Another way to save on meals is to plan your main meal for lunchtime rather than dinner. Prices at restaurants are usually lower at lunch and the portions are the same size. Mid-day is also a good time to take a break from the parks. So if you can, head off-property to get lunch and relax before heading back to the parks. Remember that, in order to do that, you’ll need to have admission media that allows you to return to the parks without additional cost.
Another big-ticket item during your visit to WDW is, obviously, park admission. A single-day, single-park admission is $50.88 (tax included) for adults (defined as anyone age 10+) or $40.28 (tax included) for a child 3 to 9 years. “Hopper” tickets, which allow unlimited access to the parks for a specific number of days can save money when you visit for more than one day, or if you plan to visit more than one park in a day.
There are ways to save of park admission too. First, members of the Disney Club can receive a discount on admission tickets, as well as other discounts including shopping and meals. AAA is another organization offering admission discounts for members. If you’re buying several tickets, either of these memberships could possibly pay for itself.
Additionally, some time-share companies offer free or discounted park tickets to those who agree to attend marketing/sales promotions. These sales presentations normally run at least 90 minutes and frequently require that both husband and wife attend. If you want to save money doing this, be sure you’re either able to say “no” at the end of the presentation or really interested in buying into a time share.
If this sounds interesting and is making you think a trip to Walt Disney World might be in your budget, let me also recommend some terrific Disney-related (unofficial) websites where you can get additional information.
A site offering a wide array of information is Disney DollarLess. You’ll find information on: an email list where you’ll get all the latest information, trip planning, lots of helpful links, and, of course, discount deals.
Finally, remember to use resources like online airline and travel sites (including Delta.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, and Priceline.com among others) to help look for the best travel prices. These sites are also a great way to familiarize yourself with prices so you’ll know that GREAT DEAL when you find it!
A Walt Disney World Resort vacation isn’t just for the rich. Do some research and you’ll be able to plan a trip that won’t break your budget!