Plan a Cheaper Disney World Vacation!

plan a cheaper Disney World vacation

Thinking about a trip to Disney World? It’s expensive, no doubt, but there are decisions you can make to lower your costs. Your hotel will have beds, food courts, and a telephone; what you may not get is tropical landscaping, wifi, and amazing architectural detailing. But if these factors are not important to you and saving money is, well, you’ve come to the right place.

Plan Ahead

I am not a huge fan of all the planing that goes into traveling to Disney these days, but planning ahead on your travel dates can save you money. Unless Grandma is fitting the bill for the entire trip (don’t we all wish!) then a spur of the moment trip can cost you big time compared to traveling other times of year.

Use an Authorized Disney Travel Agent

 

Travel Off Season

January 4th – the weekend before President’s day in February, the week after Labor Day through the week before Thanksgiving and the week after Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas.

Stay on Property

Disney offers a huge money aging perk if you stay in their on-site resorts. Magical Express is a free bus service that picks you up at the Orlando airport and drops you off at your Disney resort.

Disney World transportation services transportation are free. Use their monorails, busses, and boats to get from your resorts to the parks.

Choose This Resort Level

Unless you have several free days planned with no tickets, and we do love free days, then you will not spend a lot of hours at your resort except for sleeping. If you are paying for a place to sleep, choose the least expensive resort level, which is the Value Resorts.

  • All-Star Resorts
  • Art of Animation
  • Pop Century

The Value Resorts have free wifi, pools, laundry rooms, food courts, free bus transportation, TV, mini-fridges, beds, showers, and a telephone. You get all that at far less of a price than the upper level resorts, which you might want to save for another trip.

Bring Food and Snacks

There is no rule that prevents you from bringing your own food into Disney theme parks. When they check your bags, they are searching for illegal weapons rather than illegal chocolates. The same things goes for drinks. 

Bring in your own snacks. For recommendations on the best snacking foods, use this link.

Drinks are heavy. If you bring in several of your own bottles, you can re-fill them with this.

 

Keep the Spovenirs to a Minimum

I love a cute Disney tee just as much as the next gal, but paying Disney retail will take a huge bite out of your vacation apple.

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Disney Merchandise Mobile Checkout Will Save You Time!

Disney app for mobile purchases

Disney just rolled out a faster way to check out and purchase your vacation souvenirs using a new service called Merchandise Mobile Checkout. When you have formerly stood in long lines completing your souvenir shopping, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of how this phone technology works.

At select stores, just select your items, scan them, and check out using the mobile app. Think how super fast this will be!

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Visit Showcase of Citrus In Clermont

Showcase of Citrus is a family owned and operated estate which cultivates citrus and cattle on 2500 acres just outside of Orlando in a city called Clermont. There’s enough activities to keep you busy for a nice morning or afternoon visit.

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The Mickey Mousse at Disney Springs

 

Mickey Mousse dessert at Disney Springs

There’s an adorable sugary creation at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs called the Mickey Mousse. When you’re doing some souvenir shopping or you’ve just finished a nice meal, head over to Amorette’s for a Mickey Mousse dessert.  

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Chef Mickey’s at Disney World

Chef Mickey's at Disney World

Chef Mickey’s at Disney World is an all-you-care-to-eat family-style restaurant located in one fourth of the Contemporary Resort’s Grand Canyon Concourse level. While you dine, you’ll see monorails zip by and view the classic 90-foot-high mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair overlooking the restaurant. Looking for a nice character meal while you visit Disney World?

Get ready to plan your next vacation meal at Chef Mikey’s! 

And don’t forget your wallet. You’ll need it.

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Disney Restaurant Dress Code for Signature Dining

Disney World Signature Restaurant Dress Code rules

Will you ever need to need to dress up in your “fancy” clothes while on a Disney World vacation? For several restaurants, the answer is definitely yes. There is a Disney Restaurant Dress Code specifically for Signature Dining. [Read more…]

Smoking at Disney World: Your Guide

where to smoke and vape at Disney World

Since 2019, smoking sections at Disney World parks have been removed. As a result, there are now specific smoking areas designated outside the parks. E-cigarettes and vape pens are included in the ban. If you have a nicotine addiction, where will you be able to smoke or vape on Disney property?

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Disney 2020 Halloween Merchandise Released

Disney sparkle Halloween bag for trick or treating

Disney Halloween merchandise recently landed in stores for 2020, and for kids, this could be the highlight of your fall holiday shopping experience. If park tickets are not in your foreseeable future but you are visiting Orlando, stop by Disney Springs. 

World of Disney in Disney Springs is a humongous retail store located in Disney Springs, which feels more like an experience than a store. They carry a large variety of Disney character-themed clothing, housewares, toys, jewelry, and collectibles. It’s a must-visit if you spend any time at Disney springs.

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Turn Yourself Into a Disney Character!

Disney has a cool webpage where you can create a character that looks just like you, only with Disney perks like backgrounds and Mouse-decorated clothing. Are you read to Disney character yourself?!

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Disney World’s Paper Straws

Disney Paper Straws

In 2019, The Walt Disney Company eliminated single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all their locations worldwide. As you begin planning your next vacation, and you really prepared to use the new Disney Paper Straws? [Read more…]

Visit the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

The Christmas Tree Trail in Disney Springs is decorated for the holidays during parts of November through January. This walking opportunity is located in the Marketplace section of the Springs, and it is suitable for visitors of all ages and handicap accessible. We’ve got all the details you need to know, plus we discuss the good vs. the bad about this festive holiday experience. [Read more…]

The Beach Princess: Kayaking at Blue Angel Recreational Center

I’m one of those really fortunate people who gets to live with a 50 mile radius of places other people pay thousands of dollars each year to visit. We bought kayaks several years ago as a way to go boating without spending a lot of money, and with spectacular spring weather here, we dragged several kayaks out and drove toward Pensacola, Florida.  [Read more…]