In the last part of my Walt Disney World Vacation planning series, I outlined everything you need to consider when setting the budget for your magical vacation. Today, I’m going to go over ways to save money on your trip, plus give you a bonus FREE PRINTABLE weekly savings guide… or 4… I may have gotten carried away…
So, get ready to head to the Magic Kingdom with me!
Ya’ll – does this seem boring to anyone else? I have all this important and helpful information to provide, but a Walt Disney World vacation should be FUN – even the planning! So, how do I fix this problem???
I’ve got it! Interpretive dance! Wait… no. That makes no sense. Okay, it’s time to unleash my inner geek and do what I love – make a list! Without further ado, here are my money-saving tips for each aspect of your Walt Disney World Vacation!!!
- Consider booking two separate one-way flights, maybe even with different airlines, to take advantage of the lowest prices.
- Search for fares midweek – I’ve heard that Tuesday six weeks before you depart is the best time to book!
- Try to fly at least one leg of your trip on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday.
- Follow your airlines on social media and/or join mailing lists to get notified of upcoming sales and maybe even get insider deals!
- Try to drive straight through to avoid paying for extra nights in a hotel.
- Use a gas price finder app, like GasBuddy, to find the cheapest gas along your route.
- Get an oil change and make sure your tires are properly inflated to help maximize your gas mileage.
- Consider renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points from a member. The Disney Vacation Club is basically a timeshare program, and members who aren’t able to use their time for the year will often rent their points out. This can allow you to stay in an upgraded resort for moderate pricing!
- You should also look into booking through a Disney travel agent! I LOVE working with Christine Okhrulnik of Key to the World Travel – she scheduled our last trip and it went off without a hitch! She’s amazing! Working with a Disney Travel Agent doesn’t cost you a dime, but it can help you save a ton in the long run. Christine was even able to apply a discount that was released after we booked! It rocked!
- Staying offsite? Follow the chains you love on social media and join their mailing lists or rewards programs for special discounts and offers.
- Search sites, like Mousesavers, Undercover Tourist, and Park Savers.
- Take advantage of any extra discounts, like those for AAA members and Florida residents.
- Keep in mind, the pricing straight through Walt Disney World is usually the best for multi-day tickets. When it isn’t, you’re typically looking at a savings of $10-$30 per person at most, so don’t stress yourself out searching for a tiny savings here.
- The regular dining plan can save you money if you’re planning multiple character meals, plus in 2018 the dining plan will include an alcoholic beverage for people 21+ with each Quick Service or Table Service meal!
- If you get a free dining promo, you will likely be paying full price on your room.
- Save $30 on Memory Maker by purchasing it in three or more days before your adventure begins!
Whew! Okay, we did it! I’m so proud of us!!!
Ready for your reward? Here we go – 4 FREE PRINTABLES to help you track your savings for your Walt Disney World Vacation! Pick your budget or print all four, and get ready to save like a boss! Not heading to Walt Disney World? No problem! Feel free to use this adorable tracker to stay on top of your savings for ANY purpose!