Disney Savings Guide: Find the Best One for Your Disney World Vacation

The memories of our first family visit to Walt Disney World are so clear, it seems as if it was only yesterday. We were so excited to finally be "going to Disney World", none more so than our then 7 year old daughter. After saving for what seemed like forever, we made our dream a reality, and it was a wonderful vacation indeed! I learned a lot preparing for that trip, about the best way to plan a Disney vacation. One of the most important things I learned was that there was a great deal of research and planning required in order to save money on a trip to Walt Disney World. I also learned that having a Disney savings guide is extremely important in order to be able to have an affordable Disney family vacation.

It can be challenging to choose the best Disney travel guide though, because there are so many! They all look promising, with colorful pictures of happy families having the time of their lives. But which ones will actually help you save money on your Disney vacation? This article will review some of the most popular, and provide my opinions on what each has to offer.

First of all is Birnbaum's Walt Disney World, which is the "official", Disney-approved travel guide that appears in book stores everywhere. It is a nice little book and was, in fact, the guide that I bought for our first trip. I found all of the pictures, maps, and ride/attraction guidelines to be very helpful, especially in helping me to get comfortable with all that the Disney parks have to offer. I highly recommend this book to anyone on their first Disney World visit, as it is a great starter guide. But, it is important to know that there is very little helpful information on how to actually save any money on a Disney vacation, as there are no real options presented beyond the Disney resort for food and lodging. With this in mind then, while this is a great guide to start the planning process, especially if it is your first visit, it would not be my first recommendation for a Disney savings guide.

The most well-known of the many Disney vacation guides is the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. It is also one of, if not the, biggest Disney World travel guide. This can be a good thing, as the author presents an unbelievable amount of information on nearly every aspect of a trip to the Orlando area. And it is unbiased, a fact that many who are partial to this book, truly appreciate, as it presents a perspective beyond the Disney "world". This means that the reader will find many options for potentially saving money, making this a useful Disney savings guide. What is not so good, at least to some, is that the sheer size of this book can make it a challenge to actually wade through all that information....and it is certainly not a guide to carry to the parks for easy reference.

Of the many Disney travel guides that I have reviewed, the one that I personally believe to be the most helpful when it comes to cost-cutting ideas is the Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide. Written by a former Disney castmember, this is actually an e-book that presents a good deal of helpful information that can be very useful in planning an affordable Disney vacation. With the many cost-savings tips, strategies, and suggestions, the reader can potentially save hundreds of dollars when visiting Walt Disney World. And knowing how to save that much money makes it truly a great choice for a Disney savings guide. As for the idea of an e-book, all I can say is that I personally love the flexibility that a book like this offers. I can download it immediately, read it through as I wish, and then print out only what I need to take to the parks with me.

While there are probably hundreds of Walt Disney World travel guides, if having an affordable Disney vacation is important to you, then the Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide is my recommendation for a truly excellent Disney savings guide. Well organized, easy to use, with lifetime access to the author's website for the most current Disney updates, and literally hundreds of money-saving tips and strategies make this guide, in my opinion, a must-have for saving money on your Disney vacation.


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