Guest Post: Planning a Disney Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

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The following is an article from Julie Harrington, Travel Planner and Disney expert at Pixie Trips Travel.  If you are planing a trip to Disney, make sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Looking to save a few bucks on your next Disney vacation? Here are some great money saving tips that can help save you money and keep you within your budget for your Disney vacation.


  • Staying at a Disney World Resort and looking to have your own bottled water. Purchase a case of water online from Costco (you do not need to be a Costco member to take advantage of this) or Walmart and have it shipped directly to your resort at Disney World. We paid around $7.50 for a case of bottle water that included shipping and had it shipped to our resort and it was waiting for us at the Front Desk when we arrived. **Some Disney Resorts are now charging a fee for deliveries, so I suggest you contact your specific Resort and check**
  • If you have been to Disney World or any large theme park for that matter with young children, you know that having a stroller is a MUST. Even my 8 year old gets in the stroller to relax after a long morning walking in the parks. Renting a stroller at the parks can get expensive and personally are not all that comfortable. I would highly suggest using an outside company such as  to rent your stroller. The prices are amazing for what you are receiving. You not only get a very clean, comfortable, compactible stroller, but they also deliver to the resort for you the day of your arrival and pick it up for you the day of your departure.
  • Take your own photos. Any of the Disney Photographers are more than happy to take a picture using your own camera as well. If you do want to take advantage of the Disney Photographers while you are in the parks, I highly suggest that you pre-purchase your PhotoPass CD You pay $99.00 before you head on your trip. If for any reason you do not like your photos or wish to not buy the CD, you will get a full refund of your $199.95. If you decide to wait until after your trip to order the CD it will cost $169.95.
  • Considering a Disney Cruise for your next Disney adventure? There are 3 great ways to get the best price. 1. Book right when prices/itineraries are released. Prices will only increase from there. 2. Disney offers some “last minute” cruise deals. If you are able to get up and go and are ok with lots of restrictions on your fare, these prices are great. 3. Book your next Disney cruise while you are onboard your current cruise. You get a reduced deposit, discounted rates and onboard credits.

I hope these tips were helpful and give you some ideas on how you can save money while taking your family on the Disney Vacation of their dreams.


Here is Julie’s bio:

I am a mother, wife and a lover of all things Disney. I am a stay at home mother of two. I coupon, blog and work as a Disney Travel Specialist. My family has been on our very own magical Disney Vacations. My love of planning and working out all the special details has allowed my family to enjoy our Disney trips stress and hassle free, with no worries of, did we forget something, what’s next on our to do list for the day or worrying that we may miss that special event going on. Realizing how much I loved planning for our own trips, is what brings passion into planning Disney vacations for my clients.  Visit me on Facebook or my site – Pixie Trips Travel.


  1. says

    Just a correction to the PhotoPass Pre-Purchase pricing. Current pricing is $119.95 if you pre-purchase. You will receive a full refund of $119.95 if you do not utilize the offer after your trip. Price to purchase AFTER your trip is $169.95.

    Thanks Tracie for sharing this with all your readers.