Guest Post: 20 Hip Tips to Save at Disney
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20 Hip Tips to Save at Disney
Guest Post by Julie Harrington-Travel Planner
1. Large families traveling to Disney World may think they have no option but to break the bank when staying on a property at Disney World. However, keep in mind that you can get two guaranteed connecting rooms at one of Disney World’s Value Resorts. Put one adult in each room and split the kids up between the rooms. This will give you 2 bathrooms to share and double the space making for a more economical option for families with multiple children.
2. Disney Chase Visa Card Holders can save 10% off for merchandise purchases of $50 or more at Disney World. You can also save at select dining locations throughout Disney World and earn Disney Gift Cards. Click here to view all the perks.
3. Instead of hitting the parks for every day of your vacation, cut back on one day of your park ticket and opt to explore your resort or other resorts at Disney World.
4. Do you drink a lot of soda? Since buying soda can add up really quickly, consider purchasing a refillable mug at your Disney Resort for just $14.95 and refill as much as you would like at the beverage station at your resort. This mug will also be a great souvenir from your trip.
5. Character dining has become a “must do” on many family’s lists when planning a Disney vacation. If you are looking for a fun character experience without the large price tag, take your kiddos over to the Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness Campground for the Chip n Dale Campfire Sing-a-long. This is a free event (all you need to purchase is a S’mores kit if you want to have a snack!). Sit around the campfire, sing some songs and get a surprise visit from Chip n Dale.
6. Bring glowsticks from home. You can find these in all different styles, from eyeglasses, wands, swords, etc. Disney can really get ya with the cost of their glow in the dark items during their night time parades.
7. Schedule your souvenir shopping. I know this sounds strange, but if you do not allow yourself to buy stuff randomly throughout your trip and stick to a certain time, it will allow you to stick to a tighter budget and be more aware of what you are spending. Also, consider giving everyone a souvenir allowance.
8. Time for a cool down when you’re at Epcot? Hit Club Cool. Not only will you get out of the heat, but you can enjoy FREE soda sampling. Taste soda from around the world – give your taste buds a party without spending a dime.
9. Pass on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and/or Pirate’s League. Instead, find one of the face painting booths throughout the Disney World Theme Parks and have the kids get their face painted for a fraction of the cost. Plus, they will have much more designs and themes to pick from.
10. Keep your receipts from purchases made at Disney World. On the bottom of some receipts, you may find a money-saving coupon valid for specific stores at select times during your stay (like 10-20% off merchandise etc.).
11. Looking for something extra fun to do at Disney? Don’t want to spend the money on tours, boat rentals or all the other “extras.” Take part in the Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure or coming this spring Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom. Both of these are interactive, clue hunting adventures where you either save World Showcase from Dr. Doofenshmirtz or earn badges just like Russell from Disney Pixar’s UP. These do not cost money; they are attractions available to all theme park guests.
12. Drink lots of water, not only to stay hydrated but to ward off any of the unnecessary urges to snack while your touring the parks.
13. Bring your own snacks/food into the parks. You are allowed to bring a soft case cooler and food into the theme parks (note that the cooler or bag can be no larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″). Also note that Animal Kingdom does have restrictions on plastic straws and they are prohibited from the park to keep the animals safe.
14. If you purchased the Plus Dining Plan and want to get the most bang for your buck, you can extend your dining credits by splitting meals. Disney’s portions are large, so two adults can easily share one adult quick service meal. Kids can also split meals if you do not have big eaters.
15. Use your Disney Dining Plan snack credit for breakfast. If you are a light eater in the morning, you can use your snack credit for a muffin, piece of fruit and other available breakfast options.
16. The longer you stay, the bigger VALUE you get at Disney World. The daily cost of a Park ticket decreases in price based on the number of days that you purchase. As you can see from the graphic above, the 3-day ticket and the 5-day ticket do not vary much in price. Note that each ticket provides access to one theme park per day, and all ticket days must be used within 14 days of first use.
17. Make your own Disney shirts. There are many tutorials online like the one found here where you can learn to create your own shirts to wear at Disney for a fraction of the cost of a shirt purchased at Disney.
18. Most of us like to enjoy a nice meal here and there while we are at Disney World. If you have a favorite restaurant or maybe a new one you want to try, reserve the latest breakfast seating and have that be your lunch for the day. Breakfast is typically the least expensive meal.
19. Harmony Barber Shop is one of those places at Disney that is often overlooked. Right on Main St USA in Magic Kingdom, head to the Barber Shop so your child can get their first haircut or maybe get a special glitter gel hairdo. This is another great option to replace the expensive Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and/or Pirate’s League.
20. Before heading to Disney World, talk to your children about souvenirs and spending money. I suggest putting a set amount of money on a gift card for each child. Let them know that this is their money to spend and once it is gone, there is no more. This is also a great teaching tool as well.
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(A BIG thanks to Julie Harrington-Travel Planner with Family Time Getaways for all these awesome tips! If you need help planning an upcoming Disney vacation, you can contact Julie via email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Facebook.)