S.R. asks from Joliet, IL on July 25, 2010
B.F. answers from Chicago on July 26, 2010
We stayed in Kissimmee FL instead of in one of the Disney Hotels. If that's acceptable for you, you'll save tons of money on hotel. We did the "secret hotel" at the hotels.com or travelocity.com website (I can't remember which one we used for Disney). It was only $55.00 a night and it was a very nice hotel.
L.J. answers from Chattanooga on July 25, 2010
Google "Disney Money Saving Tips' and all my favorite sites for that will come up...
Go to a dollar store (Dollar Tree or A Dollar Store) and pick up Disney "toys" and some glow necklaces, bracelets, etc (get several packs). We had "Tinkerbell" come every nite of our trip and leave something on our little one's pillow. When they ask for the expensive stuff at the park, just explain that Tinkerbell will bring her a surprise in the morning:) Bring the glow necklaces to the parks for after dark because they sell glow stuff there that is 20x what you'll have paid.
We brought our lunches in those lightweight Cinch Backpack bags (one for each of you). Freeze bottles of water the nite before and it will keep your sandwich, fruit, etc cold and be melted in time for lunch. We also brought the drink "stick" mixes to add to the water bottles. Save your bottle when you are done. You can refill them at water fountains in the park. Better yet, go to any *counter service* location and you can ask for a large cup of ice water for free without purchasing anything! Don't feel stupid doing this...many, many people do this.
If you do a downtown disney day, bring lunch and buy a treat at Goofy's Candy Company. What sets them apart is that you can create your own snack. You get an order slip and choose one of the following as your base:
Apple - $5.50
Biscotti - $2.00
Rice Krispie Treat - $3.00
3 Pretzel Rods - $3.50
4 Marshmallows - $2.50
Gingerbread Cookies - $3.50
Included in the price is a coating and your choice of toppings. To start, you can have your treat dipped in Caramel, Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate. The Topping choices are:
Mini White Chocolate Chips
Milk Chocolate Drizzle
White Chocolate Drizzle
This is our favorite Disney treat and it's really inexpensive :) Make sure your daughter wear's her bathing suit to DTD, because they have the water fountains coming out of the ground to play in.
Those are all my best tips! Have a great trip!
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S.S. answers from Chicago on July 25, 2010
here are a couple moneysaving tips
bring rain pancho's with you. they well them at dollar stores for a buck
(beats $10 at disney)
bring in some snacks
stay on grounds if you can
spend at least a day outside of the park. we always spend some time at old town. its a blast and the kids love it.
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M.H. answers from Raleigh on July 25, 2010
I highly suggest going to the Disney website to see what they are offering. Most of the time their hotels are not any more expensive than staying off property and they are usually giving you the meal plan for free (which means you don't have to pay for any food!)! Staying on property also means you don't have to pay for parking (since you can take their transportation) which gives you savings of $14 a day!!!
Make sure that you book it soon and that as soon as you book, you make reservations at the restaurants you want to eat at. The good ones fill up quick, and you don't want to be stuck looking for a place last minute.
Utilize the Fast Pass system...it will save you SO much time if you Fast Pass the busy rides (Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania, etc.).
If you get to the park first thing in the morning (and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours), you will get more done at the park. We have been known to be completely done with Animal Kingdom by noon because we go first thing in the morning before the park opens to everyone else.
Finally, buy all T-shirts you would want for your son ahead of time at a Disney Store. Disney does have some different ones, but they will cost you at least $20. If you go to the Disney Store (or Outlet) you can find them for $5 or less. If your son wants shirts (or other things like it), buy them at home and take them with you as a "surprise"...crazy savings!
We got to Disney every year, so if you have any other questions please feel free to PM me!!!
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L.M. answers from New York on July 25, 2010
Are you staying at a Disney property? Will you be driving or flying? If flying, a rental car? Can offer more tips if we have this info.
You can bring food into the park. So pack up a backpack with some water bottles and snacks. Note: you'll have to wait in line to have your bag checked, but well worth the wait.
Bring rain ponchos because it will rain at some point, only if it's for an hour.
If you want souveniour t-shirts buy them outside of Disney. You can purchase one from home and bring it with you as a special surprise, or you can purchase at a store in Orlando.
The waterpark is not included in your tickets. To us going in October just wasn't worth it since the water park opens late and closes early. We just got our water time at the pool, especially if your staying at a property because they have lots of activities and games poolside.
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C.A. answers from San Francisco on July 25, 2010
If you are staying for five or more days, make the middle day a 'rest' day. Stay at the hotel, swim, sleep in, etc.
We love Disney World and have been three years in a row. Consistently, we have appreciated taking a break in the middle of our vacation.
You will also be surprised to see how much fun your four year old has in Epcot. At first glance, this looks like an adult park but really there is plenty to do for him from the rides and collecting a passport from each 'country.
Don't forget to make reservations for meals. You can get the number off the website. Disney has wonderful, knowledgable staff to help you determine where, what, and how pricey you want to eat. Most reservations can be canceled without even calling because they are considered priority seating. When you have a tired, hungry family the last thing you want to do is wait to be seated.
Explore Disney's website throughly. Certain rides close throughout the year for maintanance. They list these rides on the website so you won't be heartbroken if they are closed when you are there. Prioritize in your head what must be seen. Be prepared that you won't get everything done.
Have fun! I wish we could go this year!
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J.C. answers from Chicago on July 26, 2010
mousesavers.com and the book 'the unofficial guide to disney'. You can't go wrong. Have fun and biggest suggestion is to make sure that you take some breaks throughout the day.
K.Z. answers from Chicago on July 26, 2010
Go to www.mousesavers.com it has tons of deals and ideas on how to save. I get their newsletter every month and get all kinds of ideas. Good luck and have fun...we are going in the first week of Dec with 2 two year old little girls.
L.R. answers from Chicago on July 27, 2010
Definitely get the book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" - lots of great tips. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Cypress and even though it wasn't on the property, it was awesome. They have a shuttle that runs twice in the morning and at night. We did end up not staying the whole time so we would catch a bus at one of the other hotels on property and then take a bus to downtown Disney and catch a cab there back to our hotel -not as expensive that way. Also, got a stroller to use free of charge from the hotel - definitely ask your hotel if they have one you can borrow for the week. This was a lifesaver for us. You'll need one!! You can rent them from the parks, but obviously if you can get it free from your hotel, go that route.
Also, something that my friend told me that was awesome - if you go to Seaworld, bring a swimsuit for your son. They have a cute little sprinkler area that my daughter loved and I'm so glad we had her swimsuit so she could play around it without worrying about her walking around all wet.
Another great tip - if you can, buy one of those fan/spray combinations here before you leave. We ended up buying one when we were there and they're like $16.00, but it was sooo needed!! See if you can get one cheaper here.
Also, definitely go and get your Fastpasses as soon as you get to the park. They sold out of them right after we got ours and it was only 11:00 in the morning!!