Dis on a Dime

Walt Disney World Vacation Planning On The Cheap!

Last weekend, Disney surprised us with a mid-year price increase. Many of the price increases were astounding, including a minimum 7% increase on all 4 day and greater tickets, a minimum 10% increase on the No Expiration option, and a new $5 upcharge for a single day Magic Kingdom ticket. It now costs $95 to drop in for one day at the Magic Kingdom. Of course, you should never buy single day tickets if you think you may come back and visit at any point in the future!

A look at the new pricing

Days Adults Kids No Exp Adult No Exp Adult No Exp Per Day Kid No Exp Kid No Exp Per Day
2 $184 $172 $35 $219 $109.50 $207 $103.50
3 $262 $244 $45 $307 $102.33 $289 $96.33
4 $279 $260 $95 $374 $93.50 $355 $88.75
5 $289 $270 $145 $434 $86.80 $415 $83.00
6 $299 $280 $190 $489 $81.50 $470 $78.33
7 $309 $290 $220 $529 $75.57 $510 $72.86
8 $319 $300 $245 $564 $70.50 $545 $68.13
9 $329 $310 $280 $609 $67.67 $590 $65.56
10 $339 $320 $325 $664 $66.40 $645 $64.50

The first thing that stands out is the cost of the No Expiration option, which in the case of the 10 day ticket is almost as much as the ticket itself!

Additionally, the increase hits hardest on the popular 4 day ticket, with a 9% increase.

Cheapest Overall Recommendation

Our recommendation is to purchase the 9 day or 10 day ticket with the No Expiration option if you intend to come back to Walt Disney World at any time in the future, ever. You end up with a large per-day discount plus the ability to take multiple trips to the theme parks over the next few years at a locked in rate that avoids Disney’s annual ticket increase.

While the adult 10 day ticket with No Expiration will set you back an incredible $664 plus tax, it is still the lowest price per day that can be purchased, at $66.40 per day. That is a 32% discount per day compared to the $95 single day ticket for Magic Kingdom and a 26% discount compared to the $90 ticket for the remaining three parks.

If the total cash outlay is too much, consider the 9 day ticket with no expiration at $609 plus tax. For $55 less up front, you only pay $1.27 more per day.

Cheapest for One Visit Only

There is only one scenario where the recommendation above could be put by the wayside.

  • Plan to spend four or more days out of your Walt Disney World visit at the Theme Parks, AND
  • Are only planning on visiting one time only, ever, in your lifetime, OR
  • Want to avoid the cash outlay for the 9 day No Expiration or 10 day No Expiration tickets.

Buy the base multi-day ticket. At $69.75 per day, the adult 4 day base ticket is $3.35 more per day than the adult 10 day No Expiration. The 5 day base ticket is only $57.80 per day.

Remember that base tickets expire 14 days after first use, so be sure you are actually going to use every single day of your base ticket, or you immediately lose the savings over the No Expiration tickets.

Can You Spend Less and Still Get a Good Value?

Kind of. If your initial visit is for less 3 days or less, and you plan on coming back to Disney World in the future, consider the 6 day No Expiration ticket at a bare minimum. A 3 day adult base ticket is $87.33 per day, while the adult 6 day No Expiration is $81.50 per day. Remember, you are still giving up over $15 per day by not buying a 9 or 10 day No Expiration ticket.

What About Park Hopper or Water Parks and More?

We do not recommend the Park Hopper or other add-ons unless you are staying in a Disney resort participating in Extra Magic Hours and intend on taking advantage of them, or you are absolutely 100% sure you are going to visit both water parks during your stay.

Keep in mind that most non-Disney resorts offering a Disney Moderate tier experience or better are price competitive with the Disney Value tier resorts. Many include great pools that reduce or eliminate the desire for a water park day. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are great examples of this phenomenon.

Do Annual Passes Make Sense?

Only if you spend more than 10 days in the parks in one year or you can break even on the Annual Passes by using the Annual Pass discount on Disney-owned resort accommodations. Most vacationers will not be in those categories.

Are You a Florida Resident?

Consider taking advantage of the Florida Resident Annual Pass if you visit the parks 5 or more days over the course of one year.

