The focus on a Disney vacation is family, fun and memories. Many people feel that because of this they should not worry about saving money or cutting corners. But why not do both? Why not have the best vacation ever and save money while you are doing it?
We share our tips and tricks around planning a Disney vacation. We have been to Disney World six times in the last 11 years, so we have learned quite a few things along the way!
Whether you are going to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris or one of the other Disney resorts, we hope you find something helpful and inspiring here.
What you need to do is to plan ahead of time and take action before you leave your home. Here are some tips and tricks that helped us save money on our Disney Vacation.
1. Decide what type of accommodation you want
2. Find a cheap flight
3. Book directly with the hotel or vacation rental owner
4. Don’t drive if you can avoid it
5. Skip the rental car
6. Buy groceries, snacks and water at the grocery store
7. Use your hotel’s free breakfast as lunch or dinner
8. Bring your own food into the park
9. Invest in a refillable water bottle
10. Take advantage of discounts
Disney World is a magical place, but it can be expensive if you don’t prepare ahead of time.
Here are 10 tips to save you money and make your vacation more magical:
1. Take advantage of free planning resources:
Free travel planning videos and an entire website dedicated to helping you plan your vacation can be found at www.disneyworld.com. There you will find detailed information about the parks, resorts, dining, recreation and more; plus maps to help familiarize you with the over 40 square miles of Walt Disney World property. Disney’s award winning agents can also help you plan your vacation for free. These trained professionals know every detail about planning a Disney vacation so take advantage of their services as well! Call 407-939-7675 or visit disneyworld.com/plan for more information
2. Stay on property if possible:
Not only do guests who stay at a Walt Disney World resort have easy access to all four theme parks and Downtown Disney, they also receive many benefits not available to off-property guests including Extra Magic Hours (staying on property gives you extra time in one park each day), Disney’s Magical Express complimentary airport shuttle service, Complimentary transportation around Walt Disney World via buses, boats and monorails
Planning a Disney vacation? You’re in luck. Here are some tips, tricks and things to consider when planning your trip to a Walt Disney World Resort.
Ticket prices can vary depending on how long you stay and which options you choose. At the time of writing, a two-day adult ticket was $244.00, but a 10-day adult ticket was $375.00 – so buying more days upfront saves money per day.
If you’re staying on site at a Walt Disney World Resort, it’s worth getting the “Magic Your Way” package that includes tickets and accommodation, as this will almost certainly save you money overall. It also means that once you’ve bought your tickets with your accommodation, you won’t have to worry about them again until it comes time to enter the parks.
In order to save money on your Disney vacation, you first have to find out where your money is being spent. The first big chunk of money that is spent on a Disney vacation is the cost of getting there. Typically, people fly to Orlando, Florida and rent a car. If you are going to drive, then fuel costs need to be considered. With gas prices as they are today, this can add up quickly. If you are flying, you need to consider the cost of flying into Orlando and the cost of renting a car at the airport.
Purchasing a Park Hopper pass will allow you access to all four parks for each day of your pass. This is convenient if you want to spend part of one day at Epcot and part at another park, for example. However, if you purchase a Park Hopper pass, it may be an additional cost per day for each person in your party. Consider whether or not the convenience of hopping from one park to another is worth the additional expense.
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? If so, you know what an amazing experience it is. You also know how expensive it can be. My family just returned from a two week vacation to Disney World and I was blown away by the costs. We were able to keep our costs down by following some simple tips and tricks that I’m sharing with you today.
1. Book early! Most people know they can save money by booking early, but they don’t realize how much they can save by booking their vacation far enough in advance. We booked our trip over a year in advance and saved thousands of dollars on our hotel room alone. This is because Disney often has promotions where kids stay free or breakfast is included. With more time to plan your vacation, you have more time to take advantage of these promotions, saving your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your hotel room!
2. Eat in the parks less frequently! Eating at quick service restaurants in the parks can cost as much as $25 per person per meal (for adults). If you are traveling with a family of four, this could cost you upwards of $100 per meal! While there are certainly some restaurants that are worth paying for the dining experience (Be Our
When planning a Disney vacation, the first thing most people do is pick a date. It is important to remember that this should be the second step in your process.
The way I see it, the first thing you need to do is decide how much money you want to spend. This will help you determine which season is best for your family and what type of accommodations are available to you.
Think about it this way: If your goal is to spend $2,500 on your Disney vacation and it was determined that summer was the only time you could go, you would have to book a room at an off property hotel or stay in an efficiency room at a value resort.
However, if instead you decide that going during Spring Break would be the best option for your family, you can use those same funds to get a room at one of the moderate resorts on property (Port Orleans French Quarter or Caribbean Beach). Or if visiting during an off season like January worked better with your schedule, then maybe a standard room at Coronado Springs would be within your budget.