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Disney on a Budget


Now that we've covered the basics of planning your Disney trip, you might be a bit overwhelmed with the cost of everything. It’s no surprise, going to Disney is NOT cheap! Check out these ways that you can save some money and still have the trip of a lifetime!


Drive!

I know, I know, it sounds crazy right? Take your kids, load them in the car, and drive to Disney, doesn’t that sound like fun? Well, here’s the thing, driving there more often times than not, will cost you far less than if you were to fly. Plane tickets can be hundreds of dollars per person. For the price of one person’s round trip ticket, you can drive everyone there. Of course this might be out of the question if you live too far away, but if you are a day’s drive away (and let’s face it, with two people, you can drive pretty far in one day) you will save a ton by doing this.

Bring your own food!

Did you know that you can in fact bring your own food into Disney? If you are looking to save money this is one of the top priority things to do! Similar to a day at the park, pack snacks and lunches. You can still go out for meals if you prefer, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. (Pick a date to do a character lunch for the experience, but don’t plan on going out each time you get hungry.) Most hotels in the area will have a kitchen or kitchenette in the room. You will be able to purchase food for things such as sandwiches, snacks, drinks etc. to bring into the hotel and park with you. This is far more cost effective and healthier versus purchasing all of your meals during your stay.

Go in late summer or winter.

When you are determining when you will be going to Disney, try to get dates that are in late summer or during winter. These are the least busy times and the prices are lower compared to going during the busy season (spring and early summer). Depending on where you live, if your winter is harsh you can escape to the warm weather while it’s cold back home. Going at the end of summer is also a great trip to take before the kids head back to school.

Buy a souvenir cup and have it refilled for FREE!

If you purchase a souvenir cup at the park, it will come with free refills. This average $15 investment can save you tons of money, especially if you have multiple children with you who are thirsty often. Aside from bringing in your own drinks, this cup will allow for a variety of drinks throughout the day that can easily be shared in other cups with the rest of the family for that one payment price.

For those who travel to Disney frequently what other tips do you have to share?

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips and have to admit this time out we aren't doing it on a budget, because it is the girls' first time, but still will totally keep these in mind for future visits ;)

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  2. It is so hard to go to Disney during certain times of the year when it's cheaper because kids are in school. We are considering pulling our kids out so we can go one year during the cheaper times of the year.

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  3. I haven't done Disney in many years, but back when we did, it was definitely on a budget. Thanks for the tips

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  4. I really want to take my kids to Disney but I know it can be very expensive. This information will come in really handy when planning our vacation.

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  5. I am going to show this to my Step Daughter. She is taking our Grandkids to Disney and was worried about cost. Your tips will help.

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  6. I am only a few hours south of Disney. With 5 kids it definitely takes saving and finding the best deals! Doing things inexpensive too like bringing food in, etc.

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  7. Wonderful tips!! We will be going to Disney in the next few years and I think this could be handy. I had no idea that you can take your own food into Disney Parks!

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  8. Fantastic tips - I would love to go to Disney again one day - sadly though it is expensive from here as it's such a long way!

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  9. We drove the last time. It was a long ride from Jersey, but it is nice to have your own car once there and not have to worry about baggage fees.

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  10. Great tip, right on point. We always bring our stroller and our own light for the night parade too!

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  11. We drove to Florida once and we definitely saved quite a bit on travel expenses. I'd would recommend it if you have a comfortable vehicle!

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  12. I do think going in the off season is one of the best ways you can save money when you go to attractions like Disney. If your family is large, driving is a great tip too.

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  13. I love that you can get your souvenir cup refilled for free. I didn't know that but it's good info!

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  14. I've never been to Disney ever and I don't think I will ever go but if I do these are great tips to keep in mind.

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  15. Bringing your own food would be the way to go. It is so expensive I am sure! Amber N

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  16. Great tips! We eventually want to go but it will cost us a ton of money! We are saving up and hoping to go at some point soon! This is helpful!

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  17. Kiddo went to Disney last summer with her grammie and her great aunt. Kiddo has other siblings who are not my husbands but grammie was nice and took all of them to Disney. I personally, despite having been a Disney fan my whole life, have no real desire to go to Disney.

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  18. I always drive, it is a big money saver and it's really nice to take a little road trip!

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  19. Buy the big turkey leg! Lunch for 2, bahahaha! So filling :P

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  20. We've only done it on a budget! We go in January (two deadest months are January or September) and we often stay with family in Orlando. So no hotel fees! We brought our own food last year although we did eat at the parks this year. It was expensive but we had cut corners elsewhere, so it was all good!

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  21. We used to take road trips from Florida to Ohio (Cedar Point) years ago!! It WAS fun!! I think the reverse would be fun too (going to Disney from Michigan, where we are now).

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  22. I have a friend who travels to Disney all the time. She says to take advantage of all the free events.

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  23. These are great tips for saving money going to Disney. Driving would save a lot of money. Bringing your own food is smart food can be expensive in the park.

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  24. Bringing your own food is definitely a wise idea since the food expense there is quite pricier.

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  25. Great tip about the cup!! We are too far from Disneyland for driving, but could make it to Disney World I'm sure! Honestly, I think a long car trip with kids is still better than a short, harried flight!

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