Planning a Trip to Disney World can be a challenging feat specially if you’re traveling with the whole family, which most of us do, with the exception of those in their early to late 20’s who’d rather go with friends than family (totally understandable). There’s so much to consider when planning a trip to Disney World and that’s what we will break down to help you in your planning, especially with the new Disney Demand-Base Pricing that’s now in full effect. See related post here Disney’s New Ticket Pricing: Good or Bad?
Budget – The first and foremost thing to consider is the budget. Having a set budget will definitely help alleviate some of the stress and worries when planning the trip specially when you’re bringing small children along. A set budget gives you a sense of control over what you can and cannot do during your trip and it’s very easy to get out of control on your budget if you don’t set one on your trip to Disney World. So how do you set the budget? This should be done together for couples that are planning to take the whole family. Start by just doing a quick search of the prices. The main costs of your travel will be: Flight Tickets, Hotel Accommodation, Theme Park Passes and Food.
(See How to save money on your Europe trip article for some tips) Once you’ve done a quick price check of the first 3 then you can just guess the amount for food and add them all up to get a ballpark figure of the cost for the whole trip. At first the number you get may be overwhelmingly high but that’s what where here to help you with.
Airfare Tips – By doing a quick search you now have an idea of how much the flight would cost in general but you probably did it by searching for flights on the Airport closest to your home. It may not apply to all but some Cities, Provinces or States (depending on which country you live in) have more than one airport. Doing some research on the prices for other airports can save you a lot of money(See Cheap Air Fare: Fly for $99 or less?). The things to consider when researching airports are the distance between different airports from your place and also the airport parking fee or taxi /travel expense to get to the airport. Some airports have cheaper flights because they’re located far away from the major cities and would like to bring in more travelers. If you’re traveling with a big family like ours (3 kids) it may be worth the drive to go to a farther airport in order to save more money.
Hotel Accommodation Tips – Disney World offers hotel accommodations but it’s pricier. For those who are traveling on a budget, it is wise to look elsewhere which can provide the same comfort and convenience to your family. Things to consider when booking a hotel in Florida are: What’s the distance from the theme parks? Does the hotel offer Shuttle Service for all the Theme Parks? (May not apply if you’re driving or have a rental car. But you have to consider a parking fee per day of $20 or $22 for larger vehicles.)
Theme Park Passes – There are 4 Theme parks in Disney World ( Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and Options of 2 separate water parks (Blizzard beach and the Typhoon lagoon). Disney Quest Downtown is a must to see as well. Out of all the parks Magic Kingdom has the most expensive single-day ticket but from experience, one day is definitely not enough to explore and enjoy Magic Kingdom. A Multi-day pass is a must to maximize your Disney World experience and save. Disney’s website have many offers for a multi-day pass with additional Options but it’s best to search other sites for promos in order to save more money.
Food – Another money saving tip we’d like to share is on food. Depending on the length of your stay in Disney World you can do some light grocery shopping for fruit, snacks and even something that you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are many big name grocery stores near Disney World where you can shop. By doing so, you save on the big spending for food and drinks within the Disney Parks. Some hotels doesn’t offer a complimentary breakfast so it’s nice to have cereal and milk or even fruits and sandwiches readily available in your hotel room. This will save you time and money from eating breakfast at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
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