Orlando, Florida is a very exciting place with many interesting things to see and do, but also pricy in these economy troubled times. Here are a few tips:
Be sure to do some homework and print out coupons (or pick up some brochures at your hotel) for places you would like to go to. Even if it's under 2.00 USD off, it'll pay off for when you want to spend money on other things. Also, go onto the Orlando tourism website and sign up for a Magicard. It's free to do, and can save you a few dollars on some of your favorite attractions or dinner theaters. If you forget about signing up online, you can also go to the Visitors Bureau on International Drive and pick one up in person.
There are a lot of perks associated with staying on the Walt Disney World Resort and Good Neighbor Hotels. A few of these are free shuttles to the parks, if you bring your car you won't have to pay Disney's parking lot fee, you have the opportunity to check-in online at one of their new kiosks, and you can also get tickets from your hotel rather than stand in the long lines to your favorite parks. By the way, the same also goes for the Universal Studios. However, with guests arriving without a vehicle from the airport and staying at a Disney resort can take advantage of the Magic Express Shuttle Service to get them to and from their hotel and the airport without those expensive cab fees.
If you don't want to pay gate prices for the major theme parks or dinner shows and the hotel is still out of your price range, check out the Maple Inn and Suites Visitors Center for their discounted tickets.
For those who are able to acquire a credit card, apply to the Chase Disney Rewards Visa Card because simple purchases equals points towards your Disney vacation, and because there's a special place in Epcot (Innoventions in Future World) where you can take and recieve free pictures with Disney characters. Also, if you spend over fifty dollars using this card on merchandise, you can save up to ten percent on your total purchase.
More importantly, try bringing snacks and bottles of water with you to the theme parks. The quick food and service places are slightly pricy, and, by saving this extra bit of money, you can splurge on a nicer sit-down restaurant or a nice souvenir for the family. During the summer months from May to August, it will help to bring an umbrella or poncho because Florida does experience a high amount of rain.