There are several ways to save money on a Disney World vacation. The most obvious are getting a great deal on your airfare, traveling during the off season, choosing to stay at a less expensive hotel, using the Disney Ticket Calculator to purchase your admissions and eating at economical restaurants. But what do you do if you’ve done all of this and you still need to cut your budget? Well, I’ve got you covered, my friends! Here are five simple and painless ways to save over $500 on your next Disney World vacation.
Before We Begin
For each of these five tips, let’s assume we are a family of four traveling to Disney World for a one week (seven night, six day) vacation. Our sample family includes Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith, little Susie (age 6) and little Tommy (age 3). We’ll first do the math for full price at Disney World and then compare it to the math with our tip in place. Prepare to be amazed!
Tip 1: Bring your own rain ponchos.
Disney World is a rainy place and no matter what time of year I have visited, I have always needed a rain poncho at least once during the trip. By bringing your own rain ponchos with you instead of buying one at the parks, this is a super easy way to save some bucks.
Buy 2 adult ponchos at Disney World x $8.50 = $17
Buy 2 kids ponchos at Disney World x $7.50 = $16
Instead buy 4 ponchos at local Dollar Store = $4
Savings: ($17 + $16) – $4 = $29
Tip 2: Bring your own stroller.
There are a lot of great reasons to bring your own stroller to Disney World. It’s so handy to have it not only in the parks, but for the airport and resort areas as well. This is also a simple way to save some money. For our sample family, we will definitely need a stroller for Tommy (age 3). Remember, there is no charge by the airlines to gate check your stroller and Babies R Us even sells cute Disney themed ones.
Rent 1 Single Stroller for Tommy x $13 per day (length of stay rate) x 6 days = $78
Instead buy 1 umbrella stroller at Babies R Us = $25
Savings: $78 – $25 = $53
Tip 3: Drink free water.
All table service and counter service restaurants at Disney World will provide you with a cup of ice water for free. Instead of wasting money and calories on sugary drinks, this is a painless way to save some cash. For our sample family, let’s assume everyone wants something other than water to drink at breakfast and Tommy and Susie’s kid’s meals will include a drink at lunch and dinner. Only Mr. and Mrs. Smith will be drinking the free water at lunch and dinner.
Buy 1 Beverage x $3 x 2 adults x 2 meals x 6 days = $72
Instead Free Water x 2 adults x 2 meals x 6 days = $0
Savings: $72 – $0 = $72
Tip 4: Bring your own snacks.
Snacks are a perfect place to save money on a Disney World vacation. Everyone needs a couple snacks each day in order to keep their energy up for a full day of touring. It’s amazing how much can be saved by bringing your own non-perishable snacks with you into the park and picking up a free water from the nearest counter service restaurant.
Buy 1 Beverage x $3 and Buy 1 Snack x $4 x 4 people x 2 times x 6 days = $336
Instead Free Water and Bring Own Snacks $35 (ziplock bags, cereal bars, granola bars, goldfish, raisins, crackers)
Savings: $336 – $35 = $301
Tip 5: Have breakfast in your room.
Not only does having breakfast in your room save time, it can save you a small fortune on your Disney World vacation. For our sample family, let’s assume they will only pack non-perishable food items. Let’s plan that Mr. Smith will go to his hotel’s food court each morning to pick up two coffees and two milks while Mrs. Smith gets the kids up and going, so we won’t include beverages on either cost.
Buy 1 Bounty Platter $9 + 1 Yogurt Parfait $6 + (2 Kids Mickey Waffle Meals x $5) x 6 days = $150
Instead Bring Your Own Breakfast $30 (paper bowls, napkins, plastic spoons, cereal, pop tarts, mini donuts, cereal bars)
Savings: $150 – $30 = $120
Let’s Add It All Up
Tip 1: Bring your own rain ponchos – Savings of $29
Tip 2: Bring your own stroller – Savings of $53
Tip 3: Drink free water – Savings of $72
Tip 4: Bring your own snacks – Savings of $301
Tip 5: Have breakfast in your room – Savings of $120
Grand Total – Savings of $575
So there you have it folks, five simple and painless ways to save over $500 on your next Disney World vacation!
Have you tried any of these tips before? Do you have any other easy ways to save money on a Disney World vacation? Please leave a comment!