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Summer is around the corner and many of us will be going to amusement parks and more! Disney raised its prices recently after not doing it for a few years. A trip to Disney is now between $4,000 to $10,000 that includes food, lodging, and park passes. In order to not make yourself go into debt for this trip, I would recommend saving in advance and booking the trip during off-peak times.
Off-peak times for Disney World:
Jan-Feb excluding New Year and September- mid-December during the weekdays, but not during Thanksgiving week.
Off-peak times for Disneyland:
Mid-January through mid-March and then mid-April to mid-May. Then mid-September through mid-November. However, mid-week Tuesday to Thursday tends to be less crowded.
Side Note: Kids three and under have FREE admission
Tips to save money on a Disney vacation:
- Bring an umbrella stroller for your toddler as there is a lot of walking and if they get too tired this will save your sanity. Also, don’t forget sunscreen and a portable fan especially if it is a really hot day. Nothing is worse than a hot, hungry, and tired toddler.
- Skip the park-hopper pass and do one 1-park a day. Alternate days and spend time by the hotel pool to cut down on costs.
- Skip the meal plan and buy your own things at the local grocery store. Disney does allow you to bring outside food so this could save you a ton! Don’t forget to get bottled water since it will cost you 5x as much at the park. Toddlers live off snacks so if you pack your own then the only things you have to buy are the main courses.
- Disney resorts and hotels offer transportation to the parks for FREE and to the airport. It saves you by not having to pay $25 to $45 a day for parking if you were to drive and park. Another perk about staying at a Disney resort is you can get fast passes 60 days prior to your arrival vs somewhere else you get 30-days.
- Remember to purchase souvenir items beforehand since it is a fraction of the cost than when you are there. Etsy would be a great site to check out to satisfy all your wishes.
Hope this is helpful and that you all have a wonderful SUMMER vacation! Do you have more tips and tricks to save money on a Disney vacation? Let me know! I would love to hear them!
When our girls are older we would love to take them to Disneyworld. Right now it would be too much chaos hahaha
We are taking the boys in October. I may be more excited then they are but I am sure they will not remember it either since they will only be 2 and 3. You are smart to wait right now.
Great tips. We have been angling when to go so it would not be,so crowded.
I love Disney! Great tips! We always take a backpack with waters and snacks and some sandwiches so we only have to buy dinner at the park and one or two snacks that we want to try.
Wow! Just wooooow! I honestly didn’t realise this place had become sooo expensive….it’s got so that your ‘average’ family would not be able to afford to go! I visited when I was three. My parents were lucky enough to be able to afford for us to go. It’s great that you’ve made everybody aware of how they can save not just a dollar here and there but an absolute fortune! Great post. Thank you for sharing.
Oh I dream in Disney!
We’ve done Paris but I really want to go to Florida.
I’m hoping once the wedding and the house are finished then 2021 will be the year of saving for Florida. I’ve pinned as I think this will be really useful x
These are such great tips for going to Disney. I will be definitely doing this when my girl is a little older. Thank you for the tips!
I have promised my boys that one day I will make their dream of going to Disney come true and I sure will. Saving towards it! They will probably be teenagers but i’m sure they will still love it.
I completely understand the feeling. Every year I try but something comes up.
Great tips to save on a Disney trip. We are planning a disney vacation soon and have bookmarked your post, thanks Ashley.
This was super helpful!
We are going to go for the first time in another year or so and it just seems so intimidating. I want the best deals and the best insight and this post had a ton of good info.
Great tips! We can’t wait to take our kiddos to Disney!
These are great tips. we go to Disney all the time and there are definitely ways to save money, you just have to be on the lookout. Going in the offseason is how we like to do it. We find better deals, the lines are shorter and the weather isn’t soooo HOT!
THanks for sharing!