If You Know Anyone Who Goes To Disney - These Time Saving Tricks Can Save Them Hundreds
Marilyn Caylor 4/20/2017
Disney theme parks are popular places for kids and adults to have fun together as a family. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to a Disney vacation - the parks are always super busy, and the costs can go through the roof, even for a small family of four.
Planning a vacation doesn't have to be frustrating. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can save you both time and money. Don't plan your next vacation without checking out these super cool Disney vacation hacks.
Crowds and hotel rates reach their peak when kids are on school breaks, including summertime and Christmas. January and September are the best off-peak times to visit!
2. Kids Under 3 Don't Need A Ticket
They also don't need a FastPass to skip the lines. Bonus!
3. Save 35% On Character Meals
Character meals are a great way for the kids to spend time with their favorite Disney character, but the best time to do it is at a breakfast buffet. You'll probably still be full by the time lunchtime rolls around, which means you won't spend as much on your midday meal.
Target has a program called the REDcard. You can link it to directly your debit checking account, and use it just like cash at the store. The REDcard nets you 5% savings each time you use it at the store, and you can use it to purchase Disney gift cards.
5. Bring Your Own Snacks And Water
Spending $3 on a small bottle of water is not only ridiculous, but it can burn a hole in your pocket real fast. Fill up on snacks and water by stuffing a cooler bag full of these little necessities, and carrying it around with you.
6. Split Your Meals
Those Disney plates can be humongous! You can save extra dollars by splitting a single meal between two small kids. Just ask your server to bring out an extra plate.
It's much less expensive than going all-out at dinnertime, especially when there's more than one mouth to feed!
8. Don't Buy Tickets On eBay Or Craigslist
It goes without saying that you can't verify a ticket's authenticity from these sources. Buy your tickets from an official source, otherwise you may end up shelling out more money for a real one.
9. Get A FastPass
The much-coveted FastPass is your ticket to saving time at Disney theme parks - it let's you skip the long lines! Even better, you get 3 free with your ticket. Go online and select your rides up to 30 days in advance.
Staying at a Disney Resort hotel at Disneyland or Disney World has its perks! You get access to up to four extra hours of park time, either before or after hours, when the park isn't open to the general public.
14. Make Restaurant Reservations
Just like in the real world, making reservations at park restaurants will save you from having to wait in line to eat. When you have starving kids in tow, getting food in them can quickly become a priority!
15. Free Shuttle Service
Check to see if your hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the park, so that you don't have to spend a dime on parking costs.
Disney loves to honor active or retired servicemen and women! You can score deep discounts on 3, 4, or 5-day military promo tickets. You'll need to purchase the tickets on base or select military outlets.
20. Visit On A Weekday
If you only plan to visit a Disney park for just one day, go in the middle of the week. You can save up to $10!
21. Wait For The Second Show
Special events and parades are always crowded the first time around. Wait until the second showing, and everyone in your party will have extra breathing room.