Mary Waring, creator of the Disney saving’s site MouseSavers.com, knows a thing or two about how to save on a trip to Disney.
“It’s wildly expensive,” she says. “It can cost you as much to go to Disney World for a week as it does to go to France. People have no choice but to find deals.”
One of the best ways to score a Disney World deal? Go during the month of September. The park is far less crowded at this point in the year, since kiddos are back in school by Labor Day. This translates into shorter (or non-existent) lines. That means you can spend more of your vacation enjoying the attractions and less time waiting to enjoy them. And yes, it may be hot during this time of year, but you can take advantage of the smaller crowds and spend afternoons at the water parks.
What’s more, you can save BIG on hotels during the month of September. Many off-site hotels offer their rock bottom deals at this time, and the Disney hotels themselves are discounted – you can get a room for four at one of the value Disney hotels for as little as $85/night.
Perhaps the biggest way to save in September is by utilizing the free dining package. Every September since 2005, Disney has offered free dining packages for guests who purchase full-price hotel and ticket packages. This translates into enormous savings – up to $800 for many families!
Other great times of the year to visit Disney include…
- …mid-November through mid-December (except the week of Thanksgiving).
- …second week of January through mid-February.
- …first three weeks of May.
The worst times to visit Disney (in terms of price and crowds) include…
- …December 26-31 (this is the most crowded and most expensive time to visit Disney).
- …mid-February through mid-April (spring break season!)
- …June through early August.
Want more Disney tips? Be sure to check Nicole’s article on how to survive a Disney trip with babies and toddlers! She offers a number of money-saving and time-saving tips, as well as ways to maximize sleep and fun while vacationing at Disney World.
Let’s hear it, parents – what are your tried-and-true Disney trips?
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