15 tips for how to save money while visiting Walt Disney World

It never fails, if you visit a Walt Disney World theme park you’ll see people spending money on food, drinks, photos, and souvenirs.  But if you’re living on a tight budget you might not be able to afford to break the bank while visiting Walt Disney World.  There are a few simple ways to cut costs and still enjoy your time at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

Disney World - The Lunching Pad

  1. Stay at an off site hotel near-by.
  2. Bring your own snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers, candy, etc.).
  3. Eat breakfast before going to the parks and leave the parks when it’s time to eat other main meals like lunch and dinner.
  4. Use your phone or personal camera to take your own photos (with characters).
  5. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, use Disney transportation to avoid paying for parking.
  6. If your kids want to dress as a character, buy a costume before you go to the parks.  Or, make one at home. (Costumes may not be worn by guests 14 years of age or older.)
  7. Purchase souvenirs at Disney Springs where merchandise is more likely to be on sale or clearance priced.
  8. Bring your own rain ponchos and umbrellas; they can be purchase for as little as $1 at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.
  9. Stop for soft drinks at Epcot’s Club Cool instead of buying them.
  10. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to avoid making an unplanned purchase.
  11. Buy multi-day tickets for added value. (Take advantage of Florida Resident pricing if you live in Florida.)
  12. Take advantage of free souvenirs like stickers, buttons from Guest Relations, park maps, and character autographs.  (Kids can collect stamps from each country and create free personalized souvenirs at eleven World Showcase Kidcot craft stations at Epcot.)
  13. Buy an autograph book (at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.) before you go to the theme parks.  (A journal with blank pages works perfectly as an autograph book.)
  14. Use the My Disney Experience app to look at restaurant menus, which helps you to budget for meals and find the best deals.
  15. Use the My Disney Experience to pre-book fast passes in order to guarantee you’ll get to ride the most important rides.  That way you get your money’s worth.


Festival of the Lion King



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