Family Life: Trying to make family outings achievable


Fun has never been so expensive.

A new study found that classic family outings — baseball games, movies and theme parks — have become prohibitive costs. These pastimes, passed down from generation to generation, may have to remain in the past if people can no longer afford to participate in activities that are simply too expensive.

Dreams about catching a foul ball or visiting Cinderella’s castle are common in young families. It’s part of a tradition that has remained relatively unchanged since Walt Disney opened its first theme park.

“Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, dreams and hard facts that made America – with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration for the whole world,” said Walt Disney.

Inspiring yes, but at a high cost, is it really doable?

During the summer holidays, a family often goes on trips, be it for Disney or to see a movie. What has changed is that now everything is expensive and wallets are hurting with these rising costs.

“I had to explain to the kids that Daddy didn’t have enough budget for Mickey anymore,” says Steven Martinez, who promised his kids a trip to the House of Mouse. Visiting Disney World is $109 per day, and that’s for one ticket only. For a family of four, that’s a whopping $436, before hotels, food, and souvenirs.

Disney offers many categories of accommodations, from deluxe resort hotels to so-called value resort hotels and even their own timeshares. But even supposedly cheap accommodation is often unattainable for young families.

But that wasn’t always the case in the past.

According to a study conducted by The Hustle, traditional family outings “have become more expensive by two to three times the rate of inflation.” In addition, the study, which compared family outings in the 1960s to today, concluded that “American families work up to twice as many hours as they did 60 years ago.”

Since most people can’t easily double their work hours to go on vacation, what are real families doing to combat the rising cost of basic activities?

“The issue of expensive family trips is very close to my heart,” said Lauren Tingley. “Last weekend we spent over $200 on snacks and gas to take my kids to their swim event in a town just an hour away,” says Lauren.

Still, she’s optimistic and has offered some simple hacks to make the most of family activities without breaking the bank.

“Be a tourist in your own town,” Lauren recommends. “We’ll walk downtown, visit the local museum or art gallery, and eat before we leave.” She suggests spending time in nature, taking advantage of free events like concerts or festivals, and staying with friends and family through Airbnbs or hotels to stay at or trying to find a timeshare rental or swap. And as for trips to Disney? “We’re skipping them for now,” Lauren said.

Alexandra Fung, mother of four and co-founder of Upparent, pulls this trick: She invests in memberships of places you can visit multiple times a year. “We had memberships in various state parks, zoos, museums and amusement parks,” says Alexandra. She cites factors such as her interests, the ages of her children, and where she lives as key factors in where she signs up for membership.

Hacks like Lauren and Alexandra’s are great solutions to fighting inflation and could change the way we look at family traditions. If fewer families can go to a large theme park like Disney World, it could lose some of its popularity.

Some savvy parents have learned to make unattainable vacations possible by planning ahead and staying organized.

Start deciding on budget, destination and dates early. “The two factors are choice and price,” Lorie Carson told us. “The earlier you reserve, the more likely you are to create the ideal getaway,” she says. Lorie manages to make the most of her travels by creating a budget so she never gets ticket shock along the way.

Finally, she recommends looking for credit cards that offer cashback travel rewards. “I used mine [credit card] Rewards for shelter, food and gas,” she says. While these hacks are undeniably effective, they still beg the question: is Disney worth what it costs? “Yes,” Lorie believes, “a Disney World vacation is worthwhile, but some expenses will undoubtedly make the trip prohibitive.”

Smart moms and dads must come up with tricks and lifehacks as family outings become more and more out of reach for regular families. Walt’s original vision for Disney is worth returning to a place where families can have fun together. “We didn’t go to Disneyland just with the idea of ​​making money,” he said.

Unfortunately, with prices starting at $109 just to enter Disney World, it’s possible that Walt’s original vision will be ignored in favor of stinginess and dollar signs.


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