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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

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

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

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

6. Stay Onsite Wait!  What?  Am I contradicting myself?  No way!  If you want to stay at a Disney resort (and you should), stay at a value or moderate level Disney hotel, to save money.  These resorts are fun, well-themed and clean.  Plus, transportation from the airport and all around Disney is free!  If you have your own car, parking ...

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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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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney Park Tickets

4. Tickets Purchase multi-day tickets.  With Disney, the more days you purchase, the less you pay per day.  A one-day ticket is ~$100.  A 10-day ticket is ~$45/day.  Also, unless you are a Disney World veteran, don’t purchase the Park Hopper option.  It’s not really necessary, in my opinion.  Personally, I quit using it years ago.  Traveling between parks is ...

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Groceries

5. Grocery Delivery Save money on breakfast, snacks and drinks by getting groceries delivered to your room.  There are several great options for grocery delivery.  Do some research and place your order!

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How to Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation

Hilton Orlando

7. Stay Offsite It’s really quite simple.  Staying off-site (that is outside Disney property) will save you money on your accommodations.  Plus, there are some nice resorts very close to Disney.  In addition, if you plan on doing other things beside just Disney, off-site hotels will put you closer to those attractions.  Photo Credit: Hilton

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