As most people understand, we Oldies lean towards frugality and the older we get the more we seem to lean. I’m afraid that in a few years I’ll be leaning so much that my friends will change my name to “Pisa” (as in the leaning tower). I use every resource available to help keep costs in line but the first rule of thumb is don’t try to do it alone.
The first thing you should do is hire a Disney Specialist Travel Agent. They do not charge for their services but always confirm this by asking. Their paycheck comes directly from Disney and does not influence the price you pay. The reason for this is that if you rely on Disney cast members to inform you about discounts out of the goodness of their hearts you will have a long wait. They are trained not to offer but if you pursue by asking questions they will answer only your specific discount questions. A Disney specialist Travel Agent will be aware of the available discounts and the good ones will pursue all avenues to make your vacation as affordable as possible. You can’t make a better investment, it costs you zero and the rewards can be significant.
Always do some research on your own because even the best Travel Agents can’t know everything. There are lots of websites out there that track discounts and offer planning tools and advice. Among the very best as an aid to available discounts and planning tools is Nancy’s website, The Affordable Mouse located here. If you are looking for a site that keeps track of all Disney discounts including historical data you can go to Mary’s site, Mousesavers located here. Both are detailed and have lots of very positive help to offer even for the experienced Disney visitor.
If you are looking for help in getting cash available for your trip try Couponing To Disney not just for training on how to visit Disney but also lots, and I do mean lots, of available coupons to help you save cash that you can put aside for your trip. A unique approach but lots of folks do it quite successfully.
O.K. my fellow Oldies, in summary, the most important things you can do to keep a trip to Walt Disney world affordable are to hire a Disney Specialist Travel Agent and do some research to find out what discounts are available. Only those of you who are very experienced Walt Disney World visitors should attempt to do it all on your own. I think I qualify as an experienced visitor and I ALWAYS USE A DISNEY SPECIALIST TRAVEL AGENT, they will be your best friend in this endeavor!! As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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