Orlando Family Vacation Saving Tips You Can’t Miss

Planning an Orlando Theme Park vacation is fun and exciting but all the fun and excitement can add up for your budget. One of the biggest challenges I find when taking my family to Orlando is how to stick to a budget and save money. I am always looking for Orlando family vacation saving tips. For our latest Orlando vacation, I used Undercover Tourist to help me plan and help me save. I can’t believe I didn’t start using it sooner!

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Undercover Tourist is a website that offers “authentic attraction tickets at a discounted price, as well as planning tips” for families planning Orlando vacations. I have used their site for planning purposes (they have a great crowd calendar!) but this was the first time I used it to book my hotel and car during our Orlando stay. I was so excited to save money on our Orlando family vacation stay and car rental, and I made a “Disney Bucket List” resort come true.

Orlando Family Vacation Saving Tips
A view of the yearly crowd calendar on Undercover Tourist.

We love visiting the Orlando theme parks and resorts but there was one resort that has been on our list at Walt Disney World that we have not had a chance to visit: Art of Animation. The Art of Animation Resort is a value resort that is themed to different Disney animated films.

Art of Animation is a value resort, but because we are a family of five we would have to stay in the family suites. The family suites are amazing. They are themed to Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars. The rooms are spacious and the attention to detail is incredible. The resort looked great but the nightly price of the family suites (typically $300 and up) were holding us back. When we plan our theme park visit I am always trying to save us money where we can and for that reason we never stayed at Art of Animation…until now.

For our upcoming visit to Orlando we decided to add a couple nights at Art of Animation. The first place I went to look for hotel rooms was Undercover Tourist. Undercover Tourist saved us $202.51 on our hotel room alone!! I love that there are no hidden fees when you get to your cart. The price you see is the price you get!  When booking with them you also receive deep discounts on car rentals as an added bonus. We rented the car through them and saved over $400 on our total booking!


Update: This was a great deal for our family and we had a blast at Art of Animation. I highly recommend running the numbers to see if Undercover Tourist can save you money on your next Walt Disney Vacation.

If you are looking to purchase discounted tickets Undercover Tourist has you covered there too! We didn’t need tickets for this visit but family members that are meeting us did. They purchased Universal Orlando tickets and saved $100 off the gate ticket price. The tickets were delivered by email and can be printed at home.

Undercover Tourist has discount attraction tickets for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND Florida and Los Angeles and San Diego attractions. Recently they have included popular ski destinations! Undercover Tourist has you covered if you are looking to save money on family friendly destinations.

You might be curious how all the little details work when booking with Undercover Tourist. I was too! I wanted to make sure all my purchases were as seamless as if I booked through the Walt Disney World website or any of the other destination attractions. I really can’t believe how easy it is! As soon as my reservations were booked through Undercover Tourist I was able to connect them to my plans.

Booking with Undercover Tourist is seamless. All the magic and fun of your Walt Disney World vacation is there, except you saved money! Yay!!

I logged into My Disney Experience and added my reservation number. As a resort guest, we were eligible for Magic Bands – just like when we book from the Disney site. The exception to this is if you are purchasing a Disney Dining plan. If you are planning on doing the Dining plan you need to purchase a package through the Walt Disney World website. Honestly with all the money my family saved by booking through Undercover Tourist, I do not know why I wasn’t doing this sooner!!

5 Orlando Family Vacation Saving Tips I Found When

Using Undercover Tourist for Our Vacation Planning

Save Money

I think saving money is the number one reason for anyone traveling with a family. As you add tickets and accommodations to your cart it automatically shows you the amount you are saving. I compared this to the Disney website and it was spot on!

The amount of money you save can be used to go to a great restaurant or to purchase an extra day at the park. You can even take the money you save and start a travel savings account for your next family vacation.

It’s Super Easy to Use

Using Undercover Tourist website is so easy. Everything is there for you and the FAQ’s page has straightforward answers to any of your questions. I love that all of my concerns with linking my reservations were easy to solve. During the entire process, it was easy to book and compare prices.

Works with My Disney Experience

One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World is the magic when you are there. It is like stepping into another world. You forget your day to day life and fall into the fun and imagination that Walt Disney World offers. The last thing you want to worry about is finding tickets and reservation. My Disney Experience App makes it so much easier. All reservations you make on Undercover Tourist are connected and your Magic Band is connected too.

