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Spend Money On This in Walt Disney World

A Walt Disney World vacation isn’t cheap when it comes to staying at a Disney Resort, purchasing Disney tickets and planning for food and souvenirs.  All of this adds up when it comes to budgeting for a Walt Disney World vacation.

When you are considering where to spend your money, we have some thoughts on what is worth spending your money on to help your vacation be that much better.

Take a look at where we would recommend spending any extra money you might want to spend in Walt Disney World.

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Disney Resort

We highly recommend spending money on staying at a Walt Disney World Resort and actually have a whole post HERE on why we think this is a good investment when it comes to your Disney vacation.

One of the areas we think it is worth it to spend a little extra money on is those moderate and deluxe level Disney resorts.  Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love Pop Century; however, for some times a slight increase in price per night can upgrade you to one of the moderate resorts giving you a bigger room, more dining options as well as a slide at the pool and so much more!

When it comes to the deluxe resorts, we feel that the money is worth it on some occasions.  If you know you are planning a resort day or two, we highly recommend investing in one of the amazing deluxe resorts as they have fantastic pools, pool bars and provide a wonderful location for a resort day.

The other time the deluxe resorts are well worth the extra cost is when it comes to transportation to some of the parks.  If you know you are going to be visiting Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then being able to walk from Boardwalk Inn or Beach Club and Yacht Club can save a lot of time.

Same goes for the monorail resorts and Magic Kingdom.  If you have little ones and know you will be in the Magic Kingdom a lot, being able to wheel the stroller right onto the monorail and be back in a few short stops can be well worth the price tag of the deluxe resorts.

Investing some extra money in your resort can really make a difference in your overall vacation experience.

Christmas Party
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Holiday Celebrations

We were thrilled when Walt Disney World announced in 2021 that holiday celebrations would be back in Magic Kingdom.  If you happen to be down in Walt Disney World during the Halloween season or during Christmas, we would suggest looking into purchasing a ticket to one of the special events.

Even though we had to adjust our expectations in 2021, we still think that investing in these parties could be a great way to spend some extra money.

These parties are a fantastic way to experience even more magic in Magic Kingdom during your vacation.  Being able to celebrate these holidays at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with a limited crowd can really be a magic experience and well worth the price.

If you plan ahead for these parties, you could skip a park ticket for the day and plan to head into the Park in the evening using the party ticket.  This is a way to save some money but still enjoy the party experience.

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If you are wanting some additional magic during your Disney vacation, we highly recommend looking into a Disney tour.  These are amazing experiences that take Guests behind the scenes and up close to the magic.

Disney does a fantastic job of providing tours for fans of all ages and interests.  If you are a Disney history fanatic, the Keys to the Kingdom tour in the Magic Kingdom is fantastic.  You learn about how the vision of Magic Kingdom came to be, get to visit some of the rides in the park as well as take a tour of the tunnels used underneath the Magic Kingdom.

For animal lovers, Animal Kingdom has a variety of tours that allow guests to get up close to some of the amazing animals that live in the park.  Caring for Giants is a tour that brings guests close to the elephants and Up Close With Rhinos does just that- brings guests closer to Rhinos.  These are wonderful options for animal lovers and when they return to Animal Kingdom are well worth the cost.

Finally, if you are looking for a special and unique experience consider the VIP Tours.  These tours take guests throughout the four parks, providing them with front of the line access to as many rides as they wish.  This experience isn’t cheap as a private tour runs anywhere from $425 to $850 per hour with a minimum of seven hours.  If you have a lot of birthday money saved up, we would highly recommend spending it on a VIP Tour.  You truly will feel like a rockstar.

We look forward to more of these amazing tours coming back as we move throughout the year.

Topolinos Terrace
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Unique Dining Experiences

Food is a big part of a Walt Disney World vacation and if you want a special experience we suggest looking into booking a special dining experience for your vacation.

If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate an important occasion like an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon, Disney fantastic high end meals throughout the resorts that are often worth the high cost for the experience.  These signature meals are worth it for foodies as well as those that enjoy stunning views.

At California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort it is well worth it to have a meal here in the evening as the fireworks view alone is outstanding.  If you are looking for a special meal, check-out some of the signature dining options at Disney World as they are well worth the time and money investment.

Character meals are another fun way to celebrate in Walt Disney World.  There are a few that we think are above the rest.  Breakfast at Disney’s Riviera Resort at Topolino’s would be a top choice.   At this breakfast you have the chance to see Mickey, Minnie, Daisy and Donald in fun, unique costumes.  They come around often and the food here is outstanding.

Hollywood and Vine also offers a fun character dining experience that changes with the season.  Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is back and with it brings fun costumes and delicious food.

For those looking for something more from their dining experience, we would suggest booking a special meal.

These are just a few of the items we would suggest spending money on during your Walt Disney World vacation.  Although none of it is cheap, the magical experiences are outstanding.




Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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