A magical vacation to Walt Disney World can be more affordable than you think. There are ways to save some money during the planning process and even while you are in the most magical place on Earth. One of the most important aspects of planning your trip is flexibility.
Prices at the Walt Disney World Resort vary throughout the year, and if you are flexible with your travel dates and even resort choices, you can save a significant amount of money. For example: a standard room at the All Star Music Resort ranges in price from $89-$176 per night depending on the time of year. Deluxe resorts like the Beach Club will vary from $356-$597 per night! That is a huge difference and those prices can be different from one week to the next! When thinking about the time of year you would like to visit, ask your travel agent what weeks offer the lowest resort prices. The agents at World of Magic Travel Services have the knowledge and experience to guide you to the best time of year and best resort to match your vacation dreams!
In addition to the varied resort prices, Disney releases many special offers throughout the year. From discounted rooms, free dining, military room discounts and more, these special offers can save you a LOT of money if your travel dates fall within the offer dates. Again, this is where flexibility comes in to play. Be willing to shift your dates and even resort choice when special offers are released and you can end up saving hundreds of dollars on your trip.
Now that you have planned the perfect time to visit and you have arrived on site, you can continue money saving strategies while in the resorts and parks.
Bring your own snacks and bottled water in your backpack. You are allowed to bring these items in to the park so stock up before you leave the hotel. As long as there is no glass or alcohol, you can bring your own drinks in to the park. There are plenty of grocery stores a short distance off property to go and stock up on small snack items. If you do not have a car, there are delivery services like Garden Grocer, who will deliver supplies right to your resort! I have even packed a small suitcase full of dried cereal and snacks on the plane to have during my stay! If you like the bag from above you can order it here.
If you have forgotten to pack your bottled water, but do not want to spend the money buying it in the parks, head to any quick service dining location on property and ask for a cup of ice water. They will give you a free cup!
If you have little ones, bring your own stroller or rent a stroller from an outside company. There are many Orlando area stroller rental companies that will deliver and pick-up the stroller right at your resort. It will save you some money from renting a stroller right from the parks.
If having a meal with Mickey or Cinderella is on your wish list, look at booking breakfast over dinner. The breakfast prices at the character meals like Royal Table and Chef Mickeys are significantly less than the dinner prices, and you will have the same character interactions that the dinner crowd will have! One of my family’s traditions is an early morning breakfast at Crystal Palace with Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. Having a reservation before park opening grants you admission to the park before the general public, which gives you an incredible experience of walking down Main Street without crowds! This is an amazing photo op so get your camera ready!
Buy Base Tickets instead of Park Hoppers. This is another way to knock a significant amount of money off of your trip. For a large family, this can save you hundreds of dollars! Schedule your time at the parks wisely and enjoy the one park per day. There is plenty to do in each park to fill up your day!
Budget ahead of time for souvenirs! With three kids I have had to set a budget before we leave so that I do not empty my wallet in every store we pass through. I often ask for Disney Gift Cards as gifts for my kids’ birthdays or holidays so that they have their own ‘money’ to spend while they are there! It helps a lot! Another tip I have used is telling the family that we will only buy souvenirs on the last day of our trip. That way, they are browsing all week and can narrow down what the ‘really’ want!
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