  • Filed under: Tickets
  • Dis on a Dime 101: Disney Dining Plan

    The Disney Dining Plan is a compelling plan for those planning a vacation to Walt Disney World. It’s a convenient way to pay for some or all of your meals up front during your Disney World stay. But then, there is always the big question: Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it? Let’s take a closer look!

    Lesson 1: Introduction to the Disney Dining Plan

    The Disney Dining Plan generally requires that you stay at an on-property, Disney-owned Walt Disney World Resort as part of a Magic Your Way package in order to purchase the dining plan. Each plan provides your party with a specific number of quick service (a.k.a. counter service or fast food) credits and table service (a.k.a. sit down restaurant) credits per day.

    There are three types of credits:

    • Snack Credits: good for one snack or non-alcoholic beverage.
      • Examples of snacks include a frozen ice cream bar, a Dole Whip Float, a bottle of water, a bottle of Coke, or a single serving of popcorn.
    • Quick Service Credits: good for one meal at a quick service restaurant.
      • Meals include either a combination meal or Meals include an entree, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage..
      • Children 3-9 years old must order from the children’s menu if available.
    • Table Service Credits: good for one meal at a table-service restaurant.
      • Meals include a full buffet or an entree, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage.
      • Deluxe Dining Plan adds an appetizer.
      • Some “premium” table service restaurants require 2 table service credits per person.
      • Children 3-9 years old must order from the children’s menu if available.

    For 2012, there are several Disney Dining Plan options:

    • Quick Service Dining Plan
      • 2 Quick Service Credits per guest, per day
      • 1 Snack Credit per guest, per day
      • 1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug per guest
      • $34.99 per adult per day, $11.99 per child  3-9 years old per day.
    • Basic Dining Plan
      • 1 Table Service Credit per guest, per day
      • 1 Quick Service Credit per guest, per day
      • 1 Snack Credit per guest per day
      • 1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug per guest
      • $51.54 per adult per day, $15.02 per child  3-9 years old per day during non-peak season.
      • $53.54 per adult per day, $16.02 per child  3-9 years old per day during peak season.
    • Deluxe Dining Plan
      • 3 meal credits per guest, per day that can be used as Table Service or Quick Service
      • 2 Snack Credits per guest, per day
      • 1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug per guest
      • $85.52 per adult per day, $23.79 per child  3-9 years old per day during non-peak season.
      • $89.52 per adult per day, $25.79 per child  3-9 years old per day during peak season.

    As an example, if you have a family of four and purchase a four-day Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining, you will get two quick service credits and one snack credit per person in your party, per day. This would give you a total of 24 quick service credits and and 16 snack credits to use as a pool of credits for your entire family. You can use these credits from the time you check into your resort until midnight on the day you check out of your resort.

    Lesson 2: Is the Dining Plan Worth It?

    For most people, the Dining Plan is a poor choice.

    In order to be eligible to purchase any Dining Plan, you must stay at a Walt Disney World owned and operated resort. While we have not gotten to our DOD 101 on Hotels yet, those seeking to save money should generally not stay at a Walt Disney World Resort. Staying at an on-property Disney-owned Disney World Hotel is almost always a compromise and a poor value for the money. For example, for October 6 2012, I can book a “Value” 260 square foot room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort for $125. A 306 square foot room with “Deluxe” accommodations at the on-property, Sheraton-owned Walt Disney World Swan for $189. A room at the Lake Buena Vista Hampton Inn is $101 and includes free breakfast and internet.

    Did you hear about a “Free Dining Plan” offer? In exchange for getting a “free” Dining Plan, you pay the non-discounted rack rate for your already pricey Walt Disney World Hotel accommodations, meaning you will likely break even or possibly lose in the deal.

    You have to purchase theme park tickets with the Magic Your Package. In our DOD 101 lesson on Tickets, we explained that if you plan on visiting Walt Disney World more than once, the rule of thumb is to buy as many days as you can afford with the No Expiration Option in order to get the best per-day cost on tickets. Adding on a Dining Plan may limit your vacation budget and your ability to take advantage of this large cost savings.

