Your family has made the mistake that will affect how much time and money you have for next year’s vacation trip. It happens to the best of us. The important question is, what are you going to do about it? Here’s how to help save your wallet, family, and vacation time in the face of a mistake.
There’s a lot of budget mistakes, emergencies that happen, and investments that go wrong. Welcome to the real world. We all make those mistakes. That is the part of life where you are growing, learning, and finding unexpected relief in the simple things of life.
But when you’re in the middle of a crisis because your bank accounts might be screaming NO Disney vacation or Disney world visit this year, it’s hard to figure out how to appreciate the simple things of life.
Your family tradition of visiting Disney world, or making sure the new kids in your family get to experience the magic is critical to future family relationships.
You need to find a way to quickly deal with this situation to get things back on track and salvage your budget for next year’s Disney vacation.
For our purposes, we have gone ahead and researched some hacks and tips from other Disney Vacation experts and compiled the shortlist of the best ones here for you.
- Rides – Use FastPasses Strategically
Snag a FastPass from the Disney Vacation Club office on site or at Space Mountain and make your way to the back of the park for Splash Mountain and while waiting enjoy the waves. Then come back to the front of the park and use your FastPass for the Space Mountain rides once the crowd has started to break for lunch.
BONUS: Be fueled for all that dashing around. Get the breakfast pass, and get in the park an hour before everyone else: See details here: http://www.goinformed.net/beat-the-crowds-and-skip-the-line-at-disney-worlds-frozen-ever-after-ride/
- Hotel – Stay in Luxury but pay like a smart person
If you are going to visit Disney World even once, this hack is going to save you thousands on next years vacation. DVC stands for Disney Vacation Club. And it is the ability to buy a pool of points to stay at a multitude of Disney resorts for a fraction of the price.
Here’s an example:
A one week stay in October at Animal Kingdom Lodge:
Room booked through Disney:
Standard View: $2766
Savannah View: $3730
Room rented using DVC points:
Value View: $966
Standard View: $1232
Savannah View: $1624
That’s over half off!
Using the DVC points
And saving thousands of dollars on your hotel that you can reinvest into family outings in the evening or spending on your family in other ways.
BONUS: Home in your trip ahead of time and buy the points for the location and dates you want. Use our handy dandy points calculator to make your DVC trip right on point so you can save time and money not moving the flights or dates of your work vacation time around.
Keeping clients and family both happy.
See here for our calculator: http://www.dvcmagicresales.com/dvcmr/dvc-points-calculator/
- Travel in style.
This one takes some planning. But Disney World offers a free ground transport service to all of its guests. It is perfectly named the Magical Express. It is a full-size bus that accommodates all travelers to their desired destinations in the DisneyWorld ecosystem. Your luggage will be taken directly from the plane to the hotel or resort room.
Did you hear us? → NEVER WAIT FOR LUGGAGE AT BAGGAGE CLAIM EVER AGAIN.
For this to work you have to sign up before your trip.
This saves all the hours of waiting to get to your room and relax before your vacation begins. See here to sign up: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/magical-express/
BONUS: This is simple. Mouse Savers is the best website for information on any airline and way to save money on your airplane tickets to Disney. Booking in advance has it advantages, but knowing how to book and where is what Mouse Savers does best. http://www.mousesavers.com/transportation-for-disney-vacations/discounts-on-airplane-tickets-for-disney-vacations/
- Gifts: Don’t waste money on the merch.
This is a tough one but as seasoned parents now know, their children learn about the toys they want to buy from cartoons and from tv shows. Train your children to tell you the merchandise they want ahead of time, and buy it from amazon or eBay ahead of time at discounted prices. Then you can mark it with their names when you bring it to the park and it can be returned to you if lost.
Make a list of the gear your kids, or hubby wants ahead of time. Purchase at a discounted price and buy yourself some overdue new jewelry with all the money and headache you saved. Your welcome.
BONUS: Simple and awesome → free magic band for DVC members:
- Eat Dinner for free every night
Disney loves to give things away for free. And we are not talking about such free soda, water, or a sampling of chocolate here. We are talking about Table Service credits, free entree’s, and desserts.
How it works:
When you’re using a Disney Dining Plan, you can use it toward these things:
- Table Service credits – used at participating Table Service restaurants, includes an entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. People using the Deluxe Dining Plan also get an appetizer with lunch and dinner.
- Quick Service credits – used at participating Quick Service restaurants, includes an entree, non-alcoholic beverage (plus dessert if you’re eating lunch or dinner)
- Snack credits – used at many locations, including some food carts. Can be used for everything from a bottle of water to cotton candy to an ice cream bar. For the most current list of snacks, see this DISBoard list of confirmed snacks.
- Refillable mugs – each dining plan includes a refillable mug for every guest who is 3 years old or older that can be refilled in any resort but not in the parks
See here to understand the way to sign up for free dinners. https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/media/dvc/languagespecific/eng/member/vacationplanning/disneydiningplan/2016-Jan%20DVC-DDP.pdf
We snuck this in for extra in case you needed it: Free water/ Free soda – You can get a free (!) cup of water at any quick-service food location. Just ask! Bonus tip: At Epcot’s Club Cool, you can enjoy free Coke products. Be sure to try the Beverley!
Ok, the last one we found that saved TIME and money was using the app called Trello to plan, map out, and keep everyone informed about your vacation trip to Disney.
Vacation Club members have raved to us about this article:
Using Trello to make out the day for your family ahead of time, and making all your children’s devices know where to find you and when to be at rides if you get separated.