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.