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Disney on a Dime

Is the thought of a Disney vacation financially overwhelming? Don't miss out on the magic and memories of a Disney vacation. Take a look at a few ways to enjoy the Disney magic while keeping your budget intact.

Purchasing park tickets will likely be one of your biggest expenses. Disney offers multi-day park tickets. The more days you purchase on these passes the less they cost per day. A 10-day ticket can save you more than $50 per day on park entry. If you can only spend 5 days at the park, consider purchasing the "no expiration option" and save your additional days for a future trip. Florida residents have the opportunity to save money with the purchase of an Annual or Seasonal pass. Most of these passes pay for themselves with just 3 park visits. Some of the pass options also provide for free parking, saving you $12 - $20 per day in parking fees, plus savings at the park shops and restaurants. It is also a good idea to check with any clubs you belong to, such as AAA to see if they offer discount Disney tickets. Disney also offers Military discounts and, from time-to-time, special promotions for active duty military. Be sure to check into this option if it applies to your family. You should also check with your employer if you work for a large firm (200+ employees) to see if your company qualifies for discounts of any type. If you work for a company such as Kelloggs or another company who regularly partners with Disney or has their name or logo on an attraction at Disney, you may also qualify for discounted park tickets. Be sure to explore all your options.

One way to save money long term is to purchase Disney gift cards for your trip through a program such as UPromise or Shop with SCRIP. These programs donate a percentage of your purchase to your child's college fund or, in the case of SCRIP, you can choose to have the percentage applied toward your child's private school tuition immediately.

Meals and snacks are always a big expense for a family vacation. The Disney Dining Plan can help you save up to 20% if you plan to eat your meals on Disney property. One Mommy Blogger even suggests that meals served in the Disney parks provide large enough portions to purchase one and split the meal. Packing your own water for a day at the parks will save more money than you realize. One bottle of water a Disney park can cost $2.50 - $3.00. By packing a refillable water bottle, or even freezing juice pouches for the kids, you'll save plenty of money throughout your trip. Another way to save on beverages is to stop by the Coca Cola Club Cool in the Epcot park. This station will not only give you a cool place to recharge, but gives you an opportunity to sample Cola flavors from around the world. The Cool Club is free.

The internet is always a valuable resource for current information. Sites such as and offer up-to-date information about discounts and events at the parks.

A quick internet search will also show you that there are many books published on how to save money at Disney. The best money saving tip…don't put a dent in your vacation fund purchasing these books, visit your local library and check out some of these useful books for your trip!






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  • 4090 Enchanted Oaks Circle
  • Kissimmee,
  • FL
  • 34741
  • United States
  • Phone: 866-518-8161
  • Fax: 407-847-3022