Money Saving Tips for an Orlando Visit 

A trip to Orlando is a fantastic experience, but can be hard on the wallet. With so many places to visit you want to make sure that you can fit as much in as possible, without breaking the bank.

Firstly, you will need a great, central place to stay. There are plenty of Orlando vacation rentals to suit all budgets and requirements.

Pre-Book Theme Park Tickets

If you are going to visit any of the big theme parks in Orlando, you should look at booking your tickets in advance.  This is particularly recommended if you are going to visit multiple times.  The price at the gates will often run over $100 per person and this really adds up.  You can also get the best value for money when you visit 2 parks or more in a single day without multiple charges.

Book A Combo Ticket

If you want the best value for money, you should look at booking a combo ticket.  You will probably have a few parks in mind when you take your trip.  Most people do not realize that they can combine their tickets for the different parks to save money.  You could end up paying just $60 per person in the end.  The discount rate will provide you with the same level of access as the tickets bought from the gates.

Stay at A More Basic Hotel

Staying at one of the on-site hotels does bring benefits such as free park shuttles and early admission, they also carry a much higher cost.  If you are traveling on a budget, these hotels should be avoided.  Instead, you should look at staying at a value hotel close to International Drive.  This will place you in the heart of the action, but will not break your bank account.  Staying in a more basic hotel should not be a problem because you are going to be out and about all day anyway.

Have Smaller Denomination Notes

If you are exchanging currency, you need to ask for some smaller notes as well.  Tipping in the US is very common and you will want smaller notes for this.  Smaller notes will make the whole process much easier and will ensure that you do not overspend when eating out.

Split Big Meals

Meal portions in America are also larger than what many people are used to.  A great way to save money will be to split a meal between 2 people.  You do not have to worry about seeming cheap when you do this as the servers are used to this and will be willing to bring a second plate.

This hack will be perfect for children, but there are some locations where it works for adults as well.  As you are shown to your table, you should lance around to see the portion sizes to determine if this will work.

Take Advantage of Free Wifi

Orlando has seen a spread of free Wifi to parks, hotels and other key areas.  This means that you do not have to run up your roaming and call charges.  When you get on the airplane to Orlando, turn off your roaming and activate the Wifi on your phone.  There are a lot of apps that allow you to make free calls via the internet which means that you can stay in touch without the massive bills.

Generation Y Finds Free WiFi

Internet is free unless you want to pay for it.


I am truly convinced that somehow one day Internet service will be free to all with access to a computer. The thing is, it’s already kind of that way- at least in a city the size of Nashville. A monumental event happened last week when Starbucks officially began advertising free WiFi in their stores. For months I have been mocking them for being so behind the times, as they have been charging by the hour for Internet service when McDonald’s has been offering it for a while now. In fact, Starbucks was the last major (and still relevant) store to join the crowd.

It’s quite symbolic of the direction that Internet is heading. I haven’t paid for Internet the entire 4 ½ years I’ve lived in Nashville. My laptop automatically picks up the nearest open network wherever I am, or wherever I’m driving by and decide to drop in- hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, churches, book stores, even auto repair shops provide Internet for me while I wait on my car. And I have weekly taken advantage of all those places.

Last weekend I went in to Verizon to renew my contract (and more importantly, get a new free phone they always offer for staying with them). I found the phone I wanted- it was small, light, and shaped like a stone. Yet when the salesman came over to help me I learned that the only way I could get that phone would be to get Internet through them for about $30 extra dollars a month. I made the mistake of telling him that eventually Verizon will offer free Internet (so that people will buy more expensive phones that make better use of online capabilities).

The guy actually said this to me in an attempt to make a sell: “Having Internet on your phone makes life so much easier. You may look out the window and see a rain cloud and wonder what the weather is going to be like that day. If you have the Internet on your phone, you can look up the weather forecast and find out.”

Really?! Really. Seems like the word “rain” in the phrase “rain cloud” might have given me a clue…

He wanted to argue with/educate me about technology so I simply replied, “Where are the phones that don’t require me to purchase additional Internet service?” I ended up leaving the store, with my same two-year old phone. The few options that didn’t require Internet were no more advanced than the phone I have now so I’ve decided to hold off on trading in my old one for a new one. It would be ridiculous to pay for what I already can get for free (the Internet) or try use my “free new phone” pass on a phone identical to the one I already have. And since I don’t live with a constant need to Tweet, I will manage just fine.

Surely it says something about access to free Internet use when I have built and maintained this website mainly using the Internet of Borders (where I’m posting this from now) and other coffee shop types of venues. If anyone should have to pay for Internet, it should be me. But I never have.

It just requires diligence, patience, and creativity. I also have never paid for cable- I paid $60 a few years ago for “bunny ears” at Best Buy that give me access to ABC, NBC, and Fox (plus some obscure Canadian channels). That’s how I watch the shows that I do recaps of. As for TV shows I want to see that don’t come on the major networks, I can easily watch them on their network’s website. Of course I am willing to part with $9 a month for Netflix- I began subscribing the month they started offering free instant streaming.

There’s a very thin line between being cheap and being smart. I’m okay with either side of that line.