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  • Writer's pictureAnna Wildish

How to Save Big on Your Family Vacations

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

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Hey guys, it’s Anna. Your friendly resident travel blogger and agent with an important message.

Now is the time to start getting serious about booking your 2020 family vacations. Really, get on it right now.

Why? Well, this is typically the time of year that most people start doing just that and the vendors know it. So, there are some BIG TIME deals to be had out there. You can save some serious coin people.

How much coin? Well that depends on the deal, the time of year you go, and when you book. But regardless you can save a bunch of money if you book soon.

Let’s look at some of the deals you can currently take advantage of at destinations that are popular with families with kids of any age.

And keep checking back, because as things change and more things are announced I will update this post with the new information.

Current Travel Promotions

Disney World

2020 is going to be a fantastic year to go to Disney World! Click here to check out my recent blog post to see why. Then take advantage of one of these deals to save money on your trip.

Free Dining

One of, if not THE top family vacation destination in the world just released their most popular promotion: FREE DINING!!!

People go gaga over this promotion every time its released and this time is no different. Here are the specifics:

  • Purchase a non-discounted 4-night minimum package with 4-day ticket with park hopper and receive a FREE dining plan.

  • Is valid at select resorts for arrivals most nights June 27 – 28, July 5-7, and August 29- September 8, 2020.

  • Value and Moderate level resorts get a free Quick Service dining plan. Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts get a free Disney Dining Plan.

  • Must book by January 16, 2020 to get the deal. But rooms are limited so don’t wait!

Room Discounts

If those dates don’t work for you, there are still deals to be had.

  • Save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels now through the spring.

  • Valid on stays most nights January 2- April 25, 2020.

  • Must book by March 7, 2020.


2020 is an equally fantastic year to go to Disneyland. Avengers Campus is opening. Rise of the Resistance opens Jan 17. A brand-new parade is premiering in February. Just to name a few.

Click here to check out my recent blog post to see more reasons why Disneyland in 2020 will be amazing. Then take advantage of one of these deals to save money on your trip.

Room Discounts

Save up to 25% on select stays at a Disneyland Resort Hotel this Winter

  • Valid on stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from January 5 – April 16, 2020

  • Must book by March 16, 2020.

Save up to 25% on select stays at a Disneyland Resort Hotel this Spring

  • Valid on stays most Sunday through Thursday nights April 19- June 18, 2020

  • Must book by March 16, 2020

Disney Cruise Line

Book a magical Disney Cruise by February 14, 2020 and pay only half of the required deposit on the day you make your reservation. Valid only on 4-night or longer cruises departing between June 20, 2020 and May 31, 2021.

This makes it easier to spread out your cruise payments over time. And loyal followers of this blog know of my deep affection for Disney Cruise Line! They are amazing. Some of the best family vacations we’ve ever had.

Royal Caribbean

Another great cruising option for families. They have amazing ships, many of which were recently updated, a brand-new private island in the Bahamas, and tons of activities to offer. The private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay, features a huge water park, zip line, pools, sandy beaches, and more.

Right now, they are offering the following discounts:

  • 60% off the second guest

  • Kids 12 and under sail free on select sailings

  • Up to $150 in instant savings

  • Up to $100 in additional instant savings onboard the Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas Alaska sailings.

  • Is for select sailings departing on or after January 27, 2020.

  • Must book by January 31, 2020.

Universal Orlando Resort

The other amazing theme park in Orlando. Here are a few of their current deals:

Ticket Offer

  • 3rd Park Free from $53* per day

  • Purchase by February 12, 2020 and use by May 22, 2020.

*Based on 3-park, 5-Day Promotional One Park Per Day Ticket

Vacation Package: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Exclusive Vacation Package

Package includes:

  • 5-night hotel accommodations

  • Early Park Admission

  • Each person in your party will get one free Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks

  • Portrait session at Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio

  • Special Themed Keepsake Box containing themed luggage tags and lanyards to use on your visit

Price starting from $115 per person, per night based on a family of four.

See! So much savings!! And there is something out there for everyone.

As always, I would love to help you plan your family’s next vacation. I can make it easier to navigate all these deals and find the one that works best for you. And if a better promotion comes out later, not to worry! I will automatically apply it to your reservation if it qualifies and save you that extra cash.

I am a travel agent with Magical Vacation Planner and can help you plan an unforgettable vacation with your family. Click here to schedule a Magical Vacation Discovery Call to learn more and get your free, no-obligation quote.

Or head here to download your copy of my free Disney Vacation planning worksheets, or here for a free Disney Stroller Checklist.



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