Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on your family vacation getaway to Disney World? By planning ahead, seeking out the best online travel deals and following some simple money-saving tips, you can enjoy significant savings at Disney World – without sacrificing any of your family’s comfort or enjoyment.
1. Choosing Accommodations
You will discover numerous quality accommodations within a 5- to 10-minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. For instance, Westgate Resorts offers spacious accommodations, first-clss amenities and seven amazing Orlando area properties to choose from.
2. Eating Out
Instead of spending a fortune at one of the Disney Character Breakfasts, take your children to Town Square at Main Street, U.S.A. in Disney’s Magic Kingdom for autograph and photo opportunities with their favorite Disney characters. If you choose to eat at the Disney World theme parks, try to make lunch your big meal of the day when prices are considerably lower than for dinner (especially at Epcot’s World Showcase).
For dinner, consider taking the family to one of the many all-you-can-eat buffets that lie outside Disney World property. In addition, look for free publications such as I Love Orlando magazine, which contains a multitude of discount coupons for area restaurants. Also, many off-site hotels and motels with onsite restaurants offer “Kids Eat Free” deals (one child eats free per paying adult).
3. Shopping for Souvenirs
Establish a budget for Disney World souvenirs and stick to your budget (no matter how many cool gifts you see as you stroll through Epcot’s World Showcase!). Some of the area factory outlet stores such as Orlando Premium Outlets sell Disney merchandise at significantly lower prices than you will find at stores within the Disney World theme parks.
4. Planning Ahead
Preparation is the key for maximizing your time at Disney World. Surprises are great when they’re from Mickey Mouse; not when you discover after the fact that you could have saved a bundle with a discount offer or when you’re scrambling to change your schedule to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. If you’re just getting started, check out our Guide to Planning your Disney World Vacation.