How to save money on a Walt Disney World holiday

Best Walt Disney World deals for 2022 plus our insider tips to help you make savings on a magical family holiday

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From spectacular themed attractions to memorable Character experiences and exclusive events, there’s nowhere quite like Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. If you book carefully and follow our tips, you’ll be able to make savings on a family holiday you will never forget.

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This year, Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary with ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ and the magic is bigger than ever – so read on for the best Walt Disney World deals.

How to save money on your Walt Disney World holiday – even in the school holidays

Free Nights and Days

A family at Walt Disney World® Resort Florida

If you book before 30 March 2022, you can take advantage of Disney’s Free Nights and Days package*, offering:

  • Up to 2 nights free in one of the participating Disney Resort Hotels during a 2-week stay
  • Valid for arrivals from 15 May to 10 September 2022 – which includes the UK school holidays*
  • Receive Disney 14-Day Magic Ticket for the price of a 7-Day ticket

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Disney 14-Day Magic Ticket for the price of a 7-Day

Fireworks at A family at Walt Disney World® Resort Florida

As part of the Free Nights and Days package, you get a whole week extra for the same price as a 7-Day. This gives you access to multiple parks per day for 14 days for the price of a 7-Day ticket.

With the Disney 14-Day Magic Ticket, you’re easily able to spread out your trip, perhaps spending a morning at one of the amazing Disney Resort Hotel pools, before hopping over to one of the Parks for a high-spirited afternoon and then finish the day with evening entertainment of fireworks, fountains or shows.

Memory Maker

Also included in the Free Nights and Days package is the Memory Maker. This is a digital photo and video service that covers all your official park and attraction photos, storing them in one place. You can also add magical special effects to your images. This makes a great family saving as Memory Maker costs $199 (approx. £145) if you buy it at the gates.

Disney deal – get 15% off ShopDisney

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If you book the Free Nights and Days Package you’ll also receive 15% off at ShopDisney from the moment you book. This means you can shop for Disney merchandise here in the UK, including the iconic Disney Ears. Act fast and pick up some 2022 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary EARidecesnt ears to wear on the plane.

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Make your money go further at Walt Disney World

Early Theme Park Entry when you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel

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The hotels at Walt Disney World Resort bring an extra level of Disney magic to your trip. Themed rooms, with room options for 5 or more guests, bring Disney stories to life for the entirety of the trip.

Each hotel has its own unique style and a host of guest perks, which can help save you money, including Early Theme Park Entry. This is exclusive to Disney Resort Hotel guests and allows access to the parks up to 30 minutes before the general admission gates open. This almost certainly guarantees you a bonus ride on some of the most popular attractions especially if you plan your route in advance and head straight there.

Free transport when you stay at selected Disney Resort hotels

Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark

Staying at select Disney Resort Hotels is also a great way to save money because you can utilise the free Disney Transportation to travel around the resort. A range of buses, boats, monorail and a cable car are in place to help you travel to the theme parks, a water park and to Disney Springs, Disney’s entertainment, dining and shopping complex.

How to beat the queues and have more rides

Father and daughter standing next to Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride

Download the My Disney Experience App and utilise the Disney Genie service, which is a free add-on that monitors queue times and recommends attractions and shows that are ideal for your group. This should help you enjoy more attractions and use your Disney 14-Day Magic ticket to the max. You could also add Disney Genie+ for £6.99 and take your day to the next level, with even more fun and time-saving benefits. To find out more, click here.

The app also stores your tickets and any restaurant or event reservations, plus has free additional features like interactive tours of the resort. My Disney experience also has extra perks for Disney Resort guests, such as advance online check-in, saving you precious time when you arrive.

Best Free entertainment outside Walt Disney World

A family at a restaurant dinner table

Disney Springs and Disney’s Boardwalk are great places to enjoy the Disney magic outside the Parks for no extra charge. At both locations you’ll find shops, restaurants, entertainment and unique views of the resort. If you’d like to experience one of Walt Disney World’s fine dining restaurants, try California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. From this delicious spot on the 15th floor, diners are gifted a spectacular view of Disney Enchantment, a brand-new night-time fireworks spectacular as it plays out at Magic Kingdom Park.

Choose savvy souvenirs

If you’re tempted by the range of tempting gifts to take home, look for items that have a double purpose. The special edition character popcorn buckets make great souvenirs and you can continue to fill them with delicious popcorn throughout your trip for a fraction of the price. The same goes for refillable Walt Disney World cups and mugs.

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About the author

Helen Wright is a travel writer, mum of 2 and veteran of more that 30 visits to Walt Disney theme parks. She has travelled around the world as a blogger, as well as writing for National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, The Times, The Sun, Mirror, Marie Clare and Cosmopolitan. Helen is passionate about getting more parents to plan adventures with their children. You can read more about Helen’s travels with her family at passportstamps.

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