A vacation to Disney World can be expensive! But before you call your bank to take out your life savings, we have a few tips that will help you to have a great disney vacation on a budget.
The truth is that an Orlando vacation can cost anything from $1,500 to $100,000 depending on the type of activities you choose to do. If you are wanting a cheaper (but still as fun) vacation, keep the following tips in mind.
The Best Methods to Cut Costs on your Orlando Vacation
Too many times have I heard it said, “We can’t afford an Orlando vacation.” What people really mean is that there are many expensive things to do in Orlando, and that’s true. But there are ways to cut the costs of a vacation to the place where dreams are made. All it takes is a little looking around for the best prices.
Scan The Skies
Before you go ahead and book those really good “deals” that your favorite airline is offering, you should check around with every airline you can. I’ve sometimes grabbed flights for my family of 5 for up to 70% of the original price, by shopping around on expedia.com
If you happen to be traveling to Orlando alone (which I often do), you could try this very savvy method for getting cheaper flights. Check on expedia.com (or any other flight price comparison website) and see what they are offering. Then about 1-2 weeks before you plan on traveling to Orlando, start bidding on the “name your price” page at priceline.com for empty seats on your flight beginning at 50% of the price that you were quoted on the comparison website.
Please note: I advise you use this method with great caution. It’s hard to time this right if you have booked vacation time off from work. It can backfire, but if done right it can save you a lot of money!
If you buy your tickets from the booths outside the parks, you’re not only wasting time waiting in yet another line, but you may also be wasting cash when there are better deals available. A lot of places sell attraction and dinner show tickets in the areas close to the parks. International Drive is a good place to start if you are already in Orlando, but there is actually a way to save more. Websites such as undercovertourist.com offer huge savings and deals such as “buy 4 days and get 1 free at Walt Disney World.” My family have chosen them for our attraction tickets for the past year (3 trips), and cannot stop telling me about them.
Bring Your Own Food
During the days that you are at the theme parks, it’s a really good idea to pack your own food. Not only do we save money that would have been spent on expensive theme park food, but we also save time that would have been spent waiting in yet another line. It’s a really good idea to freeze your (non-fizzy) drinks too, as they will stay nice and cool all day long.
Coupons, coupons, coupons
There are tons of coupons for the Orlando area. Even if it’s just 10% off a meal or mini golf, it’s worth tracking down the deals. For a few months, I was trying to track down exact locations of these books that you can get for free. Some of them can be found outside a Golden Coral restaurant. Others are hidden inside the lobby’s of hotels on International Drive. But I couldn’t tell you the exact locations of these, and would want you driving around all over trying to track them down. That’s why I’m going to share a great resource that I’ve found at orlandocoupons.com. On this website, you can find coupons for dinner shows, restaurants, car rentals and much more. There is a sign up fee of $1.99
Buy Merchandise from Select Locations
We’ve all been there. You are browsing around the theme park stores and see that perfect item! You get all warm and fuzzy inside before turning around the price tag to see that it is double the price that you were expecting. You begin to weep as you hand the store clerk your money. Alright, so it’s not as dramatic as we sometimes make it out to be. But there is yet another way to save some money in this situation.
There are various stores outside of the major theme parks that have discounted merchandise from the parks. If you are planning on doing some other shopping, you can find a great store called “Disney’s Character Warehouse” at the Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue. This store sells out of season theme park merchandise, and other assortments of Disney merchandise, at a discounted price. It’s also worth mentioning that Orlando International Airport has another Disney store similar to this one, along with a SeaWorld store and a Universal Studios store.
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