A lot of people in the past week have been talking about the Powerball lottery, which had a jackpot of $900,000,000 and was then raised to around $1,500,000,000 (yes, that’s 1.5 billion!) Because many people have been talking about it, I decided to bring a few questions to my Twitter account (365DaysOfDisney).
This week on Twitter, I asked the following question: If you were to win a few million dollars (or more) in the lottery, how would you spend it at the Disney parks? I received a number of really interesting and differing responses, some of them using the hashtag “DisneyPowerball”.
Some of your responses
Most followers said that they’d want to purchase either a home in Golden Oak, Disney’s million dollar neighborhood, or Disney Vacation Club points. So I did some research.
Golden Oak currently has four homes available for purchase, ranging from $1,899,000 to $2,999,000, or if you don’t mind waiting, you can build your own custom Disney home. Golden Oak has four neighborhoods: Marceline, Carolwood, Silverbrook and Kimball Terrace. There are special perks to living there, like having a concierge able to book travel, tee times, dining reservations, and even in-home catered events.
The Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s worst “Best-Kept Secret”: everyone seems to know about it. Many potential Powerball winners would like to own points for the time share. When I contacted a DVC specialist this evening, I found that Disney has limited the amount of points you can own at any one resort to 4,000, and a grand total of 9,000 in all of the resorts. With banking, a person could use 12,000 points every three years at one resort, and Disney doesn’t want anyone to be able to monopolize the resorts. That being said, 4,000 points at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort would cost $672,000 (plus closing costs), and have annual dues of $24,320. Of course, if you have millions of dollars, that’s not too bad.
Once in Orlando, a lot of respondents said they’d love to take the backstage Disney tours, eat at whatever restaurants they wanted without worrying about the cost (Victoria and Albert’s, anyone?), and buy any souvenirs they want.
Give Kids The World also had some responses, with a few people saying that they’d love to give millions to the non-profit organization that helps “fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses”. Give Kids The World is located a short distance from Disney and does amazing things for kids and their families, giving them a place to stay, food, trips to the parks, in-resort entertainment, etc. (you can follow them on Twitter here)
If I were to win millions of dollars, I would definitely spend a good amount at Walt Disney World. My ultimate dream is to spend 365 consecutive days at Walt Disney World. With a local apartment and conservative financial choices, I’ve priced this out at around $42,000. But if I had lots of money? I’d buy a house nearby, and on weekends, try different Disney resorts out. Royal Asante Presidential Suite at Animal Kingdom? Don’t mind if I do. Doing every behind-the-scenes tour? Sounds great! Rent a yacht for the fireworks and have a private dinner on-board? Sign me up!
I also asked one other question: If the Disney parks were to offer a Disney lottery, which had prizes like one night in the castle, a week’s vacation, unlimited fastpasses, a signature dining package, Disney gift cards, etc, would you buy tickets? Disney had their “Year Of A Million Dreams”, which gave out prizes, but would you be willing to pay for a chance to win something special? A lot of people said yes. Although Disney’s prices have gone up and up and up, people are still willing to spend a few extra dollars if they have a chance to win something incredible.
So, how would you spend your money at Walt Disney World if you had millions? Leave your response in the comments below!