When it comes to theme parks, Orlando’s Disney World is one of the most popular on the globe. When planning your visit, you want to make sure you get the most out of the park whilst also not falling trap to many of the park’s huge costs. Here are some tips to ensure that your trip is a magical one.
When? And how long for?
Disney World is open all year round, but there are some times to avoid if possible (school holidays may not permit this). The Christmas period, Easter period and mid-summer are all the most expensive times to visit. They’re also the most crowded, which could mean two hour long queues for many attractions. You should stay no less than four days in order to get the most out of your trip – if you’re visiting other non-Disney parks such as Universal Studios and Busch Gardens you may want to book no less than a week, and if you’re planning to do other things in Orlando you’ll want at least a fortnight!
Planning your travel
When jetting off to Florida, there are plenty of airports to fly into – not just Orlando. You may be able to save costs by comparing these. Breaking up a long haul flight can also make the journey cheaper. There are budget airlines out there, but be wary that they may not offer the same amount of comfort as pricier airlines.
Remember to get all necessary documentation together when travelling to the US. You’ll need a passport and should visit the official ESTA website in order to get your Visa. Remember to also bring your driving license and insurance documents if you’re hiring a car, as well as any travel insurance documents that will aid you if you have to visit the hospital (fingers crossed, this won’t be necessary!)
Disney offers many accommodation solutions on its grounds. These can often be more luxurious with bigger pools, however the cost to rent a room in these parks is generally much higher. An off property hotel will be cheaper and you may even get bigger rooms.
Many Disney-owned hotels will offer free transfers from the airport as well as transport to the parks, whilst off property hotels may not. This could save the money and effort of driving. That said, renting a car might give you more freedom to explore places other than the parks.
Choosing your park tickets
Disney is actually made up of four parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On top of this there are water parks, golf courses and dinner shows that you can pay for. You can buy tickets for each park and event individually or buy a combo-ticket. This can get a little confusing and it pays to do some research on Disney’s site to get a full idea of what’s included in each package. Those wanting to save money should also keep their eye out for online coupons and discounts.