During our series on Walt Disney World, we’ll be focusing on planning an incredible trip at an affordable price. Along the way, we’ll share all the insider tips we’ve picked up on our previous trips. You can read previous posts here.
Money-Saving Tips for Walt Disney World Vacations
Vacations aren’t inexpensive, but they also don’t have to break the bank. If you are planning to take your family to Walt Disney World for vacation, here are a few money-saving tips to help you plan your vacation.
1. Visit Disneyworld during the off-peak seasons
If you are able, visit Walt Disney World during its off-peak seasons, such as late spring, summer, or early fall. Not as many people visit the parks then, and you can often find great deals for staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts if you are able to go on their off-season. Many times the room rates are discounted, or you’ll get a free dining plan included in with your resort stay package. You get the experience of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort without paying the premium peak-season pricing.
2. Bring Your Own Snacks
Since you are allowed to bring in your own food and beverage to the parks, packing your own snacks and water bottles can save you and your family the added cost of eating in the parks. Water fountains and bathrooms are all over the parks, so refilling water bottles is easy.
3. Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Property
It may sound counter intuitive to saving money, but by staying at a Walt Disney World Resort property, you will receive many perks that will save you money in the long run. There are Value Resort options that start at $85/night, which is about the same price as you would pay at an off-site budget motel chain without receiving any of the on-site perks. Walt Disney World Resorts also offer many packages that will save you on the daily park pass rates that are offered to non-property guests.
Included in your resort fee is the free shuttle. By taking the free shuttle to and from the resorts and parks, you can avoid the daily parking fee for the parks ($15/day for an automobile). Also, if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you can eliminate the need for a rental car, by using the Magical Express service from and to the airport.
4. Use Disney’s Magical Express Service
If you are flying through Orlando National Airport on a major airline and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort property, make sure to sign up for the free Disney’s Magical Express service. The service provides complimentary transportation from and to the airport on your travel dates, manages your luggage pick-up at the airport, and even delivers your luggage to your room.
5. Take a Tour of a Time Share for Free Park Tickets
If you are in Orlando and you have the extra time, you can always find deals where you sit through a time-share sales pitch and the “payment” is free or deeply discounted tickets to various Orlando-area theme parks. Often if you are staying at a non-theme park facility, these deals will be available. Ask the concierge at your motel or hotel for information on available time-share tours.