1. When planning a trip to Disney World, the All Star Resorts will be your least expensive option. Or try out some of the moderately priced hotels. Dixie Landings Resort, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs are all reasonably priced and have bus service available to the theme parks. Some even offer character breakfasts with your stay, so you can eat your eggs with a Disney friend.
2. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World is an extremely helpful guide. It gives you tips on everything from when to visit attractions to the best food. It tells you how expensive the restaurants are so that you can plan in advance, as well as where the best character meals can be found. Keep in mind that Birnbaum is paid by Disney.
3. Another helpful guidebook is the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. There are good tips on waiting in lines, restaurant reservations, etc.
4. Check out the official Walt Disney World Website.
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5. Buy inexpensive Disney-themed gifts (try your local Disney store, Pick-n-Save or Kmart) and give them to the kids at the end of each day. It's something to look forward to if they are good, and is much cheaper than buying souvenirs in the park.
6. If you're staying at one of the Disney World Resorts, ask about an E-ticket. These are around $10 and are good for an extra three hours after the park closes. No lines and all the fun.
7. Walking around the Disney parks can exhaust anyone. Plan on going back to the hotel in the afternoon for some break time. The children can swim or nap; adults can just take a break.