26 Ways to Do Disney on a Budget
Visiting Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California is practically a rite of passage for countless children. And the Disney magic isn't lost on adults either, many of whom enjoy returning year after year even without children in tow. But no matter how fond you are of Mickey Mouse and the Magic Kingdom, the steep cost of a Disney vacation can put a serious damper on the enthusiasm. With that in mind, Cheapism.com spoke with Disney vacation experts and travel bloggers to identify the best ways to make a visit more affordable without forgoing any of the enchantment.
Raechel Conover contributed to this story.
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Staying at Disney hotels certainly costs a bit more money. The flip side is that visitors who choose accommodations on Disney World property receive free transportation to and from the Orlando airport, which is no small savings, according to authorized Disney vacation planners Joanna Bistline and Lauren Lieberman. "We think this is a better value," Bistline says. "You don't have to rent a car and you get added perks, such as getting the Magic Bands (a bracelet device that enables access to parks, reserved activities, and Disney hotel rooms) which typically cost around $15, for free."
Flexibility around dates should be a no-brainer for seasoned travelers, but Disney experts still find themselves repeating this advice often: Staying at a Disney hotel during the week (Monday through Thursday) typically is far cheaper than staying over the weekend. For those who have the vacation time, shifting a planned visit a few days can have a big impact on the budget.
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