Disney is one of the best family vacation destinations, and for good reason. You will literally feel like you are entering another world. There are tons of family-friendly attractions, spectacular hotels to choose from, and delicious dining options.
But for some people, as much as they would love for their family to reap the benefits of a Disney vacation, it just doesn’t seem possible. Thinking about the cost of souvenirs, ticket prices, and on-site resort fees is scary. However, this should not discourage you. The good news is that you can take your family on a Disney trip without putting a huge dent in your pocket.
If you are going to be at the park for four or more days, you should definitely consider purchasing a multiday park pass. Websites such as parksavers.com offer seven-day Park Hopper passes for the same price of four separate day passes.
Educate yourself on the Disney’s membership discounts. Disney parks and resorts often provide discounts for those who have served or are serving in the military, AARP members, and AAA users.
Disney parks have a ridiculous amount of souvenir shops, and as tempting as purchasing something from one of them may be, avoid them completely if you are trying to save money. You can purchase gifts at shops outside the parks or online for a much better price.
Although we commonly toss our receipts after receiving them, you should avoid doing so when visiting Disney. Some receipts have discounts for Downtown Disney retailers on them. You can save money and use these discounts for souvenirs for your kids.
If you are staying on-site at Disney World, the best way to save money on food is by purchasing the Disney Dining Plan. It’s a great way to save money and eat conveniently in the parks. You will get a refillable mug that you can use for snacks and at restaurants.
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Prepare breakfast in your hotel room or simply eat the continental breakfast in your hotel before you go to the park. This will save you money on having to purchase an extra meal for your family.
As tempting as Disney World resort vacation packages are, they are usually very pricy. Stay in a hotel off site instead. There are tons of great places to stay just a few minutes from Disney that offer shuttle services to the parks.
Make a spreadsheet. Keep track of meal costs, gas prices, snacks, parking etc. Know what you are going to spend before you go and stick to that budget.
Change adds up. Have your entire family save all of their change throughout the trip. At the end, compile all of the change together and use it on small souvenirs.
Your kids will want to have a souvenir to take home, and instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money in a Disney shop, purchase an autograph book instead. It’s the perfect way for them to take home memories of all the Disney characters, and the book only costs about $6.