November 20, 2017

From the Readers: Walt Disney World Sanity Savers

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Earlier this year, I worked with my friend, Mercedes of Common Sense with Money, to put up a guest post called 15 Ways to Save Money on a Walt Disney World Vacation. I included lots of great tips, like bring your own stroller and make lunch the biggest meal of the day. Well, following that post, I received an email from one of my readers named Debra with even more great tips when spending a week at Walt Disney World. Take a look.

ID Your Child with Their Shoes. Check out Who’s Shoes to get an ID band that your children can fasten to their shoes with a Velcro strap. The Walt Disney World parks are huge, so for peace of mind alone, these bands are ideal. Even better, because they’re on your kids’ shoes, strangers can’t see their names and phone numbers.

Try Orlando Stroller Rentals for Strollers. While I advocate bringing your own stroller, I know that there are many moms and dads who would prefer to rent a stroller and I’ve heard about Orlando Stroller Rentals from several people now. A double stroller is $75 for the week, and the company will deliver it to you at your hotel and pick it up when you’re done.

Use FASTPASS, But Don’t Limit Yourself to the Time Stamp. Of course, FASTPASS is a great way to avoid the lines, especially at Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, if you find yourself delayed on other rides, don’t think you’ve missed the window on your FASTPASS. Remember that you can go to a ride at any time at or after the time stamp on the FASTPASS. I heard from two readers after this post saying that as of March this is no longer the case. Debra actually reached out to me with these tips in January, so my apologies for this incorrect information. 

Have Groceries Delivered to Your Door. If you don’t want to pack a suitcase with food to bring with you, then try GardenGrocer.com. It’s a great way to have snacks, cereals, and especially refrigerated items, like milk and yogurt, delivered right to you. Even if you’re on the dining plan, it’s still a great way to pick up a few extras.

Buy Souvenirs Ahead of Time. Debra spent some money on Disney trinkets at the dollar stores and discount retailers before leaving for her trip. She put the trinkets in a vacation bag and every day she let her kids pick out a new treat. It was a great way to keep the in-park whining for souvenirs at bay.

Great tips, Debra. Do you have any more great tips for saving money, time or your sanity at Walt Disney World? Just let me know in the comments section below. Thanks.

Photo Credit: Scott Bryant

Comments

  1. Don’t count on being able to use your Fastpass once it has expired:
    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/03/08/disney-cracks-down-on-fastpass-enforcement/

    • Erin Gifford says:

      Thanks for the tip. This reader, Debra, actually sent me these tips back in January, and it looks like they cracked down not too long after that. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. You can no longer use the Fastpasses any time after the start time stamp. They started enforcing the return time around March 2012.

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