WDW on a budget - tricks and hints
I thought it might be nice for us to have a place to post our favorite penny pinching tricks....and I'll start off with a few of mine...
1) Stay in a value resort: Unless you are planning on staying at the world for 7+ days, are looking forward to a splurge, or plan on spending ALOT of time at your resort you can save a lot of moola by going value. Having now stayed at 2/3 all stars and Pop as well as the Boardwalk I can officially say that dollar for dollar the values are a much better...well...value. The rooms in the "nicer" resorts are slightly larger but really not drastically better than the values. You should also resist the temptation to stay off site - you may save a few bucks but you will be forced to rent a car, drive all over in your own, or rely on lousy bus service.
2) Brown Bag it: If you are staying at WDW for a couple days request a room with a fridge and buy a few essentials at a grocery store. Eat breakfast before you leave the resort (a bagel and cream cheese is quick, easy, and filling), and pack your bags with healthy snacks such as apples, oranges, and crackers. Eat a light lunch at WDW and then have dinner off site or back at the hotel. Make sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill in the parks to save money on bottled water
3) Order the kids meal: Unless its really unappealing its always a good idea to order off the kids menu. The portions are good and you can eat an entire meal including drink for cheaper than you can buy an adult entree
4) Remeber that kids under 3 eat free at the sit-downs...i just found this out recently and have been taking full advantage. For Riley and I to have full meals at a counter service I end up spending around 15 bucks...for the same price we can both eat at the Garden Grill and visit the characters!
5) Resist the temptation to go nuts on souveneirs. Unless you would really use it and treasure it for years to come its better not to buy.
Can't wait to hear some of yours!
Coupla more tricks and hints:
1. In counter-service areas, they very rarely list an entree separately, only as a basket. For example: A Burger basket is like $8, and the burger only is about 3/4 of that. Doesn't sound like much, but it saves money over a coupla meals and a coupla days.
2. Another hint? If there is a double burger offered on the menu, order it, and then order an extra bun. My husband and I did this a lot and it saved A LOT of money. Worked well in Pecos and the Backlot where ya could build your own burgers.
And don't forget all the wonderful things there are to do for free that are just still so magical!
-Go play with the legos at the lego playground in Downtown Disney and then go watch (or splash in) the fountains!
-The movie night at Fort Wilderness! What a wonderful night! If you truly have NO money or VERY LIMITED funds, stop by! You get to watch movies for free, meet Chip and Dale. You can buy snacks for a fairly reasonable price or you can bring your own. It's such simple Disney Magic.
-Sit on the Beach at Polynesian, Contemporary, or Wilderness and watch the Water pageant at night and an extended view of the fireworks.
-Hop a monorail and ask them if you can sit up front...this is especially exciting heading into EPCOT at night...it takes you right through FutureWorld and it is BEAUTIFUL.
-Take a walk on the Walk Around the World....play games with who can find the most proposals, weddings, etc. Walk only on tiles that have certain words, names or letters...
-Go to the Boardwalk and watch all the entertainment outside on the Boardwalk. It is exciting and funny and has no charge.
-Park at one of the resorts that has a water launch and take it to somewhere else! This is especially fun from Old Key West to Downtown Disney.
Even veterans try to save money! That's how we're able to do it more often!!!:mbar: