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Disney World hacks are needed to do Disney World on a dime because that’s the only way a family vacation in Orlando is going to happen for most folks. For others, doing Disney World on a budget will help to extend the trip or afford a few extras. There are many Disney World hacks to help you enjoy that family vacay with Mickey without losing your mind or all your dollars, but here are the easiest ones!
5 Disney World Hacks
These five Disney World hacks will save you a few of those dollars to really relax and enjoy yourself on that upcoming Disney vacation.
1. CHOOSE OFF-SEASON VISITS
As mentioned on the Disney World tips and secrets, the time frame matters if you really want to do Disney World on a budget. Not only will the crowds be lower at non-peak seasons, but the prices are also generally lower on tickets and resorts as well! Check out that link for suggestions of the best times to kill two birds with one stone.
2. STAY AT A VALUE RESORT OR CAMPGROUND
Have you considered staying in one of Disney World’s value resorts? I think these Disney resorts have a lot going for them with the lower price point by appealing to kids of all ages and offering great pools, food options, and bus transportation. For most, the smaller size and noisier locations are a small sacrifice for saving so much money on accommodations.
Art of Animation is the newest and most expensive of the Disney value resort hotels but has options for larger families. The choices are:
- Pop Century Resort
- All Star Music Resort
- All Star Movies Resort
- All Star Sports Resort
- Art of Animation Resort
Another idea is to stay at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Don’t have an RV? That’s OK because there are tent sites as well as you can get a spot for as low as $55 during off-peak seasons (refer back to #1).
All parents typically cringe at the thought of
wasting spending tons of money on Disney World souvenirs that may or may not live for another year. Disney World hacks that we discovered last year were to (a.) buy apparel and souvenirs at non-Disney stores outside of the park, (b) have fun with Disney Pin Trading, and explore the parks for Disney Pressed Pennies that can be collected in a book and a valuable memento for generations to come.
4. LIMITED DISNEY MEALS
One of the Disney hacks that helped us save A LOT of money was to plan our meals a bit ahead of time. My advice is to only buy one meal inside the Disney parks each day if at all possible – and preferably buy only breakfast or lunch within the parks. These are the cheapest meals that are served compared to the more expensive dinner entrees which can get very pricey.
A perfect scenario for families with kids is to eat a big breakfast before entering the parks and bring snacks to fill in the gaps before and after lunch. Purchase lunch at a Disney restaurant. Eat dinner at your hotel or at a restaurant outside of the parks. You can save so much money with this Disney World hack if you simply adjust it according to your family’s needs.
5. OUTSIDE DISNEY
Now you know how much I love the official Disney parks, but there are so many other low cost and free things to do in Orlando as well that can help you extend your Disney family vacation. Activities, like spending time at your resort and visiting FREE Orlando attractions, are a couple of the big ones that would add life (without spending) to the life of your vacay.
I would venture to say that almost EVERYONE could benefit from a “chill day” spent completely at your Orlando resort. Especially if you stay at a Disney resort, there will be plenty to do and see.
Have you been to Disney Springs?
We fell in love and ended up spending two full days there on our last Disney vacay because it’s wonderful and can be completely free (unless you shop or buy food). It’s free to park at Disney Springs and you can get samples at times at different stores. It’s a lot of fun to hang out there as a family at this beautiful Disney destination.
- Old Town Kissimmee
- Walt Disney’s “Perfect Town”
- Watch free gator feedings
- Visit the beach
- Explore Fort Christmas
*BONUS DISNEY HACK*
You get a bonus one -> One of the Disney World hacks I haven’t mentioned that we enjoy is to ride the monorail around to the deluxe resort hotels. If you are visiting Disney World during a holiday, it’s a must to see the decorations in each of these fabulous accommodations. Not only does riding the monorail give your feet a break, but it’s also such a fun family sightseeing experience!
- Disney Packing List & what I wish I’d known
- You won’t believe what you can do at this family attraction
Which of these Disney hacks do you plan to implement? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
I hope these Disney World hacks were helpful to hang on to as much of your hard-earned dollars as possible. Let me know if I can help in any other way!