When my husband and I sit down to plan a visit to Disney, the single biggest consideration is our budget. As most Disney guests can tell you, visiting the Magic Kingdom isn’t cheap; but there are ways to shave a little off your expenses making your vacation more affordable. Here are 5 tips for doing Disney on a budget:
6. Visit Off-season
School and work schedules are a big factor in deciding when to visit Disney. If you’re able to get away from these responsibilities and plan your trip in early Fall or Winter after Christmas, you’ll be traveling in the off-season. Other Orlando area attractions, flights and rental cars are also discounted at this time.
5. Book With or Switch Your Existing Reservation to A Disney Certified Travel Agent
Consult with a Disney certified travel agent for free like those found at MickeyTravels.com and you’ll receive the best possible price for your trip. They’re also able to answer any questions you may have and offer tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Disney vacation all for FREE! Added bonus – If you book your trip through them, they continually recheck reservation prices so you’re sure to get the lowest price available even after you book your trip. If you’ve already booked your trip, you can switch your reservations to the travel agency and they’ll be able to make sure your arrangements are as inexpensive as possible.
4. Stay at A Value Resort
Disney has hotel offerings at a variety of price points. Staying at one of their value resorts gives you access to Disney Transportation to and from parks and other Disney attractions like Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk. Another benefit to staying on-property at Disney is the ability to participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
3. Brown Bag It
If you’re not participating in the Disney Dining Plan, or decide to save your dining plan points for a particularly expensive dining experience, you can “brown bag” breakfast or another meal of the day. Stock up on grab-and-go breakfast options like granola bars, yogurt and fruit at a local grocery store. Doing this makes breakfast a cinch and can help you get to your favorite park earlier in the morning when crowds are at their lightest. You are also allowed to bring snacks into the parks as long as they’re not in a glass container. Don’t bother bringing bottled water into the parks. Every counter or table service restaurant restaurant offers free ice water.
2. Dine for Lunch Instead of Dinner
Wanting a favorite Disney Character or regular dining experience? Opt for a breakfast or lunch reservation. Breakfast or lunch than offerings are usually cheaper than items on the dinner menu. You can also choose to eat off-site for one meal a day or eat at the food court in your Value Resort.
1. Disney Outlet Shopping
If you have your own car at Disney, make a special trip to an official Disney outlet store just outside the parks. Here you’ll find official Disney products which are either discounted or discontinued. You’ll save a significant amount of money by shopping for souvenirs here instead of in the parks or resorts. Disney’s Character Warehouse in Orlando’s Premium Outlets is wonderful!
So you see, you can enjoy a fabulous Disney vacation on a budget! With a little advanced planning and organizing, you can experience all the magic and not clean out your bank account in the process.
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