We had a fantastic time visiting Walt Disney World. Once it became official that we were moving to Florida, the kids started to ask about when we could visit. We can’t wait to go back!
We were able to do a few things to make the trip affordable and fun.
We started our trip with a stay at the Doubletree Suites in Downtown Disney. It’s no secret that many of the Disney property hotel rooms can be rather small, and traveling with five can be a tight squeeze. (Lucky for us, our youngest is still 2, so we can officially still be a port-a-crib family in a room for 4!) But this room had two queen beds in a separate room from a sleeper sofa! We were able to put the kids to bed and have a little time and space.
On to our 3 Cheap Tricks:
- We packed a huge cooler with us for our hotel. One of the perks of being a resident is that I could shop and prepare food before we went to Disney. I prepared muffins, egg burritos, and baked cookies to take with us. We brought stuff to make sandwiches (pb&j, primarily) and plenty of dried fruits & nuts. We also brought along fruit,applesauce packs, yogurts, and chocolate milk boxes. I’m flying to Disney World. This means nothing to me! Actually, you can (and I have) bring baked goods in carry-ons or checked luggage. (I once took a stockpile of muffins to my sister-in-law when she had her first baby!) There are also a number of grocery stores that will deliver groceries to your hotel rooms. We ate out one meal per day. Our savings for packing food: $350 (based on quick service prices.)
- We brought water bottles and filled them up everywhere. NOTE: All quick service restaurants will give free cups of ice water! As will Starbucks! There is a Starbucks in Magic Kingdom & EPCOT! At the rate we drank water: