Going to Disney World on a Budget

My family went on a week long vacation to Florida in January, which was a great get away.  Of course, when we got back we had to deal with February record snow falls.  Who would have guessed?

January is a the best time to go because there are no lines and the hotels are very cheap.

I mentioned in some earlier posts that we went to Disney on a vacation but with a toddler we knew she wouldn’t be up to going to parks and we didn’t want to spend that much.   We went on a fairly frugal vacation.

A couple things we did:

1.  FREE – Downtown Disney – Downtown Disney is free for everyone.  It is like an out door mall.   There are a lot of shops and even a couple paid activities.  The fun part is just walking around and seeing the sites.   For the little ones there is a Lego Store, and Mr. Potatohead store. We went there a couple times during the week to walk around. If you go to the Mr. Potatohead store it costs about $20+ to fit as many items in a box.  Not bad.

2.  FREE water taxi rides between Boardwalk hotel, Swan hotel, Hollywood Studies, and Epcot – If you stay at one of the hotels or park at one of the hotels like we did you can catch a taxi ride to each of the parks listed and back again.  We just rode on them a couple times before my daughter wanted to run around.

3.  FREE – Monorail – The main entrance to Walt Disney World includes the monorail entrance which is free to take you to Magic Kingdom and Epcot and back again.

After having a great time at Downtown Disney, my daughter seemed to be interested in the animals so we decided to go to Animal Kingdom.

Where to find discounted Disney tickets? Thanks to a dear friend we were able to find some discounted tickets.  Check out The Official Ticket Center – The Best Deal on Disney Tickets!  The best way to buy tickets is in a bundle so we picked non-expiring tickets and paid with a debt card!  It cost about $50 per adult per day.  We got 6 days non-expiring non-hopping passes.   Prices do change but this is a great place to check out for the best prices.  The toddler is free for now.

Any other suggestions? What have you done with your kids on vacation that was frugal?

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  • Another great time to visit Disney World is November and the first couple weeks of December. Crowds are almost as low as in January. The Christmas decorations and festivities make a Christmastime visit something unique and very special.

    Everyone should try Christmas at Disney World at least once.

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