5 Things I Am Excited About My Disney Vacation and 10 Ways I’m Saving

Cheap Disney Vacation anyone?

I had to make a Disney trip happen for my site. This is the excuse I keep telling myself to make sense of my trip coming up in two weeks.

I do need more great photos for my site….

I decided to make a vacation of this “business trip” , with all my savings techniques I’m usually spending a tiny bit on flights, a bit on meals, and then tickets usually take the win.  This time, however,  we won’t be visiting the theme parks AND I’ll be taking my grandparents.   They work really hard every day and deserve it.  Especially since they refuse to give up their huge Victorian home and insist on keeping up with the maintenance on their own.

Moving on…..

cheap disney vacation

 

Numero Uno (1)

This trip is going to be adults only.  Since I have done both types of trips I can say that going with children and then going without children, are two different vacations. I won’t have to worry about tired or bored kids and I can actually have a drink at the Top Of The World Lounge.

This is what gave me the flexibility to not go to the parks.  Disney World has SO MUCH free stuff that I have never done (because every time I go there I spend all my time at the parks).

 

Numero Dos (2)

If you have never read my story, the long and short of it is, I went to Disney a lot as a kid until my family could no longer afford it.  That’s why it now mean so much to me to now return the favor.  I have a great plan for us.  My grandparents are going to have a swell time.

  • Top of The World Lounge – having a few drinks and watching Wishes
  • Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Taking the to the new and improved Disney Springs

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Numero Tres (3)

I am staying at Saratoga Springs Resort for some serious rest and relaxation.  I want to sit on my patio in peace, lay by the pool, and enjoy the nice weather.

Numero Quatro (4)

Disney World has great water transportation and I know my grandparents are going to love the boat ride from the resort to Disney Springs.  The breeze from the water is to die from and it’s just a great time.

Numero Cinco (5)

I have wanted to be able to run my entire life.   And now, at 25, I can finally run a good 2.5 miles and call that a good time.  That’s why I am SO EXCITED to wake up at Disney and go for a run.  Running has been a habit that I’ve really had to fight myself to do and now love, do doing it at Disney for the first time is going to be sweet.

 

Now to the exciting part.

How I’m Saving Money

I always say, the first thing to do when trying to save on a Disney vacation is to map out your stay.  Activities, food, everything

Since I am not going to the parks the only thing I have to worry about is food.

The cheapest Disney Dining Plan is $44.13/night for each adult.  That’s over $500, no thanks.  Here’s what’s happening:

Breakfast will be eaten in the room, thanks to the mini-fridge, etc as well as Amazon Prime Pantry – we can’t go wrong or spend over $25.

Lunch 

Day 1 – Earl of Sandwich $55

$14.99 and under/adult

Savings: Signing up my grandpa and girlfriend for the eClub to get them coupons for a free sandwich.

10% off with Birnbaum’s

Day 2 – Beaches & Cream $55

$14.99 and under/adult

Savings: $5 off

5% off  a Disney gift card from Target (step-by-step instructions in my eBook)

Day 3 – Wolfgang Puck Express $60

$14.99 and under/adult

Savings:  10% off with Birnbaum’s

Dinner

Day 1 -Pizza Delivery $30

Day 2 – Leftovers from Dinner (Pizza delivery) Free

Day 3 – Chick Fil A at the airport $35

Free giftcard using my Swagbucks.

Swagbucks doesn’t offer Chick Fil A giftcards but if you follow me on Facebook and contact me, I will tell you exactly how to use your SB and get one for free.

 

Total $260 That’s what I call winning. 


Other Ways I’m Ensuring a cheap Disney Vacation

  • I am not spending $1 on transportation, I am getting to and from the world with Disney’s Magical Express (free).
  • I have a bad case of Disney fever and I will spend a lot on souvenirs, to avoid that I bring my own from home.
  • Taking a carry-on to avoid baggage fees.
  • I am flying out of a different airport than what I’m flying back into.  I was able to maximize my savings by being flexible.  Both airports are within 40 minutes of my home.
  • Every activity I’m doing is free.99

Thanks for tuning in!  Make sure to share if you know someone who will benefit from this.  I’ll make sure to update this with some trip photos when we get back.

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40 thoughts on “5 Things I Am Excited About My Disney Vacation and 10 Ways I’m Saving

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    Great ways to save money – keep the goal in mind right?!?!?! Good luck and I look forward to seeing more Disney planning!

