Just about every child dreams about being able to go to Disney World. For parents, it seems like the biggest nightmare for their pocketbooks. Given the fact that the happiest place on Earth is extremely popular, Disney knows that they can easily charge whatever price they desire and boost their pocketbooks along the way.
What can a parent do? They can’t go to their kids and tell them no, we aren’t going to Disney because we don’t want to pay the extreme ticket prices. Not to mention there is the cost of plane tickets, hotel fees and who knows how many other little expenses along the way while in the park. I mean do you really need all of those silly souvenirs? Not really, but that isn’t going to stop you from having to buy them.
Just try telling all of that to your kids. What do you think is going to happen? Things aren’t going to turn out well that’s for sure. Thankfully, there is a better solution. You can go to Disney, enjoy yourself and avoid breaking the bank at the same time.
Since planning a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t exactly something you are going to do at the last minute, especially with kids, you will probably end up there at some point in time or another. To make sure your trip is as enjoyable and inexpensive as possible, make sure to implement some of the cost saving tips below. You will be amazed at just how many corners you can cut on your trip to Disney World.
Consider Driving Over Flying
For most people, they consider flying to Disney as the best option because of how much shorter the trip is going to be with the kids. However, driving to Orlando is going to save you far more money than what you would spend on plane tickets. Sure, the trip might be a little longer, but the amount of money saved is going to be well worth it in the end. Plan a bunch of fun activities for the kids, and prepare to have the time of your life at Disney.
Buy Tickets in Advance
So, we all know that waiting until the last minute to buy any ticket isn’t a good idea. Regardless of whether that be plane, train, park or any other ticket, you will spend far more buying it at the last minute than you will purchasing well in advance. If you are able to, try getting tickets from websites like those of Undercover Tourist, Expedia and others to see how much money you are going to save.
Bring Your Own Beverages and Food
We all know how great theme park food tastes, but is it really worth the added expense you are going to pay? Think about how much money you are going to save by bringing in your own drinks and food. Dining out once or so during the day might not be bad, but you certainly don’t want to do it for every meal. The cost for a family meal can rack up pretty quickly. Since the park allows you to bring your own stuff into the park, you might as well take advantage of it.
Avoid Going Too Early in the Year
Even though many parents often think of summer as the perfect time to head to Disney, that is actually one of the worst mistakes you can make. Sure the kids might be out of school and all, but your pocketbook will definitely pay the price going at this time of year. Since summer is the most popular time to go to the park, it is also going to be the most expensive. If possible, go to Disney later in the summer, if not the winter, when the tickets are a lot more inexpensive.
Consider Camping Out
Even though a hotel might seem like the obvious option for your Disney trip, you can save a ton of money by thinking outside of the box. Buying a tent and making reservations at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground could cost you as little as $43 per day. Beyond the inexpensive cost of the campground, there is a lot of fun to be had there as well. They offer back-to-back Disney films every single night, so there is always something to do.
Use Your AAA Membership
For those who don’t have an AAA membership, now is the time to get one. Did you know that you can save as much as 15-20 percent off a number of different aspects of your Disney trip? Everything from tickets to lodging could wind up far cheaper than what it would if you were to pay for it without the membership. Considering how much money you are going to save on everything on your trip, the cost of the membership is well worth it.
Avoid Wasting Money on Souvenirs You Don’t Need
Who doesn’t love to buy some of the adorable souvenirs that Disney has to offer? We all do, but you have to stop and think about whether you truly need those souvenirs. You would be surprised at how much money is spent on items that are only going to end up being thrown away or left behind.
Avoid paying for pictures as well. The cast members are more than happy to take a picture with your own camera if you simply ask them. Having fun in the moment is far better than some silly trinket that you don’t actually need. When you have your own camera with you, the number of pictures you can take are limitless.
Don’t Let Rain Force You from the Park
If it starts raining out, don’t leave the park. You would be surprised at how many people end up leaving the park just because a little rain starts to fall. Most of the time, people run and end up wasting their money that they spent on admission. For you, that means you are not going to have near as many lines to wait in, less chaos, more seating choices on the rides and generally more fun overall. After all, that is what you went there for in the first place, isn’t it?
Purchase a Multi-Day Ticket Pass
With so much to do and see in Disney, you aren’t going to be able to get it all done in just one day. You need plenty of time to be able to take in everything the area has to offer. The best way to cut down on your per day cost is to purchase a ticket for four to 10 days. Depending on how long you plan to be in the area, your cost per day could be as low as $44, which is far better than the $99 per day. To help you snag an even better deal, check out the Best of Orlando vendor and see what kind of deals they have to offer you on your family vacation.
Bank Your Unused Days
For some people, they are worried about spending the money on a 10-day pass if they aren’t going to be able to use all of those days up. Thanks to the no expiration option, you can bank your days for later use. Instead of having to worry about using all of your days at once, you can come back later on and use up the rest of your days. Not only did you save money on the cost of the ticket, but you get to enjoy two vacations for far less than what you would have paid beforehand.
Consider a Special Debit or Credit Card
Do you currently have a bank account with Chase? If so, you can get their free Disney debit card with your checking account. Using your card at the park will get you 10 percent off any merchandise purchases whenever you spend a minimum of $50. Beyond that, you will also save at any of the local Disney stores. Children will also love having access to the exclusive meet-n-greet over in Epcot with the Disney characters.
If you are able to get one of the Disney credit cards, you can get a nice 1-2 percent back in Disney rewards dollars on any of your transactions. This is a nice alternative to getting miles on one of the airline cards, but you want to make sure you keep it paid off.
Look into Airline Credit Cards
If you have good credit, you can always open up a credit card with the airline of your choosing. They tend to offer a free airline ticket with your new account. If you use it for all of your regular expenses, you can watch the miles rack up. Makes sure you are paying it off as you go along. Depending on what your family spends over the course of a year, you can get a few more tickets for free. Regardless of whether you spend a lot or not, you are sure to get the one ticket free. This is ideal for those who are adamant about flying to get to Disney.
Taking the time to implement even a few of the tips from above can help you keep hundreds, if not thousands, more in your pocket on your Disney trip. Instead of having to go broke in the process, you can sit back and enjoy spending time with your loved ones for a fraction of the cost. Prepare for your trip to the happiest place on Earth and uncover the magic of Disney.
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