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Woman visits Disney World every month, donates plasma to cover costs: ‘I may also help any person’

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Liz Gramlich is a big fan of Disney. 

In truth, the 28-year-old from Philadelphia loves Disney a lot that for her 2022 Recent 12 months’s resolution, she set a goal to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando once a month together with her sister.

The pair have visited the resort in January, February and March with their latest “magical” adventure booked for April. 

Gramlich, who works in inside sales, told Fox News Digital that her regular visits to Disney began in 2020. As COVID-19 hit the U.S., she and her sister began to notice that flight prices were dropping significantly. 

Now, with pandemic restrictions being lifted and travel fees rising, Gramlich has gotten creative as a way to cover portions of the prices.

Liz Gramlich, 28, from Philadelphia, goes to Disney World once a month in 2022, together with her older sister.
(Victoria Daniello)

‘Something we bonded over’

Gramlich said she and her sister visited Disney a couple of dozen times over the past two years.

“I used to be like, ‘Why don’t we do that every month?’”

In 2020, Gramlich realized that flights to Orlando from Philadelphia were only two hours, so she’d fly out for a one-day-only visit to the theme park.

So far, Gramlich and her sister – who lives in Baltimore – have visited the resort in January, February and March. Their April trip is already booked. 

Thus far, Gramlich and her sister – who lives in Baltimore – have visited the resort in January, February and March. Their April trip is already booked. 
(Victoria Daniello)

For Gramlich, it was the primary time she had been to the resort since she was 3 years old. 

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“This was brand recent to us,” Gramlich told Fox News Digital. 

Gramlich said the visits became “a bit extra thing to bring some magic and fun to our lives with every little thing occurring on this planet immediately.”

Gramlich and her sister started visiting Disney World regularly in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gramlich and her sister began visiting Disney World recurrently in 2020, through the coronavirus pandemic. 
(Victoria Daniello)

“It became something that we bonded over,” she added.

In January of this 12 months, Gramlich said she had an idea: “I used to be like, ‘Why don’t we do that every month?’”

Saving on costs – and earning extra income

When Gramlich and her sister began visiting Disney World in the summertime of 2020, the bottom price on round trip flights cost $25 from Philadelphia to Orlando. 

“That was cheaper than gas for a round trip somewhere,” Gramlich said. 

Flight costs eventually went as much as about $50 for a round trip, but that was still cheaper than the Uber or Lyft from the airport to considered one of the Disney World parks, Gramlich said. 

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Nevertheless, as fuel prices have increased, so have flight costs, Gramlich said. For her and her sister’s April visit, their round trip flights cost $150 each.

When Gramlich and her sister first stated going to Disney World, flights were inexpensive. Plus, a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando is only about two and a half hours.

When Gramlich and her sister first stated going to Disney World, flights were inexpensive. Plus, a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando is simply about two and a half hours.
(Victoria Daniello)

“That’s shocking in comparison with what we’ve paid up to now,” Gramlich said. “So we’ve had to regulate to make certain we could cover those costs.”

Gramlich said she plans her monthly visit to Disney based on when the most cost effective flights are. As well as, Gramlich donates her plasma – the liquid a part of blood without blood cells – as much as twice per week, which helps her cover the prices of flights and hotels. 

“I used to be like, ‘Oh, I may also help any person by donating plasma as a substitute of doing something else.’”

Depending on when she goes, Gramlich said she makes between $500 and $1,000 monthly, which varies based on a wide range of aspects including if there is a shortage in her area. 

Gramlich said her clinic doesn’t pay for her plasma, fairly she’s paid for her time. Donating takes Gramlich about half-hour, eight times a month.

At one time, the cash Gramlich received for donating plasma covered “your complete cost of with the ability to go to Disney World,” including flights and other expenses.

At first, Gramlich and her sister would go to Disney World just for the day. Now when they visit, they stay for the weekend. 

At first, Gramlich and her sister would go to Disney World only for the day. Now after they visit, they stay for the weekend. 
(Victoria Daniello)

With flight costs going up, her plasma donations are still covering a significant portion of the trip, but she sometimes has to save lots of a bit extra to cover an extended visit or an upgrade to a deluxe resort, she said.

“That was cheaper than gas for a round trip somewhere.”

Plasma donations can profit adults or children with cancer and folks with liver or clotting factor disorders, based on the American Red Cross. It could possibly also help someone who’s affected by burns, shock, trauma and other medical emergencies, Standford Kid’s Health explains on its website. “The proteins and antibodies in plasma are also utilized in therapies for rare chronic conditions. These include autoimmune disorders and hemophilia,” the web site states.

Gramlich is glad plasma donations could potentially serve a life-saving purpose.

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“When it got here all the way down to it, I used to be like, ‘Oh, I may also help any person by donating plasma as a substitute of doing something else,’” she said.

To help cover costs, Gramlich donates plasma up to twice a week, which helps cover flights and hotels. 

To assist cover costs, Gramlich donates plasma as much as twice per week, which helps cover flights and hotels. 
(Victoria Daniello)

She added that her donation center is obvious that plasma donation shouldn’t be anyone’s most important source of income, because there’s never a guarantee which you could donate.

For Gramlich, she said she’s sometimes deferred from donating because her pulse is just too high, “because I get a bit nervous,” she said.

Gramlich has other cost-saving methods, too. 

The sisters also had annual passes for a time, which gave them discounts, Gramlich said. Nevertheless, she added that her annual pass has expired and based on a FOX Business report from November, non-Florida residents can not get annual passes. 

She and her sister’s day trips to Disney helped them save on hotels. Now, they’ll stay for longer – primarily over the weekends – but they split their hotel room, which is commonly at a price resort. Additionally they split ridesharing costs, Gramlich said.

‘At all times keeps you coming back’

Gramlich’s recent visits to Disney World have been through the pandemic. She noted how since then, the park is continually opening, or re-opening recent attractions. 

“This has just been a way… so as to add a bit little bit of magic into your life.”

“Each time we go, we experience recent things,” Gramlich said. “There’s all the time recent experiences that you just find, and it becomes your favorite park or your favorite thing to do.”

A few of Gramlich’s recent favorites at Disney World include the brand new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride in Hollywood Studios, and the Ohana restaurant in Magic Kingdom for breakfast. 

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Gramlich said that her monthly visits to Disney World have offered some much-needed relief after a number of difficult years. 

“In a single Disney trip, I never feel like we experience every little thing that we would like to experience,” Gramlich told Fox News Digital. “So it all the time keeps you coming back.”
(Victoria Daniello)

“It’s definitely develop into an awesome place to be,” Gramlich said. “We’ve been sitting within the pandemic all this time… And this has just been a way, not to flee, but so as to add a bit little bit of magic into your life.”

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Gramlich said that though she’ll be visiting Disney continuously this 12 months, she doesn’t think she’ll get uninterested in it. 

“Possibly we won’t go as often [as every month] after this 12 months,” she said. “But I just all the time feel like Disney opens up something recent and provides you a recent experience.”

“In a single Disney trip, I never feel like we experience every little thing that we would like to experience,” she added. “So it all the time keeps you coming back.”

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