My family is going to Disney World for the first time this year, and we are definitely trying to save money however we can. Believe it or not, there are ways to get free tickets (in a legit way!), free travel agents, and even eat free!

1. See if you qualify for two free tickets

Qualifying media may request two 1-Day Park Hopper tickets once every 12 months at Disney World or Disneyland.  There’s a long list of people who may qualify for the two free tickets, including news reporters, bloggers, photojournalists and more. Check out the Disney Public Relations Courtesy Ticket Policy page to get all the details, and see if you can score two free tickets. Due to holiday popularity, they will not provide these complimentary tickets between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2.

2. Get free Disney Parks Vacation Planning Tools

If you’re just getting started planning a trip, you can request a free Disney Parks Vacation Planning Video. You can choose to get your video online or on a DVD, and choose English or Spanish. It includes a complete tour of the four theme parks, two water parks, and resort hotels at Disney World, as well as a tour of Disneyland’s three parks and resorts in California. We got the DVD, and seeing the rides and characters in action has made my daughters so excited for our upcoming trip!

3. Watch out for free Disney dining plans

Every once in a while, Disney will announce special resort reservation promotions that include a free Disney dining plan with your resort booking and theme park ticket purchase! In 2014, the booking period was May 7th-August 8th with the free-dining and stay dates running from August 31st-December 23rd. Who doesn’t love free food?! Check with a Disney travel agent for more details.

4. Get complimentary services when you use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

And speaking of Disney travel agents, I highly suggest getting one. I thought going to Disney World would be as simple as hopping in the car, riding rides, and taking pictures with Mickey Mouse, but the truth is, it takes serious planning. With FastPasses, Park Hoppers, and dining plans, you’ll need help to make your vacation less stressful and more about family fun. And the best part is, there are tons of great Disney travel agents with complimentary services (Disney pays commission to the agency that books you, but at no cost to you).  They can book your reservations, plan your itinerary, and answer the millions of questions you will have along the way.  I recommend looking for an "Authorized Disney Vacation Planner."


And last but not least, don’t forget to grab some free water while you’re there. Walt Disney World counter-service restaurants will give you a free cup of water if you ask. This might sound like no big deal, but the average high temperature at Disney World in July and August is 92 degrees…grab all the water you can!

This is a guest post by Jennifer P. from Kansas City.