    How much do you eat? Most people just do not each the amount of food provided with each credit. For example, our family does not eat a desert with every meal, saving us $3.50 per person per meal. We found ourselves giving away credits to other family members not on our Dining Plan when we last used the Quick Service Plan, as we just didn’t need all of the food.

    Do you eat breakfast at Walt Disney World Restaurants? You get less value per credit at breakfast, especially at table service restaurants.

    Are you (and your children) willing to sit down at a restaurant for more than an hour every day of your vacation? You get one table service credit per day on the Basic Dining Plan, so you better use it!

    Are you a big tipper? Gratuities are not included in the dining plan.

    Do you enjoy adult beverages? Alcohol is not included in the dining plan.

    The only time the Dining Plan truly makes sense is when Disney offers a “too good to be true” deal such as the notorious “Buy 4 Get 3 Free” deal from 2009, where you received 4 days of theme park tickets, 7 days of hotel and 7 days of Dining Plan for the cost of 4 days total.

    Of course, you could always splurge, although I would opt for a Deluxe Magic Kingdom Monorail Resort and save money for dinner at Yachtsman’s Steakhouse before considering buying the Dining Plan.

    If you do buy the Dining Plan…

    If you do decide to buy the Disney Dining Plan, please consider using our mobile app, the Disney Dining Plan Dashboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices. This app will help you keep track of all of your Dining Plan credits!

    Thoughts? Comments? Have you found ways to make the Dining Plan work out in your vacation budget? Let us know in the comments!


    Click here to buy now!

    Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very proud to announce the availability of our new Dining Plan Dashboard app for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! We’re very proud of it and think that it will be a fantastic tool to have on hand when using the Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World.

    The Dining Plan Dashboard helps answer the most simple and common question anyone using the Disney Dining Plan asks: “How many credits do I have left?” Since most people tend to ask this question as lunch while standing in line with 1000 other tourists inside Pecos Bill’s Cafe or Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe waiting to order food, it’s made to be completely super simple to use at a glance while standing in line. It’s also great to use and easy to read in the sun while trying to use a snack credit to order that popcorn or Dole Whip, where phone screens can be difficult to read.

    To make sure that this app was easy to use in crowds and in the sun, we recently put the Dining Plan Dashboard through its paces three weeks ago in one of the busiest Disney Dining Plan scenarios: the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Long lines at the food pavilions and a beautiful sunny day made a great test for the Dashboard. We came away feeling great about how user friendly this app truly is and made slight adjustments to make certain you will love it too.

    We reviewed some of the competition out there as well. There are other Dining Plan apps out there that let you track credits. They also confuse you with price tracking, trip tracking, graphs, “advice,” poor instructions, bad spelling, and stories about how the developer loves turkey legs. Our Dining Plan Dashboard strips away all of that stuff and lets you know what you really care about, which is how many credits you have remaining!

    The best part about the Dining Plan is that you can buy it on the App Store right now for just 99 cents! For less than half the price of a cup of coffee at the Main Street Bakery, you can be managing your Disney Dining Plan credits in no time. What are you waiting for?

    Click here to buy now!

    Around The World Roundup

    Here’s a look at the latest and greatest hitting Walt Disney World this week:

  • Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Getting Back to Business!

    Wow, it’s been a long time, huh? As you can see, it’s been close to a year since our last blog post. We realize this isn’t really the best way to keep a blog running or keep you informed of how to save money at Walt Disney World. With that in mind, we have a few big things coming your way:

    • The return of the Around The World Roundup
    • A review of the first weekend of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
    • Great new Dis on a Dime 101 articles

    My favorite new thing coming your way is BIG! I’m proud to announce that our first iPhone app is coming soon – the DisOnADime Dining Plan Dashboard! This small app will help you quickly keep track of your dining plan credits, whether you are sitting down to a relaxing table service meal or standing in line with hundreds of other people in line at Pecos Bill’s! We’ll begin releasing more information as we get closer to the big launch.

    Thanks again, and welcome back to DisOnaDime.com!

