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Walt Disney World On A Budget: 4 Ways To Travel To Disney On A Budget

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Guide and Infographic

Life is just sometimes hard, am I right?  We want to do the right thing with our finances, budget the right way but things get in the way.  But Disney World is hard to resist, that’s why folks like you and I want to do Walt Disney World on a budget.  How can we fit this into something we can actually afford? 

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Infographic

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I always say that the more knowledge you have when planning your Disney vacation, the better time you and your pocket will have.  Seriously.  But there is so much to know, how do you learn it all?  


Well… you can read because anyone has the ability to learn enough to plan a Disney vacation or you can just use a Disney travel agent.  They are all free and overnight you have all of the knowledge you could ever need.  


Let’s first discuss what type of expenses you need to include in your Walt Disney World budget. 

  • Transportation
  • Tickets
  • Hotel
  • Food
  • Merchandise

The next thing you do is break down each of these categories, learn as much as you can, and find ways to save. But again, working with a Disney vacation planner can only help you get to Walt Disney World on a budget. 

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Getting there

Last on our infographic but the first thing we will talk about is getting to and around Walt Disney World.  The challenges of getting to Disney World differ depending on the circumstances. How far you are from Disney as well as the size of your family is going to impact your decision.

I am not a huge fan of long boring drives, but if the alternative is giving up a day at the theme parks or not going to Disney at all, then I will have no problem driving.

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Disney Tickets

What’s a Disney vacation on a budget without cheap Disney tickets?

Have you taken a look at how much Disney World tickets are going to cost you? For 2021, the lowest price available for a Disney World ticket is $109 per day.  

Park tickets will always be a huge part of any Disney vacation budget. They’re incredibly expensive.  They can go up to $159 per day.  These prices vary because of Disney’s dynamic pricing model.  This means the ticket prices depend on the season/demand for them.  

Here are some ways we can guarantee you will save:

  • Visit the parks on the weekdays instead of the weekends. 
  • Try to go during Disney’s value season when tickets will be closer to that $109 per day mark. 
  • Avoid peak season times like the holidays. You’re going to pay more for your ticket and there are going to be more people there.  

Disney World is very strict with their tickets.  They make sure that every person inside those parks has paid their fair share (using fair loosely here).  As expensive as they are, you have to see the goodness in knowing that everyone had to deal with that.

There are two ways you can legitimately buy Disney tickets.

  1. Through Disney 
  2. From an authorized reseller

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Hotel

One of the many great things about going to Disney World so often is I get to try different offsite hotels to tell you about.

Let’s be frank.  As I always am.

With off-site hotel prices as low as $35/night, at a decent location may I add, there’s no way you can financially beat that price.

You might be able to find a hotel with shuttles as many of them now have but even adding in a car rental and gas. That would put you at about $55/night.

I do have an entire post on Walt Disney World on a Budget offsite hotels. 

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The trick with looking up hotel prices is to check multiple sites. Expedia, Trivago, and Priceline are my three.
There was a time where I assumed every travel aggregator was the same with the same deals.  But it isn’t true at all. Make sure to check all three.
When looking for a hotel, try to find one with different add-ons that will save you even more money.  Such as complimentary breakfast or theme park shuttles. Pay attention to daily resort and parking fees, they can add hundreds to your stay at the time of check-in. 

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Merchandise

Disney makes sure to give you every opportunity to spend money while on vacation.  No one can resist Mickey or Minnie ears or those amazing Disney mugs.  Check out my ways to save, and use what works best for you and your family.  Starting with a strict souvenir budget for everyone!

Method 1

Pre-buy as many souvenirs as possible.  To show you how much you can save by doing this I’d like to give you two examples.

Belle Dress – Favorite attire for the kids at the parks

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Mickey Shirt – Great to wear during your vacation

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Method 2

Give yourself a strict souvenir budget and find creative ways to stick to it.

Put souvenir money on a Disney gift card. When the gift cards run out then you know that’s it.

Method 3

Stick to inexpensive yet useful souvenirs. No need to spend an arm and a leg on something you’ll only look at a few times in your life.

You can also find other great deals on this post.  I go through 25 awesome budget souvenirs.

Walt Disney World on a Budget: Food

There are a ton of tips when it comes to saving on your food portion of our Walt Disney World budget.  The first thing you want to do is use an app like Instacart to order groceries to your hotel.  Before you do so, make sure to check if you have a mini-fridge or not.  

For maximum savings, you want to get snacks, water, and breakfast items.  If you’re willing to put together lunch, like sandwiches, definitely do that as well.  

Disney allows you to bring food into the parks so it really is up to you how much you save and how much you eat out. 

Definitely leave some of the budget for some awesome Disney snacks and meal options. 


12 OverallWalt Disney World on a Budget Tips

#1 Set a strict souvenir budget and stick to it.  

#2 Bring your own water to the Disney parks. 

#3 The more knowledge you have, the more you will save.  Use a Disney travel agent or read some Disney vacation planning blog posts right here!

#4 Check on your budget every other night or so.  Make sure you’re on track by reviewing your receipts or just checking your charges. 

#5 Take advantage of Disney’s large meal portions and share.  

#6  Disney photographers will take your photo, with your phone, for free!

#7 Stick to one park a day and skip the park hopper options.  You can always add it on later!

#8 Order pizza to your hotel, for an easy, relaxing, and inexpensive meal.

#9 Bring ponchos with you from home.  You can buy them just about anywhere for under $2.  They are over $10 at the parks.

#10 Pick a day to relax, you’re going to need it and it’s free.  Pool anyone?

#11 Use my guide to buy souvenirs before you go. 

#12 Groceries, groceries, groceries.  Get groceries. 

Want more?

Check out the newly updated Disney on a Budget ebook!

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Terri Ramsey Beavers

Monday 17th of October 2016

These are really great tips. I will have to keep them in mind when we travel back to Disney. I think it's a smart idea to bring along Mickey Ears instead of to keep buying more.

Elizabeth O.

Monday 17th of October 2016

It's important to have a budget that your family can adjust to when going to Disney. These are really helpful and it's not also going to come in the way of you and your family from having fun.

Agnes Dela Cruz

Sunday 16th of October 2016

What a wonderful time spent. I wish I can bring the whole gang to Disneyland.


Sunday 16th of October 2016

I have been to Disney on a budget. It's easier than it sounds, but you have to prep the kids first, lol

Erlene Amat

Sunday 16th of October 2016

We're in SoCal, so we go to Disneyland and agree about the meals. We try to eat outside of the park because that saves us at least $100 per meal.

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