Summertime is the perfect time for family vacations, and what makes a better family vacation than Disney World? It is the happiest place on Earth, after all, and offers something for everyone. But did you know that the average family of four will spend roughly $3,000-$4,000 dollars on a four-day vacation? This can be overwhelming for a family on a tight budget, but don’t put off your travel plans just yet. If you and your family are hoping for a Disney World vacation this summer, the following are some ways you can save:
Visiting the theme parks at Disney World doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay at Disney World’s onsite properties. While they are the closest accommodations to the parks, you’ll pay more than comparable hotels in the area. If you’re really looking to cut costs, explore the idea of staying offsite. You can still be very close to the parks, and potentially save hundreds of dollars on your vacation.
Skip the rental car
If you’re driving to Disney or renting a car once you arrive, you’ll need to pay for daily parking at the park. Instead, take advantage of the complimentary Disney shuttles that are not just provided by onsite Disney properties, but also offered by many of the nearby hotels.
Explore different ticketing options
You’ve got a lot of different ticketing options if you’ll be visiting the parks for a few days, so be sure to carefully consider what’s available, especially if you have plans to go to more than one park in the same day. Buying single-day passes will cost a lot more than purchasing multi-park passes that can be spread out over a few days. On the other hand, you also want to be sure you don’t purchase more than you really need. For example, if you don’t think you’ll be visiting more than one park in the same day, you may want to skip the park hopper options—even if they don’t cost that much more. The cost will still add up and go to waste if you won’t be taking full advantage of the options you’re getting. You may also be able to save money on your tickets by purchasing them in advance, or taking advantage of a membership discount—for instance, if you’re a member of AAA. Florida residents also receive discounts on tickets, so be sure to find out what types of discounts you might be eligible for before making any purchases.
Cut down on food costs
The price for food at the parks can add up quickly, so plan ahead by eating breakfast before you go. If your room has a small kitchen, consider preparing your own meals before you head out the day, which will help you save the most. You can also pack some food and snacks with you to take into the parks.
The cost of airfare can easily add hundreds to your vacation expenses, no matter where you’re going. If you’ll need to fly and you still haven’t booked your airfare yet, there are some ways you can possibly cut down on these costs. First, be flexible with your travel dates, if possible. Weekend flights tend to be the costliest, with mid-week flights often being the cheapest. For example, check for flights that depart Wednesday and come back the following Tuesday, rather than depart on a Friday and return on a Sunday. You’ll also usually find the best airfare about eight weeks before your travel date, but sometimes you can luck out with last-minute deals and by planning far in advance. Finally, you’ll also want to make your actual travel bookings on the right days; similarly to airfare being cheaper during the week, this is also when you’ll want to book your ticket. Avoid booking your ticket on a Friday or during the weekend—this is when prices tend to skyrocket. Pun intended.
Don’t go during summer
It seems like the perfect time for a family trip—but the problem is, everyone else feels the same way. As such, you’ll pay more for accommodations, and possibly for airfare as well. Instead, consider a trip to Disney during the off-season. Not only will it help you save money, but you’ll beat the heat and the crowds, which means shorter lines and more time for fun.
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