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Today I am hosting a guest post from Emma Drew. Emma is a blogger from the UK Money Bloggers community that I am part of. Emma is well known for sharing her income online and for her great holidays to Disneyworld. Today Emma has some Disneyworld money saving tips to share with you.
Whilst a trip to Disneyworld isn’t easy on the budget, there are still plenty of ways you can save money. Here are my Disneyworld money saving tips
Don’t discount Disney hotels for being too expensive
The price of staying in a Disney hotel might put you off, but did you know there are plenty of benefits for staying at a Disney hotel? These benefits mean that a Disney hotel isn’t quite as expensive as you think.
If you choose to stay in a Disney hotel you will get:
Free magic bands for everyone in your party.
Free transfer to and from the airport with Disney’s Magical Express.
Get extra time in the theme parks with extra magic hours.
Free parking at the theme parks (usually $20 a day – over two weeks this could cost you $280).
Free transportation across Disney property with a monorail, boats and buses.
At certain times of the year you can get a promotion that offers you the Disney Dining Plan completely free.
Save money on food and drink
Food and drinks could make up a large portion of your spending money, but there are plenty of ways to save money on them. The portion sizes are huge, and combined with the temperature, I really struggle to eat 3 meals a day. Don’t be afraid to share a meal or ask for a doggy bag for your leftovers. You can save money on food in the parks by bringing your own snacks with you into the theme parks. Make sure you never buy water in the theme parks (which can reach almost $5 per bottle) by either bringing water with you, using the water fountains or asking for free iced water at any locations with a soda fountain.
Eating offsite will save you a lot of money, but you need to consider the time it takes to leave a theme park and get to where you want to dine. If you are only visiting for a short time you might want to maximise your time in the parks.
Working out your spending money
When I am asked how much spending money people should take, I usually suggest “as much as you can!”. When you are making your budget for Disneyworld, don’t forget to account for sales tax (usually 6-7%), gratuity (18-20% on top of your meals) and parking costs. If you have the Disney Dining Plan and you are staying at a Disney hotel, you will need less spending money than someone who isn’t on the dining plan and isn’t staying on site.
Visit the outlets to save lots of money
Did you know that there are 3 official Disney outlet stores around the Orlando area? These are a great place to pick up souvenirs or gifts. There are Disney outlet stores at both Premium Outlets and the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores outlet. There are also massive savings to be made aside from Disney. I love the Yankee Candle outlet store where I can pick up a large jar for around £8, instead of the full price of £27.99!
I hope you have found these Disneyworld savings tips useful. Also, before you head off to Disneyworld check out how much Spending money for Orlando you’ll need!
Image credit: Emma Drew
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