The reality is, there’s no one “correct” way to plan a Walt Disney World vacation. When you’re trying to save money using miles points, the number of factors to consider gets even bigger. Here at Miles to the Magic, we aim to give you the tools and frameworks necessary to make decisions that make the most sense for you and your family.
Although most of your miles and points money saving will likely come from hotels, flights, and park tickets, obviously there is much more to planning your Disney vacation. We’ve broken down the planning of your trip into five major sections:
- Getting to Walt Disney World
- Ground Transportation
- Lodging and where to stay
- Buying Park Tickets
- Dining and Paying for Meals
- Paying with Points
- Buying Disney Gift Cards at a Discount
For each of these sections, we’ve written general guides about the different ways you can save money and how you can use miles and points to make your dollar stretch further. Within each guide you’ll find links to more in depth walk throughs about these money saving techniques.
We encourage you to use Miles to the Magic as a resource – not every technique we write about will work for your family. Still, we want to provide you with as many ways to use miles and points on your Disney vacation as possible! Planning a Disney vacation is one of our favorite past times, so e-mail us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Also, there’s no way we know everything there is to know about using miles and points to save money on Disney vacations, so please e-mail us with anything you think we’ve missed!
Meet the Miles to the Magic Team
Rachel Berkey of Award Travel 101
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Walt Disney World Restaurant: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Favorite Disney Attraction: Toy Story Midway Mania
Favorite Disney Experience: Eating Dole Whips and Snacking Around the World
Favorite Points Earning Credit Card:
I didn’t make it to Disney World until I was an adult so now I’m living the Disney childhood experience through my kids!
Joe Cheung of asthejoeflies and the Disney Deciphered podcast
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Walt Disney World Restaurant: Via Napoli
Favorite Disney Attraction: Splash Mountain
Favorite Disney Experience: Riding the monorail with my kids (when it isn’t crowded)
Favorite Points Earning Credit Card: Whichever one I’m currently meeting minimum spend on for the sign up bonus
I grew up going to Walt Disney World regularly, but it took seven years of marriage and two kids to convince my wife to go with me. Now I love to continue forcing her to go (“for the kids”) while using miles and points to save as much money as possible. I’m also a huge fan of figuring out how to maximize time in the parks by avoiding lines and engaging in Fastpass+ shenanigans!
Robert Dwyer of Milenomics
Favorite Park: Disneyland
Favorite Walt Disney World Restaurant: California Grill
Favorite Disney Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Disney Experience: Disney Cruise Line Concierge
Favorite Points Earning Credit Card: Chase Sapphire Reserve
I grew up going to Disneyland but visit Disney World more now since we live in the Boston area. I enjoy experimenting with ways to use points & miles have the best possible Disney experience for the least amount of money.
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