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5 Things to Help You do Disney on a Budget

Updated on May 21, 2014

5 Things To Help You do Disney on a Budget

As a Walt Disney World frequent flyer, I have done many types of trips to get there and have a good time. I have experienced expensive trips and budget trips. I must say looking back it didn’t matter which one I did I had a wonderful time and memories that I will cherish forever.

There are some tricks that can help you have that wonderful Disney vacation that you have always dreamed of, it is not out of your reach as you may think it is.

I would love to share with you some of the things that I have done to make my Disney trip a reality and stay within my budget. My family consisted of myself, my husband, and our daughter, so we are lucky that way, but my sister has a large family and a budget to keep and here is what I learned on my various trips to Walt Disney World.

1. How will you get there? If you have a large family it will probably be best if you drove. This will give you a car when you arrive, you will then be able to go to a local store (Wal Mart) to pick up snacks and items for breakfast. I recommend that you never eat breakfast in Walt Disney World Parks it is too expensive. When you drive you can save money by packing picnic type meals for the trip down.

2. Find a hotel, you can stay on property, but this can be expensive. So I will advise you to check out hotels on hotels.com. When you are looking here be sure to include these areas in your search: Disney Maingate ~ Celebration, Downtown Disney ~ Lake Buena Vista, SeaWorld ~ International Drive ~ Convention Center, and West Disney Area. You will find accommodations that are not too expensive, but keep in mind that you are not looking for 5 star hotels, but a roof over your head. You may find a room that is clean, but small. There are many times that my daughter, nieces and nephews have slept in a sleeping bag on the floor.

3. Buying the tickets, this is a huge expense and there is not much that can be done to change that. You can shop around to see if your local AAA, credit union, or the human resources office at your work offers discounted tickets. Disney never offers discounted tickets ~ ever. If money is tight, think about purchasing one ticket per month, you can get them at the local Disney store or you can buy them online at Walt Disney World’s website. Never buy them online at Ebay or Craigslist because they will not work for you, everyone is fingerprinted when they use the ticket. So, if it has been used Disney has someone else’s fingerprint for that ticket and you will have wasted money. There is one place, however, that you can check and that is Undercover Tourist, and keep in mind that the more days you purchase the cheaper the ticket comes out per day, and avoid the Park Hopper ticket this just adds cost.

4. Make sure that you bring everything from home that you will need, so that you will not have to spend your money on things like shampoo, sunscreen and such. If your hotel has a free shuttle to the parks, use it this will save you money on parking. Parking at the Walt Disney World Parks runs at about fifteen dollars per day.

5. Once inside the parks, you may bring food. Coolers and backpacks are not permitted, but I see backpacks all the time. What we do is freeze water bottles and bring them in so that we can save on drinks. We have split meals with each other, for example, we have purchased the double hamburger and taken a patty off and put it on a bun we brought in. they provide a fixing's bar so you can fix your burger up the way you like. Not only that, but we have brought in small packs of dressing and made a salad from the fixings bar. If you have small children, you can bring in the peanut butter and jelly premade sandwiches that are frozen. They will thaw while you ride and then they can be eaten. These sandwiches are just like the ones that Disney sells for the kids meals. To save money, you should stick with water. Water is free if you ask for it in a cup at a restaurant, and skip the souvenirs they can be quite costly. If souvenirs are needed check the local Wal Mart they have all kinds of Disney stuff at cheaper prices.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I love Walt Disney World, but it can get very expensive, so take the time to plan your trip. Planning is the key to a great vacation, and it will help you to stay within your budget. Remember to take a lot of pictures while you are there, they will become the best souvenir that money can’t buy.

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There are a variety of hotels to choose from in the Orlando, Kissimmee, Walt Disney area. When you are traveling on a budget, you have to choose wisely where you will stay.

The last time we went we stayed off property in the Celebration Suites right beside Old Towne in Kissimmee, Florida right outside of Disney property. We had a suite that slept up to 6 people.

the place was a bit outdated and needed a little work, but it was clean. I can't speak for you, but clean is very important to me. It had a kitchenette, a king size bed, a pull down bed and a pull out couch bed.

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