Theme Parks on the Cheap: How to Have Fun and Save Money

When it comes to a Walt Disney World vacation or any other trip to the amusement park, admission tickets are the least of your worries. Food, drinks, and souvenirs are the main culprits to your dwindling bank account. At Best Vacations Ever! through Preferred Guest Resorts, we want to give you all the tips for a fun and cheap family vacation. Our previous blog gave you tips on how to find discounted Disney tickets, and this blog gives some pointers on how to save money from inside the park.

Plan to bring your own food

You are permitted to bring a cooler and fill it full of snacks, sandwiches, and drinks to prevent being gouged by the over-expensive restaurants in the park.  This can easily save you $30 or more per person throughout the day, allowing you to set money aside for one special treat per person that you can only buy in a theme park setting, like snow cones, churros, and cotton candy.

Buy souvenirs outside the park

There are plenty of places you can turn to for a themed souvenir item other than inside the theme park itself.  Your hotel gift shop may offer key chains, hats, notepads, pens, and other such items at a much more reasonable price than you could find inside the park.  This way, you need not skip the enjoyment of bringing home a unique souvenir, but it will cost you much less this way.

Opt for the refillable mug

The refillable, large mug or plastic cup might seem a little pricey at first, but consider the benefits: If you’re at a park like Walt Disney World, you buy the mug once and then you can bring it to any of the parks or waterparks and get refills for free. Instead of buying a different non-refillable drink for everyone in your family, just buy one and share. You can also fill the mug up with water to help you rehydrate.

Bring stir-in drink packets

Buy the Kool-aid or Lipton’s stir-in powder drink packets and bring a water bottle to the park. Use the free water from the fountain and stir the powder in for a tasty beverage that won’t leave your pockets empty. Bonus: Flavored water or iced tea is much healthier than soda and will help you stay hydrated.

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