If I won the lottery…

Everyone has their dream of what they would do if they won the lottery.  The powerball has hit a world record high of 1.3 billion dollars with the drawing being held this coming Wednesday.  If you take the lump sum payment rather than the payment over time, you’re looking at 604.5 million dollars after taxes.  (If you take the lump sum it is 62% of the original value, and the IRS automatically takes 25% off the top as well).  Still 604.5 million dollars is more than I could ever imagine in my entire life.


So what would I do with 604.5 million dollars.

Quit my job and live at Disney for a year.  I have always said that I would love to live at Disney for an entire year.  This would just be absolutely AMAZING.  For the first year post lottery I would just enjoy everything that Disney has to offer.  The estimated cost of living at Disney for a year (the way that I would want to live… in luxury!) would be approximately $450,000.  How did I get that number?  I would probably resort hop on a monthly basis within the Deluxe Disney Resorts, but for a starter, I would stay at the Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows, which are on average $600 per night.  So for a year that would be your biggest expense at the price of $219,000.  I would also add the dining plan on for myself and my husband.  At $62.00 per day per person, you’re looking at a year long expense of $45,260.  Add two platinum plus annual passes on so we have access to all of the parks, water parks, and golfing (I would have to take lessons), and you’re adding on another $1658.00.  I figured I would round up to $450,000 and use the additional $184,082 for other expenses like additional meals, spa treatments, special tours, and tipping.


Spend a Year Traveling the World-  I am 32 years old and have traveled quite a bit compared to some, but there are so many places throughout the world that I would LOVE to visit.  Internationally I have been to England, Mexico, and Canada (I know… Canada practically doesn’t count…) I would love to visit Paris, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Hawaii, Alaska, Tokyo, the American Southwest, the Caribbean, and many more spots!  One goal of mine has always been to visit all of the Disney parks in the world, so this would obviously be included in my year long travels.  I would be sure to enjoy cruises, as well as “Adventures by Disney” packages as part of my travels as well!


Purchase a home at Golden Oaks- Golden Oaks is a development of high end homes on Disney property.  I would gladly spend the 3 to 5 million dollars to have a wonderful home near Disney property.

Here are just some of the perks of living in the Golden Oaks community-

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INVEST- While 604 million dollars is a LOT of money, and certainly enough to last a lifetime for two people, I would want to make sure I invest my money wisely to protect my newly acquired assets. Why not make a return on the money you already have!

Donate- I am currently a choir director at a school.  I would make a sizable donation to the choir program and set up a nice scholarship fund so that the choir wouldn’t have to fundraise any more.  I would also want to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Haven of Rest (a local shelter in the Akron area.)

Hire a personal trainer- One thing that I’ve heard is that nearly everyone who has won the lottery gains weight afterwards.  I would want to ensure that didn’t happen to me.  I would want a personal trainer to stay on me constantly, and helping me stay in shape.

Make sure my parents and in-laws are taken care of– I would want to make sure that my parents and my in-laws were taken care of financially.  They would each receive a gift to pay off their homes and bills, and receive a monthly stipend to enjoy 🙂


What would you do if you won the lottery?  If travel is on your mind with or without lottery winnings, be sure to contact Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com for all of your travel needs.  Ashley can book cruises, all inclusive resorts, Adventures by Disney, and all Disney resorts!

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Goes on Sale Today at Noon

If you’re wanting to register for the events of the Disney Marathon weekend, today is the day!!!

Registration for the weekend’s events open at Noon!  Be sure to check out http://www.RunDisney.com to get yourself registered

This is RunDisney’s weekend with the most events.

Kids Race

5k- Thursday January 7, 2016

10k- Friday January 8, 2016

1/2 Marathon- Saturday January 9, 2016

Full Marathon- Sunday January 10, 2016

This weekend is also full of challenges!  If you compete in the 1/2 marathon on Saturday and the Full on Sunday you’ll earn the designation of “Goofy Challenge”.  If you run the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and full marathon, you’ll have completed the “Dopey Challenge.” (You must register for Goofy and Dopey to be eligible for the special medals… you can’t register for each race individually to get the special medals)

This race weekend is great because it has races available for all fitness levels.

2015 Medals from WDW Marathon Weekend

2015 Medals from WDW Marathon Weekend

This past year they added yet another challenge.  If you follow up your Marathon weekend by heading on a 4 day Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream and compete in their 5k, you’ll get a special medal for the “Castaway Cay” challenge!

Castaway Cay 5k and Challenge Medals

Castaway Cay 5k and Challenge Medals

Lots of bling to be earned!

