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6 Ways to Save Money at Disney with Kids

One of the things I was really conscious of before we travelled to Disney was the fact that we had already spent a lot of money (a lot!).   I had booked some pretty expensive character breakfasts and lunches (best not remind hubby of that!) and I didn’t want to spend every day worrying about spending more and more money.

So we did some really simple things to save money during the day. They also had the unexpected benefit of saving us time and hassle too.

  1. Water – We took 6-8 bottles of water with us and filled them up during the day from the water fountains.  It isn’t that bottles of water at Disney are really expensive it’s just that you go through a lot of them as it is so hot and also you may not want to queue.  Disney/Florida doesn’t sell a lot of drinks that aren’t fizzy either and my 4/5 year olds don’t like fizzy drinks so water was the best option in any event.
  2. Snacks – We took a huge bag of snacks with us into the parks every day in a zip lock bag.  I did this for a few reasons, mainly because my three can be quite fussy and I wanted to know we had things they would eat, secondly because I thought snacks would keep them busy in the queues, and thirdly because in the end they snacked all day and we ate lunch late afternoon once we had left the parks. It worked for everyone.  I took raisins, squeezy fruit snacks, cereal bars (chocolate would melt anyway), breadsticks and marmite rice cakes!
  3. Big Breakfast/Late Lunch – Eat a big breakfast at home or en route and then eat a late lunch. The snacks above kept the kids happy, it was too hot for us to want to eat anyway and the restaurants were very very busy.  It gets the busiest in the parks from lunchtime to early evening so if you leave and eat on the way home, you win on all levels.
  4. Own Fancy Dress – We took with us Disney fancy dress from home.  We, like many of you, will have a full box of fancy dress so we packed it.  If you stuff it in a zip-lock bag it is actually presses down quite small and your little ones can have their very own fancy dress on to meet the princesses/characters and you won’t have to buy it in the shop when you’ve realised they ‘need’ it.
  5. Bubbles – In another zip-lock bag ( we took loads of these too) I packed bubbles and some little treats for them to play with.  There is always a balloon request or a toy request and it was really helpful to be able to deflect the $20 balloon request with a little pot of bubbles.
  6.  Birthday List – Another way we deflected the ‘off every ride and through the shop’ toy request was by adding their requests to their birthday list – literally a list on the notes app of my phone. This has killed two birds with one stone as we didn’t buy everything in sight, and now have a list to show to friends and relatives who ask closer to birthday times.

Bonus Tip:

Attractiontix.co.uk offer Disney tickets, and there are various types of voucher codes on attractiontix.co.uk

Don’t get me wrong, we still spent a lot of money during our 14 days in Orlando, and we did buy food, treats and snacks, but we spent a lot less and therefore had more to spend on other things!

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6 Ways to Save Money at Disney with Kids

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.

8 Comments

  1. May 10, 2016 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Fantastic tips Karen, those shops are a killer, and the bubbles is just pure genius x
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  2. May 13, 2016 at 9:08 am — Reply

    Some good tips here. We visit Disneyland here in Hong Kong a few times a year and it is always an expensive day out. Not sure my kids would ever settle for bubbles in place of a Disney balloon though!
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  3. May 13, 2016 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Love the ideas! Any Disneyland/World trip costs an arm and a leg but my, are they enjoyable. Totally agree on the water but as I didn’t want to lug water bottles for my girls, I just packed a camping tin cup and we stopped at drinking fountains. There are so many that we never got thirsty and never had to buy a sugary fizzy drink.

  4. May 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    It was quite hard to make my kids understand that behind every doors (even if its called “Sleeping Beauty House” or “Alice’s tea room”), there is a SHOP with things to BUY   Hard work to save money at Disney !!

  5. May 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    Good tips Karen, I would say take anything you can to avoid the horrendous costs of buying food and drink at Disney

  6. May 31, 2016 at 1:19 am — Reply

    Those are some great tips! especially the big breakfast and late lunch. I am bringing my twins to the Disneyland in LA in a months time and I was a bit worried about how they would last for the amount of time we’ll be there, I can imagine it’s not cheap at all!

  7. May 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    Great tips, that will come in handy when we eventually go to Disney 🙂

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