Looking for a cheaper way to go to the most magical place on earth?
Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I know some of you are aware of Disney's latest promotion, but I thought I would give you some more information, since it is starting soon. According to their website: "Our program officially begins on January 1, 2010. When it's live, you'll be able to visit DisneyParks.com and search for an eligible volunteer project. After completing the volunteer work, an e-mail will be sent from Disney with a link to print out a voucher to redeem at a theme park for a free one-day, one-park admission. And if you're unable to use the ticket, it can be donated to a charity designated by Disney."
What a fantastic opportunity! The ticket donation to charity is a nice touch, too. It's great that the whole family can get involved (but volunteers must be at least six years old). You need to preregister at DisneyParks.com before volunteering, and they are capping the number of free entries.
It appears that the cap is a million, though, so you won't need to sign up for your project on New Year's Day! It is unclear whether they will have projects available in all areas, but they say they are partnering with the HandsOn Network to facilitate volunteer matches.
Ticket prices to theme parks are insane, so I know I'll be going online early in the New Year to see what's available near me. Good luck!
A former state deputy attorney general and current stay-at-home mom, Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla has three kids and ten years of experience stretching one salary to cover the necessities and more. She's all about saving money whenever you can, so you have it to spend on whatever you want!