Friday, August 10, 2012

A Few Tips for Saving Money on a Disney Vacation

Saving money in Disney is something I try to do every trip to Walt Disney World.  By finding ways to save a few dollars here and there, we can actually visit more often.  We still have our fun and enjoy a Disney splurge here and there, but here are some ways we have found to save money that do not take away from our Disney experience.

Saving Money on Food
Though we do make sure to splurge on a character meal once or twice per trip, we have found a few ways to actually cut food costs while in Disney.  First, we always stop to grocery shop before checking into our hotel.  When we rent a car, this is particularly easy to do, and we can even make a few trips during the week.  If we aren't renting a car, we hire Quicksilver Tours & Transporation to pick us up and included in their price is a 30 minute stop at a grocery store.  We purchase breakfast foods, cases of water, snacks and lunch "fixings," such as bread, cold cuts, chips and such.  Having breakfast and/or lunch in the room, saves us the cost and time of heading to a food court or restaurant.

We have also found there is a great way to save money at some of the food courts.  At Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, they have a Broiler Section.  Here you can order complete meals, such as half of a roasted chicken (sometimes they offer turkey, pork and/or salmon too) with mashed potatoes (or rice), a vegetable and a roll.  These are easily split between two children or an adult and a small child.  Not only does this save money, but it is nice to give the kids something more substantial and healthier than chicken nuggets or cheeseburgers.

Saving Money on Your Princesses
My parents travel with us every trip to Walt Disney World.  Since my mom is a hairdresser, Princess Hayely and Princess Emily have their own personal Fairy Godmother on hand for the days they are heading to the parks dressed as princesses or getting ready for a princess meal.  Having Grammie get them ready isn't the experience they may get at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but with two girls, this is quite a money saver.  Even better, at Castle Couture right before we headed to Cinderella's Royal Table this past trip, Hayley and Emily were sprinkled with Pixie Dust for free!  They had the "sparkly hair" as they called it, just like the girls leaving Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

We also have a huge collection of Princess Dresses here at home.  After Halloween, I head to every department store in the area to see which ones I can find on clearance.  We actually found a Snow White costume for $2 last year!  It helps too that my girls love to dress up and always have princess dresses on their Wish Lists, so Santa, their grandparents and aunts and uncles have "delivered" princess gowns for birthdays and holidays.  These are definite things that cost a pretty penny if you try to purchase them while in Walt Disney World.

I could really go on and on about this topic, but these tips just happen to be the places we save the most money while on our Walt Disney World vacations.


Heidi Strawser said...

I'm sure your princesses actually look BETTER than the ones who do the Boutique - they always make their little buns look way too tight and uncomfortable, I think. :) Very nice to have a built-in hairdresser on your trips!

Beth D. said...

It is quite convenient! :-)

400 Miles to Disneyland said...

Great tips and splitting meals! We usually doing this with my daughter since she rarely finishes an entire kids meal.

Beth D. said...

This has been such a money saver for us when the kids were little. Next trip they will be 8, 6 and 5, so we'll see if it still works!

Miranda M said...

Thanks for the tips! I like the Princess outfits idea the best--not only do your girls look just as fabulous as the kids coming out of the boutique, they have plenty of play dress-up clothes during the year and you have more money for other splurges!

Beth D. said...

Yes! My girls dress up year round, so it works so great this way. Plus, I forgot to add, my girls love all the princesses, so by gathering up dresses on sale, they have plenty to choose from when we head to Disney. Besides, especially at Halloween, my girls change their mind constantly about which princess they will be! :-) Now they have plenty of options!