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17 money-saving hacks to try on your next trip
<slide id = "1522229001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06/21/USAT/db52e500-829f-4379-b405-d560d1062287-18_AP_060809037652.JPG" caption = "How to save hundreds on your Disney vacation: Save yourself the stress of your budget by taking the time to research your options ahead of your visit. Combining as many of these Disney hacks as possible – or just a few tips & mdash ; Can you save significant savings on your next trip to the happiest and most magical places on earth? The hard work will be more than pay off on the eve of your trip & all you have to do is sit back with your family and enjoy the real magic of some savvy vacation planning. GoBankingRates.com shows you how. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Nick Out, Associated Press" width = "2200" height = "1832" /> <slide id = "1522211001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/ 2019/06/21 / USAT / c89fe598-fc77-4418-89c0-588d5266e6e2-01_GettyImages-1138758294.JPG "caption =" # 1 Come prepared : If you want to save on your Disneyland trip, cutting out Unnecessary expenses are crucial. If you are still at home, you may have to purchase overpriced necessities at the park. For example, check the weather in the days leading up to your trip so you don't end up shelling. out for sunscreen, an umbrella or sweatshirt. Umbrellas for kids at the Disney store usually start at $ 12.95 – but it costs nothing to come prepared. "You don't feel guilty donating it afterward." orientation = "horizontal" author = "JOHANNES EISELE, AFP / Getty Images" width = "5868" height = "3837" /> <slide id = "1522212001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / 8d55d228-338d-46bb-92af-97fc877bf7ae-02_GettyImages-540631190.JPG "caption =" 2. Buy Disney souvenirs elsewhere: Disney merchandise can be found just about anywhere These days, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, department stores and even your local grocery store. For example, the Disney store sells an adult-size Mickey Mouse Classic Ringer T-Shirt for $ 29.99, while similar shirt can be found at Walmart for Almost $ 5 less. Instead of paying a premium to buy souvenirs on-site, you can save a lot of money by purchasing your Disney tees and mouse ears at local retailers before your trip. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Johannes Eisele, AFP / Getty Images" width = "4500" height = "2895" /> <slide id = "1522213001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / 494fb011-fbb5-4688-880e-a57287088a50-03_GettyImages-630664618.JPG "caption =" 3. Make your own autograph book: An autograph book is a must- Have for Disney enthusiasts. It's great way to bring your memories home with you. These books cost between $ 9.95 and $ 19.99 at the Disney store, but there's no reason why you can't capture those memories for under $ 5. Consider buying a generic photo album, memo pad or notebook – or even a Disney storybook – from retailers like Walmart, Target or Dollar Tree. You can always personalize your DIY book with photos and stickers, which might make the experience of collecting autographs. from your favorite characters even more special. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Tiziana Fabi, AFP / Getty Images" width = "4400" height = "2708" /> <slide id = "1522214001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / 7fd11331-f279-45cd-8ee1-e20249276c3b-04_GettyImages-681059.JPG "caption =" 4 Take advantage of shuttle services: Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World charge $ 25 per day for a standard parking spot, but if you want to start your day close to the theme park entrances, you will have $ 40 per day at Disneyland and staggering $ 50 per day at Disney World. The Anaheim Resort is located in the Anaheim area, Anaheim Resort, and is located in the Anaheim area, Anaheim Resort, and offers Disneyland for only $ 5.50 per adult and $ 2 per child. Kingdom, hotels such as Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista provide daily complimentary shuttles to the park. orientation = "vertical" author = "Joe Raedle, Getty Images" width = "2000" height = "3000" /> <slide id = "1522215001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/ 2019/06/21 / USAT / 732b9723-3995-4935-874e-98f59e4b2507-05_GettyImages-1125050490.JPG "caption =" 5. Bring your own stroller or wheelchair: Single strollers are available for rent at Disneyland and Walt Disney World for $ 15 per day. However, it is more cost-effective to bring your own stroller and purchase a lightweight one if your Disney vacation extends beyond a couple of days. as $ 19.99 Keep in mind, though, that strollers must remain within the size limit of 36 inches by 52 inches, additionally, the rental price for manual wheelchairs is $ 12 per day at both Disneyland and Disney World – but you have two. put down a refundable deposit of $ 20 or $ 100, respectively, and wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance. with the first-come, first-served system, you're welcome to bring and use your own wheelchair throughout the parks, according to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World websites. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "ATTILA KISBENEDEK, AFP / Getty Images" width = "5568" height = "3712" /> <slide id = "1522216001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / 692b0cf3-89eb-4d8c-a00b-394c845d0802-06_Crepes.JPG "caption =" 6. Eat breakfast before you arrive: You & rsquo; ll need fuel to prepare for a full day at one of the most popular US tourist attractions. But breakfast in the parks can be almost as pricey as lunch or dinner – especially if you're traveling in a group. For example, a "celebrate Mickey" chicken and waffle breakfast at the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland costs $ 17, and Disney World's famous Tonga Toast – a banana-stuffed, cinnamon sugar-covered French toast – costs $ 16 a pop. the parks. Choose a hotel room with a fridge so you can buy cereal, milk and other easily prepared meals – or take advantage of your hotel & rsquo; ree continental breakfast if available. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Robert Hanashiro, USAT" width = "4136" height = "2416" /> <slide id = "1522217001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019 /06/21/USAT/e69bb7c2-a630-4de4-93c4-b5fb57a44988-07_XXX_Hooper_Southwest_Hawaii_019.JPG "caption =" 7 Get your own food and drinks: Disneyland and Walt Disney World allow you to bring outside food and beverages to the parks – with some limitations – so, take advantage of this policy to save money on dining out. For optimal enjoyment during your meal breaks, Disneyland even provides a complimentary picnic area located outside of its main entrance, complete with shade umbrellas, tables and chairs Both resorts bar you bringing alcoholic beverages and glass containers, excluding small ones such as baby food jars., Disney World, in particular, that you can only pack snacks or foods that do not require. heating. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Sandy Hooper" width = "3535" height = "2359" /> <slide id = "1522218001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06 /21/USAT/8c3cbd36-05cd-443b-a221-041e7a161819-08_AFP_AFP_1HG2A5.JPG "caption =" 8. Get discounted Disney tickets: Disney has a variety of special offers for its guests, such as discounts for Military service members and Southern California residents. These discounts can be quite substantial. For example, service members can purchase a four-day promotional ticket with the park jump option at Walt Disney World for $ 241 plus tax. Meanwhile, a 4-Park Magic Value Ticket & ticket – which is a special offer available to all guests – starts at $ 340 and includes only one park per day, if you qualify for the military rate, contact your participating US military base ticket office to score a discount on Disney tickets. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Elvis Barukcic, AFP / Getty Images" width = "4838" height = "3422" /> <slide id = "1522220001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / af784170-bf7c-48f6-aa65-211a7b16f116-09_AP_19143615407902.JPG "caption =" 9. Book your trip during the offseason: Everything from airfare to lodging can Get your money on Disney vacation, plan your trip during the off season: mid-January through mid-March, excluding Presidents Day weekend, mid-April through mid-May, Excluding spring break; and mid-September through mid-November, excluding Halloween time. Don't plan a trip around the holidays or a special Disney event, because these times tend to be especially crowded. If the offseason doesn't work out. try going midweek & mdash; Tuesday to Thursday for generally lower attendance. orientation = "horizontal" author = "John Raoux, AP" width = "4135" height = "2798" /> <slide id = "1522221001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019 /06/21/USAT/7d2540c2-77f8-45cf-a567-162af9b40213-10_GettyImages-1131700438.JPG "caption =" 10. Choose 'value' days for cheaper Disneyland tickets: Always look at the park calendar to find & quot; days & quot; and & quot; wait until the last minute to buy your ticket. Value days at Disneyland cost $ 104 for one park, which is a whopping $ 45 cheaper compared to peak pricing. up to $ 20 at Walt Disney World by the least expensive dates, which cost $ 109 per one-day, single-park ticket. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP / Getty Images" width = "1803" height = "1275" /> <slide id = "1522328001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / dc035cb4-14f2-4607-a234-8c8d51a01b5d-11_GettyImages-542291980.JPG "caption =" 11. Attend a timeshare presentation: & nbsp; Travel finance blogger Danielle Desir of The Thought Card received $ 100 off tickets to Disney's Animal Kingdom by simply attending a timeshare presentation by Hilton Grand Vacations. people & mdash; saving $ 230 total. If you have the opportunity to attend a timeshare presentation near one of the Disney parks, it could mean serious savings for your vacation budget. " orientation = "horizontal" author = "PeopleImages, Getty Images / iStockphoto" width = "7052" height = "4706" /> <slide id = "1522339001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto /2019/06/21/USAT/ad9ac6d3-7ff9-43e4-a8d3-d1ee629eb456-EPA_GERMANY_EUROPE_BUSINESS_EU_BANKING.JPG "caption =" 12. Get a Disney credit card: & nbsp; Disney offers two Visa credit cards from Chase that let you earn rewards dollars, which can be used for Disney merchandise, theme park