  • 1 Comment
  • Filed under: Uncategorized
  • To add on to Syd’s great Disney’s Overrated and Underrated post, I’ve decided to post a few of my own:

    • Overrated: Main Street, U.S.A.: In the early days, Main Street was a fantastic collection of A-ticket and B-ticket attractions. Main Street Cinema, Main Street Arcade, The Walt Disney Story, glass blowers, and more. There were quaint side streets and areas such as Flower Alley. Today, Main Street is just a large shopping mall. The Emporium, which carries virtually no unique or park-specific merchandise, dominates the entire west side of the street. The Main Street Bakery (which is quite good for a cup of coffee or pastry in the morning, however very busy) and other food options line the rest of the street. Save yourself some time, go directly to your first attraction when entering the Magic Kingdom, and maybe consider visiting on your way out of the park.
    • Underrated: Columbia Harbor House: Pecos Bills may have the most condiments, and Cosmic Ray’s may be the busiest, but Columbia Harbor House is hands down the best. The selection is a bit more limited than the Magic Kingdom’s other two large counter service restaurants, however it is usually tasty, quiet and quick. Honorable mention for Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station – on those rare times that it is actually open.
    • Overrated: Table Service Restaurants in the Parks: There are very few table service restaurants that are within the confines of the 4 WDW theme parks that I can honestly recommend. Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining Room, Biergarten Restaurant, and Le Cellier (if you can get a reservation) are all I really highly enjoy. I highly recommend the options outside of the park, including Boma and Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beaches and Cream at Yacht Club Resort, The Wave and California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, and Raglan Road at Pleasure Island.
    • Underrated: Non-thrill rides: Some of the best rides in the parks are the ones with shorter lines, great theming, and a shot at some real rest and relaxation. After all, this is a vacation, right? Tommorowland Transit Authority is the model ride for this in the Magic Kingdom. Universe of Energy at Epcot is a fantastic ride for air conditioning and short waits. Great Movie Ride is probably the closest thing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch gets the nod here at Animal Kingdom.
    • Overrated: Disney’s Hollywood Studios: While this park has it’s fans and websites dedicated to it (Hi, Matt Hochberg!), I find it to be my least favorite. This park can be done easily in half a day – we hit Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Great Movie Ride, Toy Story Mania, Muppetvision 3-D, Star Tours, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, had PhotoPass pictures taken, and had lunch in our first 4 hours there. Add in that this was while baby swapping and during the first day of Star Wars Weekends, and it should be indicative of the size of this park. The dining options here are easily below the quality and variety of other parks. The only reason to stay late for this park is Fantasmic, and that is if you are there on a day it is being performed and don’t mind standing in line for an hour or more to get into a showing.
    • Underrated: Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Interestingly, many of the same fans of DHS (Hi, Matt Hochberg!) find Animal Kingdom to be a half-day park. While Animal Kingdom does close earlier than other parks – typically at 5:00pm – it is meticulously themed, with attention to detail not seen in any other theme park in Orlando, or possibly the United States. The park is light on classic Disney rides – there’s only one true dark ride – however there is so much to explore here. Treks through trails full of exotic animals. Broadway-quality shows for the entire family. Great food, especially at the Yak and Yeti counter service restaurant. It’s great to spend some time at Dawa Bar and Tusker House. We had no problem getting there at rope drop and staying until the park was closed, and loved every minute of it!

    So, there we go. Let me know what you think in the comments!

  • Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Dis on a Dime Quick Tip #4

    For a week long Disney trip, instead of checking a bag consider packing for just 3-4 days. Bring a sample size detergent and do a load of laundry at the Resort laundromat while you are there. You can get samples at Target or Walmart and it is usually $1. Much cheaper than buying it in the laundromat. You can relax at the hot tub while your clothes are washing/drying and you can save yourself $15-$20 PER BAG!! I recommend this technique on longer cruises as well!

