When we planed our Disney family reunion for last month, I knew there were going to be some places we needed to cut corners to make it work. We had been hoping to take the kids to Disney for years, but just not at the price tag that I hear most of my friends spend.
5 Ways We Saved Money On Our Trip to Disney World
Stay off property.
We rented a house on VRBO. The house was about 25 minutes from the Disney main gate. While we did have to pay for parking everyday, it was still cheaper for a 5 bedroom home with a game room and swimming pool than it would have been to stay on Disney property for 14 people.
One of the biggest perks about staying off property was having access to a kitchen. Disney is super family friendly and I was shocked at what you are allowed to bring into the parks. We packed water bottles, drink packets, snacks and sandwiches in cooler backpacks. This got us through most of the day until about the afternoon when we were out of resources. We bought a snack (our favorite were the Mickey pretzels) and if you go up to any food service counter, you can get complimentary cups of ice water.
Cash in on gift cards.
I had a lot of gift cards from different reward programs I work with that could only be used for online purchases. I used them to buy Disney gift cards. We used the gift cards to buy food, souvenirs and even parking at the theme parks!
Buy souvenirs off property.
I picked up some Mickey themed blank notebooks at our local dollar store before we left for our trip. The kids thought they were perfect for autograph books for the characters to sign. What no one told me before we left and I wish we knew was how all of the local Walmarts and stores surrounding Disney in Orlando have a lot of adorable and affordable Disney themed products.
Disney’s Salute to Heroes
This was our 2nd time taking advantage of Disney’s military salute. If you have served in the military, you are eligible to buy up to 6 Disney tickets to use through the end of the calendar year. This was an amazing savings for us. For 4 4-day park hopper passes it came out to $888.
One of my favorite parts of our trip were the drives in the Mazda Cx-5.
This was our second time test driving the Mazda CX-5 and it really solidified the idea that we really want one of these crossovers! Driving back and forth throughout Orlando for a week, we never needed to fill up our tank and even went to the airport with a good half a tank left over! I am in love with the way the CX-5 hugs the road and the space is a dream!
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*Thank you Mazda for allowing us to test drive the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring for our stay in the Orlando, FL.