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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Breakfast

2. Food/Dining Disney allows you to bring your own food into the parks.  Save money by making sandwiches for lunch, find a shady spot and people-watch/rest.  Or, bring snacks and drinks to have during the day, and then experience your favorite attractions while everyone else is eating lunch.  Also, the meal portions are large at Disney.  Consider sharing.  *Bonus tip: ...

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Castle-Balloons

1. Visit during the off-season What off-season?  While it is harder to find these days, it’s still there.  Basically, avoid holidays and go while the kiddos are in school.  Airline prices, hotel, dining are all cheaper, to some degree.  Plus, Disney will offer discounts-maybe even free dining!  Happy planning!

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Castle and a well

11. Read a Guidebook There are dozens of travel books and websites devoted to Walt Disney World.  If you or someone in your family is a reader, take time to research your trip and learn how to save money without sacrificing the fun.

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Castle Money

A trip to Walt Disney World in Florida is an exciting adventure!  On the other hand, planning a trip can be a daunting process.  Most families are on a budget, so saving money is a priority.  Here are my “Lucky 13” ways to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation.

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

7 Dwarfs Mine Train

13. Start Planning Early Disney will allow you to book your trip up to a year in advance.  Then, you can make payments every week or month if you want.  Plus, it gives you plenty of time to save up your pennies!

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney Suitcase

12. Use a Travel Agent With today’s modern technology, you can research, book and plan your own trip on your computer or smart phone.  However, it is almost a full-time job keeping up with discounts and changes that come up frequently at Disney.  Do yourself a favor and use a travel agent, preferably one with Disney experience.  A TA can ...

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney Visa Cards

10. Use a Credit Card with Rewards There are hundreds of credit cards that offer rewards, whether they are monetary or airline miles.  If you haven’t already, consider using one that will reward you 2% or more each month.  Use it for groceries, gas, bills, etc.  Then, pay it off each month and watch your Disney savings grow!

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

toddler with mickey ears

9. Plan Your Vacation Before Your Child Turns 3 Kids under 3 years of age can do almost everything for free at Disney.  Hotel, tickets and dining are all free of charge for our littlest mouseketeers!

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Souvenirs

8. Buy Disney Souvenirs Before Your Trip There’s an old saying: Everything at Disney begins with a line and ends with a gift shop!  Haha!  So true!  You can’t avoid them.  However, you can save money on souvenirs by purchasing some items before you go, at places like Wal-Mart, Target or on-line at disneystore.com or amazon.com. 

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Wilderness Lodge Pool

3. Plan a Free Day Your feet and your family will thank you!  About day 3 or 4, plan a day to relax at the pool, enjoy your resort and maybe even explore other resorts, for future reference.  It’s never too early to plan your next trip!  *Bonus tip: Disney frequently has a “Bounceback” offer.  Basically, you can save money ...

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