Are you traveling to Orlando but are not a Florida resident?
I lived for many years in Florida, but not anymore. This means I am no longer eligible for many of the Florida resident discounts that are available. However, over the years I learned how to save a few dimes when visiting the parks. In addition, I am aware that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many families, something that many Floridians take for granted. Orlando is viewed as the playground of the state, many of the theme parks are located in this city or in its suburbs. As a Florida resident we are eligible for cheaper tickets, discounted parking, etc.
What are the tips?
Traveling on a budget can really be boiled down to 4 tips.
- Bring your own water bottle. There are refill stations everywhere! The Dasani water bottles are marked up to be stupid expensive.
- Bring your own food, both parks allow you to do this. Listen, depending on where you are staying in Orlando, there is a Publix nearby. Stop there and get a pubsub, you will not regret it and you will save money on food. You can thank me later, after you eat your delicious sub. The chicken-tender sub is a cult-favorite, there is even a twitter account that says when it is on sale.
- Stay in a hotel that is not that close or associated with the parks. Sometimes, I would spend the night in Orlando and it was always in a budget hotel, like the Knights Inn since it is significantly cheaper even when you factor in parking. However, if you do not have a car, find a lower cost hotel that still has a shuttle to the parks. You’ll have to keep in mind the timing of the shuttles and if they are included in the price. Something else you will have to keep in mind is if there are any additional resort fees, you can usually call or email to ask.
- Book for the low-season. To be honest, there is really no low-season because the parks are always packed. However, if you do go when it is less packed like during the winter or during hurricane season then you do not have to worry about buying a fast-pass for either set of parks. Also, the tickets tend to be cheaper during this time, not by much though.
What are your tips? Comment below.