Disney is probably one of the top family vacation choices but it also can be one of the most expensive. The stress of how much money you will need can sometimes make the vacation a nightmare. But there is a way to learn how to plan for a Disney vacation and save some money. The following tips in this contributed post can help put less strain on your wallet and more fun into the experience. So let’s read on to find out how…

Whatever your age or budget, a trip to Disney needs to be on the bucket list at some point in your life. The great thing is that the magic is there at any age, whether you’re traveling as a family, with friends, or as a couple; there is something for everyone.

But for many people, looking for ways to cut the cost of a trip to Disney may be the only way to make it actually happen. Even if your budget isn’t as tight, being able to save in some areas could mean you can splurge in others. So here are some ways that you can cut costs when planning a Disney vacation. It would be great to hear if you’ve been before and what worked for you.

sleeping beauty castle at disneyland


Avoid the Disney Hotels

While the Disney parks can be closer to the action, you really do pay a premium for it, which is not really worth it. So keeps costs lower by choosing local hotels that are going to be much less than the ones right by the parks. Plus, you’ll hardly be time to explore your hotel, as you’ll want to be up and at ‘em when it comes to the parks. So as long as there is a comfortable bed and somewhere to shower, it is all good.

Use a Credit Card

There are many benefits and rewards for using a credit card, though it is appreciated that not everyone wants to use them. But for a vacation, there are great rewards to have. There are some zero interest credit cards that offer you air miles when you spend on them, as well as others that let you change your points into prizes, that can be redeemed at Disney parks. There are even some banks that have Disney credit cards themselves, which could be a good way to get the rewards to pay for your trip.

mickey mouse waffle



While it can be fun to not have to cook when you’re away, you pay for that luxury. And at a Disney park, you really pay for that luxury. So look to self-cater instead. The parks are all close by to shops and supermarkets, so you can stock up and take things with you. There are some restaurants in the parks, as well as snack and fast-food places. But if you want to be in control of what you eat and how much you spend, then taking or getting your own food is the best way to go.

Rethink Hopper Passes

When it comes to getting your actual tickets for the park, it can be easy to think about getting hopper passes, so you can spend the morning in one park and the afternoon in another. But when you have to drive from park to park and pay to park again in some instances, are you really going to need that hopper pass? Plan your trip, and see if you can do it without. Then you’ll avoid that premium. It can seem like a good idea on the surface, but when you break it down, it probably isn’t necessary.


Planning a Disney vacation can be stressful when you are pressed for cash but there are ways to save money. You don’t have to be fooled into the glimpse and glamour in order to experience a true family vacation. Saving money on your hotel choice is a great way to save money. You can still experience the park with a cheaper hotel close by. 

When my family took a vacation to Universal Studios we took our own food. It was like a family vacation and a picnic all in one. The money you will save can be used in other ways and you won’t miss out on a thing. 

If you are deciding to take a Disney vacation with your family this summer you have plenty of time to start planning and saving. Start looking into hotels around the park and all the cost so you know what to expect. 

Saving money and planning is always one of the first ways to eliminate the stress of a family vacation. You can still enjoy a great Disney vacation this summer by implementing these tips. 

Do you plan on taking a Disney family vacation this summer? What tips will you use to help you save money?

4 thoughts on “How to Plan for a Disney Vacation – 4 Ways to Save Money”

  1. Hi, Melissa!
    I would love to have Disney vacation with my family. Thank you for your tips! I am sure they will be useful to me for my future plans. But it will not happen this summer, maybe next year. 🙂
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Linda,
      I am glad you found the tips useful. Disneyland is a great place to enjoy with your family, the timing may not be right but as you said maybe later. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Wow, a perfect collection of amazing tips for all of us. Going to Disney is my childhood dream and I will be going soon for sure. Your amazing tips will benefit me. I am going to share this all everyone as Disney is everyone’s favorite place to go especially mums with kids. Than you so much for such a lovely share.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I think Disney is a lot of our dream places. I went one time and it was amazing and I will definitely be going again. These tips will be useful to me as well so I hold myself above no one. I am glad you found them useful. Thanks for the comment!

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