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Tips for Saving Money on Your Family's Disney Vacation

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If you want to take your kids to one of the Disney parks this summer for vacation but the high costs scare you, then you will be pleased to learn that there are many ways you can save money on your trip. To this end, here is a list of time-tested tips to save on Disney vacations:

Tip: Stay in a Hotel with a Free Shuttle to the Disney Park

Since parking at Disney properties is always expensive, you can save a lot of money by choosing to stay in a hotel that offers a free shuttle to and from the park. The shuttle will make regularly scheduled trips to the park, and most shuttles will also agree to make special trips if your family needs to travel to the park at a specific time. 

Tip: Book Your Disney Vacation with a Professional Travel Agent

If you want to save the most money possible on your accommodations, flights, and rental cars when visiting a Disney park, then you should book your trip through a professional travel agent. Travel agents have access to all of the best package deals and can save you a lot of time and money when booking your trip. For more information about a Disney destinations vacation planner, contact a local service.

Tip: See If You Qualify for Any Group Discounts

It is important to note that there are many additional discounts offered by Disney to various groups. When you contact a travel agency, let the agent know if you are a member of any of the following organizations:

  • a credit union
  • AARP
  • AAA
  • D23 Fan Club

Disney also offers discounts to military families, so if you or one of your family members are in the military, then let your travel agent know.

Tip: Choose Inexpensive But Enjoyable Souvenir Options

Finally, since all of the members of your household will want to buy souvenirs at the park, there are some fun ways to help control these costs. For example, you can make autograph books at home for each of your children. Rather than purchasing the expensive Disney version, your children can enjoy making their own autograph books at home and then have the characters sign their special books they brought to the park.

Another fun and inexpensive souvenir option in the park is the penny pressing machines. Each machine changes a regular penny into a neat copper scene. You can make a family game out of finding each machine and pressing pennies for souvenirs.  

Finally, when you purchase food items in the park always check the back of your receipts. Many times the receipts contain coupons you can use in the park's gift shops to purchase souvenirs.