4 Hacks to Help You Save on Your Next Trip to Walt Disney World
Disney World may very well be the happiest place on Earth, but it isn’t the most economical. However, as a park-frequenter for the greater majority of my life, I have picked up on a few tips and tricks to greatly cut back costs to make the experience much more budget-friendly. Now, as a full-time college student with a part-time job, I can make it work without breaking the bank.
So, listen up Disney lovers, I’ve got you:
1) Staying overnight? Don’t stay at a Disney Hotel.
Instead, stay at a Disney affiliated hotel. Many hotels outside of the Disney franchise actually offer shuttles or buses into the parks, and to Disney Springs. You can find dozens of hotels with complimentary transportation into Disney World, without paying Disney prices to stay the night in Orlando. I booked my next stay at the Holiday Inn Orlando with Hotels.com.
2) Pack a snack!! (Or a few.)
Many people assume you can’t bring food or drinks inside of the parks. However, this is quite the contrary. You can bring snacks, unopened water bottles, and even coolers (if you’re up to dragging one of those around a theme park all day). Personally, I prefer to bring in things to snack on during the day and save one meal to spend at a restaurant in the park.
3) Plan ahead, and pay attention to special offers.
If you’re a Disney die-hard like myself, you could easily spend many days of the year inside the parks. The downside is that single-day park tickets are typically over $100 a day. However, pay close attention to special offers, especially for Florida residents. For the past couple years, Disney has offered a great deal with a 3-Day park ticket for $159, where you can add a fourth ticket for just $20 more. Even if you find yourself only able to go twice, you’ll still save around fifty bucks from this special deal, instead of buying a second separate ticket.
4) Day trip? Try this to save $22.
Another wonderful advantage of being a Florida resident is that, depending on where you’re located in the state, you can easily make a day trip down to the kingdom of the Mouse. The only downside is parking, where it ranges from $22-$40 just to park for the day. If you can spare an extra thirty minutes of your day, park for free at Disney Springs. From there, take a Disney shuttle to one of the Disney resorts with a monorail (i.e. The Polynesian or Grand Floridian). Hop on the monorail, and you can get direct access to Magic Kingdom or EPCOT. If your park destination is elsewhere, just bus-hop onto the coordinating shuttle from the resort into the park.