Five Things to Save Money On Before Getting to Walt Disney World

Five Things to Save Money On Before Getting to Walt Disney World

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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Memory Maker

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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Mickey Ears

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.

Misting Fan

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!

Stroller Rental

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!

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  1. Gabby
    March 6, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    We took our 3yrs old last summer. There’s a few things I learned. 1- bring a refillable water bottle. I recommend the aluminum ones since you can freeze them the night before and they stay cold for most of the morning. 2- make sure you spend the extra money and get tickets to leave and return later in the evening to the parks. Mid day in florida summers is brutal. Especially for little kids. Good time to hit the resort pool, or in our case, take a nap. You can return to the park that evening when everyone is fresh again. 3- if there is a park you want to spend alot of time at, animal kingdom was ours, spend the extra money, and get early reservations for character dining. This gets you into the park before it opens to the public. By the time we finished breakfast, had met Donald, daisy, goofy mickey and Pluto, and left the restraunt the rides were just opening. We were able to do 2 close by with almost no wait. (Less than 5mins on each, and the first was just opening). Then we used our fast passes for when the crowds arrived, about 11. We even got pictures with pocahontas on a side path that we didnt know anything about till we stumbled on her and only had to wait for two families before our turn. In disney, being early has benefits. #4- little kids can have a hard time wearing thier Disney experience watches. But if you go online in advance they now offer necklaces. This was a huge benefit since our 3yrs old doesn’t like stuff on her wrists. We had the watch and after first day switched it out for the necklace. This does mean it could come off in pool so let someone else bring there’s to open the resort pool gates. Otherwise we’d swipe it for entrance to parks, and she started swiping it herself to fast pass rides. Was only about $10 on Ebay, but could pay over $40 at Disney. Hope these extra tips help. PS-The new Frozen ride was our favorite at Epcot! Enjoy

  2. dearhappymom
    January 11, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Great advice! Can’t wait to take my toddler to Disney soon!
    Will be sure shop online beforehand.

  3. Shantel
    November 28, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Great information! Taking my 5 year old granddaughter for her 5th birthday in February 2018.

    • Shannnon
      November 28, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! Y’all are going to have the best time!!

  4. Suzette
    November 5, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Become a member of travelpointology .com and also enjoy your Disney World vacation for free. Its only 14.99 a year and I save thoudands.

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Great tip! Thank you!

  5. November 3, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Aww I LOVE the ears! So cute. I hope to have kids someday, and bringing them to Disney is a dream of mine. Glad y’all had a good trip. <3

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you! I hope it happens for you!!

  6. November 3, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    I am so this mom. Trying to buy in advance is such a good idea and I love to save money! We found the cutest Minnie ears on Etsy and yes they were way cuter and cheaper than what you get in the park. Oh and snacks, snacks, snacks, heck yes!

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Allllll the snacks! LOL!

  7. November 2, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Misting fan is a great idea! Never thought of that!

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Ugh yes! I so wish I had one when I was there!

  8. Lauren Sheriff
    November 2, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  9. wegowithkids
    November 2, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Good tip on pre-buying the clothes/outfits! We did that recently for Harry Potter world and I could not believe how much they were charging at the park!

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      It’s CRAZY how much they charge at the park!!

  10. November 2, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Yes these are fantastic hacks! I haven’t been to Disney World since I was really small. And the cost of things now a days keeps me from going down there. If I were to go, these are awesome ideas to remember!!! ♥

    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      It can definitely add up if you’re not prepared but with a lot of research and planning in advance, it can actually be affordable!

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    • Shannnon
      November 5, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Oh that’s a great idea!

  12. November 1, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Great tips! Take a bottle of water per person too!

    • Shannnon
      November 1, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks! I refused to take water bottles since you can get free water everywhere in the parks! One less thing to carry.

      • Dawn
        January 12, 2018 / 3:58 pm

        If you stay on property and purchase the souvenir mugs, you will not only save on drinks with every meal you eat in your hotel (usually breakfast for us) but you can take the cup into the park and fill it with water at drinking fountains. And you have a fun reminder of your trip to take home. If you book a hotel with dining package, the mugs are included, just like your magic bands. They are not completely leak-proof, so don’t just throw them in the bottom of the stroller unless they are empty! They even have mug wash stations in the resort restaurants, so you can rinse out yesterday’s soda before pouring in this morning’s coffee!

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