Top Ten Tips to Save Money at a Walt Disney World Resort

Do you want to stay onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort but want to find a less expensive way to do it?  While staying at onsite can be pricey, there are several ways to make things a little less expensive and we have collected the top ten tips.  There are many benefits to staying on-site and we hope some of the tips below can help you experience the magic of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

  1. Travel in Value Season – Many things are based on location, but cost of lodging at Walt Disney World is also based on time and resort level (Value, Moderate, Deluxe, Deluxe Villa).  If your time of travel is flexible, choose a Value season trip for the best bang for your buck!  Check out our resort guides for the resort rates and seasons.  This is probably the biggest savings of our top ten tips.
  1. Stay at a Value Resort – Do you plan on spending most of your time in the parks?  Stay at a Disney Value Resort!
  1. Military Offers – If you are a member of the military, check to see if Walt Disney World is offering a military discount.  The discounts are also listed on our Walt Disney World military discount page.
  1. Stay at Swan and Dolphin – While the Disney’s Swan and Dolphin are not Walt Disney World owned resorts, they are considered onsite resorts.  They do not have all the perks of Walt Disney World owned onsite, but they do offer year-round specials for military, nurses, teachers, AAA members, and Florida residents and are one of our favorite top ten tips.  The Swan and Dolphin are
  1. Florida Resident Officers – If you happen to be a Florida resident, check the Walt Disney World Florida resident discounts to see if there is a current discount at the Walt Disney World resort of your choice.
  1. Best Deluxe Resort Value – If you want to stay in a Disney Deluxe Resort, try Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for a Deluxe resort at a slightly lower price.
  1. Best Moderate Resort Value – Do you normally stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort but want to save a little money on your next trip?  Why not try Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, a Disney Moderate Resort with Queen-sized beds, 2 table service restaurants, a lounge, room service and other Deluxe Resort amenities?
  1. Be Flexible on Your Travel Dates – If your travel dates are flexible, book your trip for a date that historically has discounts.  Discounts are hard to predict, so this does not guarantee one.
  1. Stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Do you like to camp, or do you like having the comforts of home in your RV?  Try out The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort?
  1. Book with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner –  Book with a travel agency that specializes in Disney Destinations.  We recommend The Magic for Less Travel and they will help you book with the best price available and will continue to check your reservation for discounts even after you book. The Magic for Less Travel is not just an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, but one of only seven agencies in the country to receive Disney’s highest designation as a Platinum Level Earmarked Agency. Since 2002 The Magic for Less Travel has been offering complimentary services to ensure their guests have the best price and the best service.


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