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"Saving money before and during your trip" Orlando Favorite Tip by alancollins

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Favorite thing: During this time of austerity there are a number of ways of saving money on a trip to Orlando. This is aimed mainly at people living in the UK but the ideas can also be used by persons from other countries. You can save money when you first book a holiday by using vouchers from T**** Supermarket; from their loyalty scheme. They are worth 3 times the face value of the vouchers and you can use up to £525 a person with V***** Holidays or £300 a person with C***** Holidays. Check their websites to give you an idea of approximate price per person without any website savings. Check the price of their car hire because it can be cheaper to book via other car hire websites.

Because we are use to living with smaller cars at home, when you arrive at Orlando to collect your hire car and a lot of people will only have booked a compact or economy car because this is the cheapest option. The hire company will now try to persuade you to upgrade to a larger car and may even show you pictures of cars so small you would lucky to get one person in it. You now have a choice; if you are worried about the size of a compact or economy car go to the where the hire cars are parked. This is usually no problem because you normally allowed too choose your own car and they are lined up in the different groups. I bet you will be unable to find any really small cars where the compact or economy cars are parked. If you decide to stand your ground you may be able to haggle over the cost of an upgrade if you fancy something larger.

Lots of hotel rooms come equipped with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Unfortunately there are usually no utensils in the rooms so bring some of your own or pick up some disposable ones at a super market. Some hotels provide a free basic breakfast, which may save you time and expense. You can save a small fortune, the same as home, by dining in. Some supermarkets provide loyalty cards where you can save money on purchases. Whilst there it was reported on the local news channel that there were lots of meal deals to be had at local eateries but be aware that fizzy drinks can be expensive compared to the meal. This was backed up by people standing at intersections with large cards advertising meal deals. Take a drinks cooler you can pack it with chilled drinks and save money in the theme parks over their prices. If you really want to save money refill a bottle with water from the drinking fountains. It costs $14 a day to park at theme park. Most hotels have buses going to the major parks and you can save on the cost of parking. I returned to Epcot one night to watch the fireworks and discovered you could get in the car park for free. There are a number of gardens, zoos, boat trips and museums to visit in the area and these are much cheaper than the major theme parks. If you were on holiday in the Med you would be probably working on your tan and you can do the same lying on a bed at the hotel swimming pool, which never seem to be busy during the day.

If you look at the UK website of the largest player in Orlando, WDW it will only shows 14 day tickets for £232, 21 day tickets £264 or 5 day tickets for £225, 14 day and 21 day tickets are good value if you want to spend long periods using all the features of the tickets. If you only want to spend say 5 days in WDW theme parks and do not require any other extra features you can purchase base tickets. These only allow you to go to 1 park a day. The tickets are cheaper and can be purchased at the entrance to any WDW theme park. If you wish to purchase them in advance there are details of reliable sellers on this well known website together with more information for other parks.

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  • Written Oct 22, 2011
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