How we got our onsite Disney World accommodation for FREE???

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I might as well start with the fact that no doubt, and as with this previous post of mine, I will get some people reading this saying ‘well you didn’t technically get your accommodation for free did you…..?’  But put it this way if your glass is always half empty then yes you are bound to see it like that..  and you might want to stop reading now but as you know we LOVE to get good value for money and if breaking it down like this gets us back to the sunshine state sooner rather than later; then we are more than happy to look at it from the glass half full perspective 🙂

Instead of just doing some number crunching with any old dates for the sake of it; these calculations are actual Disney World packages and are OUR prices based on OUR dates as I can officially announce because of them we are GOING BACKKKK!  If you don’t already follow us over on YouTube be sure to go check us out over there and subscribe…. is it too early for the countdown vlogs?!

Total cost for 2 adults 2 children travelling end April 2018 for two weeks and staying at the beautiful (and deluxe!) Old Key West Resort with the full free Disney Dining Plan (this includes 1 table service meal, 1 quick service dining meal and 2 snacks each per day) and park tickets costs..


Sounds a lot doesn’t it and thats why we have taken a while to book but bare with me & just keep reading…..

The price above includes all Walt Disney World theme park car parking (you would have to pay for parking staying offsite don’t forget and you will HAVE to if you are staying onsite from January 2020!) 

$280 ($20×14) / £233 is what we is classing as saving because it is 100% something we would pay for if we stayed offsite [it’s worth noting that in the months before our trip this went up to $22 and it’s even more now so we technically saved more!]

Table service meals – we said if we didn’t have the Disney dining plan and given we have small children we would definatly want to do at least 7 table service restaurants… and on average would probably be around the $120 mark + tips so $140 per meal = $980 / £816 (note this is just for the 7 we know we want to do whether that be if we were staying on or offsite!)

We’d get a quick service meal each at least once per day again on or offsite however if we had been paying cash I would’ve been happy to have just gotten 3 adult meals every time we got a QS meal instead of one each.

Our children will be just 3 and 7 they would’ve probably just shared so I will only calculate as that – average again at $20 each (at least!) – $840 / £700 PLUS another 7 to make sure lunch and dinner is covered every day for 14 days = $1260/£1050

Chances are we would all end up with a good couple of snacks each too during the day be it a mickey ice cream, a bucket of popcorn or just an icee and I know for a fact there are more expensive snacks but I’m going to average at $5 per snack – $560 / £466



Now that ‘total so far’ doesn’t include any accommodation or theme park tickets… so let’s add the tickets in first and foremost as whether we stayed on or offsite we would need these to do any of the above in any event, so…

14 day ultimate tickets – 2 adult 2 children – at the time of writing is £1556



Now remember that total of £4647…. well the difference between that and the amount we would be paying anyway staying onsite for food, tickets and parking too is £529 however by prepaying your holiday in advance, which is what you are kinda doing when you book free dining, you are prepaying for all your food and parking, would, in addition to everything already mentioned that we would be getting anyway, will also give us access to:

  • 7 additional table service options (there are so many we would like to try but wouldn’t necessarily pay for them with cash out of our pocket) and are worth again around the £800 mark(!). Also I don’t particularly like eating QS hotdogs/burgers all the time so the option for a sit down meal and QS gives us ultimate flexibility.
  • a $200 gift card perfect for those tips that will (whether we like it or not!) rack up – this will pay for the tips of the extra 7 we are now entitled too.
  • a refillable mug each (£233)
  • an extra quick service (QS) meal per day to what we would ordinarily pay for…. the extra quick service meal would be $20/day = £233 (as I’ve already mentioned we would only buy 3 adult meals to share so this is an ‘extra’ meal to us)
  • not forgetting a year worth of DisneyLife either (£60!)

We aren’t going to need half as much spends either doing the onsite full Disney Dining Plan (DDP) and have been thinking of taking as little as $50/day whereas if we didn’t have the DDP we would need to convert more cash and watch the pennies daily to make sure we could eat – no need to worry about any of that with the DDP!

