Planning your Walt Disney World budget


Disney World Budget Busters

A Walt Disney World vacation can add up, but fear not, we have ways to save money on your Disney trip.

  1. Booking Full Price – You almost never have to pay a full price rate for a Walt Disney World Resort.  So be sure to check your dates, check back for discounts after you book, and look for specials like Disney free dining.   Now of course if you are going for Christmas or high season, discounts can be hard to find.  We also recommend booking with an authorized Disney vacation planner that will check to make sure any specials that come out can help you save money.going to disney world in rain and cold weather
  2. Check the weather – If you come to Walt Disney World unprepared you can get caught having to but sweaters to stay warm or rain gear to keep dry.  Outfitting a family of four with sweatshirts at $50+ each adds up really fast.
  3. Paying extra for a view – Make sure you understand what you are paying for when upgrading to a room with a view.  If you are at a Disney Value Resort a view really is not ideal.  You only see the view when you walk out your door.  A pool view means you will be close to the pool, but if you don’t want to be that close to the pool late night action it might be a deterrent.  Now a view is nice in a Disney deluxe resort where you get a patio and a view that you can enjoy.   Enjoy a savanna view at Animal Kingdom is so exciting when you can see animals roaming over a morning coffee.

There are also some great things you should consider splurging on at Walt Disney World.  To get the full list of ways to save on your Disney budget and also the best splurges, please listen to our Mouse Chat podcast.

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  1. Follow up on your question on trains, the engineer is the one who controls the train from the front and the conductor is kind of like the assistant who lets people know when the train is going to go and such

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    • Thanks Hudson,

      We are not really great on all the train bits and I forget what we said on the show. Hopefully it was not too far off.
      But we do love the trains at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and would love to do the train tour offered at Disney World one day too.


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  2. Thank you for mentioning WDW safety during this episode, particularly in light of the recent tragedies in Orlando. I look forward to hearing an entire episode dedicated to the measures taken by Disney in the past, present, and future to ensure guest safety at all of its parks and resorts. Best to you all.

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    • Hi Shauna,

      We just did an interview with Lee Cockerell and we touch on how safe Walt Disney World is. That interview will be posted here on Mouse Chat in a few days.

      Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. I like the helpful tips for sticking to my budget. This helps me feel like I know what to expect when planning my vacation, where I can save money, and how I can really enjoy the Disney experience. Thank you.

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    • Thanks Jensyne,

      I love saving money when I can so I can save and experience other things at Walt Disney World. Glad we could help.


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  4. I just recently discovered Mousechat and now listen to you everyday when I run – thanks for the podcast! Hope to go to a meetup in the future!

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    • Hi Amy,

      I am happy we are helping you out with your run. I need to find a podcast to get me running 🙂


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  5. Hey guys, love you all and it hasn’t felt quite right without all of you on the podcast lately! Thanks for making home feel a little closer, the way you guys make it a conversation amongst friends rather than an interview makes it seem like we (listeners) know you as well as you know one another.
    I couldn’t stop laughing at the conversation about miles from tomorrow land thinking I could just shout that you have the wrong show!!!! love following everyone on Instagram and being able to see everything you’re discussing, hope to one day meet you all at a mouse chat meet up!

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    • Hi Alexandra,

      Ha, glad we made your day. Yeah we are all over social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, now Facebook LIVE. It’s Mouse Chat 24/7 for those that want to join us and other Disney fans.

      We have a Mouse Chat meet up at Walt Disney World this December 2016. I’ll have to post the details here soon.


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  6. Hello everyone! First off I just wanted to say I love your podcast. It’s great to hear other opinions about Disney from big fans.

    I totally agree with watching the weather! This is an absolute must! Usually I go to Disney when it is warm, anywhere from May-September. I hate cold weather! Well we decided to go in January two years in a row. Being from Ohio, I’m use to cold weather. When I see 50 degrees at home, it’s not that bad. A light jacket and you’re good to go. But Florida weather is completely different. 50 down there usually means crazy winds, making it feel like its 30 instead. My advice would be to over-pack the warm clothing. Two years ago I ended up wearing a winter jacket about 3 days of my vacation. Complete with gloves, hat, and two pairs of pants. You never know what the weather is going to feel like, even if you think you know what cold is in your state. Always be prepared, otherwise you’re not going to enjoy the park. And that makes for a bum vacation!

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    • Hi Ashley,

      I know it can get cold in Florida too and people forget this. Bring layers is a great idea. I’ve also been to Disney World and swimming in December with 80 degrees so it all depends.

      Have a great time on your travel

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