Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 19, 2012
    Joshua from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning a trip for August 2013, and are trying to make it a very budget friendly trip. Any suggestions on how to do this but still have a good time? Also can you use disney gift cards to pay for hotels? Thanks so much

    Hi Joshua,

    Thanks for writing!  Some of my top tips for saving money while on a Disney vacation include booking your stay at one of Disney's incredible Value Resorts.  The pools, dining areas, room and amenities are filled-with Disney magic that your family is sure to love, and the prices are very affordable.  Plus, by staying on-site, you'll be able to use Disney's Magical Express, a free transportation and luggage service from Orlando International Airport.  You won't need to rent a car or take a taxi to or from the airport, and will be able to use Disney transportation to get to and from the theme parks and resort areas.  While on your trip, I recommend bringing along your own snacks and drinks into the theme parks to save on concessions.  My "park bag" is always stocked with juice boxes, water, dry snacks, fruit, etc.  On trips where I've been very cost conscious, I've also "pre-bought" some souvenirs for my kids at local department stores (Walmart) and surprised them with them, rather than making similar purchases inside the parks.

    I hope some of my tips help your family enjoy a magical, budget-friendly trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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