Money Saving Tips

Expert tips on how to save money on your next Disney holiday

Holidaymakers who are desperate to experience the magical Disney resorts but don’t want to spend a fortune can take advantage of these latest money saving tips.

Travel experts at Koala have revealed how Britons can save money on their next getaway to Disney.

Breaks away to any of the Disney resorts don’t come cheap – after all they’re described as a magical, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There are currently 12 Disney Parks located at six different resorts; Disneyland, California Adventure, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea.

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Some of these resorts are budget-conscious but most are pricey, especially if you’re opting to stay in a resort hotel.

From booking outside of the resort, going during the off-peak season and even opting for a self-catering stay, Koala‘s top tips can offer some insight into a cheaper Disney holiday package overall.

Scroll down for their tips and for the latest Disney holiday deals and discounts you need to be aware of.



Disney resort, Orlando, Florida

Timeshares

Timeshare owners (holiday home owners) can’t always use their property, and they will often rent them to help defray their annual costs.

Timeshare resorts are ideal for families, because they have extra space, kitchen and laundry facilities, and all the perks of a traditional resort.

Airbnb is a good place to start looking for a holiday home close to the Disney resorts.

Ticket sales

Disney Parks will occasionally offer tickets that can save you money if you can make the small print work with your plans.

Travel agents will often have subsidised tickets or bundle options that come with a discount.

For example, TUI offer package holidays to Disney resorts which also come with a Disney Dining Credit worth up to $950 when booking between now and November 2, 2021 and selected dates in 2022 – find out more here.

Transportation

When booking your holiday, if it’s a stay outside the resort, consider transportation links to the parks and weigh up the expense.

Many timeshare resorts will offer shuttle services directly to the resorts, so you don’t have to worry about parking.

Some resorts may be within walking distance and for others, you may need to use public transportation or rent a car.

Enterprise rent-a-car operate from several locations in the UK, Europe and USA if you’re thinking of visiting a resort in Paris or America.

You can pre-pay which will work out cheaper and there’s no cancellation fees. Explore what’s on offer with them via their website.

Travel off-season

Ticket prices during the off-season are more reasonable, from airfare and park tickets to hotel and rental rates.

So traveling to Disney Parks off-peak is bound to save you some money. Plus, with fewer crowds, you’ll be less tempted to purchase priority tickets to skip the line.

Have a look here for Disney holidays off-season with TUI, Virgin and Disneyholidays.

Food and drink

Rather than buying food and drinks on-site, go shopping and stock up on supplies.

Lunch for a family of four at a Disney Park can easily top £50 a day, so make use of the kitchen in your holiday home, and make your own sandwiches for your day at Disney.

Mike Kennedy, Cofounder and CEO at Koala said: “We’ve seen a steady rise in bookings to the Orlando area in particular, evidence that Disney’s trademark fun and R&R continues to be a lure, especially for families planning their post-pandemic “comeback” vacations.

“Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to save on a Disney vacation, such as renting a timeshare directly from the owner.”

Disney deals

TUI

TUI are updating their discount codes regularly so check back here for any you may be able to use for booking your Disney trip.

Virgin Holidays

  • Receive up to $950 Disney Dining Credit per room and Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-Day Ticket – see more here.

  • Disney holidays start from just £600pp with Virgin – see selected deals here.

Jet2

There are no specific deals with Disney Resort hotels at the moment but if you’re looking yo save money you could book a cheaper hotel that’s not too far from the resorts.

See Jet2 deals here for some inspiration.

Before you go…

To manage attendance in their Disney, Walt Disney World Resort has introduced the Disney Park Pass system, a new Theme Park reservation system that you can access on mydisneyexperience.co.uk.

All guests must reserve their Theme Park entry in advance using this system.

To book your reservations if you’re staying at a Disney onsite hotel, you’ll need to visit My Disney Experience and log in or create a profile.