By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2020, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

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Introduction to the Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


Winn-Dixie in the Tightwad's Guide to Walt Disney WorldI’ve been publishing material in the series The Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World for months now–giving alternatives to this site’s main guidance on key topics such as when to go, how long to stay, where to stay, how to eat, etc.

But I’ve never properly introduced this series.

So here’s the formal introduction! 


This site is intended for first time family visitors to Walt Disney World, and is designed so that they can plan their trip as quickly as possible.

The home page reflects that design–it gives all the basic guidance on just one page.

For families who can’t follow this guidance, the next best options are just a click away from the home page, and are ranked in order.

However, the home page and next best options are designed for the “average family,” and many families don’t perfectly reflect that “average.”

As a result, there’s other planning tools that supplement the “exact instructions, next best options” architecture of the site.

One example, designed to help answer when to go, is the week picker.

Another, designed for those looking to save a buck, is The Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World.

The Tightwad’s Guide is a series of pages and posts on money saving or value-enhancing ways to deal with Walt Disney World.

The most important page is this one on thinking about your Walt Disney World Budget.

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Because many families want to save money on some things so that they can spend more on others, I’ve also been publishing a companion series to the Tightwad’s Guide on the most comfortable way to visit Walt Disney World.  You can find the pages in The Comfortable Guide to Walt Disney World collected here.

I hope this helps–and add your own money saving tips by using the comment form below!



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1 Reba Minenna { 01.30.13 at 12:47 pm }

I like the information on your site, however, all of the in-text links make it difficult to read…just a thought.

2 Dave { 01.31.13 at 7:00 am }

Hey Reba, thanks for the feedback. I struggle a lot with what to do about this. Most people enter my site “in the middle”–yesterday people entered through 455 different pages!–so I do add a ton of links so that they can find their way to other important stuff…

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3 Jeanne { 10.30.16 at 10:22 pm }

My husband and I are bringing 5 kids, staying at a time share resort off Walt Disney property. We are tightwads and will pack a light lunch/water/snacks instead of feeding ourselves the expensive meals at Walt Disney and Animal Kingdom.

We will only go to these two parks as our kids range from 4-12. It’s a lot to hold onto with 3 boys in this bunch !!

My question for you is what or where is the best place to purchase 7 tickets for these two parks? Walmart? another tourist ticket shop? at the resort we’re staying at? listen to a 2 hour timeshare deal??
Is there really any where that will give a larger family tickets for less? (We don’t quite qualify for group rates!!) I don’t trust some people who may be trying to give away tickets too “easily”.

Thanks for your help!

4 Dave { 10.31.16 at 10:40 am }

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