That difference of £526 I feel would be easily accounted for with the additional things we would now be entitled too just by prepaying and staying onsite.

We wouldn’t be watching the pennies, and as I mentioned I don’t particularly like having tons of QS meals through the holiday so now we have the option of trying some new table service dining too and my eldest can have some coke in his refillable mug (he will be sooo happy!).

Getting those calculations down on paper shows how we COULD technically say that the accommodation element of our holiday is actually ‘free’! Given we are getting nearly £1500 worth of ‘Disney magic’ for just £526 we are actually in pocket over Disney! (Maybe a little extreme but kinda true as far as my particular holiday is concerned & value for money!)

So whether you want to count it as ‘free dining’ or ‘free accomodation’ it’s entirely up to you but it’s as clear as mud with the figures above that we ARE getting something for free and that sounds good to me!!  Oh and way would you get an offsite hotel for 14 days for little over £500! 😉

How crazy does that sound…?

So what do  you think?  Have you booked yet?  Ticket prices and hotel prices overall have certainly increased for sure but adding it up and breaking it down like I have here and like i did last time it helps to stomach it a little more I feel.

We have been putting it off booking because the total amount seems like such a massive amount when its written down in front of you that that’s your holiday cost but again when broken down it really takes your heart out of your mouth and you can breath a sign of relief when realistically you are prepaying for everything so you needn’t mess around whilst there and getting excellent value for money.

Each family holidays differently I accept that and what works for one might not work for another; but this is us! We have two small children that aren’t really interested in anywhere but Walt Disney World nor are they tall enough to ride rides at other local theme parks so staying on Disney property at this time in our lives is something that is very appealing and being in the bubble and getting what these calculations show as excellent value for money is certainly something we would be crazy to look at other alternatives.

Disney’s free dining release tends to be released April time…. so pop on over there now to see what prices you would be looking at now to give you a rough idea of costings then come April BOOK….. get yourself in the Disney bubble, enjoy yourself and let your magic band do all the work !!!!

Would love to hear about any deals you’ve got on your next trip – leave me a comment down below!

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. Nicki
    9th April 2017 / 13:37

    Hi Kirsty is that with flights ? X

    • themoneysavingmum
      9th April 2017 / 13:39

      nope just accommodation x

      • Nicki
        9th April 2017 / 20:44

        Thought it was cheap lol x

        • themoneysavingmum
          10th April 2017 / 06:30

          Yes only accomodation as I mentioned from the off 😉

  2. Heidi
    9th April 2017 / 20:32

    Reading this post has confirmed that I’ve definitely done the right thing so thank you! I’ve booked OKW for May 2018 and it is a little scary when you see the whole cost but I know it will be worth it. First family trip to Florida with my girls who will have just turned 4 when we go; so exciting! Look forward to more blog posts and videos; your children are adorable!

    • themoneysavingmum
      10th April 2017 / 06:32

      Totally understand that feeling… we have been scared to book too but you got your accomodation for free!!!! 😉

      • Heidi
        10th April 2017 / 15:16

        Yes we did and the peace of mind that regardless of how much spending money we can afford we have the dining plan and the $200 gift card! I saw your review of Ohanas on you tube so that’s definitely on our list; are there any other character meals you’d recommend? I’ve started reading reviews etc but recommendations are always good. We just went to DLP and my girls fell in love with the characters so definitely planning a fair few character meals as well as the in park meet and greets.

  3. Jenna
    12th April 2017 / 16:37

    I could be converted im off to crunch numbers

  4. Cat Holden
    18th April 2017 / 15:35

    So excited to see more disney vlogs from you! Trying to persuade my family to book for october 2018. £ 5,180 at animal kingdom for 2 weeks with free dining sound any good for 4 adults? Desperate to get over there asap. Let me know what you think!

    • themoneysavingmum
      21st April 2017 / 09:57

      i think so – i mean 4 adults would be charged 4 adult prices and eat 4 adult sized meals wouldn’t they? So if you would eat at the restaurants they have on the plan anyway then yes sounds good!

    • Kai
      29th April 2017 / 19:52

      What website did you find this price with?

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