A Disney World vacation is a dream come true. Families flock to this famous theme park to delight in meeting characters like Mickey Mouse and exploring iconic places likes Cinderella’s Castle. If you’re looking to make this dream a reality we can help with some money-saving tips. Follow our suggestions and you can visit Disney World Orlando without breaking your budget.
1) Purchase a Park-Hopper Pass
2) Stay-off Site
Sure, Disney World Resorts are a wonderful place to stay due to the extra amenities and park services they offer guests. If they don’t quite fit into your budget, though, you can stay at Orlando resorts. Many are located just a few miles from Disney’s entrance for a half or even third of the price. Some of our favorite Orlando lodging options located near Disney include WorldQuest Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, and Star Island Resort. Looking for a value-based property? We recommend Hampton Inn Lake Buena Vista and Comfort Inn Maingate. A Disney World vacation will be still me incredible when you stay off-site, and you’ll save a bundle.
3) Use FREE Disney Fastpasses
4) Pack a Snack
Theme park drinks and food can add up quickly when you are on a family vacation. Luckily, Disney World allows coolers smaller than 24″L x 15″W x 18″H. So, you can bring some snacks and pack a few water bottles that will help you stay hydrated. Also take advantage of the FREE hydration stations available at any location serving fountain drinks. You can get filtered water from any of these stations.
5) Save the Souvenirs for Later
Disney World souvenirs are available everywhere throughout Orlando and Kissimmee. While at the park all of the shirts, stuffed animals, coffee mugs and mouse ears call out to you, saying “Buy me!” The call becomes even louder if you’re traveling with kids. If you can, hold out on your purchases until you can browse stores located off-site. You’ll likely find many of the same souvenirs as you will in the park, but at a much cheaper price. But, if you must walk away with a Disney souvenir from the park we say go for the Mouse Ears. You can purchase a pair for around $14.
6) Eat Smarter
There are a lot of dining options available at the Disney theme parks. Plan ahead by browsing our Disney dining guides, which will help with price points and menu listings. Then, when you’re at the park order a la carte. Most of the time everyone in your party doesn’t need the combo meal. Split the fries and coke. You’ll be impressed with how much you can save over several days at Disney by choosing your food purchase wisely.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.