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    I wish I could do Disney without kids. It would be so much less expensive! I would also love to visit more of the attractions outside of the parks. I’ve never made it over to the Boardwalk and would love to explore that area. Thanks for the great tips!

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    I haven’t been to disney in years but I’d love to be able to visit just my husband and I

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    It sounds like are really saving! We just got annual passes and I have convinced my husband it will be worth it with all we will be saving on parking and food discounts.

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    I’ve been looking forward to reading this post! I saw it on social media first. Thanks for the cool tips! I’ll use them next time I go.

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    Having Disney in my backyead i’ve learn to save a lot over the years. i liek your planning.

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    What a relaxing trip you have planned! Wolfgang puck express is my favorite quick service dining location. Great price point and AMAZING food!

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    I love Disney and would eventually like to be able to take my kids (2 & 0) when they are older, so these are great tips!

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    We love Disney and any way we can do it a little cheaper I will take! Thanks so much!

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    Great tips! I live in Florida and try to go to Disney once a year during off season so I will definitely use these tips!

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    It’s definitely a lot less expensive if you’re going without the kids. It’s also stress-free. I think it’s sweet that you’re taking your grand parents with you. I think that’s a lot of savings right there, good planning on your part! Enjoy!

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    These are very useful tips to save money on your vacation. It’s been a long time since I last visited Disney. I will bookmark this for future reference.

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    What a brilliant tips, Disney is our favorite places when to fall. I’m thankful that I found this.

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    Some fantastic ways to save which is always a bonus at Disney because it is super expensive, haven’t tried most of these so hopefully I can put them into practice!

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    This is great! So many families back out of going to Disney because it becomes so expensive when planning with kids. These are great tips for everyone to have.

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    Your family will love the trip I’m sure. That’s so sweet that you’re taking them along! These are some great tips. I feel like by the end of the day at a theme park we’re so tired that we don’t care about the budget anymore and it goes out the window. Have a great trip!

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    Wow you are so organized. Disney is normally so expensive but you have managed to turn it into a cheap vacation and I am very impressed well done!

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    Love these ideas to make the trip less expensive. Thank you so much for sharing your Disney knowledge!

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    I’m heading there in December. The Disney gift card caught my attention. I will definitely be checking into that.

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    Thanks for sharing how we can save at Disney! I want to take my husband there for our anniversary and these are great tips I will have to save for later!

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    I’m definitely going to save this! We’ve been talking about taking our kids, but it’s so expensive! I love your list and it sounds like it would definitely help cut the costs down!

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    We are planning another Disney trip soon, so these tips will be used in our planning for sure. The savings on food is amazing!! Thank you so much!

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    Sounds like a great relaxing trip. If you don’t spend money on tickets then there is no pressure to see and do everything possible. 🙂

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    Of course I love that you’re excited to go running at Disney! The top of the world lounge is a great way to watch Wishes. We love going for drinks.

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      Hahah I knew you appreciate that! Also, I had a mudslide there and it was overall great

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    We’ve thought about taking our daughter to Disney, but the cost has always kept us from going. These are great tips! Maybe we can revisit the idea!!!

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      That would be the perfect trip! Take a look around the site, I’m sure you’ll find how to get there cheaply

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    These are awesome tips! One of the biggest things that’s preventing me from even thinking about planning a WDW vacation is the price.

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      Yea, I totally get it. Let me know if you need any help!

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    I’m heading to Disney tomorrow morning and I can’t wait. We are FL residents so will be able to save on our trip. We also took advantage of the meal plan, it really is more economical.

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    I love these tips! It really does help to plan your food choices in advance. I cannot wait until we get a chance to go to Disney and take advantage of no kids and no parks. Sounds like you will have a wonderful time! I cannot wait to see photos.

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    I never thought about experiencing Disney without the kids. I didn’t realize there is ao much to do besides the park. Bookmarking this!

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      It’s a totally different trip but equally amazing!

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    This post is very helpful because through the years going to a Disney theme park has become very expensive. So the tips you shared on savings is very helpful! Thanks!

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    I’ve never been to Disney so this is really helpful for me for when I do plan a trip. I hope to go next year!

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    Ahhhhhh Disney adult trips are the best!! As much as I love Disney with my kiddo, I kinda like Disney with just hubby the best! Hello Epcot drinking around the world;-)

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    Great stuff! I once asked a Disney World bar tender how to save money on drinks, and he said “order it double.” Great advice for an adults only trip! Have fun.

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