Disney World. Even just hearing those two words has the instant ability to make me feel like a kid all over again.
Due to my well-known love and obsession with Mickey and the gang’s stomping grounds, I am often asked to provide people with my Disney vacation tips for the budget conscious .
1. Travelocity is one of my favorite websites to stalk when trying to find vacation package deals to Disney World.
*Tip – when searching Travelocity’s site I always start out by looking for hotel & flight vacation packages. If you choose a package with a Disney hotel, then Disney’s magical express service will be included. That alone is a nice savings since you will not have to rent a car during your vacation. Disney’s magical express will pick you up at the airport & take you everywhere you need to go during your stay (on Disney property of course).
2. If you are traveling to Disney with a large family, a group of friends, or want to save some money by not staying at a Disney resort, then I definitely recommend staying at a Marriott Vacation Club.
Marriott offers a home away from home feel with their spacious villas, variety of amenities, activities, places to eat, as well as their fabulous pools and kids clubs too. People often think you have to be a vacation club owner to stay here, but they are readily available to rent to non vacation club owners at any time.
Our family has stayed at various Marriott Vacation Club properties, and have had such amazing, memorable vacations there. Just last spring our family got away for a few days and stayed at the beautiful and fun Marriott Harbour Lake.
3. Packing lunches and snacks to eat during our days at the Disney parks is a definite money saver.
Now this tip is definitely a personal preference, but our family has found that we save money by not purchasing Disney meal plans. This works especially well when we stay at a Marriott Vacation Club property, because we head right to the local Publix after our arrival to stock up on our family’s favorite foods, drinks and snacks.
4. To get the most bang for your buck out of Disney vacations, you should aim to visit Disney Parks during non-peak times.
We have found the least amount of crowds during Disney’s off-peak times, which allows us less wait time for rides, shows & restaurants and sometimes not even have to reserve any Fast Passes.
5. If you are not able to swing the ticket prices in order to visit all of the Disney Parks in one trip, I recommend skipping Animal Kingdom and heading over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge where you will be able to see many of the animals for free.
*Tip – if you visit around 11am, which is right after the animals have been fed, they are all ready to come out, be seen and even pose for pictures.
6. A fun and inexpensive way to spend a day in Disney World is to visit and check out the many beautiful Disney resorts.
The resorts are free to enter. They are all themed in a different way, boast beautiful decor and many offer various activities throughout the day, especially around the holidays.
One of our favorite things to do when visiting the Disney Resorts is to check out the different and exciting modes of transportation they offer.
7. Would you like to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom but do not want to pay the Disney Park admission price? A perfect Magic Kingdom firework viewing venue that is free, less crowded, as well as offers an easier exit when the fireworks are finished, is the Contemporary Resort.
8. A budget friendly Disney day for my family always includes a visit to the Disney Boardwalk.
The Disney Boardwalk lets you step back in time for some good old-fashioned fun! You could spend all day and evening just walking around the Boardwalk and checking out the sights.
There are Disney resorts to visit, fun restaurants such as the ESPN Club, shops, nightlife, street performers and lots of carnival style foods and games.
You can even get a beautiful view of the fireworks from Epcot while standing along the Disney Boardwalk bridge.
9. My last Disney vacation tip for the budget conscious that I have to offer you is that if you have the time to spend at the Disney Parks, then skip paying the extra money for a hopper pass.
Try and dedicate yourself to spending a full day in a particular Disney Park, as park hopping can be exhausting, especially with kids.
Do you have any Disney vacation tips for the budget conscious to share?
Here are a few of my family’s wonderfully magical Disney World moments: