5 Money Saving Travel Hacks for Disney

Happy Thursday and Welcome Back Main Streeters. Every week it seems like we at The Main Street Mouse are covering more news on price hikes for Disney Parks. While we have seen a rise in unpopular opinion and complaints online about what feels like ever increasing prices, it actually makes sense given all of the brand new experiences guests can expect in the coming years at the parks, as well as the most recent acquisition of Fox Studios. The Tron ride isn’t going to pay for itself, am I right?

Now what if I told you that I could save you a couple hundred dollars for and during your next trip with these five Disney hacks? Check them out below:

1 – Take a trip down to Target, and use your Target REDcard to buy Disney Gift Cards – save 5% instantly.

Target is one of my favorite places to shop, especially when I’m gearing up for a Disney trip. I recently discovered the power of the REDcard and how much money I could save in general when shopping at Target by combining their Cartwheel deals and the 5% off every purchase. I also found out how much I could save when buying Disney Gift Cards using the same method. When using your Target REDcard you can purchase the preferred currency of Disney Parks, the Gift Card by the droves. Buy a $100 gift card to spend on food, merch, or anything else at Disney Parks and on property at Target using the REDcard and basically pay only $95 for the gift card. That adds up over some time.

2 – Plan sit-down lunches at the Parks – skip the Dinner reservation.

You know we are all about food here at TMSM. In our exhaustive quest to eat all the things at Disney parks, we have realized that lunch menu’s at many sit-down restaurants typically serve the same fare as the dinner menu. Here’s the catch, the lunch prices are about 15-20% less expensive. Yes, you can eat the same exact meal for lunch as for dinner, but save yourself the heftier price tag. Another perk: lunch reservations are much easier to score, and you can even take your chances with walk in availability.

3. Don’t buy bottled water at the park

Every quick service area around the park will provide you with a free cup of ice water. When bottled water prices are hiking just as quickly as ticket prices, you’ll be glad you knew about this hack to save you some dollars at the park and also keep you cool and hydrated now that summer months are coming.

4. Buy Dollar Store Ponchos

Summer is coming, but Florida is notorious for weather mood swings. When you aren’t prepared for the Florida afternoon thunderstorms, you could be wasting valuable time missing out on rides and money to purchase a poncho from the nearest store in Disney. Prepare yourself and score a poncho from the Dollar Store before going to the parks. You can thank us later.

5.  Meet the Characters, eat great food, and save 35%

Some of the best memories are made at Character dining experiences. So many visiting Disney opt for the evening reservations with characters because it’s the perfect way to end their day. However, you can still score those same memories and spend far less by opting for the breakfast buffet Character experiences. When you do so, you are able to eat enough in the morning to keep you full for a light lunch saving you money, plus breakfast buffets are typically 35% less expensive than dining experiences at other locations with a set menu versus a buffet.

There are plenty of other money saving hacks, and we will keep bringing them to you. Now, it’s your turn, tell us Main Streeters, what are some of your cost saving Disney hacks? Share with us!

Until Next Week!



Erika Roberts has been a Disney kid for as long as she can remember, but her love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. She couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up her soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all of her money, but has given her the most cherished memories; from watching her Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to her very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion. Erika is excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch her dead on It’s a Small World. If she asks to ride that, this is a clear indication that she is in danger and you must send help. You will, however, catch her performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with her amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during fireworks… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat her feelings…this is a judgment-free bio. Otherwise, Erika works for the State of Florida and is actively involved in her community. Erika believes in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. Erika also makes custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow her work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram: www.facebook.com/imagineering.emporium. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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