• On Jul 24, 2017
    Catherine from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi i would love to start planning my family's 1st Disney vacation! would love some tips on how to start saving for it ... Thank you

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Catherine! 

    I remember planning my family's very first Walt Disney World® Resort vacation! It's an exciting time, but also overwhelming. Luckily, you've come to the right place for advice and information.....and for some tips on saving, too. 

    Whether it's a first vacation, or a one hundredth one, finding ways to save is important for all our guests, including me! Here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way that might help you too. 

    • Disney Gift Cards - I really hit the "bullseye" by shopping at retail locations that offer savings on gift cards when using their store-issued debit cards. My favorite location offers a 5% discount. When I shop, I grab a Disney Gift Card here and there and put them up for safe keeping. After awhile, I've got a pretty substantial amount of Disney Gift Card money to put toward our vacation. 

    • Once you've collected several Disney Gift Cards, you can manage them all by visiting disneygiftcard.com. This site will allow you to consolidate balances of several cards onto just one. 

    Special Offers Tab on the Walt Disney World® Resort Website - this is your source for any discounts currently available. There are often discounted resort hotels, theme park tickets and even free Disney Dining Plan offers. 

    • Use the complementary services of a certified Disney Travel Agent. Going through a Travel Agent is free and they're trained to keep an eye out for discounts - often automatically modifying your reservation to reflect new pricing. 

    I hope you find these tips helpful, Catherine. I'd love to continue helping you, so please let me know if you have any additional questions - I have a lot more tips!

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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