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5 ways to save money on a holiday to Walt Disney World

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May 10, 2020

Heading to Walt Disney World in Florida is a dream holiday for many families, but it is also an expensive one.

Although booking it as a package holiday can save you time and effort, it is also the most expensive option and there are a few ways of saving money, especially if you are on a tight budget, just be prepared to do some serious planning.

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One of the most expensive part of planning a trip to Disney World are the flights to Orlando. Not only are they expensive, but Orlando is a seriously busy airport and it can take a good couple of hours to clear customs.

Choosing to fly into Tampa or Miami not only saves you money, even with transfers or car hire, but also gives you an opportunity to see more of the beautiful state of Florida.


Stay Off-Site

Staying at a themed hotel is fun, but it is also very expensive. Consider staying in a budget hotel off-site, or if there are 5 or more of you, consider staying in an AirBnB or a villa.


Not only will it give you more space, but it also gives you a much-needed break from the full-on Disney parks which can feel overwhelming if done every day.

Buy your Disney tickets in advance

Tickets to Disney World can seem like an eye-watering expensive, especially on the door. Get Disneyworld tickets in advance, which not only allows you to pay in instalments to help spread the cost, but you get gate-ready theme tickets allowing you to skip the queues when you get there.

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Pretty much everyone dresses up at Disney. In fact we were very impressed by whole families wearing identical custom made t-shirts. To help stop the kids badgering you for clothes from the gift shops, buy Disney themed clothing and dressing up outfits before you go.

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Primark, H&M and the supermarkets all have a great range to choose from. Don’t forget to take your raincoats too as the rain storms are EPIC!

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Take a picnic

Food and drink is pricey onsite, so take a picnic. If you are staying off-site simply head to Walmart, or other supermarket and stock up. They often sell cheap pushchairs too which you can use for carrying your picnic, or for the kids to climb in when they get tired.

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Also take refillable water bottles, as there are plenty of fill stations with ice cold water dotted around the park.

Do you have any tips for saving money at Disney World?

  1. Reply

    Samantha Donnelly

    May 12, 2020

    Great tips, we stayed off site when we went and it was so much cheaper than staying on site. Picnics are also a huge way to save money

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    May 12, 2020

    These are really great tips for getting the most out of a trip to Disney World!

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    Sarah Bailey

    May 12, 2020

    I would absolutely love to go to Walt Disney World it is on my bucket list to make it again, I’m going to have to save this post to have some money saving ideas at hand.

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    Rebecca Smith

    May 13, 2020

    This is very helpful. We hope to be able to visit Walt Disney World one day so will have to check back on these then!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    May 13, 2020

    We have not been to Disney yet so these tips will come in handy especially about not flying into Orlando and bringing in extra dress up costumes for the kids when we do go visit Disney

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    May 14, 2020

    Very useful post. Thanks for useful post

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