  • Filed under: Quick Tip
  • Disney’s Overrated and Underrated

    So, I thought I would give my two cents about the Disney attractions or restaurants that are either underrated or extremely overrated.  The opinions expressed below do not reflect the opinions of all contributors of this blog, only mine.  My husband and I have definitely had some heated discussions about this…

    1. Overrated: Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  You want to meet Minnie, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy?  Don’t go here.  In my humble opinion your time would be better spent elsewhere.  Now I see the arguments now, “I have kids who have to meet Mickey, I have no choice.”  Well you do.  First of all, you have to wait in separate lines to see the characters at Toontown.  I much prefer the character pavilion at Epcot.  You get in one line and in an orderly fashion you get to meet all the characters in one shot.  You’re in and out.  Or consider a character breakfast.  Pick the breakfast with the characters your kids most want to meet and get that out of the way at breakfast.  Now that I’ve saved you 2+ hours of life you’ll have otherwise never gotten back, you can go ride Space Mountain again. 🙂
    2. Underrated: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.  I didn’t think it was that bad!  It was crowded — extremely crowded, but the food wasn’t horrible as I’ve previously read by other Disney enthusiasts.  In fact, the Greek salad I had there was the best on property.  Also, considering how busy they were, we got our food FAST.  They definitely have their work flow down pat.  And the entertainment, aka Sonny Eclipse, was cute…although I did think maybe they could have used that area for extra seating.
    3. Overrated: All the restaurants in World Showcase.  I’m sorry…maybe it is because I live in Atlanta and the restaurants here are fabulous or because I’ve visited many other countries, but the food at World Showcase just is ok.  I think the only restaurant that deserves mention is Tokyo Dining at Japan. The sushi bar is truly an authentic experience.  I also enjoy a brat at the counter service restaurant in Germany.  Literally every other place I’ve eaten has just been mediocre.  Mexico – come on – EVERYONE has eaten decent Mexican food.  Don’t waste your money.  Although they do get an A+ for atmosphere.  Chefs De France?  I was tres disappointed.  The French onion was good but really, Ruby Tuesday also makes a “good” French onion.  The German buffet was ok– not great, but ok.  I also enjoy the pastries at the counter service restaurant in France, but I’ve had better baked goods at Publix.  Granted, I haven’t tried all the restaurants and I do have it on my list to try Morocco and Le Cellier.  I just can’t bring myself to try the Chinese restaurant or Italian. Call me a food snob, I just call it how I see it.
    4. Overrated: Boardwalk Resort.  Why is this resort so expensive?  It is definitely well appointed and nicely themed but I just wasn’t overly impressed and would opt to stay at another resort of the same class.   Boardwalk itself, is eh.  There is a couple of clubs, A Disney store, a restraunt or two but no counter service.  Where do I fill my mug at?  The pool is cool with the amusement park theme…I don’t know.  I just think it’s eh.  I think it’s the fact that there is no counter service.  It really bothers me!
    5. Underrated: Goofy Candy Company Sweet and Sour Character candy.  I actually don’t know if these are underrated but I friggin’ love this candy!  I buy them the instant we get to the parks and eat them until I’m sick.  They are like sweet tarts but they crumble easily and are just delicious!  I wish I could buy them at home.  Boo. 🙁

    What do you think?  What areas of Disney do you think are overrated or underrated?  Feel free to disagree with any of my assessments, I love a great debate!

  • Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Around The World Roundup

    Taking a look at some of the latest buzz:

    Dis on a Dime 101: Rental Cars

    Let’s talk about transportation after you get to Orlando International Airport.  It is our opinion that having your own transportation during a Walt Disney World vacation is a vital requirement.

    Lesson 1: You need your own car at Walt Disney World.

    If you have hotel reservations off WDW property (a.k.a. “Off-Site”), renting a car is the only reliable way to explore the Disney property. Getting to and from the airport will require a taxi or a shared shuttle (that will make several stops before getting to your hotel). The shuttles offered by most hotels only take you to the theme park gates – or sometimes only to the Ticket and Transportation Center – and are generally not reliable from a time perspective. If you want to go anywhere else, you will have to pay for a taxi. Instead, you should consider using your cab and shuttle fare to rent a car for your stay.

    If you are staying at a Disney resort, you may be tempted to rely on the Walt Disney World Transportation System. We strongly advise against this. One of our guiding principles at Dis on a Dime is that time is money, and the more you have to stand around waiting, the less value you get out of the vacation you spent your hard earned money on. Disney’s Magical Express – which is a paid service much like a shared shuttle to and from the airport – will make several stops before getting you to your resort, with the added bonus of waiting hours for your luggage to be delivered. In certain situations Disney Transportation buses will get you to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom Park earlier and faster than driving – but that also depends on your resort and the number of bus stops on that bus route.

