I’m on my drive home from Disney World and back to blogging reality. I am exhausted, stressed out and ready to go home. I need a vacation to follow up this vacation. Seriously!! Two girls and Disney World is A LOT of work.
I want to share our experience traveling to Orlando because I worked really hard to stay on budget and still get the full Disney experience. Now our budget was $1200 (not including hotel) for the week. We are lucky in that both of our children are under 3. So we don’t pay for tickets or some of the meals at the park. Here are my Disney World tips for an affordable vacation.
Tips To Save At Disney World
2. Go during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party or the Not So Scary Halloween party. This allows you to get another day for a discounted rate. The tickets are $64 (vs. $92) and allow you to enter the park at 4pm until 12am.
4. Stay off site at a hotel that has a fully equipped kitchen. That way you can eat in and make lunches to take with you.
5. Buy some souvenirs outside of Disney. Walmart has a great selection of Disney products for you to choose from. There are a ton of souvenir stores around Orlando but, Walmart seems to have the best selection.
6. Mickey Mail or Trinkets from Tinkerbell – Bring Disney stuff with you. Things like glow sticks, Disney Princess products from Dollar Tree and Michael’s. Then you can give your children a gift every day without spending a ton of money. Tinkerbell or Mickey Mouse can visit every night and bring your kiddos a gift if they were good. Chalkboards, coloring packs, tiaras, jewelry, glow sticks, stickers, tattoos, light wands, and wings.
7. Buy Disney costumes at Target or the Disney Store (during friends and family sale) and bring them with you. The costumes in the park are roughly $15-$20 more than the store. That alone is a savings and if you get them on sale or at Target you can save $40 per outfit.
10. Bring a good camera and take your own pictures at the meet and greets. That way you own the rights to the photos and can print them.
11. If you’re not a big eater the kids meals are also a great way to save.
Tips To Make The Trip Extra Special
1. Be Our Guest restaurant is awesome. Make reservations or go first thing when the park opens or right before they finish serving lunch. You will avoid the lines and get in and out fast. If you walk by at lunch it’s an hour to two hour wait. However, you can walk right in at 2:30.
2. If you have girls Cinderella’s Royal Table is a must, so be sure to make your reservations well in advance. Also, be sure to go at a peak time for this. It just seems to be more organized. The experience is magical and is well worth the $50-$60 per an adult.
4. Don’t be afraid of the rain. By a $1 poncho at WalMart and have fun.
5. Any dining reservations can be made 180 days prior to your visit. In order to get what you want you absolutely have to book this far in advance. Especially for Cinderella’s Royal Table.