and they told me that it was @400.  I thought about it, and being that it is only for a few days prior to staying at Old Key West we decided that we would look around to see what the outside was charging.

We checked with one of our favorite locations.  The Palms Hotel & Villas told me that they were @$250 for the same days.  Now, I realize that they aren’t on grounds, and for most that may be important, but for us we are driving, and The Palms is actually closer to Disney than most would believe.

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Has anyone else had to modify their vacation plans because of the economy?

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4 Responses to Vacationing & The Economy

  1. If people keep paying the price it will stay high. If people stop going then the prices will change

  2. Well, we had booked a full hookup site in the preferred loop, which was only @$8 higher than a standard site. Just can’t figure out how Disney can keep the high rates with how bad the economy is, regardless of the time of year.

  3. Vacationing is all about the planning.
    I have been to Disney. What type of campsite did you get? I know some are considered higher rated than others. Also, for Disney I know I must always factor in the time of year when planning. Disney charges differently by the season and the day of the week. I looked at camping rates for my own family for Disney not even two years ago and they were nowhere near what you were charged.

  4. The economy has hurt everyone everywhere.
    Go to the mall. Shoppers don’t have many bags in their hands so while they may be window shopping, obviously they aren’t shopping. Go to the supermarket,
    Check out the supermarket. Everyone knows eating is a necessity. Still look into the carts–pasta, rice, potatoes, beand, ground meat, chicken–no high end stiff. Soecialty items, cold cuts, filet mignon cost too much for most buyers.
    Gas was so high that people couldn’t afford to drive their cars around the neighborhood much less across country. When a tank of gas approached $100 (sure it was for a big car), discretionary travel stopped. Then just around Christmas, prices at the pump plummeted. The same car filled for $30. Correspondingly airline tickets went on sale.
    Now prices are going up again. Ppeople are getting hours cut, furlowed , laid off, fired…. A local church announced next Sunday it will hold a stay at home vacation day and invited the kids to come n their pj’s for fun.
    A lot of people in the shore area don’t realize just how bad things are. Remember 1/3 of the population is senior citizens around here, s number surpassed only by Florida’s retirement centers. People on fixed incomes can get buy when times get tough. they know they may have to cut down on luxuries, but they are sure where the next meal is coming from.
    Be thankful that you can afford any vacation. Most can’t. Enjoy yourself on the trip and hope for better times for everyone.