The Orlando Vacation Store Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:55:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Orlando Vacation Store 32 32 5 Ways to Save Money on your Disney World Vacation Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:55:43 +0000 Read More ...]]> Going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, is one of the happiest and most memorable experiences of many people’s lives.

save money at disneyworldUnfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive experiences as well. There are a number of easy steps people can take to reduce these costs and ensure that they save money. This is a surefire way to make the Happiest Place on Earth even happier. Here are five ways to save money at Disney World.

1: Room gifts

One of the biggest costs to parents taking their children to Disney World is the children wanting to buy any number of the expensive souvenirs on display at the parks. A way to mitigate this is for parents to buy a number of small gifts that they can present as surprises to the children at different stages of the day (such as a lunch surprise, dinner surprise, and so on). This makes it easier for parents to talk children out of wanting really pricey gifts when the child has a mystery surprise waiting for them back at the hotel. This also has the side-effect of making it easier to lure kids back to the hotel when they otherwise wouldn’t want to leave the park.

2: Staying offsite

Disney pours an insane amount of marketing money into making people think they absolutely must stay at one of the fancy resorts onsite. However, it is very easy to get reservations at various hotels offsite for a fraction of what Disney charges. This makes the overall trip more affordable and is also a practical decision, as busy park visitors will mostly be using their rooms to sleep anyway. Orlando is very tourist-friendly, so the sheer number of offsite hotels helps keep prices consistently competitive.

3: Dining offsite

It takes visitors very little time to notice that Disney’s food is a bit overpriced. To be fair, visitors are paying for unique experiences, such as recreating a 1950’s sci-fi drive-in theater at Hollywood Studios, or dining inside the castle from Beauty and the Beast. However, guests can get much cheaper dining almost anywhere offsite. It’s not uncommon for Disney World food prices to be two or even three times what such food would cost at an equivalent restaurant outside of the parks, so visiting more non-Disney restaurants helps you stretch your food budget much further.

4: Window shopping

Like the food, merchandise sold at Disney often receives an extreme markup. There are certain items that are unique to the Disney Parks, making them arguably more valuable. However, Disney sells a fair amount of items that can be found outside the parks at far cheaper prices. For instance, parents of children who are longing for a Star Wars toy set being sold at the Magic Kingdom for $60 may find that set at a nearby Target (or even Disney’s own online store) for $35 or $40. When spread across an entire vacation, these savings really add up.

5: Avoid busier times

Even with those competitive Orlando hotels, prices are going to go up at busy times. These include dates close to major holidays such as Christmas and even smaller holidays when children are out of school. Whenever possible, it’s best to schedule a vacation to Disney well away from these busy dates. This keeps prices down and park attendance lower. For even bigger savings and fewer people, try to visit the parks sometime between Monday and Thursday rather than the busier days at the end of the week.

Overall, a trip to Disney World is always going to be a costly proposition. However, following these easy tips can help to save money during every stage of the vacation. This will lessen the impact on your wallet and make it easier to return to the park sooner than you otherwise would be able to.

Orlando Vacation Planning: Money Saving Tips III Mon, 15 May 2017 19:46:23 +0000 Read More ...]]> Planning a Disney or Universal Studios Orlando vacation is never going to be cheap, but it does not mean that you have to empty out your piggy bank in order to afford it.

Of course, a lot depends on many little choices you have to make on a day-to-day basis while at the park. Because of this, I have decided to give you a few more money saving tips for your Orlando vacation:

disneyworld money saving tips

  • Deluxe resortsDeluxe resorts are always the most expensive alternative when it comes to lodging, so they are definitely not an option for you if you are on a budget. If you still want the comfort and luxury of a great place and you are still willing to spend more than what a cheap but basic place would cost, you can go for the moderate resorts. Staying outside any of the resort complexes is also a great alternative, but it means that you have to figure out a different, non-complimentary way of getting to the parks.
  • Be smart about souvenirs
    I know, I know, souvenirs are the best way of taking something home with you to remember your trip by, but are they really necessary? When you really think about it, most of the souvenirs that you take home with you will end up lost or in the garbage a few weeks or months in; I know mine do. Instead of spending lots of money on things you will not really cherish, why not just take pictures and soak in every moment of the experience?
  • Forget about Combo Meals
    You can save an extra $1.50 to $2.00 per person by removing sides or drinks from the meals you decide to buy at the theme park you are visiting. Also, the size of the meals is sometimes so big that you will not even really want the sides anyways.

