3 ways to save on your Disney vacation

by Stacey J. Cabell, Starstuff Travel

Rivers of Light, Disney Parks

“Rivers of Light” opened spring 2016

Years ago when my kids were still very young, we lived on a very tight budget. I obsessed on how I would get us all down to Orlando for our very first Walt Disney World vacation and spent hours researching money-saving tips. Ironically, many of the things that were supposed to save our family money often ended up costing us more in the long run. There are, though, some excellent ways to save while planning your Disney vacation.

Disney Gift Cards

One of my favorites is to purchase multiple Disney Gift Cards from Target using a Target Red Card. This will immediately save you 5%. You can then visit www.disneygiftcard.com to consolidate the gift cards into one to pay for your vacation.

Disney Visa

Another option is to apply for the Disney Visa Credit Card. If possible, try to do this at least a year before your vacation. Then use the credit card to pay your monthly bills. You will earn 1% in Disney Dream Dollars on all card purchases. You can then request the dollars be combined and sent to you in a voucher to use toward your vacation. As a card member you also have access to many perks when visiting the parks that are not available to other guests.

Stay on property

Staying off property may seem like an effective way to save money, but be sure to look at the bigger picture, especially if Disney is your sole destination in Orlando. First, Disney provides complimentary airport transfers to any guests staying on property. If you stay off site, you will need to either pay for a shuttle, which can be pricey, or rent a car. If renting a car, you will be charged for parking every day you visit the parks.

Staying on property also allows you to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. These EMH offer guests the ability to enjoy the parks before they open or after they close to the general public. While staying on site, you can also utilize all of Disney’s transportation for free and since it is scheduled every few minutes, it is very convenient and allows you to go back and forth from your hotel to the parks with ease. Not only saving money, but saving time can be just as valuable for a family vacation.

Finally, if a promotion is announced after you have already booked your vacation, upon your request, Disney will convert your reservation to the promotion rate if it qualifies.

For additional money-saving tips or to learn more about booking your next Walt Disney World vacation, contact me at Staceyc@starstufftravel.com.

Stacey and her family are avid travelers who enjoy discovering new destinations. She studied at the Travel Institute, is a graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge, a Seaworld Parks & Universal Orlando Specialist, official Orlando Travel Expert and Family Travel Certified.



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