3 Tips on How to Do a Road Trip to Disney World on a Budget

3 Tips on How to Do a Road Trip to Disney World on a Budget

 

Our recent trip to Disney World was nothing short of amazing.

The memories we made during the one week we spent there will last forever.

Disney is a lifestyle really. Once you visit, you will want to keep coming back again and again. We are already planning our next visit for the launch of Pandora World this year.


We decided to drive for our last trip because my mom came along and she has a deep fear of flying.

I didn’t know what to expect or how the kids would do on such a long drive.

We live in North Carolina so the drive for us was 9.5 hours. Regardless of that, we were beyond excited to start planning for our road trip.

That’s the key: planning.

Before any major road trip, it’s very important to plan–especially if you are trying to stick to a budget.

If you have been planning your trip to Disney World, you know how costly it will be. Pinching pennies where you can will help you to have an even better time at Disney World. You won’t be worried about money but focused on having an awesome time.

We decided that we would do our absolute best to ensure we budgeted properly for the drive there and back.

How to Do a Road Trip to Disney World on a Budget

#1 Make sure your car maintenance is up to date.

If you are driving your own vehicle, make sure your car in is in good condition for the trip. There are things like tires, oil, brakes, and other items that are important and need to be in good condition before making a road trip. If your oil needs to be changed, make sure you do so to have your car operating at its best, limiting the number of gas fill ups. You definitely want to make sure your tires are in good condition as well. You don’t want to have things like blowouts happen on the highway. Overall, making sure your car is in good condition will prevent you from having to spend even more money in the end.

  • Check oil. Change if necessary.

  • Check tires. Change if necessary.

  • Check other relevant fluids.

  • Make sure lights, flashers, and wipers all work.

#2 Use GasBuddy.

While we are on the topic of cars, the GasBuddy app came in handy during our road trip. This free app allows you to locate gas stations with the lowest gas prices. I hate to get gas then drive a few miles only to see even cheaper gas! Such a pet peeve haha. So if you are like me, you don’t have to worry about that with GasBuddy. Simply enter your location and GasBuddy will direct you to the cheapest gas.

Road Trip Budget Spreadsheet

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This simple spreadsheet allows you to input your budget and individual expenses to help you stay on budget for your road trip!

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#3 Don’t stop for fast food.

Seriously, this was probably the biggest money saver for us. Stopping for fast food for multiple people numerous times in a day or two can really add up. Instead, we brought along our cooler and stopped at the grocery store before hitting the highway.

Perfect road trip items can include water, juices for the kids, their favorite snacks, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, chips, fruit and veggie trays or any of your favorite food items.

Be sure to bring bags, napkins, and hand sanitizer for easy cleanup.


Road trips can be expensive. And when you are traveling to Disney World, you need to save all the money you can in order to save up for the fun things you may want to do there.

No matter what your budget is, remember to have fun and enjoy those moments with your family.

Pack games, books for reading and coloring, load up the playlist with Disney music and enjoy your road trip. Being cramped in a car for hours can be tough, but as long as you focus on each other and the memories you are making, it will be so much better!

Have you done a road trip recently?

How was it? Were you able to use any of these tips to save money? Do you have any to add? Share in the comments below!


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Road Trip Budget Spreadsheet

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This simple spreadsheet allows you to input your budget and individual expenses to help you stay on budget for your road trip!

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By | 2017-06-19T17:59:56+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Travel|5 Comments

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Hi! I'm Kristie! I am a mom of three and wife to an awesome gaming nerd. I love all things pink and sparkly. I blog here at The Mom Life Chronicles and at The Official ceoMom. I strive to help other mompreneurs achieve their goals and create a life of freedom!

5 Comments

  1. Ashley April 23, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I also live in NC and love going to Disney. I love finding ways to save money going there!

    • Kristie April 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      How awesome! Yes, have you done a road trip there?

  2. Miranda Nahmias April 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to Disney World!

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