1. Request your FREE Disney Parks DVD – If you are just in the planning stages of your trip or maybe not. Disney offers a FREE DVD that will show you the inside of the park and go through all of the on site resorts. This gives you an idea of where you may want to book your next Disney vacation. Even if you have been to Disney before , it’s a great free resource to have. Our first trip there..we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarters. After watching the DVD, we booked our next trip with kids this time and stayed at Animal Kingdom. Request your Free DVD Here
2. Raise – Join Raise.com – which is a discounted website that sells tons of Gift cards at a Discount. Including Disney Gift Card. Once you sign up , search for Disney Gift Cards and click the alert button to the right and you will be emailed every time Disney gift cards at a decent % off go on sale. You will want to do this because sometimes the gift cards are as much as $15% off and they go fast!
3. Save 5% on your ENTIRE Disney Trip or anything inside of Disney – If you do not have a Target Red Card , now is the time you will want to get one. It is FREE. You have the option of getting the credit card or just a Target Debit Card which is linked to your checking account. You save 5% on everything at Target INCLUDING Disney Gift Cards. You can purchase as many as you want and save 5% and use them to pay off your trip or while you are there on food, souvenirs, park tickets. Anything Disney! Get your Target Red Card Here
4. Grocery Delivery – If staying on Disney property , whether getting the Dining Plan or not. Shop at Walmart.com which we have found to be the cheapest by FAR when it comes to snacks , cereals and bottled water. They ship for FREE when you spend $50 or more. You simply use your resorts address and include your reservation # and date of arrival on the second line of the address when placing your order.
Call your Disney resort as well first just to make sure they accept deliveries. (most of them do – but some charge a fee of $10-$20 to hold it)
On the day of your arrival , when checking in ..they will let you know you have a package and bring it right up to your room for you. Below is a picture of ours from our last Disney trip.
4. Skip the Park Hopper – If you’re an annual paassholder , then maybe having a parkhopper is something you can’t live without. However, if you are trying to saving money on your trip to Disney and you’re on a budget. If you don’t plan on park hopping every day, it’s not worth it. And for those especially with younger children, if you’re at Magic Kingdom all day, are you really going to run over to Epcot at 10pm and watch the fireworks? Now , before answering YES to the last question..like I mentioned before..unless you plan on doing it every day. It’s still not worth it. It’s cheaper to just upgrade to an extra day park pass and use that instead.
For example, if you are staying in Disney for 7 days and have the 6 day park pass but planned on hitting 2 parks in one day on maybe 2 of those days you are there. It will cost you maybe $35-$60 more (per family – depending on how many in your party) as per the $200 + for the park hopper where you can use it every day. See the difference?
Our last trip there, it cost us $35 more I believe for a family of 4 to add an additional day of park passes onto our stay. We used it once to see Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios at night with our boys on the same day we were at Epcot.
5. Cut out many of your souveniers – You are going to think I am nuts for saying this. It’s your first time in Disney..of course you have to get something right?! An ornament, a dish towel to say you were there. Or your child wants a stuffed animal and that’s fine. But those Expensive Cinderella castles, and other toys. You may want to check The Disney Store online first. They DO sell many Disney Pasrk products right online. Plus , many times they have their items on sale where you will NEVER them on sale in Disneyworld. Take for instance This Cinderella Castle. It was $89.95 in Disney when we went right before Christmas last year. My son wanted this from Santa. Not only did I not like the price, but I would have had to lug this thing home with me. I checked online and not only was I able to get it shipped to my home for free but it was on sale for $69.95! I ordered it right from the hotel room that night. Along with a few other Disney Christmas ornaments I was bringing home for their teachers and a few other people that I was getting as gifts for. I save a lot of money this way! Trust me , I know when you’re in Disney with kids its VERY hard to tell them…”now let’s wait until you get home and you can have that toy” But they ARE in Disney after all right? Now once they are home and the vacation is over..they still have something to look forward to and play with . That’s how I look at it 🙂 Just check it out before spending alot of souveniers and see if what you have in your hands is online for less.
6. Save 10% on Disney Merchandise – If you are a Chase accountholder, go into your branch or you can sign up online and request a Disney debit card. Its Free and will save you 10% on your merchandise of $50 or more in Disney and online at Disneystore.com as well!
7. SKIP the Dining Plan – A few times a year Disney will offer Free Dining , and while this is an AMAZING deal for some. It may not be for others. Sure your dining plan is free but there is NO discount on the hotel rooms. So if you don’t plan on getting the Dining plan and you’re just getting it anyway because at the time you are going it’s FREE. Look into other deals they might have going on. They do offer 30% off hotel rooms , sometimes 40% or Free nights as well. In 2012 when we went to Disney we took the Dining Plan and I think it was definitely worth it. A few months back we chose not to take it and we did manage to save some money. We do not drink soda and my kids really only drink juice once in a while so the free refills on drinks that were included in the dining plan were not necessary for us. I spent $6 and had juice boxes delivered to my hotel room from Walmart along with other snacks that I mentioned above. Plus we had a few cases of water delivered as well. I also purchased a few boxes of cereal this way all we needed to grad when we got to our hotel was milk. We also are not big fancy eaters and don’t have to eat steaks and lobster every night. BUT…I also didn’t want my kids eating fast food every day for lunch and dinner. (this is where it end up costing us a bit more since we were trying to eat on the healthier side) I did get my Starbucks every day and my husband ended up buying one refillable mug for our 10 day stay for his hot tea. He maybe had 1 or 2 beers with his dinners and that was it. I figured it out that we saved around $400 by not taking the dining plan. Now our next trip is coming up for this October and we ARE taking the plan. Simply because we are traveling with more of my family and we want the kids to be able to do character dining again with their cousins. (we didn’t do this on the last trip since we did it on the one before) Character dining IS Included in the dining plan so if this is important to you then skipping the dining plan is not an option. Spend the money on it because you won’t be sorry. You’re kids will enjoy it! A MUST do is Chef Mickey’s! 🙂
8. Stay in Downtown Disney instead or outside of Disney – There are plenty of hotels close to Disney that offer affordable accommodations, as well as shuttles to the parks. You can stay at a hotel that’s located on Disney World property, but not owned by the park. For example, BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Orlando – Lake Buena Vista are located in Downtown Disney, but offer more affordable rates, as well as complimentary transportation to all the parks.
If you want to stay within the park and save, choose from five Value Resort Hotels: Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
How do you save when planning your trip to Disney or while in Disney? Tell us!