Save Your Way To Walt Disney World!

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Walt Disney World is an amazing place that really has something for everyone, and a vacation destination this great does NOT come cheap. There are plenty of ways you can save money in the Parks, but you have to get there first – so how can you help plan and save enough money to get you and your family to the Place Where Dreams Come True?   

Here are a few ways:

Ask For Disney Gift Cards: Chances are pretty good you will have a Birthday/Anniversary/Christmas etc between now and your next Disney trip – so use that special occasion to your advantage and ask all your friends/family to give you Disney gift cards! You can buy them online or at any grocery store that has one of those gift card kiosks (usually they are available in $25 and $50 incriments there), or you can pick them up at your local Disney Store.

Convert That Allowance Into Souvenir Money: One of the biggest trip expenses (at least for me!) is souvenirs– Disney has so many great items available that I find myself needing purchase a new Mickey suitcase just to get them all home! This cost can get even higher if you have kids, so what I suggest doing is a few months before your trip, reward them for chores/good behavior etc with a $1 on a Disney Gift Card – it can be in place of their allowance or just for extra special good deeds, and you could even make a game out of it, and once it’s time to go, they can each have *their” gift card and you don’t have to worry about where the extra money for those souviners will come from.

The Disney Chase Visa: This is a perfect way to help save for your Disney vacation, how it works is that for every $100 you spend on the card, you get $1 ‘reward dollar’ which can then be transferred to a card that works essentially like a Gift card – you can use it to pay for your trip, or for souvenirs/meals in the Parks. A lot of times they offer a bonus gift card or offer for signing up, so be sure to keep an eye out for that to maximize your rewards! There is also a “Premier” version of the card, which has even more perks but also has an annual fee of $49 (so if you aren’t getting $49 or more of additional rewards, I would say skip it and stick with the regular Visa)

Let Your Bank Help You With A Recurring Transfer: Most banks that offer online access to accounts will give you the ability to setup a recurring transfer online as well, where you can set it up to automatically transfer a certain amount each week or payday to a seperate “vacation” account. Even if it’s as little as $10 or $20 each week, you would be surprised at how fast that can add up to a trip to see the Mouse!

Stay In And Save: Instead of paying a ton of money to go out to dinner and a movie for date night or a family night out, put on your PJ’s and cuddle up on the couch with pizza and a Disney movie – and stash away those extra dollars for your WDW trip.

Make Saving Fun With This Cute Craft: Let your kids help you make a Trip Savings Jar where you can stash all your loose change and watch it add up to a vacation! Oh, and once you book that WDW trip, don’t forget to make a cute countdown calendar too.

What about you – how do you like to plan and save for your WDW trips?

Save Your Way To Walt Disney World!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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  1. I take surveys and the money (rewards) are used to cash out for our trip. Some offer paypal cash as a way to cash out and others, like Sunshine Rewards, allows you to cash out for Disney Gift cards.

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