For most families, a trip to Disney World is the ultimate vacation goal. Unfortunately, many families may think that a dream vacation to Disney is not in their budget. Yes, there are plenty of ways to spend thousands of dollars on a week’s vacation in this family playground spectacular, but for savvy trip planners, there are also many ways to save. Today I am sharing easy ways to save money on your Disney Vacation.
Is It Possible To Be On A Budget For A Disney Vacation?
One of these I have learned as a parent is that saving money doesn’t mean you are skimping out on a vacation. When we went with our teen boys to Disney and Universal as part of a college road trip, we were on a tight budget(yes, our boys were teens when were first took them).
We had to budget for a few hotel rooms along the way during our trip because we were visiting several colleges on our way to Florida. So we did not stay for an extended amount of time, and we did not do as many things as we wanted to do. But you know what? We still had a ton of fun!
Will We Miss Out On A Lot Of The Disney Magic If We Are On A Budget?
I always say, a vacation is what you make of it. As long as you are with the people you love most in the world, you can make the best of any vacation. Disney has so much to offer for “kids” of all ages that if you don’t get to do everything, you aren’t going to ruin a trip.
A budget vacation to Disney World still has that same magic, but you’ll feel a lot better about it after coming back. Here are some easy ways to save money on your trip.
Tip #1: Time Your Vacation To Disney World At The Right Time
The next thing to decide is when your family is going to schedule their trip. Recently, Disney unveiled new plans to adjust their ticket and hotel pricing to reflect higher prices during the busiest times of the year, like summer school break and holidays.
For travelers who don’t have a lot of flexibility when they go, this can be frustrating. If your family can adjust and time your trip during a quieter time, you’ll pay much less.
A great tool for that is to look at the various crowd planners that many have very carefully created. For instance, check out this Disney crowd planner that someone created for 2020.
For our trip, we were there 10 days before the school year started up again. The crowds really weren’t all that bad, but it was so hot! That is just something to keep in mind when planning your trip.
Tip #2: Get Pantry Items Delivered To Your Disney Hotel
Then, you’ve got to worry about the price of your family’s daily meals in the parks. Eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in a theme park could cost a fortune, so plan ahead to rake in on the savings. Stock up on pantry items, and have them delivered to your condo rental ahead of time.
Make sure you get plenty of snack items and quick breakfast ingredients so you don’t have to eat everything in the park. Disney allows guests to bring in food to the park, so take advantage of this fact and keep your hard-earned dollars.
Check with your hotel first before ordering these items to be shipped. Some hotels may not accept deliveries. If they don’t, plan more in your budget for meals and snacks.
Tip #3: Rent Disney Vacation Club Points
Staying on Disney property is something that your kids will love, but your wallet may not be able to handle. Guests that stay within the confines of the park get extra Disney magic 24 hours a day. Instead of booking a pricey, small hotel room through Disney’s official website, consider going through a Disney Vacation Club member and renting timeshare points.
You can save thousands of dollars and get an upgrade on your stay with a roomy condo rental instead of a cramped hotel room. And remember what I said about getting pantry items delivered? You will most likely have better luck doing that if you are staying at a vacation club property.
Tip #4: Drive Instead of Fly
Another big piece of your vacation budget is the flight to Orlando. For larger families, airfare can average in the thousands. A great way to cut this cost is to consider driving down to Disney. It could be a great road trip and bonding experience for you and your family.
And it also gives you a chance to study your Disney guidebooks. Or in my case, sleep. Driving also gives you the luxury of bringing food and other items that can save money on your Disney vacation. I don’t know about you, but that works well for me!
Tip #5: Look for Discount Tickets To Save Money On Your Disney Vacation
Finally, families should also look for ways to save money on Disney park tickets. Finding discount tickets can be tricky, so be sure wherever you purchase your ticket from is a legitimate seller. Some places to look for savings include automobile associations, club warehouses, or travel agents.
Some Expenses Just Can’t Be Avoided On Your Disney Vacation
There are a few expenses that probably can’t be avoided, but you can budget for them ahead of time. What are those things? Souvenirs and the Memory Maker package.
Yeah, these expenses were two of my non-negotiables. The Memory Maker package was definitely an expense that paid for itself many, many times over. Generally I am the one that is always taking the pictures, so I wasn’t in a lot of of them. The Memory Maker package made that all possible, and now I have a ton of memories I will never forget. And because we prepaid it, we didn’t have to worry about paying for it when we got there.
That was a good thing, because I overspent on souvenirs. Probably because I knew it would probably be the only time we were there with the boys. We are hoping to get back there someday, maybe just my husband and I. At least I know to start budgeting now.
You can make your family trip to Disney World finally happen this year if you follow these easy money-saving tips. By finding ways to save money on your Disney vacation, you and your family could enjoy the wonder without breaking the bank.
So now that I have shared some easy ways to save money on your Disney vacation, how about you? What are your best tried and true tips for having a magical vacation without breaking your budget?
Fun Items For Your Disney Vacation
Here are some great items I think you will enjoy for your Disney trip.
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