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So, you’re planning a Disney trip. Congrats. Now, you’re looking for a few ways you might be able to trim costs. We’ve got some ideas for you that could help you keep a little dough in your pocket.
Here are some of our best tips to save money on your next Disney trip.
~Package it Up
Disney offers a number of ways to create a vacation package and throughout the year, they offer a variety of deals that allow guests to select a resort in their budget, park tickets, dining and more for a lower cost. If your dates are flexible and you are willing to do the leg work, you can find amazing deals at a variety of price points to fit your budget.
Staying on property comes with a number of great perks including free transportation. We’ll get into the free transportation to a from the airport in just a minute because that is a great enough deal to warrant it’s own section but Disney offers free transportation to and from all the resorts to each park and Disney Springs. Bus tranportation runs every 20 minute to each park and Disney Springs that is not located on The Disney Skyliner, Monorail or Boat system.
Disney has a variety of deals available right now for 2020 and we have them covered HERE! In addition, there are Free Dining dates available which includes a free Disney Dining Plan for certain dates and resorts. All it takes is a little comparison shopping to make sure that you find the right deal for your crew.
~Take the Magical Express Bus from the airport
Anyone staying on Disney property has the option to use Disney’s Magical Express to get to and from their resort from Orlando International Airport. We highly recommend and always and I mean always use this service.
Disney’s Magical Express is Disney’s complimentary transportation from Orlando International Airport to each and every Walt Disney Resort available to all resort guests but yes, you must be staying on Walt Disney World property.
We absolutely love Magical Express. It is such a jumping off point for us, for any Walt Disney World vacation and it saves money because you aren’t renting a car, you aren’t paying to park that car at your resort or at any of the parks or the ticket and transportation center. Going car-less in Disney is a must for us to increase our magical experience and put money back in our pockets.
We have an entire blog post dedicated to Disney’s Magical Express, be sure to check it out.
This depends on how you like to travel. If you aren’t going to utilize the free transportation options offered by Disney; Monorail, Bus, Boats or Skyliner and are going to rely on Minnie Vans, Uber or Lyft, not renting a car may not save you money.
Each Disney Resort, with the exception of Fort Wilderness Campgrounds charges a fee for overnight parking. According to the Disney website, fees are as follows:
Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category:
- Disney Value Resorts: $15 per night
- Disney Moderate Resorts: $20 per night
- Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per night
Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.
Valet Parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33 per night (sales tax included).
In addition, to drive your car to the parks each day will cost and additional $25 per day.
That doesn’t include the cost of renting a car or the gas put into the car. These can really add up and should be calculated into the cost of your stay when crunching the numbers.
~Watch the School Calendars
Back in 2018, Disney World released what is referred to as dynamic pricing. This means that tickets are more expensive during more popular times of the year like summer vacation, fourth of July, Christmas, New Year’s and Spring Break to name a few. The flip side is that there are also times that are not considered peak season and those tend to come with more room discounts, more deals on packages and cheaper park tickets.
Buy Gift Cards at Target
Start your trip by hoarding Disney Gift Cards. Disney Gift Cards can be used to pay off your trip or cruise. Can be used to pay off your Magic Band at the hotel prior to checkout or be used almost anywhere on property for purchases. When you purchase your Disney Gift Cards at Target using your Target REDcard you get 5% the gift card. That 5% can really add up.
Use Points For Flights and Resorts
There are several credit cards where points can be used at Disney resorts and of course a number of cards where points can be used for flghts. The cards where points can be used for resort stays include the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, the Citi Premier Card, as well as the Disney Visa.
A really simple way to save money on your Disney vacation can be to pack snacks or meals and take them into the parks. You can no longer take large coolers or wagons into the park but you can still pack your own snacks and meals. Meals can easily cost upwards of $50 and $75 each for a family and a great way to save is to bring at least some of your own snacks to the park.