Is it possible, to actually save money on your Disney World Vacation ? The answer is YES! You might be surprised at how many tricks that I have come up with over the past few years, that have helped my family save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on our Disney World vacations. Below are 10 easy ways that you can save money at Disney World.
Save Money At Disney World
Visit Disney during the Value season
Not only are you going to save hundreds of dollars by going to Disney during off-peak seasons, but you will also beat the high volume of crowds. Also Disney tends to run special offers like the free Dining plan when you visit in certain months.
Eat breakfast in your resort room
We packed individual sized cereal boxes, plastic bowls and spoons and a variety of non-perishable breakfast foods such as donuts. When we got to the resort we purchased a half-gallon of milk and placed it in the fridge, in our room. Every morning the kids were able to have a bowl of cereal. This not only saved us a ton of money, but it was really convenient.
Refuel with Free drinks in Epcot
One of Disney’s hidden secrets is Club Cool in Epcot. Inside you and your family will be able to test out a variety of cold soda from around the world. Every cup is free.
Rent a stroller from Kingdom Strollers
This one is one of my FAVORITE money saving tips! Renting a stroller at Disney World can be super expensive. It’s around $30 per day for a double stroller verses $10 a day from Kingdom Strollers. We have used Kingdom Strollers twice and I highly recommend them. They deliver the stroller directly to your hotel or resort and then pick it up when you are leaving. So easy, and they are much more comfortable than the hard ones at Disney World.
Buy costumes from online shops or on discount after Halloween
When you get to Disney World one of the first things that you will notice is all the little princesses walking around the parks. Most of these Disney costumes and accessories will easily put you back a few hundred dollars if you purchase them at the parks. My suggestion is to purchase your costumes and tiaras before you leave for Disney World, and bring them with you. We have done this several times with my daughter and if works like a charm. I also always pack a can of glitter spray to put in her hair just like they do at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Consider staying off site
If you are really looking to save money, there are some great off property resorts such as Global Resort Homes. These types of properties are perfect for larger families and they are typically really close to all of the major theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios.
Pack your own Souvenirs
Keepsakes and Souvenirs can be really expensive and they are lurking around every corner in Disney World. I would suggest packing some Disney themed souvenirs for your kids before you leave home and pass them out to your kids at the park. You can find Disney themed products everywhere from Dollar Tree, Walmart and Target.
Free Ice Water..Just Ask
If you don’t mind drinking tap water you can walk up to any quick serve restaurant or vender and ask for a glass of ice water. It’s free. Or you could bring your own. I love this Disney Minnie Mouse Tritan Water bottle. It’s perfect for keeping your drinks cool and it’s Disney themed. It’s only $11.88 plus free shipping which is about the same price as two bottles of water on Disney properties.
Bring your own poncho’s
Regardless of when you visit Disney World, chances are you will encounter some of the wet stuff. There is nothing worse than being caught in the middle of a down-pour and having to shell over $20 for a poncho in one of the Disney gift shops, just to stay dry. We purchased heavy duty Ponchos for each family memberand tucked them away in our backpacks while at the park. When the clouds start to roll in we would put them on. We saved so much money by having our own.
Don’t park hop
Unless you plan to visit all of the parks in one or two days, I would recommend eliminating the park-hopper passes. These park hopper passes cost an extra $60 per person so for a family of 4, that’s an extra $240! Plus sticking to one park is far less stressful than trying to do more in one day.
What are some of your favorite ways to save money at Disney World?