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 planning a trip to Disney World on a budget is being prepared in advance!
Planning a Trip to Disney World on a Budget
1.Start up a Disney Fund. I live under the philosophy that every little bit you can add to the fund can make a difference.
This could be something simple like collecting coins in a jar to saving all those gift cards you earn when shopping at Target (see how we turn them into Disney Gift Cards).
The key is to start your Disney fund about a year from the time you intend on taking your trip!
2. Travel to Disney in the Off Season. One way to pay less for a Disney vacation is to plan your trip to Disney during an non-peak time of year.
Disney will often throw out all types of money saving deals for Disney resort stays in the off season. 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).
Wondering which months you would be better off going? We have a list of our favorite times of the year to go to Walt Disney World.
3. Buy your 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.
4. 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.
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If you HAVE to eat a meal while you are in the parks, choose quick service restaurants, share meals and use these other budget saving meal tips.
5. 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.
6. Buy your tickets in bulk from a reputable ticket seller like Undercover Tourist! If we don’t purchase a Disney resort package, we buy our tickets online.
When you are planning a trip 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.
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. Happy planning!
Do you have any other tips on how to go to Disney on a budget?