After paying for tickets and travel costs to get to Disney World, consider these 21 tips to save during your Disney Vacation. Disney is full of amazing adventures, below are tips to make yours extra special, without the extra cost. Remember as well, time is money on a Disney vacation.
1. Pressed Pennies
Pressed pennies are an inexpensive souvenir ($0.51 to be exact). There are pressed pennies machines at every Disney Park, Disney Springs and Walt Disney World Resorts.
2. Celebration Buttons
First Visit? Birthday? Anniversary? There’s a button for that. Pick up your free celebration button at Disney World and show off your milestone. Read the 3 locations to find Celebration Buttons.
Save on dining at your favorite restaurant by going for lunch instead of Dinner. Many Disney restaurants have a separate menu for lunch and more expensive selections for Dinner. Check to Disney menu’s online before your trip to compare prices.
Have your heart set on a Character dining experience? Consider one that offers a Character breakfast to save on money.
4. Pin Trading
Pin Trading is a free activity at Disney World. Buy your pins ahead of time in a lot of Ebay, look for reputable sellers with 5-Star Feedback and a High transaction rate. They must be in great condition and look for the official Mickey head backings. Even still, trading you may come across scraps (fakes) therefore, trade for the fun and not the value. Look for cast members wearing Lanyards, Pin boards at resorts and some stores too.
5. Rider Swap
If you are traveling with a little one learn more about Rider Swap at Disney World and Rider Switch at Disneyland.
6. Make your Own Autograph Book
Making your own autograph books will save from buying at the Parks. Plus it is a fun thing to personalize for your upcoming trip. Check out Past Reader Tips, one from the Dollar Store!
7. Tinkerbell Gifts
Traveling with children? Tinkerbell Gifts are a great idea to save on souvenirs. Basically meaning, buy souvenirs before your trip and surprise your children with them while you are there! Its a win-win, child gets a present and parents save money.
8. Disney Visa Cardholders
Disney Visa Cardholders get some great perks, first, check your balance to see if you have accumulated any points and turn those into a free Disney Gift Card (mailed to your house). Then, take your card to Disney World and save 10% on select $50 or more purchase at Disney Parks, Resorts and Stores.
Plus, an exclusive Meet & Greet at Epcot and a Star Wars Meet & Greet at both Disneyworld & Disneyland.
9. Shows & Parades
Before you attend a show or parade at Disney World, check the times. If there are 2 showings of the event you want to see, go to the 2nd one. The first will be more crowded, use this time to fit in an extra attraction or ride. Then head to the 2nd showing.
10. Military Family
Thank you for your Service. Retired & Active Military can score discounted tickets for Disney World or Disneyland. Buy at participating military sales outlets or on Base. 2017 Prices are: Disney World- 4-Day passes ($209) and 5-Day passes ($224) and Disneyland – 3-Day passes ($156) and 4-Day passes ($181).
Buying these ahead of time will save you $15-$20 at the parks. Plus, once it rains the parks will clear out. Have your ponchos ready to go in your park bag and reap the benefits of short lines while staying dry. Check your local dollar store before your trip.
12. Pack Snacks
Plan on packing some food to bring to Disney World. Bringing items such as granola bars and fruits and double as snacks or a quick breakfast at the resorts. This will save not only time, but a good deal of money from snack and breakfast prices at the Parks. Consider, 10 Favorite Snacks to Pack for Your Disney Trip.
13. Share Snacks
If you do buy snacks in the Parks, consider snacks to share to get more value for your money. Such as, the warm cinnamon bun from Gaston’s Tavern.
14. Save on Parking
If you are not staying on Walt Disney World Property (at a Walt Disney World Resort), you will need to drive to the parks. Unless, your off-property hotel offers a shuttle. Look for one that does offer free shuttle service to save on parking costs.
15. Brita Water Bottle
Pack a Britta Water Bottle, not only will it filter the water for you but save on buying bottled water from the parks.
16. Stay On Property
If you flew to Disney and are staying on property, you are already enjoying the free transportation to and from the airport. Plus, guests Disney transportation the entire length of your stay via busses and select resorts offer monorail transportation and boat rides to Disney Springs.
Another major perk, Disney Resort guests have access to book their Fastpass+ 60 days out (versus 30 days out for non resort guests) and the perk of Extra Magic Hours.
17. Use a Travel Agent
This is at no cost to you and many benefits! A Travel Agent will find the best deals and apply them to your trip if a better one comes up and more.
18. Go Before Your Child Turns 3
Children under 3 do not require a ticket, they are FREE to enter. Plus, no Fastpass+ needed for rides or attractions under 3 either.
19. Club Stores
Buy discounted Disney Gift cards from Sam’s Club or BJs and look for discounted Disney vacation offers at Costco’s.
20. Bring your own Stroller
Disney World’s rates for daily stroller rental adds up, especially if you are park hopping or going for multiple days. Learn prices here .
21. Pack Essentials
Packing for your Disney Vacation can seem overwhelming. Refer to the Ultimate Packing List to save money. How? If you forget something from home that means paying full Park price for the item while on vacation
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