Last updated on August 7th, 2023 at 08:21 pm
When visiting the most magical place on Earth, you might wish for a money tree or magic genie to keep the cash flowing. Alas, when considering how to plan a Disney World vacation, you might be disappointed to learn that Disney magic doesn’t extend to your wallet.
Disney may be expensive, but you can visit Disney World on a budget when you use these tips during your travel time and throughout your stay.
Disney World on a Budget: 4 Tips to Help You Save
If you choose to drive to Disney or stay off-resort, you may find that you are spending a pretty penny on gas. Save by checking out an economical resort package, since guests get free transportation to and from parks.
Another choice is renting a fuel-efficient car. Check websites like Priceline or Travelocity to save on rental cars. Wholesale clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco often offer discounts on car rentals too.
If you don’t rent a car, get an Uber or Lyft for more affordable transportation around town. Also, ask your travel agent about free airport shuttles available with certain hotels. Explore all your options, and don’t let transportation break the bank.
If you’re looking to save on hotels or on resort properties, check with a travel agent. Booking directly through the resort is often expensive, but going off-resort can also incur extra costs like parking, gas costs, and amenities available to resort guests only that you’ll have to pay extra for. Checking with a travel agent can often save you a lot of money.
Instead of booking a hotel, consider renting an off-property home from vacation rental companies like VRBO, where everyday people rent their own homes for you to live in while you play in Orlando.
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Although Disney Dining plans are available for resort guests and other visitors, food from vendors and restaurants in Disney World can add up quickly.
Eat a big breakfast before heading out, and enjoy a lighter lunch and snacks during your day. Grocery shop, and keep good eats in your hotel room even if you stay on the resort.
Grocery delivery to Disney Resorts is usually available for a nominal fee and can save you a lot of money–and you don’t have to waste valuable vacation time driving and shopping in the store. Just order everything online.
Lastly, when talking about how to do Disney World on a budget, we have to mention souvinirs. After all, we all want to bring home some kind of memento from our vacation.
It’s tempting to buy everything from mouse ears to t-shirts and water bottles with your favorite Disney characters on them, but resist. Pick one memento, like a family photo on Space Mountain or a key chain, and buy the rest of your Disney memorabilia off the resort. Cinderella t-shirts and Moana’s necklace are available in many stores and online.
Save a few bucks by surprising the kiddos with their favorite Disney gear that you packed from home, and as a bonus, they can wear their new Disney tees during the trip.
It’s really easy to overspend when you visit Disney World. Keep in mind all the ways to enjoy Disney World on a budget, and you’ll enjoy your trip without the extra bills at the end.
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