It is no secret that I live the single momma life. Which means one income pays all the bills. Life can be a little tight around here. BUT we always find that extra bit of money to get our Disney fix on. It isn’t easy but it is possible. So how do I do it? How do I do Disney on a budget? I ask myself this all the time….here is what I came up with. I mean, this is how I do it:
- We are Annual Passholders. My first year I purchased our Disney passes through AAA. There is a slight discount that saved me about $25 per ticket. However, you must be a AAA member to qualify for the discount and tickets must be paid in full. Renewing I opt to pay Disney direct and I utilize the flex pay. Paying for Gold status a little each month. This really helps stretch that dolla!
- We eat before we go to the parks. Let’s face it Disney food can be quite costly for a single momma with two very hungry kiddos. Our favorite place to stop for a quick bite is Chick-Fil-A. We get a great meal for a fraction of the Disney price AND leave with a full belly. Definitely can make it to lunch without hearing those three money eating words, “Mom, I’m hungry.”
- We bring snacks. Yes! Disney will allow you to bring a few munchies into the parks. Now, don’t pack your whole fridge. Bring a few apples, grapes, carrot sticks, maybe even a Gogurt. Anything that will fit in a small lunch bag. Then put this bag in your back pack. You may even want to freeze a bottle of water to keep the snacks cold. It is Florida and we are known for those warm summer temperatures all year round. Well, for the most part. We aren’t called the Sunshine state for nothing.
- We get ice cold water from Disney for FREE! That’s right ya’ll! Free water at Disney. The magic words are, “May I have a cup of ice water, please?” Just say this magical phrase at any F & B stand or restaurant where they serve fountain drinks and you will get it for free. You will thank me for this one later.
- We buy souvenirs only for special occasions. We only visit WDW EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND. So, I limit purchases. It is ok to say no most of the time. Then when you purchase a goodie the lil one’s cherish it more.
So now you know, how I do Disney on a Budget. Don’t get me wrong it is so fun to spend that money in the parks, but to feel that squeeze in my bank account later is not so fun. And for anyone worried that we are missing out on Disney Treats and Dining. We definitely are not. Occasionally I do purchase treats in the park and make reservations for Disney Dining, BUT only for special occasions. It is ok to limit these purchases.
I truly believe, magic is in the eye of the beholder.