There are many ways to save a significant amount on your Disney vacation during the off-peak season, but many of us don’t have the luxury of vacationing in late January. If you’re one of the many families that has to travel during the summer season, there are still ways for you to save. Let’s take a look at a few of your options.

Orlando Cab at airport

Transportation Cost can be quite high.

Do the Math on Transportation Prices

Many families fall prey to the idea that one type of transportation is always cheaper for them then another. For example, they may think that driving is always cheaper than flying the entire family down and renting a car. However, you may find a package includes airfare and car rental that’s less than you think – especially when you consider food during your drive and the exhaustion of a long drive with the kids.

On the other side of that, some families assume that flying is always cheaper but may be surprised to learn that they could actually save by driving, even with the added expenses of gas, meals, and hotels on the way down. Use a site like Gas Buddy to estimate fuel costs and even get information on the cheapest places to stop for gas along the way.

Stay Offsite

off site hotel room near Disney

Off site hotels near Disney World are really nice.

The easiest way to save a significant amount on your trip is to not stay on Disney property. There’s plenty of information out there that says staying on property is worth the extra expense due to the close proximity to the parks, but the truth is that for many families it can cost as much as 4 times as much to stay on site versus staying at a resort hotel. You can also rent a vacation home for as little as $99 per night and have amazing amenities like your own private pool.

Bring Your Own Food

The Disney Parks and Universal Orlando both allow you to bring your own food and non-alcoholic, non-glass bottled beverages into the parks. Take advantage of this. If you’re staying at a vacation home you’ll have access to a full kitchen, including fridge, microwave, and oven. You can prepare delicious meals and save a significant amount of money over the cost of food in the parks.

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