About 6 weeks ago, my family and I packed up our SUV and headed south to Walt Disney World where we spent 3 days at the Magic Kingdom. I’m no Disney expert but I am a mega-planner so I felt pretty confident in how we prepared for the trip and how we saved a few dollars here and there. I’ve already shared four things your should spend a little extra on and so today I’m sharing a few things to buy in advance to save a little money.
If you have girls like mine, they probably will want to wear princess dresses to the parks. Or maybe your little dude wants to wear a costume. Buying them at the park (or even from the Disney Store in advance) will cost you a small fortune so stock up on cheaper options beforehand. My personal favorites are Little Adventures costumes because they’re adorable and machine washable; plus, they’re Amazon Prime eligible (hallelujah!). I was also able to find a few gently used ones in great shape on eBay. If you’re doing the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I can’t stress buying an outfit in advance enough!
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I talk about why you should by the Memory Maker in a previous post but I would be derelict in this post if I didn’t remind you that you will save $30 if you buy it at least 3 days before your trip.
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I think we paid $24 for my girls’ pink sequin Minnie Mouse ears but there are so many equally as cute but way more affordable options online! Buy them in advance and then surprise your kids with them at the park if you’d like. They’ll be none the wiser.
You can take as many snacks to the parks with you as you’d like so stock up and save yourself a few dollars. I wanted to keep the Disney theme going for my girls so I ordered some Pure Growth Organic snacks with Disney characters on the packages. Having snacks with you at the park will be clutch for when your kids are tired and/or fussy – especially when the lines are long – because snacks cure all.
Have you heard how hot it is in Florida? There’s also not a lot of shade at the Magic Kingdom. So, you’ll see people with misting fans all over the park but they’re not cheap there so take one like this with you!
Renting a stroller at the park? Even if your kids are “too old” for a stroller, you’ll wish you had one for them because of all the walking. Plus, strollers are great for pushing around your stuff and holding your drinks. (Just know that you have to park them at one of the many “parking lots” to wait in line on rides.) If you pre-pay for multi-day stroller rentals, you’ll save yourself a few bucks. This one you can’t do before you get to the park but you should definitely do it as soon as you get there.
What hacks would you add to this list? Tell me in the comments below!