You can count on any Orlando theme pack vacation being fun-filled — almost. There are always external factors that can spoil your experience or limit your ability to enjoy yourself to the fullest. That’s why it’s always wise to look for ways to keep your investment in such a vacation to a relative minimum.
For example, food is ridiculously expensive in the theme parks. It’s always worth it to give your little one a chance to eat breakfast with Mickey and Donald, but after that, eating picnic lunches and snacks you bring in from your hotel is much easier on the wallet. Freeze some drinks and put them in a cooler to stay hydrated and cool. You can also schedule lunch back at the hotel, or take advantage of the fact that many Orlando restaurants offer free kids’ meals.
If you happen to be a member of a lucky group such as the Florida military or civil service, you can consistently get a discounted pass to almost any Orlando theme park. Some corporations also offer discounted theme park tickets as part of their affiliation with Disney. Wal-Mart consistently gives a small but useful 5% discount on Disney World passes if you can’t find anything better anywhere else.
Perhaps the easiest and most effective way to get discounts on Orlando theme parks is to plan your vacation well in advance and check each and every element thereof online. Check for reduced plane fair, lower car rental, cheap hotel reservations, inexpensive meals, discounts on theme park tickets, and coupons for in-park expenses. Put in the legwork and see what your outlay will be if you use what you found.
Then, to go a few of the vacation-planning websites out there and see what total-package deals they can offer you. It’s about 50/50: half the time, your own efforts will turn up a cheaper price, the other half, the vacation-planning websites will come out ahead. If you don’t want to put in all the time and effort, a dedicated website will generally get close enough that you don’t have to fuss about it.