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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Disney vacation tips | Planning and money saving

     Disney vacation is a magical vacation, it brings smile in ever body's face from kids to adults for sure.
    This past week being spring break, we planned our short vacation (we started planning well in advance). Planning a Disney vacation is one of the biggest head aches (I think this is true for everyone not just me). After our vacation, I thought  I would post some tips for your benefit. Guess this post will ease your planning and give few points for saving your time and money.

Disney vacation tips
Photo courtesy:the Walt Disney company

  1. How many days you are going to stay in Disney
                The more days you stay, the park entrance tickets will get cheaper. For example if you plan to stay in Disney for 4 days ,you get 1 free day at the park.  Isn't this lovely? But you need to have lots and lots of energy to be there for 5 days (trust me you sure will agree with me after your trip).

     2.  How do plan to get there

      By air ? By Road ? (decide based on how comfortable you are ,in terms of time and money)
  1. For us air travel took time ,but less time compared to driving. I am talking about wait time between flights,back and forth taxi from airport etc.
  2. Travelling by air is more expensive compared to driving. When you drive you can book a affordable and comfortable hotel.
  3. If you are travelling by air , but thinking of staying outside Disney resorts then better rent a taxi in Orlando. This will make your trip more convenient.You can stay in an affordable hotel ,eat where ever you want (not using the Disney meal plan) ,even drive to Disney parks without depending on hotel shuttles
  4. Renting agency will be right at your airport .this will save renting a. taxi to your hotel from airport .Remember some hotels provide free pickup from airports but  some do this with a cost.Better check the hotels or see the fine prints before booking .
  5. When you rent a car ,you have to look for parking in the hotel you stay.Some hotels offers free parking.While in some ,you have to pay for parking.
  6. The hotels give free shuttle service to Epcot(one of Disney parks).From there, you get a Disney bus to go the respective parks.But this may take up to 45 minutes one way.Also shuttle service time is limited ,they provide only 2 times drop and 2 times pick up at specific time.
3.Where you are going to stay

If you stay at a Disney resort you get:
  1. Extra magic hours.Magic hours mean extra time to stay in the park(if you exhaust too quick at the morning ,you may want to choose a Disney resorts.By choosing Disney resort you can take a nap and come back in the evening and enjoy rides,parades in extra magic hours).
  2. I saw lots of crowd in evenings too.Better go in less crowded time of the year.
  3. You can make fast pass reservation up to 60 day in advance.Fast pass helps you book the exact time of your ride to avoid long waiting lines.
  4. Disney provide free shuttle to Disney attractions/parks.
  5. But everything comes at a price.You have to pay a bulk amount to enjoy all the facilities.If you don't want to plan but want to have maximum fun choose a Disney resort and get a meal plan too (I am not sure if the meal plan serves you best. Also If you stay in disney resort taking meal plan is the only option).
If you choose a hotel outside Disney you need to figure out the following.
  1. Where your going to eat? Choose a hotel that gives a free breakfast. Each disney park has different restaurants and you can choose from them.
  2. Look for free shuttle to Disney.Most hotels in Orlando provide free shuttles to Disney at specific time.These things you have to look when you are not renting a car.
  3. If you have a car(rental or your own) and take it to park,you have to pay 17 dollars for parking.Car parking is available in each park (Epcot,magic kingdom,animal kingdom,Hollywood studios).
4.Use fast pass:
additional info on undercover tourist
  1. Fast pass is a service helps you avoid long wait lines.You can choose the time you are going to go on the ride.
  2. You can choose only 3 fast passes per day (for only one park).If you are having park hopper you can choose only fast pass for one park.Choose fast pass for the first park so you better finish the fast pass then you can choose fast pass for the second park later on that day.Remember you can't get the fast pass for your favorite ride on second park.Better choose your favorite park and favorite ride first ,then go to least favorite park if you are having park hopper.
  3. Additional pass can be obtained in kiosk(on the park )after you use or your Fp has expired.Look for FP + sign to look for kiosk.
  4. If you have preschoolers, you might be interested in characters(magic kingdom) so get the fast pass for their favorite Disney characters(biggest lines are for mickey,daisy,frozen ,Elsa etc..These fast passes will get booked early than 30 days.You have to have your tickets ready for getting the fast pass).
Choosing the attractions for fast pass:
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  • If you have toddlers or kids below 5 years,choose a ride on fast pass according to height restriction.
photo courtesy:the Walt disney company

6.Getting the tickets:
  1. You have to get it on disney website.
  2. Authorized dealers are undercover tourist(this may be 1 dollar less than disney ticket price for a day).Undercover tourist gives free delivery too but it takes up to 25 days to reach you.
Some more tips :
  • Choose which park on which day and what attractions you are going to see, to avoid a very long exhausting walk.for example if you don't have kids ,you may not want to visit magic kingdom.
  • Carry enough water and snacks if you have kids.
  • You can bring strollers to disney.If you forget ,better rent one before entering the park.
Guess this will be of help at least to a few of you.Have a great day guys.


  1. We been to disney 3 times, with and without kids, well we had kids two times, not mine but inlaws, but we had fun, we rented villa and drive thru parks and eat there and diner outside, my kids we stayed in resort, had meal plan so it was very easy and relaxing and enjoyed extra hours, so had both scenarios and worked resort one best cause after you exhausted in park, you don't have to find food outside. you look for deals way ahead so you get nice deals and avoid black out dates, like breaks , holidays, our friends visted disney family of 4, in under $2500 with air, dining and hotels. So always look for deals on Just my thoughts.

    1. Thats nice to hear linsy.But for me finding deal was very difficult.If you write a detaled post that would be very useful for me and others too.

  2. Very nicely written post satya.

  3. I have something similar in my drafts from all my trips to Disney thought somethings were outdated but reading this I think things are same. Its always fun followed by exhaustion so true need soo much energy to cover for 5 days plus Universal.Hope u had fun Sathya.

    1. Oh yeah!!! we had fun.Its difficult to recollect if day passes,So i just thought of posting it immed.Thanks

  4. very informative post.. will keep these in mind next time we go.. Last time we went, we stayed at my BIL's place so staying was not a problem.

  5. Nice post..... we have gone there without much planning..... This is useful post... :)

  6. very nice and informative post dear


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