Disneyworld on the Cheap
A Disney vacation can be horribly expensive if you don’t know what you are doing. But with a bit of planning ahead and a few handy tricks, you can save a bundle and make Disneyworld an affordable vacation spot for you and your family.
There are three main expenses to consider when you are at Disneyworld, not including transportation to get your family there. These are food, lodging and tickets. You will find that these three things will eat up your money faster than you can say “Mickey Mouse”. Let’s look at a handful of ways to save in each of the three areas.
Use United Vacations Promo Codes to Save Money
United Vacations coupon codes will save you off all three of the biggest expenses: park admission, flights, and hotel stays. United Vacations is the ‘vacation wing’ of United Airlines, and offers vacation packages where you save money by buying everything together. They always have some kind of Disneyworld promotion going on at any time.
It is worthwhile to book your hotel ahead of time. Start looking at least two months in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the summer. If you really want to save money, it is best to go during the off season, in the dead of winter or over a holiday such as Thanksgiving, when there are fewer people in the park and prices are lower for everything.
When booking a hotel, do a search online to find discounts or coupons. Avoid the Disney hotels. While convenient, they charge an arm and a leg and unless you have money to burn, the perks are not worth it. You can easily find a small, affordable hotel outside of the park that will provide you with a free shuttle. These shuttles begin early in the morning and continue until late at night, so there is no need to miss anything at Disneyworld just because you aren’t staying inside the park.
An online search will give you hotels that offer special discounts on their rooms. Make sure that the discount is available for the entire length of your stay. Before booking, it is a good idea to call the hotel and speak to them to confirm that you would be locking in the discount price for your entire stay. This helps you avoid a sudden raise in prices after the first couple of nights!
To save a little on food, it is a great idea to find a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast. This means your family can eat for free each morning and fill up before heading out for a day of thrills. When you arrive at your hotel, ask where the nearest supermarket is. You could even go so far as to book a room with a kitchenette so you can cook your own dinners, saving a lot of money.
Food inside the park is horrendously overpriced and one of the best ways to save money is to simply not eat at any of the restaurants. While it is a nice treat to buy the kids a churro or pretzel once in a while, avoid having proper meals within Disneyworld and you will cut your expenses by hundreds of dollars in just a few days. Instead, hit the supermarket and buy favorite snacks like granola bars and juice boxes to take with you on your daily excursions. It isn’t the same as having a burger with Donald Duck, but when it comes to cutting costs, there is no better way to go.
Tickets to Disneyworld can also cost you a pretty penny, especially if you have two or more kids. By purchasing a multi-day pass, you can save money and since one day isn’t usually enough to see the whole park, most people opt for 3-5 day passes. Purchasing your tickets ahead of time, whether online or at a travel agent can save you quite a bit of money and it is worth the effort to plan ahead in order to get your savings.
Disneyworld doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might imagine. It can actually be affordable if you do some searches online to find coupons and discounts and follow the tips given in this article.