How To Save Money While On Vacation In Orlando

Dated: 01/03/2018

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Here are some general tips and ideas on ways to save money in Orlando and not break the bank. This is a general guide as to when to visit Orlando and where to book tickets and hotels t maximize your money for your vacation. 


15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

1. Go Offseason

This may seem like a no-brainer but going off season is quite possibly the cheapest and emptiest time to visit Orlando. Not to mention the amazing weather during those times.

Here are some of the best times to visit Disney World, Universal Studios, and Orlando:

  • Mid January to Early March

  • September to early December (not including Thanksgiving week)

And if missing school isn’t an option for you and your family, the best time to come during the summer is:

  • Late July to Early-Mid August

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

2. Book Your Vacation Early

By booking your vacation early, you’ll get access to cheaper hotel rates, more Disney dining reservation options, and cheaper flights.

Not to mention it eliminates the risk of your preferred hotel/resort being completely booked.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

3. Stay Closer to Disney World than Universal

Generally speaking, you’ll find the best hotel deals and rates closer to Disney World than Universal Studios.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

Heck, you’ll even find some great deals right near Sea World too.

So whenever you’re looking for resorts, be sure to look near Disney property first.

Rates are cheaper and there are more things to do down in that part of the city.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do
15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

5. Buy Discounted Universal Studios Tickets

Don’t get stuck paying gate prices at Universal Studios. Be sure to take advantage of some great ticket discounts from Undercover Tourist.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

6. Stay at a Park Longer and Get Cheaper Tickets

When you purchase a multi-day ticket, the prices generally get cheaper the more days you add to it which is great especially if you plan on being at the parks (Disney World and Universal Studios) longer than 4 days.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

7. If Spending Multiple Days at Disney, Skip the Park Hopper Option

Sure it may be great having the ability to jump from park to park during a day, but if you know that you’ll probably be at a park from open to close, this option is a waste of money.

You can save $25 to $33 when you don’t purchase the park hopper option for single day tickets.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

8. Get an Orlando Explorer Pass

If you’re looking for just a few days exploring the city of Orlando and taking in the sights and sounds, then you should definitely considering getting an Orlando Explorer Pass.

This pass allows you to visit 3 or 5 popular attractions without paying gate prices.

All in all, you can save up to 35% just by using this pass.

Here are some of the places that you get access to when you buy an Orlando Explorer Pass:

  • Orlando Eye

  • Madame Tussauds Celebrity Wax Museum

  • Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World

  • Fun Spot America Theme Park

  • SEA Life Aquarium

  • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour

  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

9. Avoid Getting a Rental Car

Depending on where you’re staying and where you’re looking to go, renting a car in Orlando can be expensive.

With the emergence of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, getting around the city, or even getting to and from Disney World and Universal is actually quite affordable.

You can easily visit all the nearby attractions and shopping areas using Uber and Lyft without having to worry about gas, parking, directions, etc.

And if you’re staying at a resort near one of the theme parks, most will offer a free shuttle service to and from the parks.

This ultimately makes having a rental car here almost unnecessary for some.

15 Ways to Save Money in Orlando Including the Best Free Things to Do

10. When Booking Flights, Look at Alternate Airports

A majority of people who fly into Orlando will come in through Orlando International Airport (MCO).

But did you know that there’s an alternate airport, called Orlando Sanford International (SFB).

You can generally find cheaper flights into this airpot on budget airlines like Allegiant for domestic travel and Thomson or Jet Air if you’re coming from the United Kingdom or Belgium.

Tampa and Jacksonville are also two alternate airports but they are both at least 1-3 hours away from Orlando.


Use these helpful tips to help save money while on vacation in Orlando Florida. Have fun and enjoy your vacation. As always feel free to visit my website to Buy or Sell a home at www.toddvenisrealtor.com





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