Do you have any other useful money saving tips?

Orlando Vacation Planning: Money Saving Tips II Mon, 15 May 2017 19:45:12 +0000 Read More ...]]> Planning a Disney or Universal Studios Orlando vacation was never cheap, but it does not mean that you have to empty out your piggy bank in order to afford it. Of course, a lot depends on many little choices you have to make on a day-to-day basis while at the park.

Because of this, I have decided to give you a few more money saving tips for your Orlando vacation:

  • Forget about the park hopper or the park-to-park ticketIf you are on a budget, it makes no sense to waste time jumping from one theme park to another instead of spending as much time as possible getting to know the best of one park. Besides, the hopping fee adds up quite fast, and can be more than an extra day when you get close to a week. Wouldn’t that alternative be a lot better? To me, the only people for whom it makes sense to get this choice is people who already have annual passes and go quite often.
  • Plan a “free day”
    A free day is incredibly necessary to have you charge your batteries and be well rested to hit the parks again the next day. But, what does this have to do with saving money? Well, if you choose activities that will not imply your spending money during the day, you will save up quite a bit. You could go see other resorts, take a break at the pool or go see the rest of the city. You should not, on the other hand, plan a spa or shopping day, because it would still end up being expensive.
  • Avoid the Dining Plan
    Unless you are someone who eats A LOT, the Dining Plan from Disney does not really make much sense. Also, actually getting value out of it is a little more of an art to be mastered than an expected fact. I did, of course, make some useful guides for you to be able to do this if you are still up for the challenge.
Orlando Vacation Planning: Important Money Saving Tips Mon, 15 May 2017 19:43:24 +0000 Read More ...]]> Planning a Disney or Universal Studios orlando vacation was never cheap, but it does not mean that you have to empty out your piggy bank in order to afford it. Of course, a lot depends on many little choices you have to make on a day-to-day basis while at the park.

Because of this, I have decided to give you a few important money saving tips for your Orlando vacation:

  • Buy groceries outside your resort
    If you got there on a road trip or rented a car there, you can always head to any local grocery store and get what you need. If that is not the case, you can always count on the grocery delivery services that many stores in Orlando offer. There is generally a fee involved of around $15, but it is still much cheaper than getting stuff at a Disney gift shop. You can also save quite a bit of money by cooking instead of eating at a Disney restaurant, but I do think that is an experience worth spending a little more for.
  • Forget about sodas
    Sodas at the theme parks can go for over $3 each, so you could be saving over $10 per day just on yourself if you bring your own or skip them altogether. (it is important to note that soda makes you thirstier and more dehydrated than water does anyway, so i recommend bringing your own refillable water bottle)
  • Use credit cards
    Yes, if you do not keep a tab on your spending, you can definitely abuse a credit card and wind up with an eternal debt or a terrible credit score, but they are a great ally when used correctly! You can earn a lot in rewards and use that for even more spending!
Star Wars: A Force for Change Mon, 15 May 2017 19:40:34 +0000 Read More ...]]> With a long history of charity and helping people, it is no surprise that Disney has committed $1 million to launch Star Wars: Force for Change.

The original and unique approach for this campaign, though, is pretty surprising and amazing. Star Wars: Force for Change was created to help UNICEF develop creative solutions for some of the many problems that children and families in less fortunate situations face, and you can donate any amount from $10 to $50,000 to support them. In exchange, you will receive many incredible Star Wars themed limited edition memorabilia.

star wars force for change

The creative part of this whole campaign is the way they decided to communicate it. You see, along with the possibility of donating money for UNICEF, Star Wars: Force for Change is working on a contest that gives you the opportunity of visiting the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VII while it is being filmed! Not only that, but you will have the chance to appear in the movie as an extra. Wouldnt that be a dream come true for any Star Wars fan? J. J. Abrams also decided to make a video explaining the rules of the contest, where he also shows a Star Wars set in Abu Dhabi and a new character for the movie!