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Top 10 Ways to Save Money at Disney Parks

Our Walt Disney World and Disneyland experts show how to keep cash in your wallet

By Rona Gindin and Michelle McCoy

July 18th, 2012

We know what you’re thinking: Between hotels, park passes, meals, and souvenirs, a Disney vacation is going to put a significant dent in your vacation budget. While some expenses are unavoidable, savvy travelers can find serious savings if they know where to look. We’ve picked the brains of two Disney insiders to come up with the top 10 ways to save money at Disney parks that go beyond tried-and-true tips like taking advantage of hotel shuttles or visiting when kids are in school. From her home base in Orlando just a few miles from the parks, Rona Gindin has penned The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World: The Essential Guide to All the Magic, the restaurant section for Fodor’s Walt Disney World 2012 guidebook, and our very own Walt Disney World destination guide and Cheap Eats at Epcot. On the other side of the country, Michelle McCoy is the resident Southern California expert at family-oriented travel site Trekaroo, where she frequently covers how to get the most out of a Disneyland trip with kids while saving money at the same time. If you don’t want to return from the parks with an empty wallet, there’s no need to wish upon a star – just follow tips 1-5 for Walt Disney World and tips 6-10 for Disneyland!

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