Another Post You May Like: Fastpass+ at Magic Kingdom: What You Need to Know

Orlando Theme Park Ticket Promotions

Have you ever tried to find discounted tickets for Orlando theme parks? It is like finding buried treasure. It is really difficult…until I found Undercover Tourist.

They offer discounted tickets to all the major Orlando theme parks as well as other attractions in the Orlando area. Often with different promotions like buy 2, get 2 free. The tickets are then delivered to your door or printed at home. They are not voucher tickets either. The tickets you purchase from Undercover Tourist are real tickets that can be used to make FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and are ready to be used at all the Orlando theme parks. Check out the promotions and deals!

Planning Perks

If you have been reading my blog you know that I love the planning process. I like being prepared when I visit the theme parks. Undercover Tourist has easy to follow planning guides for visiting the parks. The crowd calendar will help you pick what days you should visit each park depending on the expected crowd levels. I always use this when planning our week and it works!!

Undercover Tourist is having a really fun contest that runs from today until August 20th. Enter the Undercover Tourist’s Screamin’ Good Time Family Vacation Sweepstakes. (Sweepstakes has ended.)

One Lucky Winner will receive:

  • One 3-night stay in one room at a Universal Orlando™ on-site hotel.
  • Four 3-day 3-Park Park to Park tickets
  • Four tickets to one performance of Blue Man Group
  • 2017 Halloween Horror Nights™ tickets for four people

14 ways to enter through August 20th. Enter here!

Save time and money when planning your Orlando family vacation by using Undercover Tourist. I am so happy I started using it to help plan our visits. Now I look forward to ways I can use our savings on our next trip or while visiting the parks!

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  1. gabriel | 24th Aug 17

    Love undercover tourist. We are heading to WDW next month. I will be coming back to this post for reference. Thank you.

    • Leah | 13th Sep 17

      Thank you for reading! I am so happy you found this helpful. Have you started your planning?

  2. sunshineandmunchkins | 16th Aug 17

    I’ve heard of Get Away Today for discounts on Disney parks, but Undercover Tourist is new to me. I’ll have to check them out and see how they compare!

  3. coppeliamarie | 16th Aug 17

    I always check Undercover Tourist to plan our Disney trips! Love it!

  4. Larissa | 16th Aug 17

    I really want to take my little one!

  5. Joleen | 15th Aug 17

    Thanks for the great tips and overview on Undercover Tourist. I look forward to trying it out on our next trip!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      Thanks for reading! Have fun planning!

  6. Melissa Sanchez | 15th Aug 17

    This is perfect and what great timing as we are looking to go to Orlando some time this year. I also have friends who are looking to book- saving money on our trip would be awesome! thanks for the tips!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      I’m so happy that the post is helpful to you. Thank you so much for reading. Have fun in Orlando!

  7. Discov. Parenthood (@discoveryparent) | 15th Aug 17

    I am so hoping to be able to go to Florida for a family vacation some time in the future, once I don’t have to lug a stroller across the country.

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      We had our first “no stroller” visit in March. My youngest is five…it was awesome!! Although it is an entire new adventure trying to figure out how to carry around all the stuff we typically put in the stroller!

  8. JeeYoung Dubs | 14th Aug 17

    This is so detailed and helpful! Saving this for our future Disney trip, thank you!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      Thank you for reading!! I’m so happy it is helpful for your Disney planning!

  9. lifeofaministermom | 14th Aug 17

    These are so helpful!! We went a couple years ago and would love to go back soon. I’ll be using these great tips!!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      I would go back every year if I could!! I’m hoping with the savings I get I will be able to have more visits!

  10. jessgrune | 14th Aug 17

    I always visit undercover tourist for the crowd calendars when planning trips, but I never thought to book my hotel through them!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      Me too!! I was so surprised at how much we saved. I will be using it for all our visits from now on!

  11. April | Minivan Adventures | 14th Aug 17

    Super helpful information! My husband and I want to take the kids to Orlando next year. It will be our first family vacation there, and it is so hard to know where to begin with my vaca planning.

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      Thank you for reading! I have planned many Orlando vacations! Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need some help planning. I love helping with the planning process and there is so much information to take in.

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