A Budget Holiday in Orlando

Money-saving tips to show just how affordable Orlando can be

Despite all of its sparkle, visitors can go on low-cost holidays to Orlando and still enjoy all the best bits that this incredible city has to offer...

Here we have got the help of some experts and have compiled a list of tips that people can follow to keep within their budget during a holiday to the theme park capital of the world.

Affordable Theme Park Tickets

Customers of Orlando Ticket Deals can head to all of the top theme parks for the best possible prices thanks to our wide range of affordable Orlando theme park tickets.

If you and your family want to go to a number of theme parks, then the combo tickets are reasonably priced and give visitors access to the most famed parks. Combination tickets will also save you money, as they're much cheaper than buying each park ticket separately. 

The Disney, Universal & SeaWorld Parks Hopper Ticket, for example, gives customers access to all the parks at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, as well as entry to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.

Orlando theme park ride

Plan When to Go

Orlando is a popular resort all-year round, but usually the cheapest time to visit this part of Florida is after New Year’s until mid-February and mid-August to early October.

Airline tickets to Orlando can be expensive, so keep an eye open for any special deals that airlines are offering.

It is also worth checking what the weather is like in Florida when you are planning your dream holiday as hurricane season in the Sunshine State often occurs from July to mid-October, while the hottest months tend to be July and August.

If you are booking Disney park tickets in December through to February, then you may want to pack a long-sleeved top or jumper as these months are generally the coldest – lows of 9°C and highs of 25°C.


Pack a Picnic and Shop Ahead

Laura Anders Lee, who is the editor of Where Traveler, recommends packing some lunch and buying souvenirs outside of the theme parks.

She said, “As a frequent guest of the theme parks, I have found some easy ways to save money that really add up. First, we always pack our own picnic and bottled water. Rather than buying souvenirs or T-shirts at the parks, I prefer to shop ahead of time at Target, Walgreens or other discount stores.”

Picnic in a park in Orlando


Find Cheap Food & Share Snacks

Orlando is full of restaurants and eateries where people can enjoy delicious and cheap food.

Culinary Hall of Famer and Florida food truck guru Mark Baratelli,who runs Central Florida’s original pocket newspaper The Daily City, says a trip to Orlando isn't complete without the following treats:

  • Red velvet cupcake from Blue Bird Bake Shop (3122 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803)
  • Pork Belly Adobo from Scratch Kitchen (223 West Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL, 32789)
  • Duck Lovers Pizza from Smiling Bison (745 Bennet Rd, Orlando, FL 32803)

His company, Food Truck Bazaar, puts on 11 food truck gatherings a month, every month! Check his event calendarto see if your Orlando trip matches with a food truck event date. And bring a chair with you!

If you are looking for restaurants that serve delicious food yet at a reasonable price, then the Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi in Orlando is a great option.

Founded in Gainesville Florida in 1999, Dragonfly now boasts three restaurants, but its Orlando-based restaurant focuses its menu around the Robata Grill. Diners can enjoy Jumbo Wild White Prawns, Robata Grilled Chicken Breast, Wagyu Tenderloin Steak and lots more from their famed menu.

Lard Lad Donuts at Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando is famous for its huge food portions, so it’s definitely worth sharing some of your meals. If you do want to indulge your sweet tooth with a treat inside the theme parks, there are plenty of supersize snacks that are perfect for sharing, like the enormous Lard Lad Donuts at Universal Studios Florida or the famous Turkey Legs at Walt Disney World.


Visit Orlando's Free Attractions

Where Traveler editor Laura Anders Lee also recommends visitors try and visit the free attractions in the city.

She added, “We also take advantage of all the free attractions, like visiting Disney Springs, exploring the town of Celebration, or riding one of the water taxis from Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon or at Universal’s CityWalk. Many of the area’s hotels and resorts are attractions in themselves and are free to the public, like the Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can spot animals like zebras and giraffes.”

Where Traveler have written even more about making savings in Orlando in an article about money saving tips.


Use the Buses

The free Disney Transportation System is a great way to save money and if you are staying at a Disney-run hotel then you will be able to hop on the resort’s Magical Express coaches, which will shuttle you to and from the Orlando International Airport for free.

Free bus in Orlando


Dollar Off Drinks Card

Here at Orlando Ticket Deals we offer our customers a Dollar Off Drinks Card and this can save visitors $1 off every drink bought at some of the finest pubs and restaurants in Orlando.

There are a number of restaurants signed up to the Dollar Off Drinks Card, such as the Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi. The card is hugely popular and what may seem like a small saving can actually save families a small fortune.

If you want to find out what some of the best pubs and restaurants in Orlando are where you can use the card, then take a look at our article on the best pubs in the city.

Cold beer on a table


Visit Florida's Markets

The Winter Park Farmers Market offers lots of family fun and lots of well-priced food.

Instead of buying pricey foods from supermarkets, visitors can do virtually all their shopping at the Winter Park Farmers Market, which sells fruit, vegetables and a range of souvenirs.

During your visit to the Winter Park Farmers Market you should stroll a few blocks to Park Avenue and enjoy a bite to eat at this picturesque park.

Farmers market in Orlando


Make the Most of the Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld parks

Did you know, that there is free Wi-Fi at all of the Disney, Universal and SeaWorld parks? This is not only great for when you want to share all the amazing pictures you’ve taken with your friends and family on social media, but also for using the theme park apps. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld all have their own individual apps and you can use these to find out live ride times, use interactive maps, book restaurants and make FastPass+ reservations. The free Wi-Fi is also great for sending messages and making calls (using apps like Skype and WhatsApp) without running up a big phone bill!

Image Credit: Chloe Lim, The Daily City, Ashley, U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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