Welcome back again Disney Fam!!! You made it to How to Afford Walt Disney World, Part III!!!! (If you missed parts one and two you can check them out here… Part I and Part II) All right y’all, let’s get to it! Here are our last few tips on how you can save money and make it to Walt Disney World!
7. Book the Best Disney Discount
Disney does us all a massive favor by typically offering discounts each year. Yay Mickey!!! However, Disney didn’t become a multi-billion dollar corporation by letting everyone in for free. If it don’t make money, it don’t make sense to Mickey and the crew!
So even with the discounts you’ve got to do a little leg work and figure out which one works best for you. Take the two most popular discounts for example: Free Dining and Room-Only Discounts.
If you’re a light eater, the Free Dining discount will probably lose money for you, because you won’t be able to eat enough food to break even (or make a profit). So the Room-Only discount may be a better option. On the other hand, if you’re like these Hudson’s round here and want all the food, then definitely go with the Free Disney Dining Plan discount.
Rule number one is just don’t log on to the website and book a trip!!! We’ve never paid full price for a trip to Walt Disney World! EVER!!! Don’t you dare book your trip without booking it under the discount that saves you and your family the most money.
8. Stay at Value Resorts
Thoughts of a musty, bug-infested motel may come to mind when you hear the word “value”, but that couldn’t be any farther from the truth when it comes to Walt Disney World! All of Disney’s Resorts are super nice! They have multiple pools, fun places to eat, and shops to buy souvenirs and necessities.
Pop Century recently finished a room renovation and the All-Star resorts are in the process of upgrading now. Our resort of choice is Pop Century. We love all things Pop! What we love most about Pop is it fits into our budget!!!
(To learn everything you need to know about about Pop Century click here!!!!)
Disney has six resorts that they currently classify as value level resorts:
Look through the resorts and see which one fits your budget and tastes. If it’s in your budget to move on uuuupp to the Eastside, then absolutely check out the Moderate and Deluxe level resorts. (Hey we’ve got goals too… one day someday soon we’re coming for ya Polynesian!)
Most importantly don’t be afraid of the value tier of Walt Disney World Resorts. They are super nice, super fun and best of all super clean (100% insect and vermin free)!
9. Travel During the Off-Season
Yes, we homeschool our two girlies, so that does make it a lot easier for us to travel to Walt Disney World during the off season. But don’t tap out on me just because you don’t homeschool.
I used to teach and when I tell you parents would take their kids out of school to whisk them away to see Mickey on the regular, I’m not lying. As long as they stayed in the allotted number of absences, it wasn’t a problem at all!
Trust me; the kids weren’t lost when they came back and hadn’t forget everything they had learned so far. If anything they came back the happiest little kid in the classroom! I mean after all they did just leave the happiest place on earth while spending an entire week of undivided time with their family!
Look at your vacation days and your kiddos’ school absence policy and see if you can squeeze in a quick, off- season, money-saving trip too!
10. Make Walt Disney World Your BIG Vacation
According to AAA Travel, approximately 88 million Americans took family vacations in 2018. And most of those families took more than one get away.
We try to get away a few times throughout the year ourselves. In our planning we always keep in mind that our trip to Walt Disney World is the BIG DON DADA!!! So while we absolutely have fun on all our other adventures, we try to find ways to have fun and still save money.
Remember, I make ZERO dollars! Being a one income family right now, it’s just not possible for us to have more than one “ball out till you fall out” trip per year.
So our other trips are usually to a nearby destination like Alabama’s absolutely stunning beaches, or to Gatlinburg or the Florida Panhandle or Chattanooga. We try to find an affordable hotel or AirBnB with great reviews.
Before we go, I always research free or low-cost fun activities to do and restaurants to eat at. Remember, we value memories over things, so as long as we are together and away from it all, we’re super happy!
So there you have it Disney Fam! How to Afford Walt Disney World, Part III. Thank you so much for joining us for the series! We really hope you can look at what has worked for us all these years and put these same tips to work for you and your family!
We’d love to hear from you! Let us know which of our tips you plan to implement for your family! Have any additional tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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