If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, you’re in for a treat! However, it’s no secret that a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth can be quite expensive. But fear not, as we are here to help you save some money while still having an unforgettable experience. In this article, we will share with you the top ways to save money on a Disney World vacation, allowing you to make the most out of your trip without breaking the bank.
1.-Plan ahead and go during a “slow” period
Timing is everything when it comes to planning a Disney World vacation. By visiting during the off-season, you can take advantage of lower prices on accommodations, tickets, and even dining. If possible, avoiding peak times such as school breaks and holidays can save you a significant amount of money and enable you to enjoy shorter lines and smaller crowds.
2.-Finding Disney World savings may mean staying at an off-site hotel
While Disney World has an array of beautiful, themed resorts, staying off-property can save you a substantial amount of money. Explore nearby hotels that offer shuttle services to the theme parks and compare prices. Often, you may find comparable accommodation options at a fraction of the cost of staying within the Disney resort area.
3.-Bring your own snacks and drinks into the parks
One of the most significant expenses at Disney World can be food and beverages. By bringing your own snacks and drinks into the park, you’ll not only save money but also have the convenience of having your favorite treats readily available. Pack some sandwiches, fruits, and refillable water bottles to keep yourself energized throughout the day. Keep in mind glass containers are not allowed in the park, so don’t make that mistake and end up having to throw out your snacks or drinks before even getting in the park!
4.- Get a Disney Rewards VISA card
The next tip to unlock magical savings on your Walt Disney World vacation is to get approved for the Chase Disney Rewards VISA. (Clicking the link will take you to the Chase webpage, which may result in Ryan Travels receiving compensation) There are a few different reasons this can save you money on your next trip. First, you can earn rewards points on all your everyday purchases that you can then redeem for a “Disney Redemption Card” which is basically a Disney Gift Card. You can then turn around and use this redemption card to pay for almost anything Disney-related whether that be a vacation, souvenirs, meals in the park, etc.
Oftentimes, Disney will run special offers and promotions solely for those that have a Disney Rewards VISA. In the past this has ranged from extended dates to be able to book the free dining promotion with the Disney Dining Plan, or up to 35% off certain resorts. I recently was able to book a client in Port Orleans Riverside in a Woods View room for a week with park tickets for a price basically cheaper than a rack rate Value Resort stay for the same week, simply because they had a Disney VISA and were able to put the $200 deposit on the card. The rest of the trip you can pay however you want, but as long as you put the deposit on you Disney VISA card, you qualify for the discount on your entire cost of the trip.
Additionally, many retail shops and select dining locations around the Walt Disney World resort offer discounts if you use your Disney VISA when paying. Usually it is no more than 10 percent, but any savings you can make when planning for a Walt Disney World vacation or even while at Disney World you should absolutely take advantage of.
Finally, vacations to Disney Destinations paid with your Chase Disney Rewards card are able to take up to six months of 0% financing! This allows you more time to pay off that vacation without paying interest! Just another way to take advantage of those Disney World savings!
5.-Take advantage of Disney Dining Plans
If you do plan on dining within the theme parks or resorts, consider purchasing a Disney Dining Plan. These plans offer pre-paid dining credits that can help you save on meal expenses. Analyze the different dining plan options available and choose the one that suits your needs and budget the best. Make sure you maximize the value of any dining plan by trying to dine at the more expensive locations or choosing more expensive food items.
6.-Research and Compare Ticket Options
When it comes to tickets, Disney World offers various options, including single-day tickets, multi-day tickets, park hoppers, and annual passes. Research the different ticket types and compare prices to find the best deal for your party. Keep in mind that multi-day tickets often provide more value for money and can be a great choice if you plan to spend several days exploring the parks.
7.-Use Genie+ Wisely
Disney’s Genie+ system allows you to skip the lines and reserve access to select attractions, shows, and character greetings in advance. Make sure to take full advantage of this service by booking your Lightning Lane choices at the appropriate time. This will not only save you valuable time but also ensure that you can experience your favorite attractions without waiting for hours. This allows you to experience more of the parks in a shorter amount of time.
8.-Utilize Disney Transportation
Disney offers complimentary transportation from select hotels to the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Take advantage of this service to save money on transportation costs. Avoiding parking fees and the hassle of driving yourself can be a significant benefit, allowing you to relax and enjoy the magic of Disney World.
9.-Research Special Offers and other discounts
Disney World frequently provides special offers and discounts, such as free dining plans or discounted tickets. Stay updated by following their official website and social media channels for the latest promotions.
10.-Using a travel agent is the best route to Disney World savings!
Yes, my final tip is a little (ok, a lot!) self-serving, but it’s the truth. Using the services of a travel agent may save you hundreds of dollars! Travel agents are the first to hear of special offers and are on the phones ready to book or apply them to their clients’ reservations the minute they are open for booking. Also, using a travel agent can save you the time and hassle of constantly being on the lookout for new deals. Finally, a travel agent can help you with when to go, where to stay, and where to eat all based on your preferences.
By implementing these top ways to save money on a Disney World vacation, you can have an incredible experience while keeping your finances in check. Remember to plan ahead, research your options, and take advantage of any discounts available. Have a magical time exploring the wonders of Disney without worrying about breaking the bank!
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