How our Walt Disney World stay cost just £192 | Disney World on a budget

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I was never lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World when I was younger; I imagine money was one of the problems as it wasn’t and still isn’t a ‘cheap’ holiday but also my parents are not really ‘ride’ people.

Cleethorpes and Hull Fair was the closest I ever got to experience a theme park! European beach resorts were we always ended up for our holibobs!


My husband on the other hand; his vacations when he was younger were all about action – they went to Center Parcs yearly from a very young age and also Florida a few times too.

So HE is the reason for my love for Florida & we booked our first holiday abroad to Florida at 18 and 19 years old.

Now our little family has expanded holidays are obviously becoming more & more expensive to what they were back when just the two of us went so we are a lot more conscious about looking for the best deals when booking our Florida trips now.

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2015 saw us get married out there and spend just 4 nights of our ‘Disneymoon‘ at two separate Disney Deluxe hotels; Bay Lake at the Contemporary and Animal Kingdom Lodge which were both equally amazing. It was a nice taster to experience an onsite stay as although on paper there are loads of benefits of doing so; at the times of our past trips without children, they didn’t really benefit us.

Now we have children and I can say I have experienced it for myself; I can totally see the attraction to staying on property and I cannot wait to spend a whole two weeks (just short infact!) in the Disney ‘bubble’ in just a matter of months.

Today I’m sharing with you the money saving tips of which WE have relied upon to get such a fab deal and allow us to travel again back over the pond so soon after our last trip…

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Our vacation (park tickets included!) was priced at £1773 direct with Walt Disney World. shaved £107 off that without even asking… that was their price from the off!  

In the footer of their email they specified that if we were to find it cheaper elsewhere then they would do what they can to price match or even beat so having used before and had nothing but good service and trusted them completely; I thought I would send them over a quote I had been given you another company to see what they could do. They ended up knocking another £26 off ??

Hotel saving: £133.00

Our hotel only reservation also includes Walt Disney World Ultimate Tickets too AND free dining!

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Because we were in a ‘value’ resort we are entitled to a brand new ‘free dining’ category whereby our free dining is a free breakfast each per day (not including Harper as she was under 3).

At the time of writing it is 1-quick (counter) service meal per person so using that as a guide means if we average a meal costing $20 (very very rarely did it cost less than this to be fair!) per person per day that would mean we saved a total of £600 in food!

Free dining saving: £600!

This years tickets for the first time ever (I think!) also automatically include the amazing Memory Maker … seeing asthough that would actually be something we would have 100% bought anyway and have done in the past it is certainly classed as a saving for us.


Memory maker saving: £120!

Parking is also included staying onsite and because this trip is solely a Disney trip we will be going to a park more often than not and of course taking advantage of the free parking… so at the then cost of $20/day…


Parking saving: £184!

As I say our park tickets were within our room only quote so there may be a couple of pounds difference in this as we booked in May 2015 but going on today’s prices for this year’s tickets it would’ve cost us wherever we had stayed a little more than £1000 AND we are this year entitled to a round a day crazy golf.

Although previously I’ve added this up to a round a day… now I knew for a fact we wouldn’t be using a round a day but given that we were entitled to it I felt it should have been certainly something that should be taken into account given its ‘free’ and inclusive HOWEVER I have chosen to reduce this to a more realistic saving and class it as if we were to visit around 6 times in the whole holiday.]

Mini golf saving: £191.50

So adding up all our savings by staying onsite and getting the deal we did…

  • Hotel saving: £133
  • Free dining saving: £600
  • Memory maker saving: £120
  • Parking saving: £184
  • Mini golf saving: £191

Brings our total saving to: £1228

Less the park tickets that we would need if we stayed ANYWHERE means our hotel stay onsite at Walt Disney World for 12 nights costs just:


How crazy does that sound!!?

So if you think Walt Disney World is expensive (& it is there is no getting away from that fact!) but if we think more so about it as value for money and it doesn’t hurt as much right?

I hear so many people say that they can’t afford it and it’s too expensive – which is fine we all earn what we earn and save what we save, I fully accept it might not be affordable to some… but I really hope this helped with offering some guidance and figures on what exactly you get for your dollar on trip to Walt Disney World.

I know there’ll be some sceptics out there and to those thinking ‘yes but what about car hire, spending money, and most importantly the mode of transport that is going get you there in the first place; the FLIGHT!’

Well of course in addition to everything I’ve already mentioned there are a few more things you MUST factor in but there are also things you don’t necessarily HAVE to factor in either if you don’t want to such as car hire; that’s not a MUST.

