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“How can I save money on my Disney vacation?” As a family travel expert, this is one of the most common questions I am asked. Here’s my advice: go to This trusted name in discounted Disney tickets is now offering discounts on Walt Disney World Resort hotels, too. Read on to learn how to save money on Disney Resort hotels.

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How to Save Money on Disney Resort Hotels

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Save Money on Disney Resort Hotels

For a truly enchanting Disney vacation, you can’t beat staying on property. But is a Disney Resort hotel within your vacation budget? Thankfully Undercover Tourist offers discounts on Walt Disney World Resort hotels to help make your Disney wishes come true. Book your Disney World Resort hotel with Undercover Tourist by June 10, 2016, and you can save up to 30 percent on select hotels!

Save Money on Disney Resort Hotels

The Grand Floridian – a truly grand place to stay at Disney World (Photo credit: Disney)

Why Book a Disney Resort Hotel

Disney Resort hotels offer plenty of tempting perks beyond a regular hotel stay. Guests receive early access to FastPass + Planning, which means you get first access to reserve select shows and attractions AND you can secure up to three FastPass+ experiences at one park per day of your visit in advance – all at no additional charge.

Disney Magic Bands add to the fun and convenience of staying in a Disney World Resort hotel

Disney Magic Bands add to the fun and convenience of staying in a Disney World Resort hotel (photo credit: Matt Stroshane, Disney)

Disney Resort hotel guests get the added perk of complimentary MagicBands. These bracelets are available in 10 colors and unlock your hotel room, grant park access (with the purchase of tickets), connect to PhotoPass to track photos taken by Cast Members, and allow easy check-in at FastPass locations.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ How to Save Money on Disney Vacation

Animal lovers will swoon at the sight of giraffes and other wild animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photo credit: Disney)

The best part of staying at a Disney Resort hotel is extending the magic beyond the parks to your entire vacation experience. Disney overnighters also get to experience Extra Magic Hours – extra time in the parks with less crowds. Plus, there’s free Disney airport and theme park transportation.

Who wouldn't want to sing campfire songs with Chip and Dale at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort?

Who wouldn’t want to sing campfire songs with Chip and Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort? (Photo credit: Disney)

Choosing Your Disney Resort Hotel

With more than 25 unique Disney World Resort hotels, there are fantastical accommodations for every family’s wishes and budget. The Grand Floridian sounds like a slice of luxurious Disney heaven. But I must confess that I’ve been longing to “rough it” Disney-style at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort ever since I watched Sing Along Songs Campout at Disney World when my kids were wee. It’s pretty hard to beat witnessing giraffes, wildebeests and gazelles saunter through the property at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As a Hawaii fanatic, though, I loved sleeping beneath the swaying palms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Village. And there are so many more dreamy options! Use Undercover Tourist’s Disney World hotel comparison tool to find the perfect hotel for your family.

Sleep "under the sea" in the Little Mermaid Wing at Disney's Art of Animation Resort ~ How to Save Money on Disney Resort hotels

Sleep “under the sea” in the Little Mermaid Wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Discounts Beyond Disney with Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist offers all sorts of discounted tickets and package deals for Orlando, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego. You can find Universal, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND bargains. There are even deals on airport transportation, site-seeing tours, and discount meals cards.

How to Save Money on a Disney Vacation

Take flight on one of two Dumbo rides on your next trip to Walt Disney World (Photo credit: Disney)

More Tips to Save Money on a Disney Vacation

For additional ideas for saving money on a Disney vacation, check out this curated round-up of awesome tips:

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Do you have any other tips to save money on Disney Resort hotels or general budget tips for a Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I’ll take those advices when I go out there, really fantastic.

  2. Everyone always wants to know how to save money at Disney and these are great ideas. I’ve stayed at the campground, in the cabins, and at several resorts and love the convenience of staying on Disney property. I think the cabin was my favorite. It was nice to spend time in the parks, but then escape some of the busyness of Disney and relax. The cabin was a bit pricey, but it did allow us the opportunity to save money on meals by preparing our own.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Tonya – I seriously have been longing to stay in those cabins FOR YEARS. I need to do that! Thank you for your comment!

  3. The Adventure Ahead says

    We just returned from Walt Disney World – I really wish I had read this post before we went away! Some really great information here!

  4. Mama Munchkin says

    Wow!!! 3 nights at a Deluxe Disney Resort and 4 days of tickets. This is an AMAZING giveaway!!! Just shared it on facebook & twitter. We LOVE Disney!!!

  5. Love these tips. Cant wait to go

  6. shannon fowler says

    Staying at the resorts is so much fun, and it definitely has a ton of perks. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Sandra Caballero says

    I want to stay at this resort! Sounds fun!!

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