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Disney World Hacks – Magic Kingdom Vacation Tips to Save Time and Money

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These Disney World hacks will give you awesome tips to saving money and time at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida. One of the more popular destinations for a family vacation is a trip to Disney.

The reality of a trip to Disney can be exhausting on your family and your bank account. The average Disney vacation can rival that of trip to Europe! So, everyone wants to save money and time for an adventure the entire family will remember for years to come.

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Dining

HACK – The best way to save money on food is usually to upgrade your hotel room to include a full kitchen or kitchenette.

The dining plan isn’t always the best way to save money. Do the math and break it down to see if the plan would work for your specific situation. Perhaps you have a family of big eaters or light eaters. The dining plan has perks and drawbacks, but the best way to save money on food is usually to upgrade your hotel room. If you are near a grocery or have room to pack food, making meals at your hotel will save the most money. A $5 frozen pizza will cost at least twice that even at quick-service restaurants.

Eat at Odd Hours

HACK – Eat while people are riding rides or enjoying parade and visit attractions when people are eating.
Make your reservations during off-peak dining times. Have a brunch at 10:30, and you’ll enjoy a quieter meal, less waiting, and full bellies during lunch that will then allow you to enjoy the less-crowded attractions while everyone is else trying to score a table during the noon meal rush.

Target Gift Cards

HACK – Save 5% on your Disney tickets, souvenirs, and food with a Target REDcard.

This is a hack we’ve shared before, but it bears repeating. Target REDcard holders save 5% on any purchase – that includes Disney gift cards that can buy your tickets, souvenirs, food, and more.

Check Your Disney Receipts

HACK – Save big with rare Disney coupons.

When you make purchases at Disney stores, make sure you check your receipts for valuable coupons. It’s not uncommon to see promos for Disney restaurants near the bottom of your souvenir receipts.

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Car Rental

HACK – Rent a car on-site.

Airport rentals are expensive, generally speaking. Typically, you can save a ton of money by renting cars on-site at your Disney hotel. Take the free shuttle your hotel offers to get you from the airport to hotel, then rent your car.

Visit the Library

HACK – Search travel websites and free books at the library for complete breakdowns, park secrets, and insider info.
If you are looking for general information, tons of tips, attendance calendars, breakdowns on each hotel, and insider information, Tourist Meets Traveler is a great place to start. However, don’t shell out cash on guide books. You can often find those pricey guides at the library for free.

FastPass+

HACK – Make FastPass reservations online for the afternoon hours.

You can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your trip. Make sure you get online and snap up the afternoon reservations. Lines typically see the longest waits after 1 pm, so save your precious passes for the later slots and get to the park early to enjoy naturally shorter waits.

Main Street Passage

HACK – The shops on Main Street are all interconnected.

If you need to get through Main Street quickly, go through the shops. It can be a big timer saver, especially when the sidewalk is packed with parade watchers. It can also keep you dry when the random rain showers show up.

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25 Comments

  1. Pony says

    awesome! planning to head there soon 🙂 thank you for sharing these!

  2. OurFamilyWorld says

    These are awesome hacks. A Disney vacation can get really expensive, so we need to save as much as we can.

  3. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    Target actually doesn’t give the 5% discount on gift cards unless you buy Target gift cards. Well at least not here in MA.

  4. Jeanette says

    We want to go to Disney in the next couple of years so this will help SOO Much! You gave so many awesome tips here some of which I would have never known!

  5. Chubskulit Rose says

    It’s been a while since we visited Disny World. These are great tips to bear in ind.

  6. Sarh S says

    Wonderful tips, thank you so much! We may be heading to Disney soon now that our boys are 4 and 5 years old. We didn’t want to go when they were younger, we want them to enjoy it as much as possible.

  7. Alyssa says

    These tips are so necessary! Disney World can be such a wallet drainer. Great post!

  8. HilLesha says

    I haven’t been to Disney World yet, but I’ll have to keep these hacks in mind when I do visit. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Travel Blogger says

    Great ideas! I didn’t know that about the Target REDcard. There really are a lot of great ways to save money and still have a great family vacation.

  10. Paige says

    These are some great tips! I’ll definitely check back when we make a trip to Disney 🙂

  11. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog says

    Disney can be so expensive. Its great to have tips and shortcuts to help you out! The family would have such a great time and so would parents, knowing they can stay on budget and save money!

  12. rika says

    Great tips! I would love to bring my kids to Disney, sounds fun but pretty expensive

  13. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    Thanks for these tips and hacks. I’m hoping someday to be able to visit Disney World.

  14. Kathy says

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips. I’ve always wanted to go to Disney World too. I would love to be able to bring my girls some day. I need all the help I can get with tips and saving money too.

  15. Shannon Gurnee says

    The last time I visited Walt Disney World, it was really overwhelming. These are some great hacks!

  16. Lady Lilith says

    The free shuttle is nice. Some hotels have a shuttle both to the airport and Disney. Saves tons of money in the long run.

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