Tips & Tricks

7 Easy Ways To Save Money At Walt Disney World

Let’s face it, as much as most of us love visiting Disney parks, it’s expensive. For many, it’s a dream to be able to even visit the magical theme parks at least once. No matter how often you take a trip to the happiest place on earth, money-saving tips are always welcomed. With that, here are a few easy ways to save money at Walt Disney World.

1. Bring Your Own Food & Drinks

Did you know you can bring in your own food and drinks into the parks? Of course, there are exceptions. According to Disney World’s official website, no alcohol is permitted and neither are glass containers, except for small containers like jars of baby food. You can also bring in coolers, however no loose or dry ice is allowed (reusable ice packs are recommended). Furthermore, coolers, with or without wheels, cannot be larger than 24 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 18 inches high.

As for what kind of food is permitted, the website states that snacks or food that do not require reheating are allowed inside the parks. According to the Disney Food Blog, “It’s correct that there are no specific limits on how much food you can bring with you into the parks. You’re not limited to just snacks or just a water bottle; a full lunch of sandwiches, fruit, dessert, etc. is fine.”

2. Cups Of Water Are Free

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — don’t waste money on bottles of water. Purchasing a bottle of water can set you back anywhere between $3.50 and $5.50. Just think how much money you could save, especially if you drink multiple bottles of water a day. So, rather than handing over cash for water, why not grab a cup of water for free? At most quick and counter service restaurants (usually if they have fountain drinks), you can ask for a free cup of water. Sometimes, certain quick and counter service locations even have water stands set up for you to grab a cup of water, meaning you also don’t have to wait in line.

Photo of refreshment cart at Magic Kingdom

3. Your Disney Credit Card Can Save Money

As a Disney Visa Cardholder, there are all kinds of perks that come with using the card. For example, did you know you can get 10 percent off select merchandise of $50 or more at select locations and 10 percent off select dining locations on most days at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts? Now some might think 10 percent isn’t that much, but it’s better than nothing and every penny you can save at Disney parks is absolutely worth it. Plus, just think, if you use your Disney Visa on a $50 purchase you’d save $5, which could be used on something else, like a snack!

4. Take Advantage Of The Magical Express

One of the great features available at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Magical Express. The service is definitely something to take advantage of, especially because it’s complimentary. That’s right, there is no extra cost (unlike renting a car or taking a cab) to hop on board the bus transportation system that delivers guests directly from the Orlando International Airport to their WDW hotel. Better yet, guests will also be transported back to the airport from their hotel at the end of their trip. Be sure to click the previous hyperlink for all of the details regarding the motorcoach, including how to make reservations and which hotels are serviced by Disney’s Magical Express.

5. Pick Up Or Have Groceries Delivered 

If you can save money on meals, why not do exactly that? Did you know you can have groceries delivered to your Disney World Resort hotel? You can even have groceries shipped to you from home so items are waiting for you upon your arrival. Of course, if you have access to a car or want to use a car service, you can always pick up groceries yourself. Either way, this could be a great option for guests, especially those who have a big family or have booked a week-long vacation and will be spending a hefty amount on dining.

It’s important to note that some might not find the delivery or shipping option affordable depending on the the final bill and the additional fees. For example, there is a $6 delivery fee to have packages delivered from Bell Services to your room. Though, you can pick up deliveries yourself at Bell Services for no additional fee. Either way, getting groceries this way could end up being an affordable choice for many guests. If you’re interested in learning more, make sure you head on over to WDW Prep School for a post on the grocery options available at Disney World and a detailed layout of prices and fees.

6. Take A Non-Park Day

When you book a Disney World vacation, that doesn’t mean you have to spend every day at the parks. There are so many other things to do at the resort that don’t cost anything extra. For example, you could spend a day at your hotel and have a pool day. Or, since there are so many uniquely-themed Disney World hotels, you could travel to other hotels located on the Disney property to explore. Of course, another option is to head on over to Disney Springs and simply walk around. But, if you decided you want to eat and shop at Disney Springs, it would still be cheaper than purchasing an extra park ticket and all of the food, beverages, and souvenirs you’d probably end up getting.

Photo of recreation activities at French Quarter in June 2018

7. Share Food & Beverage Items

Anytime I visit the parks with someone else, I like to share a meal, especially because I typically like to snack when I’m at Disney World. When I’m snacking, I find I’m not usually hungry for an entire meal at lunch or dinner, so splitting a meal is the way to go and it also saves money. Even if you aren’t big on snacks or find yourself hungry at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sharing food and drinks is a good option, especially if you’re looking for ways to cut back on costs.

These are just a few easy ways to save money when visiting Disney World. If you’re planning a trip to the place where dreams come true, I hope these money-saving tips end up being beneficial!

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