Many people think that a Disney Vacation is out of reach financially. This doesn’t have to be the case, especially if you prepare for a trip for a year or more out. The key to going to Disney World on a budget is being prepared in advance!
We are experts when it comes to doing Disney on a budget. We don’t like paying full price for anything and that includes a trip to Disney World. If you are looking for some ways to cut costs from your vacation use these tips:
Tips for Going to Disney World on a Budget
Travel to Disney in the Off Season
One way to pay less for a Disney vacation is to go during a non-peak time of year, like January and February.
Disney will often throw out different types of money saving deals for Disney resort in the off season because they have a hard time filling the rooms.
The other benefit to traveling in non-peak season is that the parks are far less crowded so you can do more during your day at the park (because you won’t be standing in lines for as long of a time).
Consider staying off Disney property
When planning a trip to Disney World on a budget, look into staying off property at a condo or townhouse instead of on Disney property.
We have done this several times and have paid a fraction of the cost we would have otherwise spent. Often the accommodations are larger and allows you to do money saving things like cook meals in your own kitchen.
If you want to stay on Disney property, you should choose a Value Resort. My favorite budget-friendly Disney resort is Pop Century because of the location and because it has recently undergone some lovely room renovations.
Use a Discount Disney Ticket Broker
If we don’t purchase a Disney resort package, we buy our tickets online with Undercover Tourist. It is our go-to Disney ticket broker.
When you are going to Disney World on a budget, you are going to want to get the best deal you can find on your park tickets.
What we’ve found is that the more days you go to the parks, the less expensive your tickets will be. You are better off buying 3+ days of park tickets, than just a one day ticket.
Disney really wants you to go to all four parks and will give you even more incentives when you buy 4 or more days of park tickets.
If you aren’t buying your tickets through Disney as part of a resort stay package, I highly encourage you to look at the price difference between Undercover Tourist as opposed to buying tickets once you get to the park.
Buy Disney souvenirs before you go
What I mean by this, is purchase things like Disney T-shirts online at Shop Disney rather than in the park and shop for small Disney items at places like the Dollar Store.
You will save a ton of money upfront and that way you can spend money on less expensive (but just as enjoyable) items you can take home.
Don’t forget there are also a ton of Disney Souvenirs you can get for FREE!
If you absolutely MUST buy something from the park, try to get something you won’t be able to find anywhere else and whatever you do, DON’T buy anything with a date on it because you will find that you will no longer use it once that year is over.
Bring your own food to the park!
Disney allows you to bring food & drinks with you (no alcohol though).
We often carry a backpack filled with snacks and bottled water. We use a freezable lunch bag to keep the drinks cold.
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If you HAVE to eat a meal while you are in the parks, dine at a quick service restaurant and share meals. Disney is notorious for serving more food than you can eat. Take advantage of that by splitting one meal between two people.
While a vacation in Walt Disney World is expensive, there are ways to save money on things like park tickets, food and accommodations.
The key is to plan your trip in advance and use the tips we’ve given to keep your costs within your budget.
Do you have any other tips on going to Disney on a budget?