Going to Disney? Try using these 5 tips to save money!
1. Use a travel agent.
How does this save money? Most travel agents work for free to the client (Disney pays them a commission). A travel agent 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 cooler.
Not a huge, hard Coleman on wheels. But a nice-sized soft cooler. Pack sodas, snacks and necessities. I always bring about 6 Diet Cokes, 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.
An agent 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!
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!
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, cooler and “lovies” inside. It’s also a great place to store your drinks while you are on a ride. Tip: bring in a balloon 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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