1. Walt Disney World Free Admission on your 2009 Birthday: All you have to do is register online for free, and they will send you a reminder 2 weeks prior to your birthday. You bring this confirmation and proper ID to get the free admissions. The free admission only applies to the birthday person, to one park.
2. Buy 4 nights get 3 Free: Walt Disney World Resort is offering buy 4 nights get 3 Free. This also includes 7 day theme park tickets. This offer is available on most nights from 03/17 to 04/04, and 04/19 to 08/15. If you travel between 03/17 to 03/29/09, you get a $200 Disney Gift Card. All tickets have to be booked by 03/29/09.
3. Walt Disney World Value Resorts: For a lesser cost at the value resorts, you can still enjoy some benefits of staying at a Disney Resort, with free transportation to / from airport, enjoy extended hours for a theme park each day exclusively for Disney Resort customers, complimentary transportation to all the theme and water parks, enjoy a parents night out while kids 4-12 have supervised play by the Disney Cast at the resort. The rooms start out at $82 per night plus tax, for stay most nights during value season, for up to 4 guests in a room, with no more than 2 adults.
4. Orlando Magic Card: This is offered through the Orlando / Orange County Conventions and Visitors Bureau. You register for free and print a card. With the card you can immediately start saving on accommodations, attractions, dining, golf, vacation rental, and transportation. Some examples of savings: 20% off Gatorland admissions up to 6 people, $5 off $30 of food bill, $10 off the ticket price for shows from Central Florida Ballet Academy etc.
5. Go Orlando Card: If you plan on staying 3 days or more and want to visit lots of other attractions in addition to the theme parks, this card is worth it. The option is to buy 3, 5, or 7 days card. Starting at the online discounted price of $139.99 for adults, and $118.99 per child (3-12), for a 3 day card, you can visit any of 50 Orlando locations. Some examples of the attractions are: Cypress Gardens adventure park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Kennedy Space Center, Wet n’ Wild Adventure, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure etc.
6. Kids Eat Free Card: Each card costs a flat rate of $19.99. 1 child, under 11 yrs, gets a free meal for each card per 1 full price adult meal purchased, at over 50 Orlando restaurants. If you buy a Go Orlando Card, 1 Kids Eat Free Card is included with each card. Card expires 90 day after 1st use.
7. Coupons: While you are planning for this trip, be sure to check soda cans, grocery store programs, cereal boxes, occasionally you’ll find different offers, and discounts to Disney ticket prices. Disney Rewards Visa Card members can enjoy different benefits and discounts at the Theme Parks. AAA members also get some discounts.
8. Florida residents: If you are a Florida Resident and can show a valid ID, with proof of your residency, you can receive various discounts to many attractions, hotels etc. You need to ask if they offer any resident discounts before you purchase any tickets.
9. Drink: The Parks do allow you to bring bottled water and soda’s, but does not allow any type of coolers, glass bottles or alcoholic beverages. You can either refill these bottles or buy a refillable insulated bottle. Otherwise you’ll pay $3 for bottled water, which can add up to a lot, when you have to stay hydrated all day.
10. Food: Some parks have fruit stand where you can get an apple or banana for $1. Try to avoid character breakfasts, they are quite expensive. The kids already have a full day of excitement and adventure at the park, so it’s better to have a calmer, quieter breakfast. Instead plan to meet the characters at the park, the times and locations of where the characters will be are posted throughout the park. If you do want to eat at one of the nice Disney Restaurants, plan on eating lunch which is much cheaper rather than dinner. Also, some Orlando McDonald’s offer 1 free kids meal with 1 full price regular meal purchase.
I’m Shreejana Hickman, and I began the blog, Travel Bargain Mama to assist moms, families, and any travel enthusiasts, find the ultimate travel bargains available, family and or kid friendly activities throughout the US, around the world, or in your local area. Despite these tough economic times, we can still enjoy traveling to new and exciting places, or to a favorite city. Travel Bargain Mama was started on the premises of value, hard-to-find bargains, and getting more with less.
I currently live in Atlanta with my husband Scott, and our 2 year old son Seth. All of us love traveling, and take every opportunity to do so. Before having Seth, I worked in consumer and small business banking for 6 years, and I have a degree in finance from Kennesaw State University. Throughout college projects, and my career in banking, I’ve always been focused on saving money for my clients and businesses. Now I intend to do the same for my readers through this blog.
I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is in Southeast Asia. Nepal is the beautiful land of Himalayas, and where Mt. Everest stands, the tallest mountain in the world. We take a 25 plus hour flight, with 3 connections, to Nepal, once every 2 to 3 years. This blog includes writing about this and other trips, New York City, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, Montreal, Los Angeles, India, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Bahamas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., London, Bangkok, Tibet, and many more domestic and international destinations. We live in Atlanta, but New York City is almost a second home to us as we visit family and friends about 4 to 6 times per year.
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