    Think about this – after a long day at a theme park and waiting in line for attractions, your feet are hurting, your kids are cranky, and you can’t wait to get to your room. Would you rather hop in your car and go, or wait some more for a bus, shuttle, or taxi and make several stops before getting there?

    Another advantage of your own car: you can get your supplies, food, and gifts for less money off-site. Sunscreen at a drug store, groceries for meals in the hotel and on the go, cheap breakfast at Waffle House, and fun gifts at the kitschy shops along US192 in Kissimmee.

    So, now we know we need to rent a car. How do we get one cheap?

    Lesson 2: Choose the smallest class car your family will fit in.

    Though this may sound obvious, the easiest way to start is to only rent enough car to meet your needs. All you are really looking for is four wheels and an engine for a short period of time. There are two big advantages to this:

    • Rental cars are priced by size “class,” from the least expensive smallest (“economy”) to the most expensive largest (vans, sport utility vehicles).
    • The smaller the class of car you reserve, the better your chance of getting an upgrade. Rental agencies will only purchase a limited number of “economy” class cars, and will carry a large “midsize” and “full size” fleet. Pay for a small car, and you may likely get a larger car anyhow.

    If you are a 2-person party, do not let a rental agency’s threat of a Hyundai Accent or Chevy Aveo scare you. First, these cars are perfectly capable of getting two people and their luggage around WDW for a week. Second, you probably won’t get one anyhow. My recent “economy’ size cars have included two Toyota Corollas, a Pontiac G6 sedan, a Saturn Ion, and a Mazda 3 sedan. I have still not been given an Accent or Aveo to rent.

    For a family of four, you will most likely also be able to get by for a week in an “economy” rental. A family of four needing car seats for small children could consider moving up to “compact”. For larger families, “compact” or “midsize” should be your starting point.

    Lesson 3: Use a credit card with car rental insurance for your reservation.

    Do not pay for Loss Damage Waivers (LDW) or other types of rental car insurance from a rental agency. Most credit cards (including American Express) include some type of rental insurance, as well as many auto insurance plans.

    Lesson 4: Use these two methods for the best price.

    We only use one of two methods for reserving a car. In order of preference:

    • Priceline. Unlike a hotel or a flight, I don’t care which vendor I purchase from. With Priceline, you choose your rental car class and how much you are willing to pay per day, and rental car companies will either accept your bid or deny it. If your bid is denied, you can try a different car class and bidding price, or wait 24 hours and try all over again. This process may take some time, so this strategy works best when you have 4-6 weeks or more of time before your vacation to secure a rental car. Bidding on Priceline is a bit of a science, and could take up an entire post in and of itself. Use BiddingForTravel.com to see what bids have recently been successful on Priceline to help choose an opening bid. Also, use sites like Hotwire to get an idea of what car rental rates per day look like for the dates of your vacation. Generally, bids in the $14 – $18 a day range will be successful in most seasons. On average, I pay around $150 – $190 to rent a car a week using Priceline – less than one night’s stay at most on-property Disney resort hotels.
    • Deep Discount Coupons. Occasionally we have used a deep discount coupon to secure a better price on short notice than we could get on Priceline. These coupons can often be found from your auto insurer, auto clubs like AAA, and occasionally from the Entertainment Book. Never buy directly from a rental agency without a coupon!

    The one major exception to these rules is if you travel for business regularly, in which case you may be able to use loyalty program points and status for upgrades and discounts.

    Lesson 5: Fill ‘er up before you take ‘er back.

    Rental car agencies will absolutely gouge you on gas prices if you forget to fill your car’s tank before returning it. Make sure to fill up at one of several gas stations around the Orlando Airport before returning your rental car.

    A word of caution: DO NOT use the on-property Walt Disney World gas stations to fill your car before returning it to the Orlando Airport! Rental agencies consider those stations to be too far from the airport, so your full tank will not be “full” once you reach the airport and you will be charged for at least one gallon of gas at inflated rates.

    Enrichment: Free Parking for WDW Resort Guests

    As Syd mentioned in a recent quick tip, guests staying at a WDW resort can park free at all theme park lots.