While Mickey and the Gang have long captured America's hearts and imaginations, and Disney tops the vacation wish list for many families, the reality is that once you've planned the trip, it's all too easy to lose control of your travel budget. Here are 11 money-saving ways to make your trip an affordable vacation of a lifetime.
Membership has its privileges and one of them is getting discounts. Your memberships—in professional organizations, businesses and more—could save you a bundle on your trip. Check with your employer, credit union and credit card companies to see if they provide Disney deals. Examine your memberships, including the American Automobile Association, Costco and Sam's Club, to see what they have to offer. Families living in Florida can also take advantage of special highly-discounted pricing for Florida residents when purchasing both annual passes and daily tickets.
Do your homework before booking anything. When you check out package prices through your memberships, Disney's booking and other websites, you can compare features and prices. Additionally, price out all the components separately. Sometimes you can get a better deal for less if you research and compare costs.