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Life Hacks for Your Disney World Vacation

You are not alone if you are looking for life hacks for your Disney World vacation. It happens to be one of the most common searches for families planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From Park planning and Resort room organization to transportation details and ride-hopping tips, we have the Disney World hacks you need to know for your next vacation. As a Diney Park insider, here are my favorite life hacks for your Disney World vacation.

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Resort Grocery Delivery

Grocery delivery at a Disney Resort Hotel is more affordable and a more significant money saver than you might think. Bringing essential snacks and groceries to make sandwiches or breakfast in your Resort room is a great way to save time and money on your Disney vacation. Families flying to Orlando or choosing not to use precious cargo space in the family vacation car should consider having groceries delivered to their Resort.

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Depending on the family size and length of stay, delivery will save some or a lot of money on dining costs. Subbing in-room coffee and breakfast for a pastry and coffee in a Disney Park is around a $10 savings per day, per person. Not to mention the mounting savings on snacks and lunches in the Parks can save your budget.

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Use Instacart or Amazon Fresh to coordinate the delivery of snacks, drinks, and groceries to your Resort and pick them up at the designated Guest Services area or bellhop stand.

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Get Kids Disney Giftcards

Want an easy way to pace kid’s spending in the Parks? Purchase a Disney gift card for each kid at a grocery store before your visit. This ends the souvenir squabbles between kids and helps them learn how to budget vacation spending.

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To be honest, this tip is not relegated to just the kids; I love tracking my quick service dining and drink spending with Disney gift cards too!

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Don’t Forget External Batteries

Between photo snapping, social media sharing, and mobile ordering, your cell phone battery will deplete quickly at Walt Disney World. Stash a fully charged external phone battery and cord in your Park bag to recharge your battery while you riding attractions. Families may need multiple external batteries to ensure they always have a full charge.

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Don’t forget to put the batteries on to charge each night in your Resort room. Not enough outlets for all your devices? I recommend families pack a small flex power strip to ensure all the cameras, phones, external batteries, and other devices can be charged daily.

Opt for Water or Juice Boxes In Your Park Bag

Even if you opt not to bring food into the Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, or Magic Kingdom, I recommend all Guests bring their drinks. The savings for a family of four skipping beverages on a quick service meal means you will save $20 per quick service dining experience. Not to mention, the savings on drinks during the hot Park day is a great budget check.

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I recommend staying hydrated in the central Florida heat by using a refillable water bottle throughout the day. If your family prefers not to drink water, you can save significant Park bag weight by skipping the sodas. Juice boxes and pouches are much lighter alternatives to soda. Juice pouches are also a perfect option for children. But honestly, who doesn’t love to cool off with a juice pouch on a hot day?

Bring, Don’t Buy, Healthy Snacks

Higher priced food and drink in theme Parks are inevitable. Sampling the food all over the Disney Resort is one of my favorite ways to enjoy my vacation. However, the prices of fruit and veggies at Walt Disney World always leave me with sticker shock since I am so familiar with the pricing of the same items in the real world.

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Save significant money by bringing your apples, bananas, carrots, etc., to Walt Disney World. Add these fresh items to your grocery order for a fraction of what you will pay at your Disney Resort quick service dining space. Splurging for a Mickey Premium Bar you cannot buy in the real world is a great idea; paying $2.49 for a banana for breakfast each morning for each family member is not.

Don’t Wait to Buy Merch

If you are like me, you LOVE Disney merchandise. Going on a shopping spree can be tough to avoid between the awesome spirit jerseys, cute pens, hats, and plush. Obviously, there is no substitute for Disney merchandise from Walt Disney World. Still, buying a few fun pieces before your trip from ShopDisney or local businesses can add to the vacation prep. fun.

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I love snatching up fun mouse ears, buttons, and personalized shirts from Etsy before a Disney vacation. Some Disney World influencers have even found great Disney Park dupes in stores like Target, Walmart, and Dollar Tree, so take advantage of discount options to stock up for your vacay.

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Weigh the Option of A Resort Mug

Depending on the length of your stay and time spent at your Resort, purchasing a Resort mug may be a good value. Disney refillable mugs cost around $20 per mug and include free refills of soft drinks, coffee, cocoa, juice, or tea at Disney Resorts for the duration of your stay.

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Guests that would inevitably purchase a coffee every morning and a soft drink with a meal at their Resort each day of their stay may benefit from buying the refillable Resort mug.

Bring A Stroller From Home

This hack will save you money and time in line. Skip the stroller rental line and cost by bringing your stroller from home. Stroller rentals cost around $15 daily, with a discount for multi-day rentals. But perhaps more importantly, bringing your stroller means your little ones are not walking from the Park gate to Disney transportation and around a large Disney World Resort Hotel.

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Central Florida gets hot, so snagging a way to cool off is super important. Small battery-operated fans are another great idea for families traveling with small children. Snag a personal fan from Target, Walmart, Amazon, or Dollar Tree, and give each child a fan to keep them cool and satisfied between attractions. Remember to bring a few extra batteries in your Park bag!

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Which of these life hacks will you use on your next Disney trip?

About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.