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FamilyADHD's Top 5 Walt Disney World Savings Secrets

The always beautiful Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Top 5 Tips for Walt Disney World Resort Savings

As we plan our next family trip to Walt Disney World we thought it might be helpful to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for booking a magical Disney experience without breaking the bank!



When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World there are a number of resorts and hotels to choose from with a variety of different price points and amenities. We are the type of ADHD family that spends a lot of time both out and about as well as in our resort taking advantage of the amenities and programs provided to guests. In fact, we find there is a great deal of value in paying a little more to stay at a fabulous resort that offers significantly more amenities than some of the budget-friendly resorts that have lower price tags, but less to offer.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you love having access to gorgeous pools with fun slides and activities for the little ones?
  • Do you enjoy finding Disney themed folded towels on your bed?
  • Will your family want to eat at some of the reservation-only Disney restaurants?
  • Do you like being able to bring your little ADHDers to take part in kid-focused activities included with your in-resort stay?
  • Does a nicely furnished room make your downtime feel like real downtime?
  • Are you the type of family that likes spending a reasonable amount of time in your resort when not in the parks?
  • Is it important that you have a calm, quiet place to come back to when your little guys need a sensory break?
If you answered yes to all or most of these you're probably similar to our family and a top-rated Walt Disney World Resort is more your speed!



Achieving Magical Savings at Walt Disney World Resorts

Staying at some of the top-rated Disney Resorts can be pricey, which is why we've included 5 of our personal tips for saving as much as possible on every Walt Disney World Resort stay! While it may feel magical when you hit the savings jackpot, there's very little magic involved, but definitely plenty of research, determination and time. We hope these tips help you as much as they've helped us!

1. Look for Seasonal Savings 

Disney regularly has special deals and savings on a seasonal basis for their resorts. In fact, right now they're offering up to 25% of stays between Oct 4th-Nov 24th and Nov 28th-Dec 23rd.

2.  Watch for Bundled Packages

Disney packages come in a variety of shapes and sizes--from airfare plus hotel to hotel plus dining plans. Often, these bundled packages offer a significant amount of savings. One of our favorite ways to book Disney trips is through JetBlue Getaways vacation plans. JetBlue integrates pretty seamlessly with Disney, making the entire booking process fairly simple. We've booked 3 separate stays this way and have found it to be a fairly great experience overall.

3. Split Your Stay Between a Top Tier Resort & Budget-Friendly Hotel

Another way to save on your Walt Disney World Resort stay is to split your time between a top tier resort and a more budget friendly hotel. For example, spend the first half of your stay at our favorite Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and the second half at either a budget-friendly Disney Resort (Disney's Pop Century Resort is extremely budget-friendly, though not one we've stayed at) or local budget-friendly hotel (TripAdvisor is a great resource for comparing rates and reviews). There are a number of additional resorts and hotels in the Disney area that still offer shuttles to and from the parks that are not owned by Disney.

Just think! If you pay $400/night for the first 3 nights and only $200 for the last 3 nights, you're averaging $300/night, which isn't bad for a Disney stay.

4. Travel During the Off-Peak Season

For those that don't mind traveling during the off-peak season, you can get significant savings when it comes to your Walt Disney World Resort stay. Now, keep in mind that this isn't always the case. We've seen fabulous deals during peak seasons as well as extremely high rates during off-peak seasons from time to time, but generally off-peak season traveling is less pricey overall.

Off-peak is typically fall, winter and early spring. Keep in mind, holidays are always more expensive periods for travel regardless of the season.

5. Compare, Compare, Compare

I know it sounds like a lot of work--and it is! If you really want to get the most bang for your family's buck and not sacrifice Walt Disney World Resort amenities to stick to your budget the best way to do so is to put in the extra time to keep a very careful eye on deals while comparing rates across multiple platforms--booking directly through Disney, through packaged deals with airlines like JetBlue, through Disney Vacation Club rental sites (friends of our recently booked through DVCRentalStore.com and have been happy so far with the service, though we have not personally used them yet), major third-party destination review sites such as TripAdvisor (we regularly use TripAdvisor for its reviews), etc. When we book it's only after we've spent quite a few hours over what ends up being weeks making sure we book the best possible Disney vacation for our ADHD family.

On that note, once you find a great rate that's within your budget don't hesitate too much! Airfare and hotel rates are subject to constant change. We've seen rates jump enough to result in a few extra hundred dollars worth of expenses over night. It's always a gamble that rates could go up or down once you book, but as long as you set your target budget beforehand, you should be able to determine fairly quickly whether or not a particular package or deal meets your needs. We've made the mistake of hesitating in the past and it's always ended in frustration. Don't make that same mistake!

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Orlando in the near future? Check out our comprehensive Orlando Family Travel Guide! 

Our guide will be expanding later this year, so keep an eye out for that.

6 comments:

  1. Pinning this FOR SURE - - Planning our trip for 2016 now!

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  2. I was just thinking about going to Disney World the other day! I will definitely have to keep this in mind!!!

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  3. Great tips. Definitely saving this for later.

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  4. Love these tips! We have never been to Disney together, but we're thinking we'll visit in 2016 or 2017 :)

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  5. GREAT tips! I am dying to take Ry to Disney!

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  6. We are going to Disney in less than 2 years from now. I definitely think that staying at a Disney resort is worth it for the extra perks. These are all great tips! Definitely bookmarking this for when we start planning our trip. :)

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