This is a guest post (which means no money has been exchanged) by Gayle Smith of Prescription Travel.
She is an accomplished traveler, an experienced and successful businesswoman, a devoted wife to a busy physician and a mother to two beautiful fur-babies.
She has also leveraged two degrees in Accounting and Finance and the love she shares with her husband for travel into a successful travel career serving medical families.
In this article, she gives us tips on saving money for those planning on a trip to Disney.
Take it away, Gayle.
Top 5 Brilliant Ways to Save on Your Next Disney TripVisiting Walt Disney World is almost like visiting another country. Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be overwhelming, laborious and confusing. There are endless details and deadlines to be aware of if you want to have the special trip you have envisioned for your family. Have you ever tried to book reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Go on Safari, only to be realize those reservations are no longer available?
(Who knew those go so fast?) If you crave the Disney vacation of a lifetime these tips can help you to have that trip for a little less green!
- Book During Deal Season
Disney World typically has anywhere from one to five different deals posted that will allow you to save on your hotel. The best place to check is the Walt Disney World offers page. Disney almost always has some type of deal going on. The hardest thing is figuring out what is the right deal for you.
- Group Your Party and Save on Rooms
Disney resorts offer lots of variations on the rooms. Of course, these are subject to availability. The larger groups visiting Disney have a bit of an advantage as you have more options to split the rooms. The smallest Disney rooms fit two people and a child under 3 in a crib. The largest Disney rooms fit twelve and a child under 3 in a crib. Different resorts offer different configurations so that can play into which resort you decide to book. Make sure to figure out the best way to group your party to take advantage of this option.
- Take Magical Express from Orlando International
If you are staying at a Disney hotel, you are eligible for free transportation from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort via Disney’s Magical Express. This must be booked ahead of time. Try to book this when you book your stay or by calling Disney
afterwards. If your itinerary allows for it, you can order special luggage tags so your checked bags will go directly from your deparetureairport and magically arrive in your Disney room sometime after check-in.
- Pack Your Essentials
Everything at Disney is more expensive inside the park. That long list includes your sunscreen, Advil, Tylenol, Dramamine, poncho, hats
andsunglasses. Make sure to pack these essentials before you get into the park and save yourself some cash before you even get there. For our ultimate Disney Pack List see the list below.
- Use a Travel Agent
Disney is one of the many destinations that it pays to use a qualified travel agent. Travel agents have early access to the best deals, so you can actually pay less overall by paying a qualified travel agent to plan out your Disney vacation. The biggest reason to use a travel agent this: Your agent is your advocate and that be a big difference when you have an issue. Qualified agents provide 24/7 support during your trip. If you have an issue, anything from an injury to a missed connection and everything in between, they are there to help! Travel advisors can save you a ton of time, and time is money!
Remember, you, too, can dine with Cinderella or Go on Safari – with a little fairy dust and a lot of advanced planning. If you recall, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother guiding her all along the way. You, too, should have an expert making the dream your heart wishes come true!
Owner, Prescription Travel