Thinking of traveling to Walt Disney World in the near future? The theme park has just raised its ticket prices. A single-day base ticket now costs $79 (up from $75) for ages 10+ and $68 (up from $63) for ages 3 to 9. Multi-day price increases are between $6 and $8 a day. Add-on options like the Park Hopper pass have also gone up by a couple bucks. For more information visit Disney's Ticket Price section.
Of course, there's many ways to save on a trip to Disney. For select dates in October, November and December, Disney continues to offer free dining plans with the purchase of their 5-night/5-day Magic Your Way package. You can also save by preparing for and budgeting how you'll spend your money at Disney once you arrive. Here are a few of our suggestions paired with the experiences of travelers posting in our Forums.
Tips for Visiting Disney on a Budget
Don't buy a theme-park ticket for the day of your arrival or the day of your departure.
It's not worth spending $79 for just a couple of hours in the parks. Instead, use those days to visit Downtown Disney, Disney's Boardwalk, or Universal CityWalk, or lounge around your hotel pool.
Choose accommodations with a kitchen or at least a fridge and microwave.
You can stock up on breakfast items in a nearby supermarket, and save time—and money—by eating your morning meal in your hotel room.
"I've stayed at the All Star Sports recently as well as the Beach Club and Old Key West in the past. The All star resorts are a really good value...(more)" -- shared by LePageS
Avoid holidays and school vacation times, or go off-season.
You can see more in less time, and lodging rates are lower.
If you plan to eat in a full-service restaurant, do it at lunch.
Then have a light dinner. Lunchtime prices are almost always lower than dinnertime prices. Also look for "early bird" menus, which offer dinner entrées at reduced prices during late afternoon and early evening hours.
"The meal plan is a lot of food and saves you money with the kids as you only pay about $10/day for them. Irrespective of what you do, make your reservations (ADRs) asap as lots of places book up very, very far in advance...(more)" -- shared by taitai
Watch your shopping carefully.
Theme-park merchandisers are excellent at displaying the goods so that you (or your children) can't resist them. You may find that some articles for sale are also available at home--for quite a bit less. One way to cope is to give every member of your family a souvenir budget--adults and children alike. Another good option is to wait until the last day of your trip to buy your souvenirs.
Refill your water bottles.
You'll be surprised at how much water you drink hiking around the parks under the hot Florida sun. Those $2 water bottles really add up, but you can save a bundle by refilling your bottles at the water fountains all over the parks.
"What I did when my kids were this little, was to pack PB&J sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and haul them in the stroller. It saved time from standing in line, saved money, and we could stop anywhere for a snack break, rather than have to look for a food vendor...(more)" -- shared by offlady
Bring essentials with you.
Remember to pack your hat, sunscreen, camera, memory card or film, batteries, diapers, and aspirin. These items are all very expensive within the theme parks.