Going to Disney? Try using these 5 tips to save money!
1. Use a travel planner.
How does this save money? Most travel planners work for free to the client (Disney pays them a commission). A travel planner can assist you with: finding the best deals for your family, helping book dining reservations and giving invaluable tips on how to save money while inside the parks. If time is money, this will save you the MOST! Our agency also gives a small thank you gift for booking with us, as well as $25 for every family you refer to us that books a package. That money helps a ton!
2. Bring a smaller cooler.
Not a huge, hard Coleman on wheels. But a nice-sized soft cooler. Pack sodas, snacks and necessities. I always bring a few bottles of water, some sliced cheese and pretzels, gummies and sandwiches. YES, you can bring food in. Feel free to splurge on a character meal, if you’ve saved on lunch! *No glass containers or straws allowed at Animal Kingdom
3. Choose the right character meal for your family.
A travel planner can really help pin-point times and a restaurant for you but it’s good to know what to choose. Breakfast is going to be the cheapest meal. Can’t afford eating at Cinderella’s Castle?…..try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. Eating a nice character meal late in the morning, saves a meal since no one will be hungry at lunch time, instead eat the snacks you’ve packed! If you are using a dining plan then get the best bang for your buck and pick an early dinner. That will give you the chance to have a lighter lunch and a good value on the dining plan.
4. Choose the right food off the menu.
You can grab ice water for FREE anywhere fountain sodas are sold, just walk up and ask. Bottled water is about $3 a pop! This could be a huge savings for your family.
Order off the kid’s menu. This seems like an odd request but a kid’s meal comes with the main protein plus 2 sides and a drink. I always switched out the grapes and applesauce with French Fries and a cookie and a soda instead of a milk or juice. Kid’s meals cost about $6 where an adult meal is at least $8 without a drink. Save that extra $3-$4 and grab an ice cream or a souvenir instead! If you are on the dining plan then you can get the largest quick service meal and share it between two people. Choose a bottled water (or bottled soda if available) for your included beverage but also ask for a cup of water to drink with your meal and then save the bottled beverage for later. Its a great value to use the credits this way.
5. Bring a stroller.
A single is $15 a day and a double is $31. That’s a savings of at least $75- $200. There are numerous advantages to having a stroller, even for slightly older kids. We keep our raincoats, snacks, and “lovies” inside. It’s also a great place to store your drinks while you are on a ride. You will also have the use of your stroller to get to/from the buses which can be a long way from stroller rental. Tip: bring in a balloon or a glow necklace at night to tie on your stroller, so you can always find it! (Cast members re-arrange and organize strollers all the time.)
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