A few tips to save money when visiting Disney World!
If you’re like many other people across the nation, you’re planning a trip to Disney World this summer. We certainly can’t blame you — even if you’ve been to the park a dozen times, there’s always something new and exciting to see (such as the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction). This year, though, many families are concerned with the higher costs of goods and services, so they’re looking for ways to save money at Disney World. To get you started, we’ve put together some of our favorite Disney World money-saving tips that you can utilize during the summer season and beyond.
Choose a Vacation Package
The first thing you can do to save you money on a Disney vacation is to choose one of the vacation packages listed on their website. These packages are for multiple days and include add-ons such as a Disney resort, meal discounts, character meet-and-greets, and more. While these packages aren’t cheap, you’ll pay less than if you were to piecemeal it.
Stay at a Cheaper Hotel
Anyone who’s stayed at a Disney World resort hotel knows that some of them can seem like a vacation all their own. However, staying at an on-site Disney property is often very expensive. You have two alternatives — either find a hotel off-site or choose one of the on-site value or moderate resorts and ignore the deluxe resorts.
Visit the Park for Several Days
Even if you don’t purchase a Disney World vacation package, you should consider visiting the part for several days. The more days you visit, the lower the expense you’ll incur for each day you’re there. Plus, this means you won’t have to rush through the park in a single day and will be able to see a lot more — which is a big deal since Disney World is huge!
Use a Third-Party VIP Tour
The absolute best way to visit Disney World is with the use of a Disney VIP tour. However, using Disney VIP tour guides that come from the park itself can run you thousands of dollars for a full day. It’s much cheaper to use a third-party VIP tour company. Their guides will give you the same VIP experience and you’ll have a lot of extra money left over for other things.
Visit Two or More Theme Parks
If you truly want to get the most out of a single Orlando visit and save money, then we’d recommend visiting more than one theme park. Although this will cost you more money initially because you’re paying for two different admissions, you’ll save money on plane fare and other travel expenses that you’ll incur by taking a second trip later in the year.
Bring an RV to Fort Wilderness
As far as we can remember, we’ve never mentioned Fort Wilderness before and that has definitely been an oversight on our part. Fort Wilderness provides areas where you can hook up your RV for a very reasonable cost. Plus, not only is it pet-friendly, but it includes miles of walking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, and other activities within its 750 acres.
Bring Along Meals and Snacks
If you have some extra money and want to try as many foods as possible, you can sign up for the Disney Dining Plan. That being said, you can save a lot of money if you skip this meal plan and instead bring your own meals and snacks along. And, no, you won’t have to sneak in the food — Disney allows food and beverages to be brought from outside, with the exception of glass containers and alcohol.
Eat Breakfast Outside the Park
We’re not going to sugarcoat it — eating meals at Disney World can quickly add up. The best strategy is to stop somewhere early on and enjoy breakfast before you enter the park. This will allow you to save as much as a third or more of your daily food and beverage budget, which means that you can use that extra money on other things or for an extra dessert or two.
Skip the Disney Memory Maker
The Memory Maker can be found all around Disney World and is a very convenient way for you and your family to take home photographic souvenirs. If you want to save some money, though, bring along a camera — or your phone, but a camera is better — and take pictures yourself. A park secret that many people don’t know is that the PhotoPass photographers walking around will happily use your camera or phone to take a picture for you.
Contact World Class VIP for More Disney World Money-Saving Tips
The tour guides at World Class VIP can assist you with planning an itinerary, booking a Disney World resort hotel, navigating the park, reducing the time spent in line, finding character meet-and-greets, and many other benefits. If you have any questions or would like to know more Disney World money-saving tips, give us a call at (407) 236-1098 today or get a free VIP tour quote now.