Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, http://meetthemagic.com. This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.


Many of you are very interested in ways to save money when traveling to Disney World.  When traveling to Disney, there are three main costs that drive the vacation:

1. Tickets

2. Transportation to/from Disney

3. Resort Costs

However, when thinking about ways to save money some people do not think about ways to save money once they have arrived in Walt Disney World.  One great way that your family could save money off of the cost of the vacation is by spending a day in and around the various Walt Disney World resorts.  The resorts offer a great deal of fun and entertainment at a fraction of the cost of a day in the parks.  In a previous post, I discussed some of the amenities offered per Resort Level.  Be sure to consider that in addition to your resort’s amenities, you can also visit other resorts for meals and entertainment.

In addition to these ideas, you can also save money by using your resort’s kitchenette, kitchen and quick service restaurants to help prepare meals.  When staying at a value resort, your room does not include a kitchenette, etc.  However, if you would like to bring your own food for breakfast, for instance, you can use the quick service restaurant’s microwave and toaster to create a hot meal such as oatmeal, toast, etc.  Lunches and dinners can also be prepared using the microwaves as well.  Those of you staying in a non-value, or who are willing to spend $10 extra per day when staying in a value resort, have access to a refrigerator.  If you have a refrigerator, your possibilities for food to be eaten at the resorts really opens up.

I hope that these two money saving tips can help you and your family increase the magic at Disney World!
Contributed by: Natalie Henley (NDM#268) Natalie is the DDL Resort Blogger. She is also the creator of Meet the Magic.

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