How To Enjoy Disney World On A Budget


A trip to Disney World is magical, but it can be costly. While enjoying Disney World’s to-die-for rides and activities comes at a price, it’s possible to enjoy your Disney World vacation on a budget. 

Here are some tips to enjoy your Disney World dream vacation without breaking the bank: 

Buy Tickets Upfront 

The cost of a one-day ticket to Disney World is approximately $109, depending on the time of year you take your trip. However, if you buy a multi-day ticket, the daily cost decreases for each additional day you add. By the time you stay five days, that price drops to a daily cost of $83. You’re also likely to find cheaper tickets in January, February, May, August, and September.  

Remember, the best ticket deals aren’t found on the Disney World website. You’re better off navigating through resellers to find the most affordable ticket deals so that your Disney World vacation is on budget. You can find a review of resellers in this guide to getting discounts on Disney World Tickets

Take Advantage of Free Activities 

There’s a lot to be discovered at Disney World, beyond the parks, and many of these activities are free. An example is a visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge, a luxurious resort on Disney World property themed with African-inspired details.  Even if you aren’t booked at the lodge, you can walk around the property to see its beautiful resident animals like zebras, gazelles, flamingos, and giraffes. 

Some of the best things in life are free. That includes stargazing and campfire sing-alongs, which are great activities for a Disney World date night. Also, you can take advantage of the outdoor screening of Disney movies held every night at Fort Wilderness and other onsite resorts.

You can also enjoy Disney Springs, which is a world of its own filled with shops, restaurants, and shows that are bound to give you goosebumps. Best of all, if you’re staying at a Disney World resort, Disney Springs is only a free boat or bus ride away from your Disney World hotel.

Avoid Paying Disney World Restaurant Prices 

Disney World allows outside food. Shocking right? But this is an excellent way to save your money without starving yourself and your loved ones. So, you can carry your food to Disney World, except for glass bottles and food items that require a microwave. 

You can ship your drinks as well as snacks ahead of time. Bringing your food is an excellent way to reduce unnecessary food costs and avoid lengthy food lines. You can pack a lovely picnic lunch, including fruit, cookies, bottled water, and sandwiches. 

However, if you have to buy food, try to purchase it using cash. Studies have shown that people spend more money using cards than cash. 

Use Your Own Cameras for Pictures 

While getting your pictures taken by professionals is absolute bliss, photos taken by Disney Photo Pass photographers can easily cost you up to $200. 

Here is a little-known trick that will save you money: Professional photographers at Disney World can still take pictures of you using your phone, free of charge. 

Bring Your Sunscreen with You 

The only thing you should be bringing home with you after an amazing Disney World trip is fantastic memories, not a sunburn. After all, Disney World is in Florida, which can get hot. 

However, you’ll pay up to 40% more when you buy sunscreen in the park. Your best bet is picking up a bottle in a grocery store before you make your way to Disney World. 

Spend Some Days at the Pool 

No doubt, spending days at the park is amazing, but relaxing is fun too. If you swim a lot back home, the chances are that swimming pools don’t wow you anymore. 

However, the Disney hotel pools are not exactly ordinary. Instead, they’re huge, themed, and simply incredible. You’ll probably feel like you’re still at the park. 

So, you don’t have to spend every day of your vacation at Disney parks. You can also relax at the pool. Your legs and wallet will thank you for it. 

Disney World certainly can be enjoyed on a budget. Although a trip to Disney World is never going to be the cheapest vacation you’ll take, you can still find ways to conserve money on food, accommodations, tickets, and transport.


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