How to Save on the Essentials for Your Disney Trip

You have planned, you have saved, and you are ready to go. But before you embark on your Disney vacation we have four ways for you to save on your “vacation essentials”.

Disney Parks Autograph Book ©Disney

There is a whole list of items that become “essential” as soon as you step on Disney park property.

If you have kids with you, or even some adults, items such as autograph books and character pens become essential items. A growing trend is matching t-shirts, and of course, no look is complete without a set of Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears!

Disney Parks Authentic Personalizable Shirts ©Disney

You can find many park essentials on — and best of all, if you keep an eye on the site you might be able to buy these items during a sale or at a discounted price.

Magic Mirror Minnie Mouse Ears ©Disney

Now, there are always some exclusions, so be sure to take a close look at the small print to be sure the item that you need or want for your vacation is included in the sale or is discount-able.

Another advantage of shopping on for park essentials is the ability to manage your budget a little better while not being caught up in the frenzy of vacation. You can carefully select your items, watch the site for discounts or sales, and purchase items with some forethought. All you need to do is remember to pack the items!

Anna from Frozen Costumes

You’ll find a host of park essentials on from autograph books and hats to bags and costumes. And remember, you may even be able to find items like princess dresses and Disney costumes at local locations of big-box stores even cheaper than you can find them on or in the parks.

The third way to save is on items you may need while on vacation and items you may find while you’re in the park and want as souvenirs. BoxLunch offers many Disney items you can wear or use in the parks — and not just Disney, but also Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars items including shirts, hats, bags, and more.

Fantasia Shirt ©Disney/BoxLunch

Plus, you might even find in-park items such as Loungefly backpacks, the Petunia Pickle Bottom line, Funko POP! figures, and more on BoxLunch — and maybe even at a discount. We even spotted this fun Toy Story 4 cooler on BoxLunch. That’s two ways to save — you might be able to get a cooler at a discount AND save by packing your lunch for the park in the cooler Looking for the best places to picnic in the parks? We can help — read our post on picnicking in the parks here.

Toy Story 4 Cooler/Lunch Bag ©Disney/BoxLunch

There’s one more way to save! Many times is participating in eBates through Rakuten. Rakuten is a site that offers you a percentage of your total spent on select sites back in cash as a check or through PayPal. That’s it, no strings attached. Plus, many times there are special offers or bonus percentages being paid back, especially around holidays.

We hope these couple of tricks –shopping at, your local big-box store, and BoxLunch, and using Rakuten — help you save some money on your essentials as you plan your next Disney vacation.

Do you have other money-saving tips on vacation essentials? Share your tips in the comments below!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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3 Replies to “How to Save on the Essentials for Your Disney Trip”

  1. The essentials to me are tickets, hotel and meals. Doesn’t really matter what the savings are for other stuff after they get all of my money for those three things.

    1. But staying off property, making sandwiches, bringing snacks and drinks for the park and eating breakfast and dinner (okay very late dinner) in the condo adds up to significant savings over WDW costs for food and accommodations. Tickets can save a bit by surviving a high pressure timeshare presentation on a non park day in exchange for a $100 to $200 Visa gift card.