Summer is here and many families are planning a visit to the most magical place on Earth…Walt Disney World. However, once you start planning this family vacation you discover it is going to cost more than you expected. More than your budget will allow. As you add everything up, you begin to consider cancelling your vacation, disappointing the kids, and think it might be best to stay somewhere local.
If you find yourself in this situation, continue reading this article before cancelling your dream vacation. Below you will find budget friendly tips to help you get more magic for your dollar.
Stay in a value resort
Disney offers a wide variety of room types at their many themed resorts. With this wide variety of accommodation choices, Disney also offers different levels is costs, perfect for any budget. If you are on a tight budget, but still want to benefit from being a Disney resort guest, you might want to consider staying at one of the value resorts – All-Star and Pop Century are very popular among families, especially those on a tight budget. Before booking your vacation, check into the off season when room rates are even lower.
Spend most of your vacation enjoying the resort you select, rather than visiting all of the theme parks. You are paying for the room, so why not enjoy all the amenities available to you. Every resort, even the value resorts, offer a recreation area, including pool, kiddie area, playgrounds, shopping, dining and other things to do. Of course, the higher up on the resort lists the more activities there are to do. If desired, skip the theme parks and bump up your resort stay to one on the moderate price list where there is a nice mix of things to do for everyone in your family.
Upgrade to bigger room
When selecting your Disney resort, consider staying at one where you have everything you need right there in your room. These rooms offer a full-size kitchen where you can cook meals, saving money on the cost of dining out. The various Disney villas are great accommodations for larger families.
Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is a must, especially if you want to enjoy all of the different Disney dining venues available at the parks and resorts. There are different levels of the plan, all depending upon how much you want to spend up front and the types of dining you want to enjoy during your vacation. In the long run, the dining plan offers you more food for a less expensive price than buying it a la carte.
If you plan to spend time at the Disney theme parks, it is best to buy multi-day tickets. The more days you buy, the cheaper the cost of park admission per day is. It is also a great idea to get the park hopper option and no expiration option on your tickets. This allows you and your family to go to multiple parks in a single day and should you not use your entire pass, you can return at anytime in the future. This is a great option, especially with theme park tickets rising in cost annually.
Take advantage of the many free things there are to do at Disney. This includes enjoying what your resort has to offer, but there are a lot more activities available to guests of all ages. Many other resorts offer movie night, campfires and story times. Take a trip over to these resorts where you can enjoy many of the activities offered across property. Other free activities include riding the monorail or taking b oat transportation.
Pack for the day
Pack everything you need into a back pack before heading out to the theme parks. This includes bottles for water, snacks, sunscreen and rain gear. This will prevent you from having to pay theme park prices for snacks and drinks. Plus you are also prepared for long exposures to the sun and keep you dry when it rains. Disney offers lockers for rent where you can keep your backpack until it is needed.
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