Magic Kingdom | Tips To Save Money At Disney World

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Magic Kingdom Tips To Save Money | Disney World

Ticket Purchase

Family and friends are anticipating a trip to Disney World located in Orlando Florida where the weather is mostly warm and the tourists flock to see Mickey Mouse and the rest of the crew. The first thing to do is to find out how much your tickets are going to be and where you'll be staying on your fantastic trip. Well, you also have to decide which theme park of Disney World you'll go to experience some fun in the sun

Before you go to Disney World make sure to download the Disney app by searching in the app store for My Disney Experience. This app will come in real handy for seeing the wait time on certain rides, picking your fast pass times, and planning to ride the same ride together without a wait in line.
My Disney Experience app
Use My Disney Experience App at Disney world

Fast Pass Changed to 
Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance.

There used to be a fast pass that came free when you purchased your ticket. The fast pass was used to help you to skip the standby line for certain attractions. It gave you three passes to secure at a time for each ticket holder. After you have used those 3, you can get 3 more passes if they are available. 

You would keep repeating the cycle. The key was to get your first three fast passes for as early in the morning as possible; therefore, it gave you a chance to get more before the day was over.

You were able to look at your app to see which rides had a longer wait time and select the available time for those rides. 

You needed to make sure to arrive at the attraction on time to cut the line legally and go on the ride without waiting. Yes, we didn't do this at first and ended up waiting in line for 2 hours to ride Space Mountain; meanwhile, watching people happily pass us in line. 

Hmm, that can't happen again. After all, who wants to spend their whole day at Disney World in line. Not me! 

After that ride, I pull my app out and started reserving rides. It was such a breeze getting on rides from then on. Everything was Magical at Magic Kingdom getting in the Fast Pass line. My regret is " I wish I would have booked the fast pass earlier."

*This section was updated on 3-03-2022 to include the updated way to cut lines.

The fast past is no longer available as a free option. It is offered with a new name and as an upgrade service; instead of as a complementary addition. Disney World now offers Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance.

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance

According to  Walt Disney World,

Save Time Waiting in Line Using Our Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances

This new service, offered at more than 40 attractions and experiences throughout Walt Disney World theme parks, lets you select the next available arrival window for Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane experiences! You may make one selection at a time, starting at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit (experiences are subject to limited availability). If your theme park ticket includes the Park Hopper option, you can select Lightning Lane arrival windows across multiple theme parks.

Individual Lightning Lane Entrance

Lighting lane entrance access is available to purchase individually, for guests to select an arrival window one at a time for up to 2 attractions a day. This opportunity is available for Visitors with or without the Disney Genie+ service.

Disney World Fireworks
Enjoy Disney World fireworks 

Firework Show at Disney World

Make sure to watch the fireworks before you leave Disney World. They are eye-catching and breath-taking. The crowd can gather fast, so find out ahead of time when the show begins.

How Can I Keep My Phone Charged At Disney World?

No one wants to get caught in a crowded place without any means of communication if you get separated from family and friends. Here are some great tips on how to keep your phone charged while enjoying your vacation at Disney World.

Battery-saving tips;

  • Turn the light down on the phone.
  • Disable your personal hotspot.
  • Turn off your Bluetooth if it's not hooked to another device.
  • Make sure background apps are not running.
  • iPhone users can use Low Power Mode.
  • Bring a battery charger or purchase one from the third-party people at Disney world.

Bring Your Own Portable Battery

Also make sure to take a portable battery charger for your phone, because it is very costly to purchase something in Disney world to charge your phone. You know how we love our electronic devices

Do Disney parks have phone charging stations?

You can purchase a portable charging system from a third-party kiosk located around located throughout Disney World Resort. Of course, this option is probably at a higher price-point, than if you bring your own charger with you, but it's great information to know if you forget yours.

What if my phone dies and I don't want to purchase a portable charger?

If your phone happens to die and you don't have a battery charger, there are Kiosks available in the park to make your fast pass selections, but there is nothing like having your phone to quickly make your next three choices from where you are at the moment.

What is the best time to buy Disney World tickets?

Disney World can tend to be very crowded. The good thing is everybody is having so much fun. There are rides, food, family, and friends to share the experience with on your vacation. Who wouldn't love that? If you want it to be a little less crowded, try buying your ticket for the slower times of the year. The higher demand the day you choose may make the ticket more expensive; therefore, try picking a lower demand day to travel to Disney parks. 

Book vacation for Slower times of the year

  • January
  • Early February
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • Early December

Parking at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom
Entrance to Magic Kingdom

Parking was approximately $22.00 when we went to Magic Kingdom, one of Disney World's theme parks. We were told our parking tickets were valid for all the Disney World theme park parking lots for that day.

Magic Kingdom Parade

Mickey and Minne Mouse in the parade
Parade at Disney world magic kingdom

An excellent spot to spend quality time with your family observing the parade is in front of the castle. All the characters dance around with people feeling delightful and full of excitement. The children love to see the characters. We even watched the parade as it passed by the restaurant still full of joy and excitement.

Disney World Castle
Parade In Front Of The Castle at Disney World

Saving On Food At Magic Kingdom

We purchased a foot-long hot dog with fries for about $11-$12. That was a better value than the regular size hot dog for approximately $8 at the first restaurant we stopped in.  Especially if you're not that hungry at the time.  

The foot-long was able to be split between 2 people which average about $6 a person. That's saving $4 for 2 people together. I'll take those savings with a smile on my face. 

Every penny counts because you know at Disney you are going to see many great items, foods, and drinks you may want to purchase later. Oh, the drink didn't come with that, so you could put those $4 savings on your drink.

Save Money By Packing A Bookbag

OMG. Don't forget to bring an umbrella and a poncho with you. In all the excitement, you still may have to shield yourself and your family from the rain with your trustworthy umbrella. 

We had an umbrella, a poncho, and some snacks in our book bag. The snacks must be something that doesn't have to be warmed up. It will save you from having to buy high-priced snacks between meals. Children are always wanting to snack. 

It sometimes rains at Disney World, so don't get caught in the element unprepared.

Things to do at Magic Kingdom if it rains:

  • Put on your ponchos - Bring your own poncho so you won't have to purchase one at Disney World for an expensive price. They have some for $1 at General Dollar. Of course, they are really thin, but they kept us dry.
  • Pop-out the umbrella 
  • Ride the train and other rides that are located inside. That way you still enjoy some adventure and fun without getting wet.

Saving on Travel Plans

Don't forget to check on hotel locations, so you can enjoy your stay. You usually save money when you plan early. Most hotels have discounts when you book early. I have booked a hotel room through them before. I always read the review for the one I book. I haven't had a problem. Look for the style and type of hotel or resort you like to stay in while on vacation. If you are planning an airplane flight, be sure to pack light for traveling to save on luggage fees. I hope you have an awesome time on your trip!
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