Liz Gramlich is a huge fan of Disney.
In fact, the 28-year-old from Philadelphia loves Disney so much that she has set a goal to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando once a month with her sister in her 2022 New Year’s resolution.
The duo visited the resort in January, February and March and booked their final “magical” adventure for April.
Gramlich, who works in indoor sales, told Fox News Digital that her regular visits to Disney began in 2020. With the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States, she and her sister began to notice tour prices dropping dramatically.
Now, with pandemic restrictions lifted and travel fees soaring, Gramlish has innovated in order to cover parts of the costs.
“Something we bonded with”
Gramlich said she has visited her sister Disney about ten times over the past two years.
“I was like, ‘Why don’t we do this every month?'” “
In 2020, Gramlich realized that flights to Orlando from Philadelphia were only two hours away, so she only flew in for a one-day visit to the theme park.
For Gramlich, it was the first time she had visited the resort since she was three years old.
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“This was new for us,” Gramlich told Fox News Digital.
Gramlich said the hits became “a little something extra to bring some magic and fun into our lives with everything that’s going on in the world right now.”
“It became something we bonded with,” she added.
In January of this year, Gramlich said she had an idea: “I was like, ‘Why don’t we do this every month?'”
Save on costs – and earn extra income
When Gramlich and her sister began visiting Disney World in the summer of 2020, the cheapest round-trip airfare from Philadelphia to Orlando was $25.
“It was cheaper than gas for a round trip somewhere,” Gramlich said.
Trip costs eventually climbed to about $50 a round trip, Gramlich said, but that was less expensive than Uber or Lyft from the airport to a Disney World park.
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But Gramlich said that as fuel prices went up, so did flight costs. For her and her sister’s visit in April, the round-trip costs were $150 each.
“It’s shocking compared to what we’ve paid in the past,” Gramlich said. “So we had to adapt to make sure we could cover those costs.”
Gramlich said she plans her monthly visit to Disney based on the cheapest flights. Plus, Gramlich donates plasma—the liquid part of blood without blood cells—up to twice a week, which helps her cover airfare and hotel costs.
“I was like, ‘Oh, I can help someone by donating their plasma instead of doing something else.'” “
Depending on when she is gone, Gramlich said she makes between $500 and $1,000 a month, which varies based on a variety of factors including whether there is a shortage in her area.
Gramlich said her clinic doesn’t pay for the plasma, but rather for her time. Donating takes about 30 minutes, eight times a month.
At one point, the money Gramlich received for the plasma donation covered “the entire cost of being able to go to Disney World,” including flights and other expenses.
With the costs of the trip rising, her plasma donations still cover a large portion of the trip, she said, but she sometimes has to save up a little extra money to cover a longer visit or upgrade to a luxury resort.
“This was cheaper than gas for a round trip somewhere.”
Plasma donations can benefit adults or children with cancer and people with liver or clotting factor disorders, according to the American Red Cross. It can also help someone suffering from burns, trauma, trauma, and other medical emergencies, as Standford Children’s Health explains on their website. “Proteins and antibodies in plasma are also used in treatments for rare chronic diseases. These include autoimmune disorders and hemophilia,” the site says.
Gramlich is pleased that plasma donations can serve a life-saving purpose.
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“When it came down to it, I was like, ‘Oh, I can help someone by donating their plasma instead of doing something else,'” she said.
She added that her donation center is clear that donating plasma should not be anyone’s main source of income, because there is never a guarantee that you can donate.
For Gramlich, she said sometimes she’s late for a donation because her pulse is so high, “because I get a little nervous,” she says.
Gramlich has other ways to save costs, too.
Gramlich said the two sisters also had annual passes for some time, which gave them discounts. However, she added that her annual pass has expired and according to FOX Business Report As of November, non-Florida residents can no longer obtain annual passes.
The day trips she and her sister took to Disney helped them afford hotels. Now, they’ll stay longer—mainly over the weekends—but they’ve subdivided their hotel rooms, which are often at a value-for-money resort. They also split transportation costs, Gramlich said.
“Always makes you come back”
Gramlich’s last visits to Disney World were during the pandemic. Since then, she noted, the park has been constantly opening, or reopening, new attractions.
“This was just a way… to add a little magic to your life.”
“Every time we go, we experience new things,” Gramlich said. “There are always new experiences to find, and it becomes your favorite park or your favorite thing to do.”
Some of Gramlich’s recent favorites at Disney World include the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios, and Ohana Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom for breakfast.
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Gramlich said her monthly visits to Disney World provided some much-needed relief after a difficult few years.
“It definitely became a great place to be,” Gramlich said. “We’ve been sitting in the Pestilence all this time…and it was just a way, not to escape, but to add a little magic to your life.”
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Gramlich said that although she’ll be visiting Disney frequently this year, she doesn’t think she’ll ever get tired of it.
“Maybe we won’t go very far [as every month] She said after this year. “But I always feel like Disney is opening up something new and giving you a new experience.”
She added, “On a Disney cruise, I never felt like we were experiencing everything we wanted to experience.” “So it always keeps you coming back.”
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