Social post: What’s your favorite tip for saving money while planning your Orlando vacation or visiting the parks?

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Transformers souvenir cups can be refilled for 99 cents.
Transformers souvenir cups can be refilled for 99 cents.

Tell us your favorite tip (or tips) for saving money when planning your Orlando vacation, or let us know what tricks you use to save money while touring the parks. Share your ideas in the comment section below.

Thanks for your help and expertise!

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OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer
June 14, 2013 9:45 am

One of our favorites sent in by a reader a while back: “Ended up finding a great rate at the Royal Pacific through http://lastminutetravel.com.
It was one of the hidden hotels they have (a 4.5 star in the
International Drive/Universal Resort Area) but the description gave it
away talking about pool access at sister properties (Hard Rock and
Portofino). Saved about $120/night through the site.”

Jacqueline Ouellet
Jacqueline Ouellet
June 14, 2013 9:45 am

I always book through Bookit.com! Cheap flights, cheap hotels, specials on Park tickets, more money for WWOHP memorabilia. And I have never once had a problem with them.

Carrie Halcomb
Carrie Halcomb
June 14, 2013 9:47 am

We use our AAA card wherever we can for discounts. They take it at most food places and shops in Universal. We saved a ton with the card, especially since I spent so much on Harry Potter stuff. 🙂

Jacqueline Ouellet
Jacqueline Ouellet
June 14, 2013 9:47 am

Oh yes, I like the meal bracelet for Universal!

Donna Mclaughlin
Donna Mclaughlin
June 14, 2013 9:49 am

I leave my hubby at home in the u.k , that saves me a fortune!! 😉

Anthony Casalino
Anthony Casalino
June 14, 2013 9:58 am

We pack sandwiches ….. but OrlandoInformer.com can you tell me about what your talking about up top …. Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando 120 a night ??? Cause I’m interested on that deal I called and its 200+ and the double tree is 150-200

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer
June 14, 2013 10:09 am

@Anthony Casalino The reader said he *saved* $120 a night – that wasn’t necessarily the rate he paid 🙂

Anthony Casalino
Anthony Casalino
June 14, 2013 10:05 am

Dam yea I used to stay there when prices was 160-200 a night but 240 is outrageous and on good hotel booking pages I see sone one recommended bookit

Kimberly Murray Ayers
Kimberly Murray Ayers
June 14, 2013 10:07 am

Sign up for the You First Rewards through the Loew’s hotel website! Earn great perks while staying onsite like room upgrades and free cocktails!! Also, book through their site and use promo codes to save big bucks! I am lucky enough to use the Florida resident, military and Annual pass holder discounts! So I am always looking to see which one saves me the most dough. Well worth it all if you go enough!

Jerry Osser
Jerry Osser
June 14, 2013 10:21 am

Stay at the pool for a day

Alicia
Alicia
June 14, 2013 10:34 am

Bring drinks, sandwich stuff, and snacks for the room (ice chest needed if staying onsite at UOR). Great for when you return from the park starving. Saves a bundle on vending machines or mini bar.

Jenifer Phillips
Jenifer Phillips
June 14, 2013 11:08 am

We booked through universalorlando.com chose the moderate mystery hotel for our trip last week. It’s was only $220 for 5 nights. That’s only $44 a night! We got the Holiday Inn at the universal main gate as the mystery hotelWe walked to the parks across the street everyday. It’s also a universal partner hotel so they have scheduled free transportation to the parks if you want it and you get 15-20% off dining and merchandise in the parks at select locations.

Angela Buckley
Angela Buckley
June 14, 2013 1:03 pm

Buy park tickets through mousesavers or undercover tourist websites. Buy annual passes or disneys never expire deals and if you go frequently enough, your sorted for park tickets for a few years 🙂
We travel from england and use a dollar card from ‘the money shop’ top it up at the cheapest rate prior to your holiday (vacation) and use it without the bank charging you excessively for using your credit card abroad 🙂 also buy dollars at their cheapest rates throughout the year, because you can never visit orlando just once 😀

Christian Guthrie Hill
Christian Guthrie Hill
June 14, 2013 1:25 pm

If you have an Amex, tske advantage of the lounge. Free water and snacks. .

JeremyLawrence
JeremyLawrence
June 14, 2013 7:54 pm

You don’t need soda to stay hydrated! Everywhere you can get a drink, you can get a complementary water cup. If you’re lucky, and it’s happened to me on multiple occasions, the employee will “accidentally” give you Sprite.

KellyPC
KellyPC
June 17, 2013 3:00 pm

If you are staying in the non-busy season and planning on staying on-site look into buying an Annual Pass.  We only stayed one night and made up the difference between a 2 day ticket and an Annual Pass with the hotel discount and 10% savings throughout the park.  If you are going in the off-season and staying for 2 nights I would HIGHLY recommend checking out what you can save. . .might really surprise you!!

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