If you are looking for some ways to save money at Disney then you are in the right place. I mentioned in my last post about Orlando that going to Walt Disney World has been on my bucket list for my entire life. I’m turning 30 this year and we, excitingly, have decided that at some point, during my 30th year, we will go to Disney in Orlando!
As we’ve literally just moved house though, we are needing to be really smart about our Walt Disney World trip, as our budget isn’t the highest. So, we are on a mission to save as much as we can, while still enjoying all the perks of the park. After speaking to a ton of regular Disney goers and experts, we’ve managed to round up a few really clever ways to save money at Disney, without it affecting your experience. Today I’m going to share them with you!
5 Ways To Save Money At Disney
1. Buy Discounted Park Tickets
Did you know that there are several authorised sellers that sell Disney park tickets, but at a discount? I had no idea either but you get to enjoy Disney tickets in Florida at really great prices if you shop around. Another thing you can do is book a Disney travel agent!
Disney specific travel agents usually have knowledge of all the best deals and if they’re shopping around for you, you’re not just saving money, but also time and the overwhelm of having to do it all yourself!
2. Take Snacks and Water
Food and drink at Disney is not the cheapest. I remember this from my experience of Disneyland Paris. In order to save money (so you can spend more elsewhere), why not fill up your backpack every day with snacks and a refillable water bottle?
It can get really hot in Orlando so you’ll definitely need plenty of water, but taking a refillable bottle for your family to share can actually save you quite a lot each day. There are water fountains dotted around the site and restaurants will also happily refill your bottles for you if you needed them to.
Snacks are also equally expensive at Disney. It’s really worth taking a trip to the supermarket and filling your backpack with snacks save you splurging on the same snacks that are three times the price at Disney.
3. Stay Onsite
Most people will advise you to stay off-site but staying onsite can actually save you money if you shop around for the best deals. Don’t forget that Disney hotels usually come with a whole bundle of free things such as free unlimited breakfast, free parking, free transportation from your resort to the parks and free Magical Express airport transfers.
You could even try shopping around and see if you can snag Disney Value hotel during a sale! We are going to be staying in a Disney lodge and we’ve worked out that it’s actually cheaper to go with more people and get a bigger room (hello Grandparents) than it is to go alone.
4. Go Before Your Child Is 10 Or If They Are Under 3
Did you know that once your child turns 10 they will have to pay adult prices? Likewise if your child is under 3 they can go for free! It’s really worth considering how old you want your kids to be before they visit Disney.
5. Go Off Season
Did you know that Disney is actually a lot quieter at the end of August and start of September? There are also other ‘non-peak’ times that are really worth looking into. Going to Disney ‘off peak’ means you’ll not only get to experience the parks at a quieter time meaning shorter queues, but rates for hotels and tickets will be much cheaper.
Off peak times usually coincide with kids being ‘back at school’ though, so it’s worth looking into your schools ‘attendance’ policy and making arrangements with them before you book.
So there were 5 ways we are going to save money at Disney. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to go. My daughter should either be 5 or 6 and we’ll be going with an under one as well, which means we can already take advantage of cheaper park tickets and we’ve found the Disney resort hotel we really want to go to.
If you have any other Disney money saving tips, I’d love you to share some below.