If you have toddlers, you’re probably very excited about bringing them to Walt Disney World. If they watch the pre-school shows on the Disney Channel, they probably already know Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and some of the other Disney characters. You know it would be a thrill for your little ones to meet their favorites in person, as well as go on rides like Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
If your budget is tight, don’t let that stop you from planning a trip to Walt Disney World with your young child. That toddler stage passes fast, so you don’t want to miss it. Here are some strategies to save money when you travel with a toddler to Disney:
Book a reasonably priced hotel
You might equate “Walt Disney World” with “expensive hotels,” but there are plenty of reasonably priced properties that are great for families with toddlers and that won’t break the bank. You’ll find plenty of reasonably priced Resorts, but you don’t necessarily need to book something with fancy amenities like a water park or miniature golf course if you don’t have older children.
Your toddler just needs a clean, safe environment, and you’ll appreciate a property that’s so close to Walt Disney World’s Main Gate. OrlandoVacation.com offers fabulous Family-friendly Resorts that fit the bill.
Better yet, you’ll find offers on the website for special like cheap or free theme park tickets. Imagine being able to bring your toddler to Walt Disney World and getting a discount for your admissions. It’s possible if you catch a special deal and stay for the required number of nights in their partnered hotels.
Buy a cheap stroller when you get to Orlando
There are plenty of stores like Target and Wal-Mart all around the Disney area that sell cheap folding strollers. If you buy one, you’ll pay a lot less than the daily rental charges at the theme parks. You can bring it home with you or simply leave it, since you’ll still come out ahead because you skipped the rental fees.
You can also use the stroller for the entire day, even if you move between two different parks or go back to your hotel for an afternoon rest before returning in the evening. Otherwise you have to turn in your rental stroller before you leave the park, then pick up another one when you return.
Bring snacks and toys for your toddler
Little tummies get hungry during the day, and toddlers like little toys to play with while waiting in lines or sitting around waiting for a parade or show to begin. You can buy snacks and trinkets at the Disney parks, but of course they’re expensive.
Buy easy-to-carry goodies like cookies, small boxes of cereal, and crackers before you leave home or at a grocery store in Orlando and bring them to the park. The same goes for little toys like light-up trinkets, Disney plushes, or whatever else appeals to your toddler. The Target and Wal-Mart stores around Walt Disney World all carry extensive souvenir selections at very reasonable prices. Your toddler will be so excited when he begs for you to buy him something and you slip a fun surprise out of your bag instead.
These are just three simple ways you can save money when you bring your toddler to Disney World. You’ll likely think of other good budgeting tricks that will help you have a great time without going over budget for your family trip.