Before the tips, a quip from the creator of Mickey Mouse himself:
“Disneyland is a work of love,” said Walt Disney. “We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”
And, you don’t have to travel to Disneyland just with the idea of spending money! If you’re planning a trip to Disneyworld, click on Disney on a Dime: Money-Saving Secrets for Your Walt Disney World Vacation by Chris Carlson. And, read on for seven tips for saving money at either Disneyland or Disneyworld from Ethan Ewing, president of Bills.com…
7 Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland or Disneyworld
1. Save money ahead of time. Brainstorm resources that you can set aside to pay for your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld: rebates, birthday money, bonuses, garage sale proceeds, money from cashing in change, or profits from eBay sales can help. For future trips, include vacation costs in your annual budget and save a portion each month.
2. Go in low season. Both Disneyland or Disneyworld can be much cheaper in low season. The best way to save money on any vacation is to do your research beforehand – and as your travel-savvy friends for money saving tips and the best travel websites!
3. Plan in advance. To save money, order plane tickets well before your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Additionally, try traveling and visiting attractions mid-week to save a bundle and avoid crowds.
4. Go coupon crazy! Before leaving home, go online to select activities you might want to during your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Then search the Web for your activity and the word “coupon.” Many places offer two-for-one, free lunch, kids-free or percentage-off coupons online. Print these and bring them along to save money.
5. Strategize souvenirs. Instead of buying souvenirs at a tourist gift shop, visit a large discount retailer. In many areas, these stores have a good selection of T-shirts, mugs, magnets and postcards at much lower prices. Or purchase something you will enjoy later, like local foods, craft supplies or a needed household item (such as new kitchen towels, a vase or a basket) that will remind you of your trip.
6. Save with a home away from home. To save money at Disneyland or Disneyworld, consider renting or trading for an apartment or condominium. You’ll be able to prepare your own meals and spread out in more space than a hotel. Trade homes with a friend or relative, rent or trade through a reputable home exchange, or housesit to save big on a longer stay.
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7. Eat meals in. If you’re staying in a hotel, request a room with a microwave and refrigerator. Bring simple non-breakable dishes and make your own breakfast (such as cereal or yogurt), dinner (salad or frozen meals) or snacks. Make sandwiches in the morning, and take them when you’re exploring Disneyland or Disneyworld. Eat just one meal a day out to save significant money – and spend more time out enjoying the sights instead of sitting in restaurants!
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