Part 1: Canadian Walt Disney World Vacation Value Tips #DisneyFamilyTravel

Part 1: Canadian Walt Disney World Vacation Value Tips #DisneyFamilyTravel

Over the years, I heard the excitement from friends who have been to WDW (Walt Disney World) when they would talk about the unexplained magic and re-book numerous Disney trips again shortly after their last. For me, I never had that chance to feel or see the magic as a child that Disney was so popular for, which left me quick to ask the question:

“How can we afford a Disney vacation, especially when the Canadian dollar is so low?” 

Cinderella's Castle, walt Disney World Castle, Night light on Cinderella's castle.

Having just arrived back from our first magical trip to Walt Disney World, I was able to debunk my own thoughts on the value of a Walt Disney World experience in Florida.

Value Tips for a Canadian Walt Disney World Vacation

Today, I want to share with you how us Canadians can find dollar value in planning your first Walt Disney World family vacation. I want you to know that seeing the magic in your children’s eyes at an early age, is worth every Canadian dollar you spend. 

Here are a few value tips you may not have thought of:

Drive to Orlando. We decided like so many Canadian’s before us, to drive to the sunny state. We packed up our SUV with our four children and hit the road. We drove straight through the first day arriving in Jacksonville, Florida after 21 hours of driving. We scored a great deal on a hotel and arrived fresh the next day to explore and soak in the warm sun. 

Travelling Tips: Long Road Trip With Small Kids

You’d be surprised to learn we spent under $300 USD in gas (SUV), food and hotel fees driving from North of Toronto to Florida. Saving our big family of six, over $3500 if we were to fly into Orlando International Airport.

Driving from toronto to Disney World

Disney’s Magical Express. If driving doesn’t interest you, no worries, WDW has you covered from the moment you get off the plane at Orlando International Airport. Their complimentary motorcoach transportation to and from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will have you arriving without hassle. They also provide you with complimentary luggage delivery. 

Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort. There are so many perks to staying within WDW grounds that can save you money. To experience the true Walt Disney magic I suggest you book a Walt Disney World Resort for your stay. Offering up much more than a hotel, Walt Disney World Resorts are full resorts offering you the Disney magic the moment you wake up, till the time you lay your head down at night.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarters

We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarters where they had nightly movies in the park, s’mores roasted over the fire and daily activities in the pool for the kids to join in. A playground, hot tub, Cajun and Creole specialties in the quick service dining room, outdoor bar, live jazz music and immaculately kept grounds and gardens to stroll.

Plus, from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarters you can hop on Walt Disney World® Water Complimentary Transportation along the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs.

Disney Port Orleans resort review

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

If you are looking for a Walt Disney World Value Resort that will wow the little people in your group, look no further than Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This value resort blew me away, and in true Disney fashion from the moment you arrive, there is a story to be told.

Saving Money on Disney Trip Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The walls are lined with original sketches from some of Disney’s greatest hits, including; The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars.

Saving Money on Disney Trip Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort finding Nemo pool has the largest pool at a Walt Disney World Resort and the state-of-the-art underwater speakers are first for Disney Resort hotels. I wish I had my bathing suit on, because you can actually hear the music underwater!

Saving Money on Disney Trip Disney's Art of Animation Resort

There is a splash pad for the little kids and since the pool gradually gets deeper, the little kids get to experience a beach side splash. 

If Cars or Little Mermaid are your little ones favorite movies, they will love the other 2 pools on the grounds that only guest of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort have access too.

If that wasn’t enough, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has family suites that fit big families like ours of 6 or less. Family suites include a bedroom with one queen-size bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette. I was overly impressed with the size of these rooms and could picture my family having a stress-free stay between these four walls.

Saving Money on Disney Trip Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Let Disney Drive for You! If you decide to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort you can take their complimentary, air-conditioned bus service between all 4 of Disney’s theme parks, Disney Water Parks, Disney Springs, and all of Disney Resort hotels.

Canadians saving money on Disney World Trip. Complimentary Bus service

 No parking, no hassle and since the buses shuttle all day, every 20 minutes there will always be one around the corner to take you and your family where you need to go.

Exclusive Canadian Savings. Stay Near The Magic! 

Disney knows the dropping dollar has you hesitant about booking your next Disney Vacation, so they have thrown together an unbeatable package deal that is exclusive to us Canadian’s only! 

Although these package deals are for families of 4, I do suggest you inquire about big family deals that can be worked into the package price. That way no one is left out in the cold this winter. 

Your exclusive Canadian offer includes; 5-night stay at participating Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels and Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels and 4-day theme park tickets.

For example, you can create magical memories with a stay and play package at the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista starting from just US $1,613 for a family of 4 in a standard room. Valid for stays most nights February 11, 2016 through May 11, 2016, including spring break.

Building memories together as a family, is priceless!

For more Canadian only offers, please visit:

Stay tuned for part 2 of my Canadian Walt Disney World Vacation Value Tips. 

Thank you for reading In R Dream!

Thank you Walt Disney World for the most magical stay! 

17 thoughts on “Part 1: Canadian Walt Disney World Vacation Value Tips #DisneyFamilyTravel”

    • Victoria we wouldn’t have been able to go if we didn’t drive. I am so happy to know now that we can travel with a big family it just may take a few days to arrive.

  • Thank you for this great post. I am hoping to get back to Walt Disney World and would love to stay in the Art of Animation Resort. It looks so fun, and I love the Disney Animation being all over the resort.

  • OMG it looks magical!!! my husband and I have never been so we have agreed when our girls get old enough we are GOING! I am like a little kid myself. I love everything Disney. I know my husband would love the animation studio as he loves to draw and those rooms are just too cool

    • So magical! Kristen don’t wait too long. Our kids were perfect ages 9-4. Seeing the magic in my 4 year old’s eyes melted my heart. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a trip all in itself. Your whole family would love it!

  • Amazing the savings that are now available to Canadians, thanks for all those useful tips. We too drove with our brood of 7 down to Disney World, from Manitoba. We didn’t do it in one stretch though, about 10 hours driving each day was plenty for all of us. It was amazing to see the colours appear along the way, having travelled from a black and white landscape.

    • The drive was beautiful and was a huge highlight of our trip. The rolling mountains and small towns really were a peaceful way to ground ourselves before and after our adventure.

  • It was such fun to follow along on your family’s magical vacation Tammy. Thanks for sharing these great tips on how Canadians can save a few bucks. It is worth while checking it out to experience the magic first hand <3

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