The Resorts Gal Community Presents

Our Budgeting System (A Savvy Way to Plan Your Disney World Vacation)

The system that helps you magically create a realistic budget for your Walt Disney World vacation.

It was the day after their Walt Disney World Vacation…

Exhausted but with good attitudes, the kids had returned to school early that morning. The house was quiet other than the soft hum of one last load of vacation clothes tumbling in the dryer. She thought about how everything had gone so smoothly. If only they could return more often–but it’s so expensive!

She cringed at the mere thought of how much they’d spent. Surely it wasn’t that bad. But that character breakfast was $250.00! How had she not realized beforehand that dining with characters was so expensive? She’ll never forget the look on her husband’s face when the server delivered the check. 

Dread set in as she sat down to balance the family finances. She had no idea how much they had spent on this vacation. But their bank balance was a telltale sign that it had been much more than she’d realized. 

Hopes of returning to Walt Disney World or anywhere else in the near future fell to the wayside. Things were going to be tight while they made up for their vacation expenditures. 

Why did such a great time have to be so expensive?!

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Our Story

Years ago, we visited Walt Disney World an average of five times per year. We were (and still are) annual passholders who visited every single time we had the chance. We had no budget, splurged on the nicest hotels, and felt like we had to do every single “new” thing that Disney offered just so we could say we had done it. 

Naturally, those extras began to add up. Before I knew it (or at least could come to terms with it), I had a massive amount of credit card debt. One day, after venting about my financial issues to a loved one, that person reminded me of the obvious:

Wait! Was I supposed to know that? So, for the fun of it, I sifted through the numbers and came up with an unexaggerated one-year total just shy of $25,000.00. 

It was sobering to see the number, but not quite enough to make me give up my vacations. I worked all the time, and our vacations were the reward. 

Years later, I finally figured it out. Looking back, I realize I could have vacationed as much as I wanted IF (and that’s a very big “if”) I’d had a budget. 

Sure, sometimes we might have had to postpone a trip. Other times, we could have missed a few dining experiences or stayed at a regular hotel instead of a fancy one. Or I might have given up a few things in our day-to-day budget to allow for more vacation time.

Most of all, I learned one huge factor–you can’t budget for something when you have no idea how much it costs. Read that again.

You cannot budget for something when you have no idea how much it costs. 

When it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation, most people start with a number. For example, you might have $5,000.00 to allow for a trip. 

Unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way starting with a restrictive number is setting yourself up for failure. It’s also not realistic until you’ve analyzed the details. 

You have to add the actual numbers (or close estimates) of everything you’ll spend to get an idea of how much a Walt Disney World vacation will cost. And that number is different for everyone!

Insert–Our Disney World Vacation Planning Budgeting System

We need to learn to be good stewards of our money and savvy enough to do what we want with what we have. When you plan your vacation using the Resorts Gal way–there are no surprises!

You won’t come home after your vacation with mixed feelings about having an amazing time while stressing about how you’re going to cover the costs!

You’ll also know exactly what you can afford–before your trip. After making a wishlist, gathering your data, and letting the calculator do the math–you’ll have a realistic idea of how much this trip costs!

We’ve thought of everything, including a 10% contingency that you’ll hopefully never have to use! And if you don’t, you can use those funds to start saving for your next vacation or whatever else your heart desires.

What’s Included:

When you sign up, you’ll gain access to a collection of resources for planning a Walt Disney World vacation.

Our Resources Include:

Our Disney World Vacation Planning Calculator

A Magical Way to Plan (That Won’t Leave You Broke)

  • Our Exact Formula for Calculating Your Walt Disney World Vacation Expenses (After gathering the numbers, our formula magically calculates a realistic budget for your vacation.)
  • A Dining Table that Leaves No Surprises (Don’t start your vacation day with a pit in your stomach after receiving the check for an outrageous character meal!) Our dining table provides estimates of the price of each meal (with tax and tip) based on the number of people in your party. 
  • Make room for Snacks, Transportation, Accommodations, and more! Our tab system helps ensure you account for everything before your trip!
  • Before, During, and After Editable Electronic Spreadsheets: Our primary spreadsheet helps project your overall budget beforehand. Another allows you to keep up with expenses during your vacation. (If you take a few minutes each day to track expenses while traveling, you can quickly make adjustments if needed.) A final tab lists your estimates versus what you spent. You can use these numbers to help plan your next trip!
Disney Resort Transportation Times

Bonus! Our Transportation Times

The cost of joining is worth this information alone! We’ve recorded how long it takes (using Disney’s complimentary transportation) to get to and from your Disney Resort Hotel to other major destinations on the property.

Three Options


Make this program part of your life for many Disney Vacations to come and receive updates plus access to any new additions we add in the future.

Transportation times Only


Get Our Transportation Times for Every Resort Hotel at Walt Disney World.

Best Deal (Limited Time)

Budgeting Tools,
Transportation Times & Lifetime Access

For a limited time, we’re offering a lifetime deal for our product. That includes yearly updates and access to any new tools we create.

Budgeting Spreadsheets Only


One Year of Updates
You’ll receive access to our budgeting spreadsheets. Perfect for anyone planning a one-time trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

After you sign up, you’ll immediately be able to access the welcome page. From the welcome page, you’ll find links to our budgeting calculator and our list of transportation times, depending on your purchase. We recommend saving this page to your browser for quick access.

You will also receive an email with quick links and instructions.

We’re committed to offering our membership as a one-time fee for the initial product launch with no recurring charges. Anyone who signs up during this time period will receive lifetime membership, yearly updates to the budgeting calculator, and access to any new products we create for the Resorts Gal Community. (Lifetimes means for however long we offer the product.)

*Those who ONLY purchase our budgeting spreadsheet will receive one year of updates. This way, if you’re planning a vacation up to two years out, you’ll have a copy of our updated estimates. A link to the updated spreadsheet will be sent via email.

*Those who ONLY purchase our transportation times will receive lifetime access.

To use the spreadsheet, all you need is access to Google. We developed our spreadsheets using Google Sheets and have provided detailed written instructions. We’ve also provided a copy of the instructions inside our community with printable PDF planning sheets to help you get started.

We believe you’ll get the hang of it quickly. But if you have any trouble, we’re here to help. If you have any issues, you can contact us, and we’ll be happy to help!

We created this tool to serve others and want you to reap the benefits!

Yes and No. You can access the initial planning spreadsheet on your phone. It’s great for checking your numbers if needed in a pinch. But we recommend doing your initial planning and data entry on a laptop or desktop computer. We’ve also added a few planning printable PDFs for those who prefer to write out the numbers on paper before they enter them into the spreadsheet.

Our second spreadsheet (the During and After version) can be used from your phone during your vacation. It has a place to enter your expenses as they occur. For example, if you buy breakfast first thing in the morning, you can enter “breakfast” and the amount you spent. It will automatically deduct the expense from the budget you previously set.

You DON’T HAVE to use this secondary spreadsheet during your vacation. But we created this option to give you a simple way to keep up with expenses while you’re traveling. If you’re on a tight budget, you’re going to want to use this option. It will help you stay aware of how much you’ve spent and make it easier to say no when you’re tempted to splurge.

Yes, we offer a 14-day money-back guarantee if our product doesn’t suit your needs. We ask that you fill out our contact form and provide feedback. We have spent countless hours creating our vacation-planning tool and testing it with other users. If something doesn’t work for you, we want to do our best to make it right.

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