If you want to and you can hire one then hire one, if you want to save that and put it towards your spends then brilliant – it’s certainly not a necessity if you are staying on site.

I will also add that these are OUR savings… they may not be the same for others but this previous trip was our first every onsite stay for the whole duration of our holiday.  We have always been ones to say ‘we can’t afford to stay onsite’ but by doing these few calculations it showed how excellent value for money for US in comparison to our previous Orlando vacations.

I plan to do another post like this but by comparing and using the other dining plans available staying in moderate and deluxe resorts too so be sure to drop me your email and subscribe if you want to see more.  I also have all intentions of doing a similar blog post to show the best value for money airlines too which will probably be in the form of a vlog so if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

To be a travel agent is honestly a dream for me.. it has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember – I love doing things like this.. now I don’t think being a TA is ever going to happen now unfortunately but that doesn’t stop me helping people out where I can so again I do hope this is beneficial to anyone like us who is yet to stay on site or those who are needing to see these kind of figures to see just how worthwhile and how excellent value for money a Disney trip actually is.

If you want to see information on where we saved for our 2018 trip and how we again got a ridiculous amount of ‘free stuff’ for our money you can check out that blog post here.

I would love to hear when you are next taking a trip across the pond – keep an eye out in April for the next release of the free dining!

If you got value out of this or feel it would be something some one you know would love to read too then feel free to share (or PIN to read again later!)

..and if you love Disney, Orlando & the surrounding area as much as I do feel free to check out some of my previous posts below:

5 things to get excited about coming to Disney World in 2019

Everything we know about the Disney Free Dining 2020

Cheap things to do in Orlando | 10 Orlando attractions for £20 or less!

Travel agent trickery – how to avoid over paying on your next trip to Florida

Walt Disney’s Old Key West resort review

How to do Walt Disney World in 7 days!

10 fun facts about Mickey Mouse that you may not know!

Post Cruise day room review of Hyatt at Orlando International Airport

Where to have a quick breakfast in Walt Disney World

Vanellopes Sweet Treats on the Disney Dream

Packing for Walt Disney World – a trip must have!

Liberty Tree tavern restaurants review

Top 10 tips on travelling to Walt Disney World with children

Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House review

How our last Disney trip cost just £197!

Top 5 reasons to visit ‘Ohana restaurant at Polynesian Resort

Make savings and save book seats 72 hours in advance with Virgin Flying Club!

Where to get cheap official Disney merchandise outside of the parks?

Tusker House Animal Kingdom restaurant review

Best stroller rental in Orlando?

Manchester Airport Hotel & Parking – Clayton Hotel review

Manchester Airport Hotel & Parking – Premier Inn Runger Lane South review

5 things I disliked about our last Disney Cruise

Crystal Palace Magic Kingdom restaurant review

Disney Free dining is back… and here’s everything you need to know!

Top 10 tips on how to get the most from your FREE Disney Dining plan!

How we got our Disney accommodation for FREE!

Top 5 things to do in Florida with kids (besides Disney!)



  1. Anneka
    14th December 2016 / 21:36

    This sounds amazing! Well done ?? I also have this mentality but our next WDW visit is for our honeymoon and I think we have just booked with Virgin for simplicity and because “it’s our honeymoon.” However, I’m still wondering whether we can get it cheaper elsewhere. We had the Disney dining plan and upgraded for £200 (9 nights) to the table service rather than the quick dining, but one thing that frustrates me is that Virgin do no supply you with a breakdown cost of everything on your holiday. We have only paid our £550 deposit so far so I’m looking elsewhere to see if we can get a better deal; will try Orlandoattractions.

  2. Hilary Brady
    16th February 2017 / 08:06

    Hi Kirsty
    I love watching you your videos Harper definitely seems to like the characters now. Thanks for holiday info but are you planning on returning again this year (2017).

    • themoneysavingmum
      10th April 2017 / 06:35

      Nope – next spring now 🙂

  3. Nicki simmons
    27th March 2017 / 14:33

    Hi can I ask please when you use your go pro on rides what do you hold it with ? We off in Nov for 3 weeks and just bought hero 5 black . Love your vids and watch them all the time

    • themoneysavingmum
      10th April 2017 / 06:35

      Our hand on the wrist strap Hun 🙂

  4. Christine
    13th February 2018 / 16:24

    So did you book hotel through orlando attractions?never stayed onsite but having to go in school holls next year so thinking of a week onsite just for free dining as prices for tickets are ridiculous now

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