How to Save Money at Magic Kingdom

how to save money at magic kingdomHow to Save Money at Magic Kingdom

You’ve planned your Disney vacation on a budget.  Using all the tips you could possibly find.  Now you want to know how to save money at Magic Kingdom.

You’ll find a lot of tips on saving money while planning and booking your Disney trip but what about saving money when you’re at Disney World?

 

Read This First

A trip to a Disney World park can cost up to $120 per day per person.  A family of 4, has already spent $480 at this point.

But don’t get discouraged, I make this point because the first step to saving money at Magic Kingdom is to buy the right ticket.

Thousands of people a year overbuy on their Disney tickets and park days go to waste as well as add-ons.  So much money is wasted.

Though Magic Kingdom is not the biggest park at Disney World, it has the most to do.  You need at least two full days at the parks.

Take the first step to saving money at Magic Kingdom by buying each person at least two days and no add-ons.

 

General  Tips

#1 Magic Kingdom has some of the best photo ops.  A lot of the times, you will find Disney photographers in front of some of them.  The good news is that they will use your camera and take a photo of your entire family.  Meaning you can skip the $169 Memory Maker.

#2 Bring your own souvenirs. Whether you buy these Mickey Ears on Amazon for less than $5 per pair or you bring your own from home from a previous trip.  Mickey Ears are $20 and up at Disney World.

#3 The more souvenirs you bring with you, that you found by being budget conscious, the more you will save at Magic Kingdom.  This park has some of the best stores so get ready for some serious self-constraint.  Here are 25 budget souvenirs for Disney.

 

Cheap Drinks at Magic Kingdom

Any well planned Disney vacation, whether on a budget or not, will consist of bringing your own water into the parks.  That’s the number one savings tip for this category.  A bottle of water is $3.00 in Magic Kingdom.

Refills only available during lunch and breakfast at the Be Our Guest restaurant.

Get a large drink and ask for an extra cup to split.

 

Cheap Eats at Magic Kingdom

Lucky for you, some of the yummiest food at the Magic Kingdom is the least expensive too.

Casey’s Corner

Casey’s Corner serves foot long hot dogs with every delicious topping imaginable.

Yes, foot long.

That’s almost 2.5 times the size of a normal hot dog and they cost around $13.  Meaning two people can share one.

 

Peco’s Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

What makes Peco’s Bill so great, besides their rating as a $ ($14.99 and under restaurant), is their topping bar. Grab some beef nachos from the kid’s menu ($7) or maybe just a side of tortilla chips ($5).  This place makes for a great budget meal if you can get creative.

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The Plaza Restaurant

Though it’s looks and $$ category can fool you, The Plaza Restaurant is a great stop.  The ambiance is perfect for a Disney vacation and the meals range from ($11-$17).  Bring your own water (or not) and enjoy a table service meal on the cheap.

 

Snacks

Pack your own snacks.  Every time I go to Disney, I eat way more than usual.  I like to blame the walking and the heat.

I like to have at least two options when I am at the park.  Usually, it’s unhealthy like chips and donuts. Vacation is the only time I let myself really go all out on the bad eating.

 

What to Pack

Magic Kingdom is the park that will take up the most of your time.

For this park, the perfect park bag is a must-have.  Having a great park bag will help make your day go even better.

 

#1

The first thing you need is a lightweight, nice sized backpack.  Nothing to big or too small.  You don’t to lug a huge backpack around either.  I really like this one on Amazon. (Under $20)

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#2 Water (as discussed before)

#3 Snacks (also mentioned before)

#4 Ponchos.

There’s a huge chance of rain in Orlando.  I feel like it almost rains every day.  But it comes and goes as they say.  Pack ponchos and when it starts raining, put them on and continue your day exactly as planned.  Seriously.  Here is a pack of 10 ponchos for under $10.

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#5 Portable battery charger.

At Disney World you are using your phone for everything like taking photos, checking the ride times, checking your FastPass times and more! The battery is going to go quickly so make sure to get yourself a portable charger. This one can charge your phone up to 5 times.
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Bonus Tip

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying. Time is Money

Especially at Disney World, when you’re paying so much per day to be at the parks, time really is money. And the only way to do every single thing you want to do and not wait in line for more than 25 minutes is with the Unofficial Guide to Disney World and their touring plans.

I am a Disney veteran and I buy this book yearly for the touring plans alone, it’s the best $15 spent ever.

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32 thoughts on “How to Save Money at Magic Kingdom

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    Definitely skip the Memory Maker. It’s $99 you can spend on food or whatever. I always take my own pictures and the ones the photographers are just as good as the ones you can take from your phone. They will even take them for you.

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    These are good tips. We live in Florida so thankfully we can take advantage of discounts. I couldn’t imagine a vacation from out of state.

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    Ouch I had no idea it was upwards of $120 per person. That’s insane. I hope to take my sister-in-law and her entire family one day, tips are appreciated!

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    I’m glad you have these tips! I live in Tennessee, and we’ve seriously discussed flying across the country to Disneyland because it’d be cheaper than trying to figure out Disney World.

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    Great tips, thanks! I’ll keep these in mind for our trip at the end of this year!

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    It would be nice to maximize your visit at a theme park like Magic Kingdom without spending too much! Love all the tips that you have here, it’s perfect for families and for anyone planning to go there!

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    Great tips, bringing all the snacks and water is a great idea and I did not know they allowed it. It is good to save money but kids have a way of getting us to spend.

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    I loved all your tips and saving money is important when you are spending so much. I think bringing water and snacks does not take the fun out of the trip and is pretty smart.

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    We went to WDW in 2016 and had such a good time we are planning on going back. I bookmarked the post to share with a friend. Great tips!

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    These are some great tips! Magic Kingdom is absolutely my favorite park. And YES to Pecos Bill, we always get dinner there and watch the parade go by.

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      I haven’t watched the parade from there but that’s such an awesome point.

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    This is fantastic! It’s the budget that puts us off booking a Disney holiday so we will have to look into some of these

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    As a Florida Native, I visit Disney World often. I really love going, and always look for new ways to save money. I really love that they allow you to bring in water bottles and snacks, which really helps!

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      Helps a ton. One time I went without being prepared and spent so much money.

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    These are such great tips! Disney doesn’t have to be super expensive.

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    I need to pin this! We love going to Disneyland but we have never went to Disney World!

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      You have to go! They are both great vacation spots

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    We haven’t been to Disneyland in a long time because of how crazy expensive it has gotten! Thanks for all the great tips!

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    This is great information. We plan to go to Disneyland in California this summer and try to save as much as we can.

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    Hope to go to Disney soon, and these tips will come in handy. Who wouldn’t love to save a little cash? Great info!

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    We’ve never been to Disney. I’d love to go when the kids are a bit older, and this will be really helpful!

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      I haven’t gone with young kids yet but soon I will

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    It was pretty disappointing to realize we spent most of our day standing in line when we went. I am definitely going to have to consider fast pass.

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    We LOVE Disney! And definitely try to reduce costs a bunch. I never thought to buy Mickey Ears etc. ahead of time on Amazon so thank you for that trip. We are headed for our kids first trip (3 and 5) in May!

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      Your trip is going to be so much fun! You can also surprise them daily with little Disney gifts.

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    Ok so if i was going to Disney these are some fantastic tips to keep in mind. I will pass this along to anyone that will be going this year!

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    These are some really great tips! I can imagine it getting very expensive if you’re not careful. I especially like the idea of buying souvenirs in advance!

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