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  • On Jan 24, 2022
    Salvador from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Help !!! Need a family vacation plan On a budget

    Welcome to planDisney, Salvador!

    A vacation to Walt Disney World Resort sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. With so many new and wonderful things happening for The World's Most Magical Celebration, there's certainly something there that wasn't there before. It's time to start thinking happy thoughts!

    Now since I don't have the opulence of Scrooge McDuck, whenever my family plans a Disney vacation, we have to wisely consider our budget. Thankfully, Walt Disney World caters to a wide range of people on different budgets. There are a few different ways to put together a vacation package. One way is to use the Walt Disney World website. However, I would suggest speaking directly to a friendly Cast Member who has expertise in helping Guests plan their vacation. You'll be able to let them know what your budget is and they can find some magical options for you. A similar option is to use an authorized Disney vacation planner. There are a number of no-fee agents who can often find cost-cutting ways to make your wishes come true.

    Salvador, over the years I've discovered a number of money-saving ways to enjoy Walt Disney World. Let me share some of them with you:

    • Value Resorts - There are a number of affordable, yet magical Disney Resorts Collection hotels. These allow you to enjoy many of the benefits of staying on property without breaking the bank. 
    • Bring Your Own Snacks - Exploring the amazing Theme Parks is going to make you and your family hungry. To help prevent meltdowns, it's always handy to have a snack nearby. We always bring our own energy-rich snacks with us to save those pennies. Of course, we always budget enough to enjoy some of the delicious Disney treats on offer at the Parks!
    • Bring Your Own Water Bottle - All that fun and excitement is going to make everyone thirsty. Instead of buying bottles of water or soda in the Parks, bring your own refillable water bottles. You can fill them up at one of the many refill stations located around the Parks. My fellow planDisney panelist, Doug, has written a helpful answer on where you can find these stations.
    • Enjoy a Park-Free Day - Did you know that the Theme Parks are only half the fun at Walt Disney World? There are so many amazing (and free) things to do outside of the Parks, such as ride the Disney Skyliner, explore Disney Springs, go for a relaxing stroll around Disney's BoardWalk, visit the animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, take a boat ride across Seven Seas Lagoon, go for a dip in your hotel pool, or join Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long followed by a classic Disney movie under the stars. 
    • Skip the Fine Dining - There are loads of delicious, yet affordable quick-service dining options to enjoy. My own favorites include Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom Park, Ronto Roasters at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and just about any quick-service restaurant around World Showcase in EPCOT.
    I hope that's helpful, Salvador. Thanks for stopping by planDisney. I hope you have a truly wonderful vacation. See ya real soon! Or as we say in Liverpool, "Ta-ra-la."

    Mike
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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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