If you are wanting to plan a trip to Disney (either California or Florida), you know just how expensive it can be! We’re going to start a new series to help you get the most out of your vacation — including savings tips, having fun, where to stay and more!
The first step in planning your vacation is getting there. You’ve got to have the money for airfare (if needed), fuel for your vehicle, money for your hotel, and then there is the costly entrance into the park itself! Below you will find some great tips as shared by Heather Fiory – Disney Expert!
Use your Target Red Card. You can buy Disney gift cards using your red card. That makes a $100 gift card drop $5. These can be used for everything on your trip from the resorts to tickets and even dining! You can even use them to purchase your souvenirs. This is an easy way to save 5% off of your entire trip!
Use Target Pharmacy Rewards. Just sign up (for free) and when you fill five prescriptions, you will get a coupon to save 5% off of your next purchase. You can use this along WITH your RedCard and end up saving 10% off of those gift cards instead! (Sorry, if you live in New York or New Jersey, this program is not available). Updated: You can no longer use these rewards towards the purchase of gift cards.
Sign up for the Disney Credit Card. When you use your card, you earn Disney Dollars which you can apply towards your trip. If you want to finance your trip, you can do so and pay 0% interest for a six months (keep in mind that you MUST pay it off before the interest starts or you will pay a LOT more for your trip.). You can also receive special discounts for cardholders including character meetups!
Use your Airline Miles. Your credit card might offer rewards which you can use to cash in for airline miles. One example is Southwest. If you use their card, and spend $3,000 in 3 months (just use it to pay for your groceries, etc and then pay it off instantly), they will give you 50,000 miles!
Visit with a Travel Agent. These people know the best time of year to visit and the deals will be available. They can also help you know the right plan for your needs, ensuring you don’t overspend — or not spend enough and miss out on something.
Plan ahead. Determine how much it will cost for your trip and start saving a year in advance. Just divide the cost of your trip by 52 and you’ll know how much to set back every single week and you can quickly pay for your trip!
Use your coupon savings. When you save at the store, just set that amount back. You would have spent that on food and other items normally, so it is just a “free” way to save for your trip!
Keep the change. Use a change jar and throw your money into it. When you shop, pay with paper money only and always save your change. It may not fully pay for your trip, but it can quickly cover the cost of some meals, souvenirs and other items!
Heather Fiory is a mother of two, wonderful children. She has travels to Disney often and is a Disney expert! She has a passion for Disney, deals, and family fun. Heather is a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations, affiliated with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. She offers free, concierge service in planning such vacations as Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruises, Disney’s Aulani and Adventures by Disney. She helps you to create personalized vacations to meet the needs and wants for your family. Let her plan your next Disney vacation! Contact her to request a vacation quote at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/