A family vacation to Walt Disney World is expensive. Air fare, lodging and food are the three biggest costs.
Saving money on airfare involves luck. I’ve yet to find the secret to buying an airfare that doesn’t decrease in price a day later.
Many of my fellow TravelingMoms can recommend how to save money on lodging (some swear by staying off-property and I have to admit, Military TravelingMom’s blog review of Discovery Cove sounded pretty awesome).
My family saved money at Disney World by cutting corners on food.
Let me preface this by saying that we’re not fancy eaters. We don’t need to a sit-down restaurant for every meal. But we are fairly healthy eaters, and don’t want to have a steady diet of chicken nuggets and french fries.
Here’s How We Saved Money at Disney World:
1. Bringing empty water bottles to the park.
It’s hot in Orlando, and you walk a lot. You need to drink a lot of water. So rather than plunk down $2.50-3.50 per bottle for cold water (which you sometimes have to wait in line to buy), use the parks’ many water fountains and refill your bottle. I bet we saved $20/day on water alone.