Save more money in your pocket by following these 9 tips for visiting Walt Disney World on a budget.
1.Travel during Value season – room rates are a lot lower and usually during the end of August through October they offer the free dining plan. This will save you hundreds of dollars. You can use your Table Service Credits for special character meals including Chef Mickey, Cinderella’s Castle and more.
2. Bring your own stroller. The airline doesn’t charge you for checking a stroller unlike other luggage. Stroller rentals at the park are $15 a day. By bringing your own (even if it is just an umbrella stroller), you will save $105 over the course of 7 days.
3. Bring your own items into the park. If you are traveling during hot weather, bring your own misting fans and pack dollar store ponchos if there is rain in the forecast. Pick up some glow sticks to surprise the kids with at night instead of purchasing the expensive light up toys.
4. The longer you stay the cheaper the tickets per day. A 10 day ticket is $135 more than a 4 day ticket.
5. Shop at ShopDisney.com before you leave. They always seem to have sales and their stuffed animals go on sale regularly. Shop before you go to the park and hide the souvenirs in your suitcase to surprise your children with them.
6. Make your own breakfast each day instead of eating out. We always eat breakfast in our room. We bring Styrofoam bowls and plastic spoons. I often ring shelf stable soy milk and boxes of cereal from my stockpile.
7. Walmart near Walt Disney World has shirts for $5, Towels for $5, and posters for $4. You can save a lot by stopping here for your souvenirs.
8. If you stay in the resort, try watching the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Hotel. It has the firework music piped in and is a good choice for nights you aren’t planning to be at the park. They sell Dole Whip nearby too!
9. Pack snacks. My kids will still wear fanny packs and I pack them the night before with a small juice box, a granola bar, gum, candy, wet wipes and anything else that will keep them from asking for snacks before lunch. I tell them that they can eat/drink it without asking.
Don’t miss the BounceBack Offers at Walt Disney World.
Christy is a fellow Disney lover who blogs over at Thrifty and Thriving. Her blog focuses on smart living for a richer life.