Tips for Disney World – How to Save Time, Money, Memories and More


Are you thinking about taking a family vacation to Disney World in Florida? Whether you’ve booked your trip already, or you’re just in the thinking about it stage I hope you’ll find the following tips for Disney World useful to help you save time, money, memories and more on your vacation!
Tips for Disney World - Want to know how to save money for your vacation, save time in the parks and save your feet?

1. Save to pay for your trip

Read our disclosure policyIf you have a look through your kitchen cabinets I bet you’ll find a nice big jar, with an opening big enough to drop your change into. Whether you decide to save dollar bills, quarters or just nickels whenever you come home with money in your pocket empty it into your Disney Savings Jar and watch your savings grow!

2. Save on your airfare

Did you know that airlines change their ticket prices several times a day? To get the best price for your seat you need to shop around, and try using an aggregator website like so you can compare prices across flight times and airlines quickly and easily.

3. Save money on your Disney World theme park tickets

Did you know you can save money on your theme park tickets, hotel accommodation and souvenirs and dining by purchasing an Annual Pass? It doesn’t matter if you only have one trip planned this year, the discounts and perks can often offset the cost of the Annual Pass.

4. Save time in the parks

Did you know that Extra Magic Hours can actually be a disadvantage rather than a perk? The theme parks hosting the Extra Magic Hours on any given day are often busier than the other parks. You can save more time by arriving at a non Extra Magic Hours park before opening, and having a plan of attack so you know which order you plan to experience the rides and attractions in.

5. Save money on dining

Did you know you are allowed to bring your own food into the Disney World theme parks? Packing a picnic lunch will save you money, but it will also give you more time to experience the parks while everyone else queue in the restaurants!

6. Save a table

If you want to eat at certain restaurants, especially Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom, you need to make a reservation 180 days before your trip.

7. Save your stomachs

If a member of your family has a food allergy they will be well looked after at the parks. Dairy free ice cream is available at the Ice Cream Parlour at the Magic Kingdom, and gluten free snacks are also available across the parks.

8. Save your feet

You can walk around 9 to 10 miles a day while you’re exploring the theme parks, which means comfortable shoes are a necessity. Disney World is no place for high heels, so swap them for a pair of classic Crocs, your feet will thank you for it!

9. Save a slot

You can save a lot of time in the parks by making reservations for the attractions you want to experiences. FastPass+ reservations can be made from home up to 60 days before your trip and allow you to visit the attraction at a certain time on a certain day without having to wait in the standby line.

10. Save the best seat in the house

When you’re waiting in line to watch one of the wonderful 3D movies do not try and be the first in the theatre. Most people want to sit in the front few rows, but the best seats in the house are actually at the back towards the middle of a row. So hang back and let a few people enter the theatre and a row before you before you take your seats.

More tips for Disney World

For more information on the secrets you’ve just read, and many more tips for Disney World including the cheapest day of the week to fly, how to save money on a Deluxe resort and how to take advantage of promotional offers even after you’ve booked you just need to read my new book: How to Save Time, Money, Memories and More on your Disney World Vacation. Available now for just 99c at Amazon.


    • says

      It’s one of the things I love about Disney – we took a cooler to Busch Gardens once and they said we couldn’t take it in and pointed us to lockers outside the park – and we had to pay to leave it there!

  1. says

    If we didn’t get free dining last time I definitely would have used a grocery delivery service to bring in sme pb&j sandwiches.

    The only thing I’m not sure about the annual pass thing – at over 600 a pop I don’t think that would pay unless we visited at least 2-3 times.

  2. says

    Awesome tips!! I am amazed that people wear heels to Disney–ouch!! At which mile do you think they decide that heels were a bad idea?

  3. says

    These are fantastic tips for anyone planning a trip to Disney! Thanks for sharing this resource!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. says

    Hi Clare,
    Great post! I am pinning and sharing on FB & G+ because I think a lot of people don’t know about these tips. You certainly need to be organized and plan ahead if you want to get the most out of your Disney trip. Thanks for the good tips! ~Sheila

  5. says

    My kids are obsessed with Disney! We were fortunate enough to land some VERY cheap tickets at a silent auction and went TWICE in 6 months. We can’t wait to go back. Hope to take some of these great tips with us. :)

  6. says

    Good planning has been part of my enjoyment of both Disneyland and Disney World. Great tips! Not sure I agree with getting an annual pass as we found out both times it wouldn’t save us money unless we did actually go again. Another tip that was essential for us was to bring a hydration backpack. Purchasing water can get quite pricey and it was great to keep hydrated without fiddling with a water bottle. We just added some crystal light as we didn’t like the taste of the water.


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