Do you have dreams of visiting The Mouse’s House? If so, you might be seeing dollar signs. A trip to Disney can be pricey, but the good news is there are ways to save money. If you are planning a Disney vacation anytime soon, take a peek below at some helpful tips on how to plan a thrifty Disney vacation. You will find that a Disney vacation can actually be quite affordable and of course, fun!
How to Plan a Thrifty Disney Vacation
1. Talk to a travel agent.
A travel agent is free to use and she may be able to offer you some money saving options. They tend to know the business of all things Disney and can help you plan a trip that fits your budget. This can include hotel recommendations and even dining plan options.
2. Consider staying off the property.
There are many nice hotels and resorts around the Disney area that are not Disney affiliated. Because of this, they cost less. They may not have all the amenities, but if you want a clean place to sleep they are always an option.
3. Take your own princess supplies.
Disney would love to sell you pricey princess gear for photo opps, the parades, and for dinning in general. Don’t fall for it! You can find Disney princess gear at local retail stores and take it with you instead.
4. Be prepared. Take your own toiletries and incidentals.
Should you need to buy sunscreen, aspirin, or other toiletries at the Disney park, it will cost you! Instead be sure to include these items in your purse or carry in bag so you are prepared.
5. Plan Disney dining experiences at breakfast.
If you want to plan a Disney dining experience such as a character meal, opt for the breakfast option. It will cost less than the lunch option, and way less than the dinner option! Breakfast is a great way to still enjoy the experience while keeping cash in your hand. And another great benefit if you have little ones they are normally happier in the mornings than they are after a long day at the park.
6. Pack your own souvenirs.
While there may be some souvenirs you wish to buy at Disney, there are a few you can grab ahead of time. Such examples include water bottles, lanyards for pins and notebooks for autographs. These are items you can buy for less at home then take to the park with you and enjoy.
The Disney Store runs some amazing sales including the Twice Upon a Year Clearance Sales, this is a great time to pick up everything you need including Park Items!
7. Take advantage of park freebies.
Take advantage of the park freebies which include the Monorail, photo stations, character meet and greets, outdoor parties, parades, and concerts. Check the park itinerary to see what may be available the day of your visit.
We actually have a great list of 10 Disney Park Freebies you can grab so make sure you don’t miss these!
With a little work and creativity, you can save money on your Disney vacation. Give these tips a try!