tickets, resort stays, cruise line packages and more. As of Feb. 19, you'll receive $ 250 statement credit after spending $ 500 in the first three months from a Disney Premier Visa Card, and you will earn a $ 100 statement credit after making your first purchase with the Disney Visa Card. With Disney, you might be worth it. Otherwise, you might be better suited for the basic Disney Visa Card. Of course, using your card responsibly and paying off the balance every month will help you don 't rack up debt instead. "Orientation =" vertical "author =" Joerg Carstensen, EPA "width =" 2786 "height =" 4096 " /> <slide id = "1522224001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06/21/USAT/45561083-2c8b-4e3f-85c9-4ed913edb8c4-13_AP_34674488232.JPG" caption = " thirteenth Bring your kids before age 3: & nbsp; Kids who are under 3 years old get into the Disney parks for free. If you need an incentive to plan your visit sooner than later, expect to pay as much as $ 141 per day at Disneyland and $ 124 per day at Walt Disney World for a single-park ticket for children ages 3 to 9. So, it & rsquo; s not a bad idea to take your kids to a Disney vacation while they are still very young. "orientation =" horizontal "author =" Andy Wong, AP "width =" 5207 "height =" 3572 "/> <slide id = "1522225001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06/21/USAT/d2551955-beee-4840-a63c-b984916fef19-14_XXX_D02_DISNEY_FASTPASS.JPG" caption = " 14 . Invest in an annual pass or passport: & nbsp; If you are a die-hard Disney fan, consider investing in an annual pass at Walt Disney World or annual passport at Disneyland. It 'll pay for itself within a certain number of visits, so Southern California residents and Florida residents might find Disney' s passholder status worthwhile. At Walt Disney World, the Disney Platinum Pass Grants pass to all four theme parks & mdash; without block out dates & mdash; starting at $ 894 a year. Additional perks include standard parking, as well as 20 percent off select dining and merchandise. At Disneyland, the Disney Signature Plus Passport provides admission to both theme parks every day of the year & mdash; plus standard parking, 15 percent off select dining, 20 percent off select merchandise and more & mdash; for $ 1,399 annually. "orientation =" vertical "author =" Disney "width =" 1389 "height =" 2025 "/> <slide id =" 1522226001 "original =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto /2019/06/21/USAT/97055a82-34f3-450e-b6e3-eabe8ac568df-15_GTY_530879254.JPG "caption =" 15. Find travel packages through Costco: & nbsp; If you are traveling to Anaheim or Orlando, buy package deals is another great way to save money on your Disney vacation. For example, Costco offers a multi-day Disneyland Resort hotel package that comes with a Disney gift card worth up to $ 245 depending on the length of your stay. Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort with five-day park hopper tickets to Walt Disney World & mdash; along with a $ 100 Costco cash card. These added incentives can help you purchase food, souvenirs, etc. before and during your trip, so make sure you take advantage of your Costco membership for vacation planning. "Orientation =" horizontal "author =" Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images "width = "3000" height = "1994" /> <slide id = "1522227001" original = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06/21/USAT/e90ff2ae-5bc9-4b2b-8d28- 0fee1ddff7b8-16_AP_070815016889.JPG "caption =" 16. Press pennies for inexpensive souvenirs: & nbsp; Instead of buying expensive ears, you will probably be able to collect dust on your shelves after your Disney trip, consider visiting coin press locations throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World for cheap memorabilia. You can collect over 150 different images on pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters at Disneyland, or press unique designs onto your pennies and quarters at multiple parks in Disney World. The best part? It only costs 51 cents; two quarters and a penny; to create this cost-effective keepsake. "orientation =" horizontal "author =" David Zalubowski, Associated Press "width =" 3000 "height =" 2064 "/> <slide id =" 1522228001 "original =" https: // www .gannett-cdn.com / presto / 2019/06/21 / USAT / c21ad1ad-8cf3-47e2-a555-2030f276c7e1-17_XXX_0616_NCLO_LF_GATORATTACK01.JPG "caption =" 17. Stay at a Disney resort: Seems counterintuitive, right? But if you want to immerse yourself in the full Disney experience and don't mind spending more on the hotel, stay at one of Disney's many resorts. If you book a night at the Disneyland resort & mdash; the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel & amp; Spa or Paradise Pier Hotel & mdash; You will receive an extra hour in the parks, free from the general public. Staying at one of the resorts in Disneyland or Walt Disney World can also help you save on transportation. The theme parks are only steps away from your hotel room at the Disneyland Resort. And, guests at certain hotels in Walt Disney Worldwide provided complimentary travel options between the parks and hotels, as well as the airport. "Orientation =" horizontal "author =" Luke Franke, Naples Daily News "width =" 4921 "height = "3280" />
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