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Top 12 Tips for Doing Walt Disney World on a Tight Budget

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5. Split Meals You Choose To Buy at Restaurants

When you do decide to indulge in Disney dining, consider splitting meals where it makes sense.  Sure, you want to make sure everyone in your family has plenty to eat.  But between large portion sizes at some restaurants and lighter appetites during a hot day in the parks, my family almost always chooses to share during at least one meal a day.  Most Disney restaurants (excluding buffets, bottomless dining options and dinner shows) are fine with sharing but feel free to ask cast members what the rules are on sharing if you have questions.

4. Surprise Kids with Disney Souvenirs You Bring from Home

The souvenirs at Walt Disney World are incredible but throwing each item you pass in your shopping cart will blow the budget.  Pack Disney treats from home to surprise your kids on vacation.  Small items like Mickey caps and sticker books for the park or larger items like backpacks and plush are great gift ideas that will keep your little ones excited without breaking the bank.  Checking the Disney Store online in the months leading up to your vacation and shopping sales is a great way to snag Disney merchandise for a better price.

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