Orlando is home to 10 theme parks and dozens of smaller attractions, which combine to make the city one of the most entertaining on Earth. But all this fun can get pricey if you don’t take advantage of some opportunities to save money on your Orlando vacation. Here are four ideas:
1) Be a Florida resident
Florida residents can take advantage of a wide variety of savings on theme park and attractions tickets. Florida resident deals are also available on a selection of spas, theaters, museums, outdoor activities and golf. Proof of residency requirements are easiest with a valid Florida driver’s license, but venues accept a number of other forms of proof.
2) Choose an Orlando vacation rental over a hotel
Families visiting Orlando can save money on your Orlando vacation by renting a vacation home, instead of squeezing into a cramped hotel room, or paying for multiple rooms. Consider these numbers:
A 1,300 square foot condo that can sleep six or more averages $109/night, while the average price for a hotel room in the US is $118/night.
With your own kitchen, you can save money and avoid expensive restaurants. Full-sized appliances are generally included.
For vacations of five nights or more, free amenities such as washers & dryers and DVD players can help you save money over laundry services and charges for movies.
The time of year that you visit Orlando can have a major impact on the cost of your trip. If you’re on a budget (and want to avoid the crowds) pick dates other than winter break, spring break and the middle of summer. Off-season and low season are generally considered the months when kids are in school.
4) Bring convenience items with you
Inside the park, you’re a captive buyer for things like sunscreen, Band-Aids and Tylenol, and they can be very expensive. Put together a list ahead of time of convenience items or snacks that your family might need, and pick them up from your local drug store before your trip.
BONUS TIP: Orlando can be surprisingly cold in December and January; pack warm clothing, including a hat, so that you don’t need to shop for these items on site.
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