If you’ve already registered and would like help booking your magical miles weekend, please contact Ashley@CharmingTravelsLLC.com She is a runner and would love to help you plan your Marathon Weekend!

My Disney Bucket List- Top 10

I have been to Disney many times, and every time I go back I find myself saying “Oh I want to do that someday!”  Some of these on the list are a little easier and more affordable than others, and some seem downright unattainable, but here it is- My Disney Bucket List!

10. Run all the RunDisney Events in 1 year- I know this one sounds crazy, but I LOVE Running at Disney!  Disney hosts many events throughout the year in both Disney World and Disneyland.  You even get a “Coast to Coast” distinction if you run at both parks within the same calendar year.  This isn’t good enough.  I want to run ALL of the them in 1 calendar year.  This will take a LOT of travel time and a LOT of money seeing as registration alone costs between $175-$350.

9. Go to Disney for the Holidays- I know that Disney is absolutely crazy at Christmas time, but I so want to be a part of the Christmas magic at Disney!  I long to see the twinkling lights on Cinderella Castle and see the Osbourne Light Spectacular in person.  I’ve seen photos, and I know that it’s got to be even more incredible in person!

Cinderella Castle with Christmas Lights

Cinderella Castle with Christmas Lights

8. Be selected as the family to open the Magic Kingdom- While this is highly unlikely because my husband and I don’t have children and go to Disney as two adults, it is still a dream of mine to be the one who gets to go up on the platform with the Mayor of Main Street USA and all of the characters and open the park!  I’m pretty sure I would be crying tears of happiness if this ever happened!

Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom

Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom

7. Eat at Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian-  There is “Signature Dining” at Disney and then there is Victoria and Alberts.  This is the classiest dining one can have at Walt Disney World.  It has won the AAA  Five Diamond award 15 years in a row.  The dining there isn’t just a meal.  It’s an experience.  You are served 6 courses over a two hour time span.  For an even more special experience you can eat at the “Chef’s Table” which is right by the kitchen.  It’s on my bucket list because to enjoy this costs $250 per person.

Did I mention that there is also a dress code at Victoria and Alberts?

Did I mention that there is also a dress code at Victoria and Alberts?

6. Stay at the Grand Floridian Resort- I can’t help but want to stay there every time I visit!  It’s so beautiful and is so close to the parks!  The price per night is what adds this again to my bucket list!  I generally would much rather stay longer at a value or moderate resort, but some day I will stay at the Grand Floridian!

Grand Floridian Resort

Grand Floridian Resort

5. Meet Celebrities at Disney-  On my most recent trip I did actually see and photograph John Stamos and am KICKING myself for not getting a selfie with him!  I mean DUH what was I thinking!  I think that meeting celebrities at Disney will be an eternal bucket list goal!  One I know who visits often that I would LOVE to meet is Neil Patrick Harris.

John Stamos at Epcot

John Stamos at Epcot

4. Win a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Dream Suite- You can only stay in Cinderella Castle if you win, so every chance I see to enter I enter!  This is a rather lofty goal, but one can always dream right?

Cinderella Castle Dream Suite

Cinderella Castle Dream Suite

3. Do the Epcot “Dive Quest” tour-  In this special 3 hour tour (yes my mind went to Gilligan’s Island as I typed the words “3 hour tour). You will get be up close and personal with the animals at The Seas pavilion.  And 40 minutes of that is actually spent scuba diving in the coral reef like atmosphere!  The only catch is that you need to be SCUBA certified.  Living in Akron, Ohio, makes that one a little more difficult.  Someday though, I WILL get my certification and drop the $175 per person to take part in this special tour!

Dive Quest tour at Epcot

Dive Quest tour at Epcot

2. Work at Disney- Every time I return from Disney my heart aches a little more and I want to move to Orlando!  I want to become a cast member so badly!  I would love to be a waitress or a bartender in one of the parks, or resorts!

1. Visit ALL Disney Theme Parks and resorts Internationally- This is something that I really want to do.  Again this will take some patience and money.  Here are all the Disney Locations I want to visit

*Disneyland Paris (Both Disneyland and Disney Studios)

* Tokyo Disneyland (Both Disneyland and Disney Seas)

* Hong Kong Disneyland

* Shanghai Disneyland (set to open in 2015)

* Visit Aulani Resort in Hawaii

* Visit Vero Beach Resort

* Do at least 1 Adventure’s by Disney Trip

* Take a Disney Cruise

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

What is on your Disney Bucket list?  Would you like help planning your next trip to Disney and checking off something from your bucket list?  Contact Ashley at Charming Travels LLC for your free consultation!