Consider when to travel
The first thing to consider is when you plan on taking your holiday. If you want to save money on your package holiday, avoid peak seasons if possible. Also, certain times of the year may save you money. For example, in September it’s Orlando Magical Dining Month where at many participating restaurants it’s just $33 for a 3 course meal. Pre-book your tickets
Planning on visiting the theme parks or attractions? You can pre-book tickets with us and save yourself a lot of money as a result. Paying on the gate or directly with the attraction can cost you more money. If you’ve already booked with us, you can always add your tickets on at any point leading up to your holiday. Buy park tickets with access to many parks
Plan what theme parks you want to visit before hand and look into buying combo or flex tickets rather than buying them separately. Consider your accommodation
If you are heading to Florida on a budget, consider staying in a villa or self-catering condo as you can prepare and cook your own food which will reduce the amount of times you eat out. However, if you prefer a hotel, consider looking into the exclusive benefits the hotel offers such as free parking or complimentary transport to theme parks. Consider your mode of transport
It really depends on your plans, location and party size when considering the cheapest transport for you. Hiring a car isn’t too expensive and is a convenient way to get around but there are other modes of transport such as the I-RIDE trolley in International Drive which offer a transport system at superb value for money. Complimentary shuttle transfers and airport transfers are a benefit at many hotels. Consider booking your cab outside of hotel grounds
If you are going to book a cab, it may be worth booking one with independent companies or directly rather than through your hotel as the hotels sometimes have partnerships with cab firms resulting in increased prices. Eat large meals outside the theme parks
It can be expensive in the theme parks. Consider a big breakfast before heading into the parks so you don’t spend too much money on food. Then you can treat lunch as more of a snack rather than a meal. Look out for vouchers
Be on the lookout for brochures, booklets or leaflets that contain money saving vouchers for attractions, restaurants, shops and more. Many hotels in particular will have vouchers that offer discounts such as 10% off. Finding these vouchers and using them can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run. Get a Kids Eat Free Card
If you have children who are aged 11 or younger, they will qualify for a Kids Eat Free Card which allows them to dine in more than 125 theme park area restaurants. The card is valid for 90 days commencing from the first day of use and can only be used when you buy an adult meal; however, it definitely offers value for money if you plan on eating out a lot. Shop wisely
Discover the cheapest places to shop for souvenirs. Souvenirs in the theme parks can be expensive and you may find them elsewhere for cheaper prices. Also, it goes without saying that when you head for the shops it’s worth shopping around to find the best bargains before you commit straight away to something you’ve just seen.
These are just 10 of our top money saving tips; if you have any more you’d like to share with your fellow Orlando-goers, feel free to add your tips below. Happy holidays!