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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Saving on a disney vacation series what to pack

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

We’ve made a lot of decisions thus far and are almost done with the planning process.  Packing the appropriate items can go a long way to helping your family have a fun experience together at WDW.

What to Pack

There are a couple musts for Disney World.  Comfortable shoes might be the most important.  Be ready to walk A LOT.  Ponchos are another crucial item.  It often rains in the late afternoons and a poncho will allow you to continue exploring the park.  Sunscreen and water bottles are important as well, and not just during the summer.  Like I said, you will be outside walking a lot and it’s important to stay hydrated and protected.  Water is very expensive in the park, so packing your own will save you discomfort and money.

If you are worried about not being dressy enough for the nice restaurant reservations, don’t worry.  None of the restaurants in the park have a dress code except for Bistro de Paris.  There are several signature restaurants at the resorts or on the Disney World campus that do have a dress code.

Back packs will be very beneficial for carrying all your goods.  During the winter it can be warm in the day but cold in the morning and night, so it’s good to carry jackets.  The back pack also helps to carry anything you may purchase in the park or your baby supplies. Be aware that there are two lines entering the park: One will be guests with bags and another will be guests without bags.  Obviously, the guests without bags line goes faster, but having the back pack really comes in handy, so it’s up to you.

One big money saving tip I can share is to buy Disney merchandise on sale prior to going on your trip.  You will most likely book several months in advance which will give you plenty of time to grab some fun toys at a low price to give to the kids on the car ride and/or as you walk around Disney.  Buying merchandise at the parks can be very expensive and a strain on your Disney experience as the marketing department is very VERY good.

Another option that can be fun is to give your child a budget for merchandise.  This can be tough as a $20 budget won’t get them much, but it can be fun way to teach them about money.

Do you have any packing tips?

Tune in tomorrow as we start to go over the parks!