Disney Powerball

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.

Disney Springs Kimball

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.

Polynesian Bungalow

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

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)

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My response
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!

 

Giving away $400 dollars

Earlier this week, I decided to do something a bit strange.  I wrote my 4,000th tweet (@365DaysOfDisney), and decided to donate some money to a good cause: Give Kids The World®.  I decided that I would give $1 for every retweet I got, up to $400.  Am I rich?  Absolutely not.  Am I crazy?  Maybe.  Is the money going to a great cause?  Definitely!

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What is Give Kids The World?  It is a “non-profit “storybook” resort… where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week long, cost-free fantasy vacations.” (www.gktw.org)  Started by hotelier Henri Landwirth, it is located about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World.  Every need of its visitors is taken care of, complimentary, during their week long vacations.  There are activities at the village itself (including non-branded themed Boston Market and Perkins restaurants), and guests can go to a number of theme parks in the area around it (Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, to name a few).  In their 20+ years serving families, over 127,000 have been able to spend a week at the Village.  Just this year, they remodeled a number of their accommodations, knowing that if it’s anything like record breaking 2012 (7,300 families!), they’ll be busy.

The Gingerbread House (yes, it's a Perkins)

The Gingerbread House (yes, it’s a Perkins)

There is so much that could be written about Give Kids The World, but instead, I encourage you to check out their webpage.  If you feel the desire to donate to them, you are more than welcome to! Just $25 can allow  family to use the Ice Cream Palace bar for their entire visit.

All you can eat ice cream for a week

All you can eat ice cream for a week

(photos are from the GKTW website)

The Give Kids The World blog

You can read a post from the family of Jaylie Nielson, in which they discuss in much more detail the Give Kids The World Village.