What are ya'lls tips on saving money on your trip to Disney?
Don’t eat in the parks, either bring your own drinks or use free ice water available. Set a daily budget for souvenirs and stick to it.
Disney merchandise is expensive, t-shirts can cost $30, cuddly toys $30, ect... So don't buy gifts for people
on rare occasions i have seen price reductions on their merchandise, even when this happens, the costs will be similar to Walmarts prices. I'm not sure if you know, Walmart sell lots of Disney items
in the UK, we have free dining plans, so this takes much of the cost away. If we didn't have a free dining plan, we wouldn't eat meals inside Disney, there are many restaurants close by, that are much cheaper
you are allowed to take in water based drinks,(non fizzy), take a rucksack and carry a few bottles with you. Disney will give free cups of ice and water, so don't be shy to ask
dont buy gifts from Disney shops, the prices are silly!
Disney resorts are expensive, villa's and local hotels are cheaper and you'll still enjoy yourselves.
Are you staying in a Disney resort?
Bring small items like granola bars or mini muffins from home to have for breakfast in your room. This saves time and money.
Meals at some quick serve locations are large enough to be shared between two people, maybe just add on another side, if you feel it’s necessary.
Bring water bottles into the park - bottled water in the parks is expensive - yet cups of iced water are free from most, if not all, quick service locations.
I agree with others..we always pack tons of snacks and breakfast items. We stop and buy a case of water before getting to the resort as well and refill at the parks. Eating breakfast in the room saves time and money. You can bring snacks into the parks too. Bringing snacks is also good for the night time munchie attack!
Here are some money saving tips I included on from our last onsite stay at WL:
-Order breakfast items, snacks and beer/wine from Garden Grocer. They will deliver your items and the bell desk will keep them refrigerated and deliver to you when you arrive.
-Buy the refill mugs if you enjoy coffee & pop as they will soon pay for themselves if you are staying a week or more.
-Don’t forget your mug if you are visiting other resorts for meals.
-Some inexpensive and fun dining options include: Whispering Canyon for breakfast, Captain Cook (at Polynesian Resort) for breakfast, Beaches and Cream at Beach Club Resort, Sci-Fi diner at Hollywood Studios, Be Our Guest for lunch at Magic Kingdom (pre-order to avoid the lines!), T-Rex or Rainforest and Café, Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs and any of the quick service options at the World Showcase.
-If you like some adult beverages at Epcot as we do, go into the pavilions rather than just the drink stands. There are often more options inside, I even found my least expensive drink in all of Disney at the France quick service.
-Meals are large enough to be shared and you can order kids meals at quick service restaurants.
-Set a limit for souvenirs, ours was 1 per day less than $20.
-Don’t buy water, it is free at any quick service locations in the park and you can fill any bottle at your resort.
-Bring your own rain ponchos
-Don’t pay for what you don’t want. You can ask for no fries, no meat, no dessert and you will be charged less if it is included in the price.
To be pedantic, Wal-Mart will have stuff with Disney Characters on it or generic plush. They're not going to carry anything that says Epcot or Animal Kingdom or is a Park exclusive. So if you want a generic Mickey Mouse plush or tee-shirt, absolutely get it at Wal-Mart. But don't go looking there expecting to find a Pandora banshee or a tee-shirt that says Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Definitely request water instead of soda/coffee/tea/booze.
Stay in a villa and, do a food shop at Walmart etc and eat most of your meals at the villa plus take packed lunches to the parks.
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Few things that worked for us:
- Eat breakfast in the condo, try to eat lunches out, and dinner at home. We love the roast chickens from Publix with salads - no fuss, lower cost
- buy a case of water, freeze some bottles and take these with you to parks - usually have cold water for most of the day
- try looking for souvenirs at the outlet malls or Walmart
- travel off season - some discounts at resorts