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With spring break around the corner, kids everywhere are getting excited for upcoming trips to a place known as “the most magical place on Earth.” A trip to Disney World is a staple of an American childhood, but those unforgettable vacations can lead to overspending and stress for parents. Here are a few tips to make sure your stay at Disney World is unforgettable for all the right reasons.

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1. Consider an outside hotel

Disney offers a number of appealing hotels but to save money, check out other Orlando options via CheapTickets. Like Disney’s own hotels, many offer daily shuttles to Disney World parks so there’s no need to pony up for a car rental or additional parking. These more affordable, off-site properties are perfect for families who plan to spend most of their vacation outside of the hotel room anyway.

2. Use every hotel discount you can

For added savings, book on CheapTickets using the site’s latest promo code, and be sure to sign up for CheapCash, which earns you credit toward a hotel when you book a flight.

3. Pack, pack, pack!

Make sure you have everything you may need for the day packed in your park bag. This includes: ponchos, external phone chargers, pens and markers, autograph books, sunscreen, medicines and hand-held fans. These basic supplies will be more expensive in the park, and on rainy days, ponchos will be in high demand. The less time you spend trying to get these things in the park, the more you get to see and do.

4. If possible, avoid peak ticket prices

Disney World sells one-day tickets at different prices throughout the year: value, regular and peak. Because the parks are so popular during spring break, tickets for late March through mid-April are sold at peak cost, which for an adult is about $12 more than regular pricing.

5. Consider a multi-day pass

If your family’s vacation falls during a peak period, you can still save by taking advantage of multi-day passes, which are offered at a discount and available through CheapTickets.

6. Get in line late

If you’re a family of night owls, take advantage of Disney’s lenient line policy. As long as you are in line for a ride before the park closes, you are allowed to stay in line until you ride. This is a good option for rides that tend to have the longest lines. Save these attractions for the end of the day and you won’t waste valuable daytime hours shuffling in a lengthy queue. Remember: More rides, more value!

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7. Take advantage of FastPass+

FastPass+ is a great feature included with your regular ticket admission at no extra cost. This feature gives you expedited access to up to three attractions, entertainment shows or character greetings daily. Just use the Disney app to reserve available time slots and you’ll be given priority when you arrive at your desired ride or show. FastPass+ selections can be made up to 30 days in advance of your visit. This is a great way to ensure your family gets to do everything topping their to-do lists with ease and it can provide a basic schedule for the day.

8. Take advantage of the Baby Care Center

All four Disney World parks have a Baby Care Center where parents can take young children to relax and refresh at no charge. The center includes a quiet, private room with lounge chairs for breastfeeding, a kitchen with a sink, oven and microwave and a diaper changing room. Plus, if you forget or run out of any essentials like formula or diapers, you can buy those there. In the Magic Kingdom, the Baby Care Center is tucked away right off Main Street near First Aid, between between Casey’s and The Crystal Palace. Did we mention it’s air conditioned?

9. Bring snacks

Snacking between meals can quickly add up for a large family—and waiting in line for a bite to eat can cut into your ride time. You are allowed to take food into Disney World, so plan ahead by packing a backpack or cooler bag with Disney-branded treats from your local grocery store. Pick up a few boxes of your child’s favorite gummies and avoid the long times at meal times. Use the money you save and treat the family to only the must-haves at Disney like a pineapple Dole Whip or Mickey ice cream bar.

10. Make dinner reservations

One of the best things about Disney World is the number of excellent restaurants and the variety of food available. After a long afternoon walking around in the Orlando heat, it’s relieving to sit down for a nice meal. Of course everyone has the same idea and the park restaurants tend to fill up with long waits. Take advantage of the option to make reservations online in advance and scope out the best restaurants. This is also a great way to get in a character greeting at the Crystal Palace or an on-theme meal at Belle’s enchanting Be Our Guest restaurant. Again, the two-for-one will save you time and add value to your trip.

Disney Springs | Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

11. Spend an afternoon at Disney Springs

Formerly called Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a shopping district and free to enter. This is a great option for families looking to get out and do something fun on a slower day. Hit the hotel pool in the morning and then head to Disney Springs to pick out souvenirs you won’t have to carry around the park.

12. Take your own photos

With MagicBands, Disney makes it really easy to access photos you take with characters throughout the park. Cast members take the official photos, but will also snap a few on your personal camera or phone if you ask them to. Make sure your photo settings are adjusted to take a good photo, and save yourself some money by foregoing the more expensive official pictures.


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