How to Save Money at Disney World – 11 Expert Tips

Planning a trip to Disney? Need to know how save money at Disney World? We’re here to help! We’ve been going to Disney World as a family for years, most of which were on a teacher’s salary so you can trust us when we say we know how save money at Disney World!

A trip to Disney World costs a lot of money. We know that almost everyone who goes to Disney has to think about budgets. We have always gone to Disney World on a budget – and while our budgets have changed over the years, we still use one every time we go!

We gave you 15 Tips For Planning A Trip To Disney World On A Budget which covered many of the larger factors about planning your Disney trip. Today we have 11 more tips to help you save money on your Disney World vacation.

1. Bring your own stroller. 

You will need to pay $15 bucks a day to rent one and it’s $31 for a double.  YIKES!  Furthermore, they are not available at the resort itself or any of the water parks.  Hey, why not just buy this Disney stroller from Amazon and have it shipped to your hotel room?

Not only will you save money but you won’t have to find your rented stroller in the sea of rented strollers that ALL look the same!

2. Buy Disney gift cards at a discount. 

If you’re a member of Sam’s Club or Costco, you can purchase Disney gift cars at a discount and use them on anything Disney (hotels, park tickets, food on the property, merchandise etc…).

3. Put Cash in envelopes for souvenirs.  

Instead of letting your kids (and yourself) grab everything in sight and swiping your magic band to pay for it all, figure out a price everyone can spend before you go and put the cash in each person’s envelope. When the money is gone, there are no more shirts, stuffed mickey’s or mouse ears to be bought. 

Well, unless Grandpa Dave hears one of his grandkids say, “please, mom, please?” , then all bets are off.  By the way, mom should keep the envelopes in her purse – it is not a good idea to have the 5 year old carry around her own envelope of cash!

You can use regular paper envelopes or head to amazon and purchase a package of laminated envelopes. This will hold up a little better throughout your trip. Each person can pick their own print!

4. Kids under 3 get in free. 

If you are on the fence about bringing your little one under 3, maybe a deciding factor is they will get in free! You do not have to pay for a Disney World admission ticket for ages 3 and under. And yes – you can have a great time with your toddler! Here are 7 tips to help you have a great time with your little one!

5. No Park Hopper Ticket.  

Pass on the park hopper ticket to help you save some money. Just purchase base tickets and go to one park each day and don’t try to go to 2 or more by purchasing the Park Hopper Ticket.  This will save you quite a bit of money!

This is a repeat from 15 Tips For Planning a Trip To Disney World On A Budget, but it can’t be said enough, don’t give it a second thought, you don’t need it if you are trying to save money!

You will be very tempted to purchase the park hopper but you do not need to do this. With the right amount of planning you won’t need a park hopper ticket anyway. We have a whole post dedicated to helping you plan your trip here.

6. Revisit Your Reservation Periodically

Generally you can rebook your Disney reservation at a lower price if a discount all of a sudden comes up. This actually happened to us and we saved a lot of money re-booking our hotel with the discounted rate!

7. Bring snacks and even lunches into the park. 

When trying to save money, this can save hundreds in food costs!  Remember, you can’t bring a cooler into the park but you can bring food, so you need to get creative about ways to bring your food in and keep it fresh. Think about renting a locker for the day or purchasing an insulated backpack!

We definitely recommend using a grocery delivery service (such as Shipt) to have food delivered to your hotel room, especially if you are staying at a Disney Resort and don’t have a rental car. Be sure to think about things such as Ziplock bag – you will either need to add them to your list or pay for individually wrapped grocery items.

Remember – buying things like Uncrustables, snack size pre-packaged vegetables, individual size hummus and crackers and juice boxes will be SO MUCH cheaper than buying lunch in Disney. Don’t feel bad about paying a few extra dollars for the convenience of pre-packaged food.

8. Buy stuff before you go!

We all know things at Disney World are much more expensive than if you would buy them from Amazon, Target or any other store before you get to the parks.

Rather than getting Mickey ears from $25 (minimum!) at the park, get some before you go! Same goes for things like Disney leggings, rain ponchos and essentials like bandaids, sunscreen and sunglasses!

9. Take a picture of the attraction photo. 

If you didn’t purchase the PhotoPass for all your photos, a cool trick is to pull out your phone and take a picture of the attraction photo that comes shows up after the ride. No, it won’t be the most amazing quality but at least you’ll have documentation of the attraction!

Just a reminder, if you did purchase the PhotoPass, it will be on it automatically.

10. Buy the refillable mug. 

If you are staying at a Disney Resort you can buy a Rapid Fill mug for $20. The great thing is you can use it to fill up the mug with coffee, soft drinks, water or tea at any time while you are staying at the resort. Unfortunately, it will not work in the parks, however, you can take it in for water and ice.

11. Just say no to soft drinks in the park. 

Buy the refillable mug and get your caffeine fix at the hotel but while in the park just get free water with your meal.  Soft drinks are over $3 and it can really add up with your family eating throughout the week, not to mention the not good for you part. 

Save your calories for the snacks and milk shakes! Keeping hydrated with water will also help prevent the Disney Rash. Trust us, you don’t want to ruin your trip with the rash!

With some planning and creativity you absolutely can go to Disney World on a budget! You can also save quite a bit of money by staying in an off site hotel. We have a post dedicated to helping you make a budget conscious decision about where to stay – including 5 perks to staying off site!

One more way to save money is to be sure to buy the basics before heading to Disney World. Be sure to check out our list of 14 things to purchase before leaving home!

About disneywithdavesdaughters

Dave and his daughters have been going to Disney for 30+ years, all on a teacher's budget . They love helping families have the most magical Disney vacation ever by sharing all their expert family secrets. Feel free to send them a message or follow along on Instagram!

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