3 Great Travel Secrets To Avoid Disney World’s Ridiculous Prices

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We all know that Disney is insanely priced.  Earlier this year, we found that Disneyland had upped its ticket and annual pass prices once again, following suit with a move by Disney World.

But there are few things you can do to avoid sky-high prices once you’re there.  Sign-up for our free newsletter so you don’t miss tips like these in the future.

My wife and I visited back in 2017, and in my frugal-ness, I was able to find a few way to dodge prices.  However, we did NOT dodge the awkwardness of being the only couple in the park without kids…

We Avoided the Insane Prices as Best We Could

Quick Tips for a Cheap Disney Trip

1.   Water Is a Must

We visited Disney World in June, and it was a sweaty visit to say the least.

Regardless of when you visit, drinking lots of water is critical.  We averaged ~9 miles of walking per day!  While the soda and creative cocktails sound great, I wouldn’t recommend it.

One great way we were able to stay hydrated is to bring a ‘water sack’ with us.  As we would run out, we would visit a concession stand that served water and asked them to fill our sack up.  They had no issue doing so.  When a small water bottle costs $3, this could easily save you close to $100 over a few days.

You can get similar water sacks for under $20 on Amazon or Walmart.

2.   Pack A Lunch

This is an obvious one, but it has to be said… The food and drink at Disney World are a ripoff.  My wife and I made sure to pack sandwiches and snacks during our visits to the park.  Of course there are novelty foods like a delicious hot dog with mac and cheese on top, but food can prove to be incredibly expensive.

$12 Well Spent!

Disney states on their website that all food and drinks are allowed in the park, with the exception of alcohol.

3.   Hotel Selection Is Key

We discovered very quickly that where you stay can affect your costs.  If you stay at a Disney World Resort, you do not need to pay for parking at Disney World.  The trade-off is that you’re paying a premium to stay so close to the park.

During our search for a hotel, our most important criteria was having a shuttle to and from the park.  We were able to have that at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Orlando.  While it was extremely rigid in schedule, it was convenient to not worry about driving, parking, or gas during our trip.

Side note – Orlando has the cheapest rates for rideshare companies in the country.  If you are planning on visiting, consider bypassing renting a car for Lyft or Uber.

Bottom Line

Disney is one of the world’s biggest attractions, and something everyone should experience at least once.

However, these money-saving hacks can really make the difference in the final cost of your adventures.  Through these tricks, my wife and I estimate we saved roughly $400 through 4 days at Disney World.

Do you have any other frugal tips for those who love Disney?  Let’s hear them in the comments!

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1 year ago


Andrew Wan
1 year ago

Well, there’s one incentive for moving to Florida 🙂

1 year ago

Disneybob, you’re an idiot.

1 year ago

If you are going to be staying at Disney for any length of time it may be worth it to get an annual pass.if you plan on being immersed in the Disney experience you can often save money on merchandise as well as meals and hotels and parking is free at the theme parks with an annual pass. If you were to go for 7 days to the parks you would easily spend close to $180 just for parking alone.in some cases it may be worth it for one person in your party to get an annual pass while the other people get regular passes. This is because one person can apply there discount for all the souvenirs purchased and also treat several people to a meal at a additionally you can often save money off of Disney world hotels if you want to spend the money to stay on site. an annual pass will also include the memory Maker which cost separately between $169 to $199. taking all those things into consideration one person purchasing an annual pass can be a huge huge savings for the rest of the party.

Jill B.
1 year ago

#4 — Wear your baseball cap with the bill facing the front, as it is supposed to be worn.

Jacob Ward
1 year ago

Disney Resorts parking going hop the Tickets it’s go in Store in this morning charge

1 year ago

All Disney Resorts charge for parking now so if you stay at a Disney resort you will still accrue the parking expense on top of the expensive resort prices!

1 year ago

My daughter went to the Disney outlet store before vacation and stocked up on merchandise. Each day the kids chose something to remember their visit. Wand at th he outlet store $5. Wand at Disney World. $15. Everybody was happy.

1 year ago

Disney now charges for parking at the resorts. If you fly that airline that allows you to bring the second bag free, bring it full of snacks. Bring plastic containers in case you do eat at one of their restaurants and can’t finish the meal. Pack it up for later.

1 year ago

heres an “angle” to get compensated for damages you incurred while in park… keep your demand low, and they will likely just pay you off…

as you enter park, there are photographers to take pix… agree with photog to carefully frame cinderellas castle directly on your head… now get picture, takecto client relations, usually a front of Mainstreet… show them pix with castle framed on your head,,, complain of head injury, spinal column damage from castle on your head… (keep it low, like $100. ),,, acting a little kooky helps

1 year ago

Don’t go. I grew up in Florida. We went every year of my youth. It’s fun but not worth what they charge, now. Go to an all inclusive in Mexico that’s on the beach and has a great pool. Disney World has become Stand In Line In The Florida Sun And Pay Way Too Much Land.

1 year ago

sometimes at animal kingdom lodge, roomservice can be slow…

call down and tell them you appreciate the girraffe, and what bbq sauces they suggest to accompany,,,you will get VERY speedy and prompt service personal at your door…

1 year ago

as a break from stressful rides and lines, bring fishing tackle and avail yourself of the grassy shaded bank of the castle moat… remember you get first claim at anything you catch…

1 year ago

get extra free days at water front resorts… grand floridian is perfect

check in. bring a dog leash, and after first day go to front desk, tell them you were walking “fifi” your poodle, and the peter pan crocodile snatched your pet… can you get your pet back now ?

usually good for an extra day or two comp’d…

1 year ago

make your own “fastpass” shortcut on long lines get more rides in shorter time… requires a little pre thinking… first buy some random nuts and bolts at hardware store, then start at end of line, ask person in line ahead of you that you just got off the ride, but found these nuts and bolts under your seat, and want to give them to ride attendee, ,, you can get all the way to front of line doing this…

1 year ago

The lines app can save you hours per day, and time is money. Take a day or several to hotel hop or wander around property, there is plenty to do outside the parks that is a lot cheaper than gate admission.

1 year ago

i applaud your suggestions, but $400 savings for 2 over 4 days… really ?

granted, some are just obvious…hey, you can save $1000 per day by not staying at presidential suite in the hotel.. lol. or selecting brown bag instead of steak and lobster… or not buying $500 cheeky souvenirs..

c’mon… lol

how about making friends with a park employee and becoming a free guest of theirs with cast member discounts?

get a mickey doll, hide in closet, tell Minnie andc hold for randsom in exchange for free tickets…

walk into park BACKWARDS, confusing gate keepers about you are coming in…

these work for me…