This week has been an emotional roller coaster! It started on a high note with packing and finalizing last minute plans. As the week went on it looked like the trip wasn’t going to happen. Finally, on Thursday Disney Land announced it was closing. Followed by Universal Hollywood, Disney World, and Universal Orlando. As sad as I am to have to change my plans last minute. I truly believe Disney and Universal did the right thing for the masses. The good news is I can go later. Theme parks are not going anywhere. This is only temporary and it will pass.
We where set to fly out of Austin this morning at 5 A.M. The plan was to leave yesterday around noon for Austin and stay in a hotel close to the airport for easy accessibility. Erin my travel agent messaged me within 5 minutes of Universal Orlando announcing their closure. She made me feel better about the while situation. I told her I wanted to rebook but I wasn’t sure when yet. My husband and I discussed it. We decided on 5/30 – 6/4. After I rebooked the flights I messaged Erin. She had my reservation changed within an hour. Plus without me asking she had my transportation refunded. Talk about gold level service! Added bonus my room dropped another $100ish. Yay, for saving more money! I did use Simple Stroller for a stroller rental. They where very gracious and kind as well. I have rebooked the rental for May.
My kids where understandably upset. Kids don’t understand anything except we are going or we aren’t. I can not tell you what a relief it was to only have to worry about consoling upset children. I didn’t have to sit on hold for hours, or worry about a thing, other than making my kids happy. Erin really made this whole process stress free and easy.
I am going to continue couponing to Universal. As of this moment, I have another 10 weeks to earn for this trip. Any money left after my trip will be rolled into my next adventure. I really slacked off this week. My plan was to take a break this week and next week. Then start back up full force the following week. I am always super motivated after a trip.
This week I earned $31.97! I still need another $127.93 to reach my goal.
You can see my past check in’s here.
*Goal 1 was plane tickets. – DONE
*Goal 2 is the hotel. Need $1509.19 after the down payment. – DONE
*Goal 3 is park tickets – Need $1175.96 – DONE
*Goal 4 is food and spending money – Need $1250.00 have $1,122.07 towards this.
3/7 – 3/15
Receipt Hog (use referral code draf1623) – $25.00
Ebay – $6.97
Total to date – $5100.85
Money Spent and cash balances:
Southwest Plane Tickets for 5 – $1433.42
Universal annual pass and two 5 day tickets – $643.00 – Already spent!
Cash Remaining in my Universal fund – $3,579.16