Disney World is too expensive – that’s a statement I hear people overusing all the time. It’s like because Disney World’s tickets are almost (or are) over $100 a piece, average people like you and me, think a Disney vacation is way out of their price range. Guess what? It’s not. If you’ve ever thought a Disney vacation was only for rich people, I am going to tell you how my one-income family affords to visit Disney World almost every single year.
Follow these tips and your family can finally learn how to get that dream trip to the most coveted place on earth without spending a fortune.
Save Money on Your Disney World Vacation
These tricks may not get you a stay at Disney’s most luxurious resort, but it will give your family the chance to finally experience the magic of Disney World at a fraction of the price. Just keep reading to learn how you can save money on your Disney World vacation…
Plan Your Stay Wisely
Most families who visit Disney World automatically think they have to stay at a Disney World Resort, but the fact is, it really isn’t necessary. If you’re trying to save money on your Disney vacation, investing in a Disney Resort can be more costly than staying in a regular chain-branded hotel. Although Disney has a budget-friendly line of resorts, these resorts can still be more expensive in the long run. Disney Resorts charge extra fees like; parking, breakfast, and some even require addition resort fees. These expenses can add up, especially when you can book a chain-branded hotel for less that comes with free parking, no resort fees, and free breakfast.
Plus if your family needs more space in a hotel room, you’ll automatically pay for it at Disney World Resorts. Their line of budget-friendly resorts offer a smaller price, but they also come with smaller rooms and beds. In fact, most of their rooms only come with double beds – not even queen! While their resorts offer swimming, playgrounds, and other amenities, staying in one may not be the most budget-friendly for your vacation.
When booking a hotel, check out this guide I wrote about how to save more money on your hotel room.
If hotel prices are still too much, check out how you can save more on where you stay with these other budget-friendly options below.
I’ve only ever stayed in a rental house once on vacation, but I hear so many people swear by them, that I figured I might as well include it as a way to save money on your Disney World vacation. Rental houses are a great way to stay near Disney at an affordable price, especially if you are traveling with more than 5 people.
Rental homes are usually bigger and sleep more people. If you travel with other families, you can save money by renting houses and splitting the cost with others. With rental homes you usually stay in a house, so you have the option to cook and even more money. These homes even make it easier to put little ones to sleep, unlike getting a toddler to sleep in a hotel room.
Camping, may or may not be a cheaper alternative, but the memories you will make camping are endless. Campsites only cost a few dollars, but towing your vehicle to the campsite may cost more in gas. Most campsites offer activities for the whole family and some sort of swimming area.
Consider staying out of Orlando and at a state park. You may not want to stay too far away from Disney World, but in case you do, consider staying at one of Florida’s beautiful state parks. These parks offer fun activities and, cost a fraction of the price of a hotel.
Visit Disney World During Off-Peak Season
Whenever you are planning your trip to Disney World, try to plan during their off-peak season. This is usually between Mid-January to March. During off-peak season, you can get almost everything cheaper, except tickets. If the kids are in school, you can always take them out for the week to visit, found out how we take more vacations during the school year HERE.
While there really is no way to eat cheap inside Disney World, you can eat cheap outside of the park. To do this, all you need to do is eat dollar menu, use restaurant apps, pack your own lunches, or sign up for some of these apps that give you free food just to sign up.
Book Your Trip in Advance
One of the easiest ways you can save money on your trip to Disney is by booking your vacation in advanced. Whenever you purchase tickets on Disney’s website in advance, you can almost always save additional money. Depending on the time of the year you book, Disney has been known to offer amazing discounts on both Disney World tickets and resort stays.
Purchase Disney Gift Cards On Sale
One of the best ways to save a few bucks for your Disney World trip is to purchase Disney gift cards and use them for things like purchasing tickets and souvenirs. You can often visit club stores like Costco and Sam’s Club and get a $500 Disney World gift card for a bit cheaper. You may only save a few dollars by doing this, but a few dollars can really add up when you are taking your whole family to Disney World.
Sign up for a Disney Credit Card
Like many companies, Disney offers its own credit card. Just by signing up for it, you can earn Disney Reward dollars that are redeemable for resort stays, Disney Park tickets, Disney Movies, and the Disney Store. To learn more about the card and current reward offers go HERE.
I hope these tricks help your family save money on a Magical Disney vacation. Once you are in the park, check out this post about how you can save hundred’s of dollars inside Disney World!
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