How to Do Disney World on a Budget

Let’s face it – money woes have most of us down these days. But just because your family is vacationing on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the wonderful world of Disney. Too many times, people give up on their ideal vacation plans because they don’t think that they have enough money, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, with a few easy tips and tricks, you can pull together a great Disney World vacation without spending a whole lot of money in the process.

One of the first things you can do to help cut your costs when visiting Disney World is to plan to visit the park in one of its off-seasons – or slow periods. During these times, the park is more likely to offer a better variety of travel packages to give people an incentive to come to the park with their family. If you have the flexibility in your work schedule to be able to take a vacation during one of these periods, take advantage of it to help cut back on the costs. However, in order to do this, you’ll still need to make sure that you plan your trip at least six months in advance, as this is usually when the best deals are offered.


Once you get to the park, keep in mind that one of the biggest expenses you’ll encounter is the gifts and toys you’ll want to buy for your children. Many times, the stores at the theme park are overpriced, and even if you don’t want to buy from these stores, your kids may have different plans. One thing that you can do to help cut back on this cost is to buy items from the sale rack. These are just as good as the other toys, but are usually marked down because they’ve been discontinued or because they correspond to a different season. For example, if you go in the spring, you may find long-sleeved shirts for sale at an extremely reasonable price because the store is gearing up for summer. Look for these items and you’ll get a much better deal than just buying any old souvenirs from the store.

In addition, when you’re in the theme park, another major expense will be food and drinks. You can beat these hidden costs by eating well before you hit the park and by bringing small snacks and packed lunches with you to eat while you’re there. Consider snack bars and items that are pre-packaged up and won’t trigger any security problems.

Too many times, people make the mistake of believing that they can’t take in outside items, so they end up spending ten dollars apiece for the family to eat. Also, remember that sugary drinks and snacks – like cookies and ice cream – will end up making you even thirstier, creating a nasty cycle where you end up spending even more money. Instead, bringing in a few bottles of water with you is a great way to decrease your spending costs.