Top 10 Tips to Save Money at Walt Disney World

Family vacations are expensive. Disney is expensive. However, there are many ways to lower the cost of seeing the mouse and his house if a family holiday to Florida is going to happen.

Mickey Mouse Logo courtesy of Walt Disney World
Mickey Mouse Logo courtesy of Walt Disney World


  1. Plan early, be flexible with the dates and travel in the off season: September through January (but not over the holidays).
  2. Consider the Disney Value Resort options, lower prices and many of the same benefits as the rest of the Disney properties.
  3. Book a room off-site. You may lose some of the benefits but save money on your overnight costs.
  4. Eat a good breakfast before going into the parks. Make lunch the larger meal of the day, because you get more food for less money (compared to dinner). Since you had a good breakfast, if you can wait until after the lunch rush (about 2:30 p.m.), you also save time.
  5. Take your own water and snacks. It’s allowed and you can save money by refilling the water bottles free in the parks.
  6. Plan how many days you’ll spend at Disney and purchase the multi-day, multi-park passes called Hopper Passes.
  7. Shop at an area outlet mall, such as Orlando Premium Outlets, for Disney souvenirs before hitting the parks with your kids.
  8. Purchase necessities before you go in, such as sunscreen and rain ponchos.
  9. There are a few free Disney things to do. You may stroll around the Disney Boardwalk and Downtown Disney Area or even hike in the Disney Wilderness Preserve.
  10. Finally, the best way not to spend too much money at Disney – go to Universal Studios instead.

I suggest you do your research online way in advance. Ask other parents that have gone recently. Consider using a travel agency to book. They know the ins and outs of the parks and can offer additional ways to stretch your vacation dollars.

Read Dear Crabby’s experience going to Disney!

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