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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Saving on a disney vacation series child care tips

This is part of an ongoing guest post series on Disney World Savings, written by a life long Disney lover.

Walt Disney World has many different options for accommodating little ones.  However, there are plenty of tips on helping to keep them happy.  A big tip that I’ve mentioned before is to shop for Disney merchandise prior to your trip.  This way you can get toys and gifts on sale for a MUCH lower price than in the parks.  These gifts may not be marketed like the bright, shiny toys that your child wants in the park, but it can be a great way to keep your kids happy without spending a fortune.

Child Care Tips

Strollers
You can rent them for $15 per day single and $31 per day for a double per park.  If you opt for the Multi-day stroller it’s discounted to $13 for a single and $27 for a double per day.  This is nice because you can show your receipt to Cast Member and get your stroller much faster than waiting in line each time to rent one.

Rather than renting, I suggest bringing an umbrella stroller because they are light and easy to fold up for getting on the buses.  Carry a back pack to hold all the essentials. I think you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to navigate lines and one less to-do in your day.

Character Pictures
All over the parks will be Character picture spots.  Often there will be signs with the times and characters that will be there.  You can also ask the cast members for advice and information on where the characters will be.

You can purchase an autograph book for the characters or you can make your own! This can be a fun way to get your kids involved before you leave for the trip and then keep them entertained on a hunt for characters!

Baby Sitting
Most Disney World resorts offer some type of babysitting or child care element.  None of these are cheap, but sometimes they can be helpful.  I’ve also heard of families vacationing together and one set of parents playing the babysitter each night if the others want to go out. Here’s some more information on the numbers and different resort programs.

Dining
Character meals can be a lot of fun for your children.  Reservations must be made and they are buffet style meals.  If you are on the dining plan, kids age 3-9 must order off the kid’s menu and children under 3 can share a meal with an adult (the meals are typically huge so this is not a problem).

Tickets
Children ages 3-9 have a reduced ticket price and children under 3 get into the parks for free.

What childcare tips do you have?

Come back tomorrow as we wrap this series up!