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Disney World on a budget

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It is the dream of almost every child around the world to go to Disney World, and as parents, we'd do almost anything to make that dream come true. Yet for so many families, being able to treat their children to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of Disney World seems hopelessly out of reach; however, it doesn't have to be. The trip of a lifetime ought not to cost your life savings, and with a little planning and forward thinking, it doesn't have to.

Spread over 40-square miles and comprising four theme parks, two water parks and more than 20 Disney-owned hotels, nobody - even Florida residents - make a casual visit to Disney World. People plan and save for years to visit the resort, which can cost as much as a two-week holiday in Europe.

There are ways to make your trip cheaper without compromising on lifelong memories, and which don't involve the kind of tricks and cheats with frequent flyer miles, Disney club membership and suchlike that abound online. There's no magic involved: just determination and consideration for one's wallet.

Top tips for saving

Firstly, everyone knows the entrance tickets are expensive, but don't opt for the first ticket price you find. Tickets are cheaper the longer one stays, and everything costs less outside of peak season. Buy your tickets well in advance. Use the Disney World website to see how much Disney is charging and see if you can get one cheaper from a reputable dealer, online or in your local area. If you can't, the tickets offered online on the Disney World website are still cheaper than those purchased on the day at the park.

Secondly, US residents could consider driving to Orlando rather than flying. The freeways in Florida take you all the way, and what family doesn't love a road trip? Also remember to bring everything you need from home. Things like toiletries, first aid supplies, snacks and sunscreen are going to cost far more in the theme park than your local market, and they're easy to throw into the trunk of the car before you leave.

Camping at Disney World

Big savings can be made for those who opt to camp or stay in an RV rather than a hotel at Disney World, and you may be surprised at the options available.

Camping doesn't mean staying miles away from the action: Disney World has its own campground at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, packaged in 750-acres of splendid pine and cypress forest, where deer, rabbits and even armadillos roam wild. The area also has its own beach, pool areas and woodland trails. With waterslides, horseback riding, canoeing and archery on offer as well as nightly outdoor movie theater and dinner shows, the kids will forget all about staying in a hotel and are sure to love the fully equipped sites.

Lodging at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground offers substantial savings to a trip to Disney World but still allows guests all the perks of staying at the Disney World Resort, including the Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks and free Disney bus network. A boat goes directly to and from the site to the Magic Kingdom, while the other theme parks are all accessible via bus.

Campsite prices currently start at $43 a night, but check the resort website for updates. If you don't have your own tent or RV, the fully equipped cabins sleep up to six people.

About the Author

Mark Harris is the author behind this post. He is a regular traveler, and was inspired to write this post after friends of his went on a budget saving trip to Disney World. Learn more about his travels here:

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