Here are some quick tips and tricks to save money while planning your trip to Disney.
1. Use a Disney Authorized Travel Agent
You will want someone who knows the Disney Park in and out. Authorized Disney Travel Agents will know all the best deals and when they’re coming out. They’ll help maximize your money
2. Choose Your Travel Dates Wisely
Slower times cost less, adversely the busiest times of the year are most expensive. Christmas is the most expensive time to visit while the second half of January and middle of September are the cheapest times to visit.
3. Get on Disney Email Lists to be Notified as Soon as Discounts are Available
Disney is always adding discounts to get people into the resorts and parks. Sign up for the Disney email list so you will be notified as soon as there’s a discount or a promotion.
4. Bring snacks and water into the parks with you
Concerned about cost of food? Consider bringing your own snacks, food and water. Remember that you can also ask for ice water at any counter service for free. During the hot times in Florida they will offer it to people in the parks. Remember NO GLASS and no large coolers (I suggest checking the exact information on the Disney website if you are considering bringing one: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/restricted-personal-items/
5. Stay off site
Although you won’t be immersed in the Disney Magic, staying off site at either a timeshare, house rental, or hotel can end up being more cost effective. You will still have to pay the $20/day for parking, but you may also have a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
6. Share Meals in the Parks
Many of the restaurants have meals that are large enough to share. Another option is to order the kids meals.
Stroller, wheelchair and ECV Rentals-Use off-site companies
Many companies will offer to deliver your stroller, wheelchair or ECV right to where you are lodging at no additional fee. This gives you more time to enjoy the park rather than waiting in line to rent one. Using one of these companies may also be a little less expensive rather than renting one at the park.
8. Bring the Basics with you
Don’t forget to pack the basic things with you. Rain Ponchos, Sunscreen, Hand Sanitizer, autograph books, Tylenol, Advil. Don’t forget the glow sticks for the kids at nighttime!
9. Buy Discounted Disney cards
You can use Disney gift cards to pay for food, resorts, tickets, and so much more. You can get them at BJ’s and Sam’s Club just to name a few.
10. Don’t add Park Hopper Unless You are sure you Need it!
You can add the park hopper to your ticket as long as there is a day left on it. It is now about $462/ticket, so if you have a party of 4, that will save you over $240 on tickets alone!
It is good to start planning early and start saving early. Quick ideas for saving are setting up a travel account, using the $1/week savings plan, the $5 bill plan, and so many more. Use what works for you.
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