Orlando Vacation Money Saving Ideas

Travel Tips — By Kristen Manieri on July 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

The average family of four can easily spend a couple thousand dollars on an Orlando vacation. Between the theme park tickets, meals, accommodations and airfare, the trip bill can quickly add up. But there are a few ways to cut costs without cutting corners.

Start by  checking out sites like Groupon, Restaurant.com, Deal Map and Half Off Depot which offer incredible deals for area restaurants and attractions.  Search and download coupons ahead of time and bring them with you on your trip.

Find out when local attractions offer free or discounted days. For example, access to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park is always free. Admission to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is FREE every Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is also free at Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month.

Consider buying your attraction tickets in a package like the Orlando FlexTicket. And if you think you might return to Orlando a few times each year, look into getting an annual pass.

A mom once told me that she pre-purchased souvenirs for her kids and I thought this was a brilliant idea. Before she leaves home, she buys Disney related paraphernalia (stickers etc.) at her local dollar store and gives them to her kids each night back in their hotel room.

Bring snacks or make a quick stop at a local grocery store before heading to your hotel (look for Publix, Winn Dixie, or Albertson’s). Stock up on bottled water, fresh fruit that doesn’t need refrigeration  like bananas and apples, and portable snacks such as granola bars and trail mix. You can dive into your stores poolside and at the parks rather than purchasing expensive candy bars and bags of chips… which aren’t healthy anyway!

Look for restaurants where kids eat free such as Bahama Breeze. Check out sites like My Kid’s Plate and My Kids Eat Free for listings of restaurants offering free meals.

Lastly, when weighing the pros and cons of staying inside the Disney property, consider that you probably won’t need a rental car since you can use the free Disney transport system to get around. You’ll also save money skipping parking fees which can be at least $10 per day per park.

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