If you’re headed to Disney, check out these tips to have the best trip!
As fun is Disney is, it also comes at a price! See how you can save some money:
- Come prepared: Remember to pack sunscreen and a poncho, the weather can be brutal, and you don’t want to have to buy something you already have.
- Buy Disney souvenirs elsewhere: Amazon, Walmart, Target, department stores, and grocery stores all carry merchandise at a cheaper price.
- Make your own autograph book: Those books cost between $9.95 and $19.99 at the parks, but you can make one under $5!
- Bring your own stroller or wheelchair: You’ll avoid rental/deposit fees.
- Eat breakfast before you arrive: Breakfast in the parks can be just a pricey and lunch and dinner, so eat before you go.
- Bring your own food and drinks: Buying snacks can add up quickly!
- Book your trip during the offseason: This will allow you to save in many ways such as airfare and lodging. Offseason is mid-January through mid-March, excluding Presidents Day weekend; mid-April through mid-May, excluding spring break; and mid-September through mid-November, excluding Halloween time.
- Get a Disney credit card: You can earn points to use for future trips and get discounts in the parks.
- Invest in an annual pass or passport: If you plan on going to Disney multiple times, this will save you major money and come with a ton of perks.
These hacks will help you get the most out of your trip:
- Embrace Rainy Days: People stay away when the rain comes in, this means lines around the park are drastically shortened.
- Skip a Sit-Down Breakfast and Run to the Rides First: The quicker you get to the park, the shorter the lines will be.
- Use FastPass+ to your advantage: You may be limited to one park a day, but if you can schedule your first 3 early in the day, you can keep scheduling more that same day.
- Make Dinner Reservations at the Last Minute: This won’t work every-time, so book as far ahead as you can. But if you weren’t able to, try going the day of, people cancel/forget by then, and the park wants to fill those seats!
Disney is definitely strict with security, make sure you DON’T bring these items:
- Folding chairs
- Wagons (strollers only)
- Wrapped birthday gifts
- Large coolers (small ones are OK)
- Selfie sticks
- Musical instruments
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