Living in Florida has its perks, and one of them is being in the same state as Disney World! Given that, we go to Disney a lot. Since my oldest son was about 16 months old, we have gone to Disney every year. Since we do go every year, we really have to save up for each trip so we can really enjoy the experience! Now that I have two kids (a 6 and 3 year old) who absolutely love Disney, I know we have to have that expense in our budget.
Here are a few tips to save for Disney so you can really enjoy your time there!
Create a savings account for spending money and tickets
You can use a savings account such as Capital One 360, or open what is called a DVA or Disney Vacation account. Both are good ways to save money but the Disney Vacation account will give you a $20 gift card for every $1000 you save. If you think of it this way, the Disney Vacation account can only be used for anything Disney related so you can stay on track with savings.
Use Ebates when you go online shopping
We shop online anyway, right? Why not get some cash back and apply that cash back towards your Disney trip? It doesn’t cost extra, but you just need to go through Ebates when you go to an online store. The browser extensions make it too easy and you won’t forget using them. Sign up for Ebates here and start getting cash back to put towards your Disney vacation!
Buy souvenirs outside of Disney
We all know buying souvenirs at the parks are a lot more marked up. Did you know you can get Disney souvenirs outside of Disney for a lower price? Get the stuffed Disney toys outside the parks to save some money, along with ponchos and autograph books! Save your money for the delicious snacks and food that is unique to Disney.
Buy discounted Disney gift cards
You can buy discounted Disney gift cards to use at the parks, and it’s a good way to budget too! You can find these gift cards at BJ’s (you don’t have to be a member to buy, and don’t forget to go through Ebates first) and also at Target. Save 5% when you use your RedCard!
Sign up for MouseSavers and save on hotels and park tickets
MouseSavers is a great resource for getting deals on hotels and overall advice on going to Disney. Call it your discount buddy for all things Disney. Sign up for their email list and they’ll send you deals on hotels. I have gone through the site to get discounts on hotels and the hotels are typically top rated and not far from the parks. It’s worth it!
Use the Disney parks app and connect to it using the free Wi-Fi
Both the Disney parks app and wi-fi is free at all Disney parks and the Disney Experience app is a huge help in knowing wait times on rides and show times. You can also set fast passes for rides and view reservations on any dining you are planning to do. Just connect to wi-fi on your phone and you won’t have to use your data. Score!
Bring water and snacks
We all know the markup on water and snacks at the parks are a lot more, so buying these things outside the parks is a smart move. You can just stop at Walmart or Walgreens which are not too far from the parks and pick up a case of water bottles and some portable snacks. If you wanted to save even more, bring some sandwiches too and bring them with you. It’s totally okay to do so.
Take surveys online and apply those earnings to your trip
By using survey sites like InboxDollars and Swagbucks, you take surveys, search online, get offers or watch videos for some extra money. When you join you get $5 right off the bat! Join both and you got an extra $10 right there. A good tip to earn some money through this is to these surveys when you’re just waiting around, such as in the waiting room at a doctor ‘s appointment, your lunch break, or even waiting to pick up the kids. Make some extra money that way, and you can apply that to your trip! I am personally going to continue doing this and see how much I can earn throughout the month and report back!
Find smart resources, like an ebook!
When you want to plan a Disney vacation, you need all the resources you can get, right? How about an ebook written by a mom that goes to Disney often, like every month? LJ from Smart Moms Plan Disney wrote an ebook called Disney Within Reach, which is about how she saves for Disney and gets discounts to get her to Disney for less than retail value! You can even check out a free chapter of the ebook before you buy, which is a no-brainer! Also, if you buy the book within a package, you can get access to the Facebook group that talks about any deals going on at that point in time, which is a bonus! Think of it as a live extension of the book and a place where everyone has the same goal: to get to Disney! I’m in there and there are some great tips that you can learn from everyone in the group!
What will you be doing to save for your next Disney trip? Share in the comments!
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