4. Skip the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Considered a rite of passage for any guest who’s an aspiring princess, children are invited to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Cinderella’s Castle. At this magical salon, guests are given a princess makeover including makeup, hair styling, nail polishing, and (sometimes) a brand new gown. Sounds fabulous, right? Unfortunately, appointments aren’t cheap and an average package costs over $200! Instead, consider buying a gown at your local Disney store or online before your trip. Give your princess a makeover of your own with some nail polish/glitter and encourage them to wear their dress in the Magic Kingdom. While they’re dressed to the nines, take them to meet their favorite princess or take them to a character dinner. Trust us. There is more than one way to make your child feel like royalty without spending the riches of a Rockefeller.
5. Skip Expensive Special ‘Fireworks Viewing’ Experiences
Seeing the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks is a must-do for most guests. And this means one thing – Main Street U.S.A. and the Castle Hub get extremely crowded. To offset this, Disney has been offering more and more ways to “escape” the firework crowds. Popular choices include: attending Magic Kingdom dessert parties or watching the show from a monorail resort. First of all, skip the dessert parties. The cost per person is pretty steep and the special viewing areas can be as crowded as public areas. Regarding views from a distance, guests love eating at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill, so they can have access to the hotel’s rooftop viewing area. While this is a lovely spot, this restaurant is quite expensive. If you’re traveling without children, consider grabbing a drink and appetizer at the restaurant’s lounge. This will still permit you access to the exclusive rooftop! For a family, consider eating a quick service dinner at the resort next door (the Polynesian). Captain Cook’s offers a diverse and delicious menu at affordable prices. Plus, afterward, you can watch the fireworks from the resort’s uncrowded beach. All it takes is a little creativity to secure a V.I.P. view!
Keeping these suggestions in mind, you should be well equipped to cut down on that WDW bill. Heed these tips and get ready to enjoy a trip that won’t linger on your credit card statement. It’s possible!