5 Tips for Saving Big at Disney [Guest Post]

This guest post on saving at Disney comes to you from longtime Baby Cheapskate reader Danielle.
Going to Disney? Try using these 5 tips to save money!

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 10.53.48 AMUse a travel agent

How does using a travel agent save money? Most travel agents work for free to the client (Disney pays them a commission). A travel agent can assist you with finding the best deals for your family, helping book dining reservations and giving invaluable tips on how to save money while inside the parks. If time is money, this will save you the MOST!

There may be extra perks, too. For example, our agency also gives a small thank you gift for booking with us as well as $25 for every family you refer to us that books a package. That money helps a ton!

Bring a cooler

Bring a cooler on your trip. Not a huge, hard Coleman on wheels, but a nice-sized soft cooler. Pack sodas, snacks and necessities. I always bring about 6 Diet Cokes, some sliced cheese and pretzels, gummies and sandwiches. YES, you can bring food in. Feel free to splurge on a character meal, if you’ve saved on lunch!

Choose the right character meal for your family

An agent can really help pinpoint times and a restaurant for you but it’s good to know what to choose. Breakfast is going to be the cheapest meal. Can’t afford eating at Cinderella’s Castle? Try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.

Eating a nice character meal late in the morning saves a meal since no one will be hungry at lunch time. Instead, eat the snacks you’ve packed when the kids get hungry in the afternoon.

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 10.55.14 AMChoose the right food off the menu

Order off the kid’s menu. This seems like an odd tip, but a kid’s meal comes with the main protein plus two sides and a drink. I always switch out the grapes and applesauce with French Fries and a cookie and a soda instead of a milk or juice.

Kid’s meals cost about $6, whereas an adult meal is at least $8 without a drink. Save that extra $3-$4 and grab an ice cream or a souvenir instead!

Bonus Tip: Did you know that you can grab ice water for FREE anywhere fountain sodas are sold? Just walk up and ask! Bottled water is about $2 a pop, so this could be a huge savings for your family.

Bring a stroller

Renting a single stroller is $15 a day and a double stroller is $31, so bringing your own can save you at least $75- $200. There are numerous advantages to having a stroller, even for slightly older kids. We keep our raincoats, cooler and “lovies” inside. It’s also a great place to store your drinks while you are on a ride.

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 10.56.29 AMBonus Tip: bring in a balloon to tie on your stroller so you can always find it! Cast members re-arrange and organize strollers all the time.

For a free quote in planning the vacation of your dreams, contact Danielle at Danielle at magicalmemoryplanners.com

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