Disney World: 5 “life hacks” for your next trip to the theme park
Here are 5 tips to help guests navigate their once-in-a-lifetime experience at Disney World.
Staff Video, USA TODAY
- There are accommodations for every budget within minutes of Walt Disney World, but staying on property can make the most of a trip.
- Unlike other theme parks, Disney World welcomes guests to bring in their own food and alcoholic drinks, which can save a lot of money.
- Discount vacation packages and theme park tickets may be available from employers or places guests have a membership to like AAA and Costco.
It’s easy to spend a lot of money at Walt Disney World.
Tickets alone to Disney Very Merriest After Hours can cost a family of four roughly $1,000. Add a sit-down dinner, some souvenirs and a hotel for the night and the budget balloons. Multiday vacations cost even more.
There are, however, lots of easy ways to save without skimping on the experience, which for some families may only come once in a lifetime.
From choosing where to stay to what to skip, here is how to get the most bang for limited bucks on a trip to Disney World.
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Where to stay at Disney World
From motels to Airbnbs, timeshares to five-star resorts, there are accommodations for every budget minutes away from Disney World, but to maximize time and benefits, the best option is to stay on property.
That’s because Disney resort guests get early theme park entry, which can be key for beating long lines for rides later in the day, especially for folks who don’t want to spend extra money on Disney’s new Genie+ or Lightning Lane add-ons.
Resort guests also get free transportation to the parks and Disney Springs, Disney World’s shopping, dining and entertainment center. Guests who bring their own cars have to pay for parking at the resorts, but they don’t have to pay additional parking fees at the parks.
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By far, the cheapest option for staying on property is a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Campsites for traditional tents, pop-up campers and camper vans start at $66 per night in the off-season. Peak dates and larger campsites for RVs cost more. Perks of staying at Fort Wilderness include free evening sing-alongs with Chip ‘n’ Dale, lakeside views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom, and all the bells and whistles of staying at an official Disney resort.
Guests who prefer traditional rooms can choose from four Disney value resorts: three All-Star properties with average nightly rates listed at $126 in the off-season and Pop Century which averages $168 nightly off-peak. Standard rooms at both resorts sleep up to four adults. The All-Star resorts have been recently renovated and have similar layouts to Pop Century. One big difference is Pop…
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