A Walt Disney World Resort holiday can quickly add up, but there are ways you can save yourself some serious money if you plan ahead! Like the sound of that?
While you may think that staying on-site at a Disney Resort Hotel might be one of the most expensive options for your holiday, it could actually SAVE you money! Here’s a handy guide showing how much you could save by staying at a Disney Resort Hotel vs staying off site at a privately rented villa….
You could save… over €1,680 on theme park food!
Who doesn’t love a freebie? When you book a stay at a moderate Disney Resort hotel during the Free Disney Dine offer period (ends Nov 6th 2017), you’ll get Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan for FREE. This means that you can feast on tasty treats inside the parks and in the hotels completely free of charge! You’ll be given a different dining plan depending on which level hotel you’re staying at, but the Quick Service Dining Plan includes 2 x self-service meals (like hot dogs and fish and chips), 2 x snacks (like ice cream and popcorn), 1 x drink and a refillable mug.
If you’re visiting with the whole family, the little ones will most likely want to try the tasty treats available in the parks which, as you can imagine, can begin to add up price-wise so it's a huge bomus to have these snacks included in your plan. The Quick Service Dining Plan is worth €42pp per day (€1,680 for 4 people over 10 days) and if you stay at a Disney Resort hotel you can enjoy this for FREE!
You could save… up to €610 on a rental car
You can expect to pay a minimum of €210 (with insurance included) for a basic hire car for the duration of your holiday plus any extras you’d like to add on. Driving to and from the parks each day can get tiring, especially after an action-packed day exploring the Disney Parks. If you’d like to share the driving between you, you can add on a second driver, but this will add another €113 on to your hire car cost.
You’ll need to know where you’re going too, and a Sat Nav will cost you an additional €145 for the duration of your trip. If you need a booster seat (which is recommended for children up to 12 years old), that will be another €79 on top per seat.
You’ll also need to fill the car up with petrol. Trips back and forth to the parks, as well as to the supermarket, restaurants, and parks that are further out like Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, could cost around €62 in fuel for the duration of your trip.
Of course, you may not need all of these extras, but it’s important to remember that it’s likely you won’t just be paying for the car rental.
You could save… up to €150 on parking:
You might not know that it costs an average of $20 per day (around €17) to park at the Orlando theme parks. While most people visiting Orlando tend to have one rest day from the parks, parking for the days you do visit will still set you back a fair bit. You should budget an extra €150 for parking alone. If you're staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you won't need to worry about transport as you can make the most of the complimentary buses, boats and even the monorail. And, even if you do choose to rent a car, parking is FREE for Disney on-site hotel guests!
You could save… up to €106 on tickets:
Walt Disney World Resort tickets will be one of the biggest investments on your trip, but are of course essential. When you book your Disney Tickets and Disney Resort Hotel together with Attraction Tickets Direct, you’ll benefit from 14 days of park tickets for the price of 7. This means, that you could save up to €106 on your total ticket price (for a family of 4).
Accommodation- Villa vs Disney Resort Hotel?
One of the main things about staying in a villa which appeals to those visiting Walt Disney World is the price tag. When you look at the initial price, it seems as though there’s a big difference between staying offsite (in a villa) and onsite (at a Disney Resort Hotel). While this is true based on price alone, it’s important to consider all the extra outgoings you’d have when staying in a villa.
Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, could actually SAVE you money, as not only will you benefit from a FREE Disney Dining Plan (if you book during the offer period which ends November 16, 2017), you’ll also get complimentary transportation throughout the entire resort, free parking and a reduced ticket rate (when purchasing a complete package). You’ll get pretty much everything you need included, which means you won’t have to spend any extra money (unless you want to stock up on some souvenirs of course!). Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy exciting onsite activities like Disney Movies Under the Stars and campfire sing-a-long sessions with Chip and Dale. One of the best things about staying onsite, is that you never have to leave the Disney magic, and we think that’s priceless!
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