Disney World Hacks: 5 Ways To Rock A Disney Trip Without Going Broke

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!

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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).

3.  SOUVENIRS

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.


watch “Happy Hints” at Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Some FREE things to do in Orlando, Florida are:

*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!

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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!

Shan

Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and Guru of “all things calm & cozy home.”

She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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17 Comments

  1. October 15, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Great hacks! We went to Disneyworld a few years ago and spent a small fortune lol! Unfortunately we can only go in the school holidays but will definitely bear the rest of your tips in mind for next time!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Hate that you spent a small fortune, Kate, but it can happen quickly at the happiest place on earth for sure! haha Thanks for your kind words and here’s to hoping you can return to Disney World soon! 😉

      much love,
      shan

  2. October 15, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    thank you for these hacks! It’s always been a dream to visit DIsneyland!

    xx
    lau

  3. October 15, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    When my kids were growing up, the pressed pennies were such a lifesaver in terms of souvenirs- they’re cheap, lightweight and more unique than most other items around. Thank you Disney for keeping the affordable options around!

  4. October 15, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    We just started planning a trip to Disney this coming summer for 13 people, so this is great! With that many people, the budget is definitely in mind. Right now, we are looking at hotels, so this helps to know which are the value resorts.

  5. Christa
    October 15, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    These are such helpful suggestion! Disney is fun but can be so expensive. I’ll need to look into those resorts. I certainly don’t mind a bit of noise!

  6. October 16, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Hi Shan,
    Great tips! I remember the first time we went to Disney, although it was a hassle, we had lunch in the car on the first and second day. On our last day, we had lunch inside the park. We saved a lot of money since we planned our every meal 😉
    Cheers,
    Jessica

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 9:52 am

      You are right, Jessica. Planning meals is not the easy way out but it sure does save those dollars! Thanks!!!

      much love,
      shan

  7. October 16, 2018 / 9:25 am

    I love how you have made a point in visiting other thing in Orlando. Yes, of course the Disney will be probably the first that families cross their mind, but there is also other fun stuff to do. Love your hacks!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Aw, thanks, Marcela for your kind words. Glad it was helpful. Yes, there are SO many things to do in Orlando that it’s crazy!

      much love,
      shan

  8. October 16, 2018 / 10:08 am

    This post literally couldn’t have come at a better time. My husband and I are currently debating between a trip home to visit family or a trip to Disney World. The ticket prices for the park shocked me and I have been wondering if it would be worth it. The free stuff is definitely something I’ll be adding to our discussion!

  9. October 16, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Love these hacks will be keeping this saved for our Disney LAND trip in october. I went to disney as a kid so a lot of this rings a bell but def needed a refresher

  10. October 16, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I have never been to disney land! These are all great tips. Going during off season will reduce the amount of crowds and lower hotel prices

  11. Becca Wilson
    October 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Choosing off season dates is such a great tip! The rates will be lower and it wouldn’t typically be as busy – fingers crossed!

  12. October 17, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Those are some important things to think about. I am just sad that I couldn’t do those hacks for me at Disneyland because it’s almost as if there is no longer an off-season there. Even mid-week gets crazy.

  13. October 18, 2018 / 4:33 am

    These hacks are amazing! It can be so expensive to visit Disney World, we haven’t done it yet, but we plan to!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Thank you, Nati. I’m glad they helped. Let us know what you think when you go! 🙂

      much love,
      shan

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