Tips to Have an Affordable Family Vacation in Orlando
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Tips to Have an Affordable Family Vacation in Orlando

Planning a cheap family vacation has become a very hard in these difficult economic times where every penny has to be accurately accounted for and vacation has been replaced by "stay-cation" where families opt to relax and enjoy their free time in the comfort of their own home. However, if considering planning a family vacation, Orlando is one of the best venues for a quality vacation for persons of all ages.

Planning a cheap family vacation has become a very hard in these difficult economic times where every penny has to be accurately accounted for and vacation has been replaced by "stay-cation" where families opt to relax and enjoy their free time in the comfort of their own home.

However, if considering planning a family vacation, Orlando is one of the best venues for a quality vacation for persons of all ages. Whenever any family thinks of a family vacation in Orlando the word 'expensive' is the first to pop into any parents mind. However, planning an affordable family vacation in Orlando can be possible if the family is willing to make a couple of sacrifices and you as the parent, is willing to put a lot of time into planning and budgeting.

How to plan for a Cheap Family Vacation in Orlando

The first step you should take is making a price chart which accurately includes information on the prices of tickets available at park gates. The chart will assist you to choose which tickets will offer you and your family the most days at the lowest cost in theme parks.

Secondly, use the same chart to note down the prices of non theme park hotels, vacation condos and those of theme park hotels. Most offsite hotels usually offer lower rates and are more spacious than theme park hotels. It is also worth noting that you may get a lower rate if you book ahead of time.

Thirdly, you should consider taking your vacation in less popular times of the year. Prices in both on and off theme sites may be lower during these times and planning your family vacation for January or mid September will greatly reduce the lodging costs and make your trip an affordable vacation.

Fourthly, if you choose to stay at a vacation condo, you should consider cooking your own meals as eating at restaurants may prove to me pricey. Having a ready shopping list and menu will reduce the amount of time you will need to buy the essentials and will give you extra time to enjoy touring Orlando. However, in the case where you want to have an enjoyable family vacation meal outside of your family vacation home, you should consider eating lunch rather than breakfast or dinner as the price is usually cheaper. Remember to always have some snacks and drinks packed as it will save you money and time as most of the food stands usually have long lines and the snacks available are expensive.

Lastly, you should consider having a couple of days penciled in for visiting less expensive attractions in the Orlando area such as Blizzard Beach and Aquatica. In addition, plan to visit free destination sites such Universal Studios and Sea World.

However, if your family is adamant in staying at World Disney World Resorts and Hotels, you should consider checking the website and newspaper for discounts. Furthermore, it is worth noting that you should consider hotels that offer a free breakfast buffet. Eating a lot at breakfast is a sure way to save money as a heavy breakfast will keep excess hunger at bay and you will not need to spend a lot of money on food and make it an affordable family vacation experience.

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