Christmas time is so magical- and it can be super fun at Disney World. But with the fun comes a price tag!
As someone who loves Disney, but not necessarily the higher price tag since we go monthly (it’s not a once in the life time trip here!) I am all about finding the best deals when it comes to the Parks. And the Holiday’s are no exception, in fact, it’s when I see some of the highest prices at Disney (not saying they are price gouging, but not saying they aren’t raising their prices either!)
Then there are also the special events. Are you planning to come to MVMCP this year? Or dreaming of coming but haven’t decided because of the price?
Either way, I understand, AND I have some helpful budget tips to make the most of your special Christmas time vacation!
Let’s look at my top 5 tips for a Budget Friendly Christmas at Disney World
Purchase Souvenirs ahead of time
This is honestly my number one tip for almost every recommendation.
Let me paint a picture for you.
You come to the parks, experience the Disney Magic and like all guest, you wind up in one of the many shops scattered throughout the park. Maybe because it’s part of a restaurant, or because you are seeking shelter from the weather.
Thing is- Disney has some REALLY COOL stuff- like really really cool. And before you know it, you’ve convinced yourself you need something from the store.
THat isn’t a problem- unless you are on a budget and you start seeing stuff you like in EVER store!
So I always recommend bringing at least one or two souvenirs to the park that you purchase ahead of time to help combat the need to buy stuff.
Light up items and special tiny toys for transportation are great ideas! Or having a small souvenir for each day depending on the parks is another great options.
I also have a sneaky cheat! I order it from Amazon and have it shipped to the resort. That way the kids don’t accidentally see it, AND they think it comes from the parks. It’s a win win.
Come to MVMCP on the “off nights”- and get that as your ticket for the day
When it comes to planning a Disney Vacation, one of the first things you think about is the tickets and how many days you want to spend at the parks! The Cool thing about coming at Christmas time is a serperately ticketed event called, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas!
This special event starts at 7 BUT you can get in as early as 4 pm. What many vacationers will do is purchase the ticket for Mickey’s Christmas, but not have another ticket for the morning time.
That way no ticket is “wasted” on a half day in one park before jumping over to Magic Kingdom for the Christmas Party.
Realize that the Dates Matter
Another thing that is essential to consider when looking at a Budget Christmas Disney is to consider the dates. Christmas season really runs from middle of November to the first week of January (many of the decorations from Christmas 2018 stayed up till the 3rd week of January 2019!).
With that in mind- the most expensive time to come is the week of Christmas through the New Years.
So if you want to experience Disney at Christmas my recommendation would be to come right after Thanksgiving through the second week of December. Plenty of time to enjoy the festivities, without the insane price tag (not to mention crowds. Disney regularly maxes out the parks on Christmas Day!)
Plan an off day- and only go to Epcot and MK
If you’ve gone to Disney anytime in the past few years you’ve likely gone to most of the parks. Each of them have their perks and I’m a big fan of all of them.
If you are coming just for the Holiday’s there’s only two parks I recommend.
Because we are talking A. Budget Friendliness and B. Making the most of your trip.
I recommend Magic Kingdom and Epcot, since the other two parks offer very little besides some smaller decorations and shows. Magic and Epcot really go all out for the celebrations and the festivities.
So this would mean using the tickets for Magic Kingdom and Epcot- then consider above getting a ticket for Mickey’s Christmas Party. I’d also plan an off day to visit the beautiful tree walk at Disney Springs and doing the Christmas Monorail crawl.
I’d even recommend something taboo- gasp- of going to another Orlando Area theme park for a day to check out their holiday assortment.
The Food adds up fast
Notice how everyone gains weight around the holidays? It’s because the treats come out in force! Disney is no different, in fact, you can find holiday themed treats EVERYWHERE starting sometime in late September and running through January.
With so many amazing options it can be exciting to try them all- but wait! Set some limits on what you want to purchase each day- otherwise you’ll end up gaining the holiday AND vacation pounds, all while spending triple the price for a cute Christmas cookie!
Plan for some delicious holiday treats, especially at Magic Kingdom and Epcot- especially if you want to post them on instagram! Just remember, all things in moderation.
Thanks for checking out my top tis for Disney Christmas time on a budget, hopefully you found some good information for planning your magical holiday trip!