This Disney budget post contains affiliate links to products that add a little extra pixie dust to your vacation.
The only thing better than a Disney trip is a frugal Disney trip! And, I have a ton of Disney budget ideas to help you save money on your WDW trip. The first time I planned a frugal Disney trip, our budget was super tight. I worked hard to save for our Disney trip and much of my Disney planning focused on how to do Disney on the cheap while still having a magical vacation. Your family can do Disney on a budget all while creating amazing memories!
Disney Budget Ideas
I absolutely love planning vacations especially Disney vacations. Disney vacations offer us freedom and fun because their restaurants are very allergy friendly. I also love that there is enough information online for me to form a true budget before we go. Over 10 years ago, my husband left the corporate world to start a nonprofit. I will let you in on a little secret, a corporate salary is a lot bigger than a ministry salary! This career choice changed our budget for vacations. Not only do we plan much more frugal vacations but we also need to stay within that budget. Below are the tips we use to have a memorable magical trip within a tight budget.
Disney Budget Tips: Saving For Your Disney Trip
The first step in any Disney trip is estimating cost. Then you need to start saving. This guide helps you figure out how when to start saving, basic budgeting ideas, and where to stash your Disney trip cash.
Disney Budget Ideas: Planning Your First WDW Trip (or 2nd or 3rd ….)
WDW Planning Timeline
Do you get overwhelmed at the idea of planning a trip? There are so many steps and so many dates to keep straight. This post is a Disney World planning timeline to help you know when to make reservations and other important trip decisions. I like to print this post off so I can check off each item as I go along.
Disney On The Cheap
All of the Disney budget tips that you need for before, during and after your trip to help you save maximum money.
Surviving The Heat
A must read if you are going during a hot month which is almost any month.
What Happens When It Rains?
Rain doesn’t have to ruin your day!
Disney Budget Fun: After Your Disney World Trip
Your Disney fun doesn’t have to end when you leave the Disney property. You spent a nice chunk of change on your trip keep the pixie dust going and the memories close to your heart with these tips for enjoying your trip after you come home.
More Disney Budget Tools
WDW Prep School Membership Site has printable touring plans for each park, maps of the parks, a tool to enter all of your plans including dining, and an awesome message board to help you rock your Disney trip. At $25 this is a fantastic tool and one I used for my last trip!
WDW Prep School Podcast includes first timer trip interviews, Disney news, and tips for Disney World planning.
Touring Plans includes free information but for deeper planning tools you will need to pay $14.95. The membership fee includes access for one year to the Touring Plans membership website and planning app. I like their crowd prediction calendars and especially their app. We found their ride wait times more accurate than the My Disney Experience app.
My Disney Experience– a free app and website where you plan all of your FastPass+ reservations, meal reservations, see Memory Maker pictures, view your trip reservations and can see wait times for trips and character meet schedules. The app is a must for during your trip!
The Coolest Disney Goodies For Your Disney Trip
Fun Frugal Autograph Books – You can use autograph books for multiple trips which is a fun memory. Remember to take a fat pen or Sharpie for characters to use.
Frogg Togg Chilly Towel – A must for staying cool at Disney. Walt Disney World is HOT most of the year and standing in line in the sun is not fun. These are so awesome we bought an additional one for our last trip. Our first one is 4 years old and still works great.
Mophie– Your battery on your phone will drain in the park. You need a backup charging source. We always carry a Mophie with us so our phones don’t die during all of the fun.
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids: Offical Guide Book – My kids love this book. It includes reviews of rides and shows by kids. We buy one for each vacation we go on. The fun thing is you can often pass this book on to another family with a Disney vacation after yours.
Crock Pots, Instant Pots, and Pixie Dust
Not long ago I struggled with meal planning and my food budget. We ate at restaurants way too much, threw away unused food, and our food budget was completely out of control. While grabbing a meal here and there didn’t seem like a big deal, when I added up our monthly food expenses I realized it was killing our budget and keeping us from saving for our big goals. Big goals that create life long memories such as vacations, in particular, a Disney vacation.
Do you struggle with your food budget?
Do you struggle with meal planning and cooking meals?
Your food budget (eating out plus groceries) could be keeping you from being able to save for your long-term goals. Are you ready to start cutting your food budget and saving for your next Disney vacation? Here are great resources to help you get started on your journey.
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