By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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Category — The Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World

The Tightwad’s Guide to How Long to Stay at Walt Disney World

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OVERVIEW: HOW LONG TIGHTWADS SHOULD STAY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

I have noted elsewhere in the instructions for typical families visiting Walt Disney World for the first, and perhaps only, time, that they should plan to be there for 8 nights and 9 days to see all of its best, while also building in sufficient time to relax and rest.

I have also noted elsewhere that to save money on a trip to Walt Disney World, you will find more promise in optimizing when you go and where you stay than in shortening your trip.

However, this page provides some thoughts on a minimum length trip to Walt Disney World.

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February 15, 2010   76 Comments

Top 5 Tips for Deals and Bargains on Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

(This page is part of the series The Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World)

INTRODUCTION TO THE TIGHTWAD’S GUIDE TO WHERE TO STAY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

This site provides precise instructions elsewhere on where to stay at Walt Disney World. These instructions are designed for typical first time family visitors who are not sure whether or not they will ever return.

This page summarizes a series on where to stay at Walt Disney World for a subset of first time visitors: tightwads.

TOP FIVE TIPS FOR DEALS AND BARGAINS ON WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

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February 1, 2010   10 Comments

The Tightwad’s Guide to Staying Off-Site at Walt Disney World

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THE TIGHTWAD’S GUIDE TO STAYING OFF-SITE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD: OVERVIEW

Disney's Pop Century ResortI’m fairly firm elsewhere that you should stay at an “official” Walt Disney World resort. (See this for a list of these.)

There are many reasons for this instruction. For tightwads, the most relevant are that

  • Staying in an official resort lets you use Disney’s Magical Express for airport to resort transportation, and Disney’s transportation system for on-site transportation, and thus avoid ground transportation and rental car costs, and
  • If you do all the meals in the suggested itineraries of this site, you will save a little money by signing up for the Disney Dining Plan, which is only available if you stay in such a resort

However, some of you will pay no attention to my advice, and others will have really good reasons to save money by staying offsite.

Walt Disney World Airport-Hotel Taxi RatesParticularly good reasons would include

  • Those who both are driving to Walt Disney World, so will have no use for the Magical Express, and have no intention of doing anything close to the number of recommended meals of this site, and thus won’t benefit from the Dining Plan
  • And/or large families who can’t find affordable enough choices among this site’s options for large families looking for low-cost accommodations at official Walt Disney World resorts

Given that, below I share some thoughts on staying off-site.

THE TIGHTWAD’S GUIDE TO STAYING OFF-SITE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD: OFF-SITE HOTELS

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January 27, 2010   15 Comments

The Tightwad’s Guide to Where to Stay at Walt Disney World: 3. Deluxe Resort Hotels at Rock Bottom Prices

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THE TIGHTWAD’S GUIDE TO GETTING WALT DISNEY WORLD DELUXE RESORT ROOMS AT ROCK BOTTOM PRICES

Uzima Pool at Kidani Village, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

I am writing this from a one-bedroom standard view villa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village.

As I write this, it is one of the times of the year that it is value season, the lowest price period at Walt Disney World.

During the value season, this room costs, including tax, $540 a night.

I’m paying $297. That’s 45% off. And—with a little more advance planning—I could have paid about $250. And I might have been able to pull off a trickier way to get it for even less.

Anyone could do this. Here’s how to get Walt Disney World Deluxe resort rooms at rock-bottom prices.

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January 20, 2010   37 Comments

The Tightwad’s Guide to Where to Stay at Walt Disney World: 1. The Best Resort Hotel Bargains

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OVERVIEW: THE BEST RESORT HOTEL BARGAINS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

This site provides precise instructions elsewhere on where to stay at Walt Disney World. These instructions are designed for typical first time family visitors who are not sure whether or not they will ever return.

This page continues a series on where to stay at Walt Disney World for a subset of first time visitors: tightwads.

MORE DETAILS ON THE BEST RESORT HOTEL BARGAINS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

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The Tightwad’s Guide to Where to Stay at Walt Disney World: 2. Resort Deals and Discounts

This page is part of the series The Tightwad’s Guide to Walt Disney World

OVERVIEW: RESORT DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

This site provides precise instructions elsewhere on where to stay at Walt Disney World.  These instructions are designed for typical first time family visitors who are not sure whether or not they will ever return.

This page addresses where to stay at Walt Disney World for a subset of first time visitors: tightwads.

MORE DETAILS ON RESORT DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

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December 27, 2009   10 Comments