5 Tips to Convince Parents to Go to Disney World

Learn how to convince your parents to go to Disney World, so the whole family can have an awesome vacation.

Having a hard time convincing your parents to invest in a trip to Disney World? Do you feel like you’ve tried every possible argument in support of a Disney trip? 

Well, I’m here to help!  Because in this article, I’m going to outline how to convince parents to go to Disney World!

The Hurdle of High Disney Prices

For nearly everyone that goes to Disney World, price will be the biggest concern for pulling the trigger on the trip. 

With prices of tickets, food, lodging, and many other Disney perks rising every year, the total price of a Disney trip is becoming less and less affordable to many. However, there are many ways to cut costs without cutting out essential Disney activities!

Find Disney World Resort Deals or Sales

If you want to convince your parents, I recommend coming up with a plan beforehand. Look at lodging prices, cheaper dates to visit, discounted ticket prices (be careful here! There are several scammers out there that will be looking for your business too) and any other possible way to pinch pennies.

Can you find awesome Disney World deals?

On my recent trip to Disney World, I was able to convince my loved one to book a room at The Polynesian.

My secret?

David’s Vacation Club Rentals. It had been my dream to stay at The Polynesian, but I never thought it would be something we could afford based on the prices on Disney’s web site.

After some research, I was able to find that a stay at The Polynesian for one week was the same price as a stay at The Caribbean Beach Resort, our original top choice! We saved thousands just by doing some extra research, and were lucky enough to stay at one of the fan-favorite resorts.

If staying on Disney property is completely out of the question (we get it, it’s expensive!), look into staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel. These hotels offer some similar perks to the on-property resorts with some majorly discounted prices. Potentially the biggest perk: transportation to the Disney Theme Parks! This is also a major money saver if your only other option is renting a car, which would also require a hefty parking fee each day you drive to the parks.

Save Money on Theme Park Tickets

As far as theme park tickets go, we also saved a few dollars by purchasing tickets through Undercover Tourist. While we only saved about $30 per person for our 5-day tickets, that extra $30 meant a lot on our trip! It was money we could now allocate to our food, drink, and merchandise budget. Make sure you are careful with these discount sites, though. If a discount seems too good to be true, it’s because it is. 

Woman saving her money on Disney World's high prices

Also be sure that you or your parents check if you may have discounts through work. Through sites like Tickets at Work, you may be able to get discounted rates that surpass sites like Undercover Tourist. For an upcoming Disneyland trip, my boyfriend and I were able to find the best discount through our work perks, saving about $30 per person for a 3-day trip! Once again, do your research so you can feel confident you are getting the best possible prices.

The Hurdle of Disney World’s Stigma

Listen, I get it. The number of times I have had friends and family scoff at the idea of going on a Disney trip together is more than I can count. Most people have an idea that Disney World is only for young children and would only be a week of stress rather than a week of relaxation.

Well, I’m here to ease those concerns.

Disney World for Teens and Adults

Disney World has something for every type of person. Whether you have a foodie in your group or a thrill-seeker, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As far as food goes, there is a never-ending list of foods to try both in and outside of the theme parks. Disney has some world-class restaurants, including the AAA Five Diamond Award recipient Victoria & Alberts.

Of course, not many can afford to visit Victoria & Alberts, but the foodie of your group may have a greater appreciation for Disney World just knowing that they have some world-class chefs on-property. Again, this is something you will want to research before visiting, as it will be nearly impossible to try everything you want to with the sheer amount of choices at each park and resort. 

If you’ll be convincing some thrill and adventure-seekers, you will have plenty of attractions to use to convince them that Disney is the place to be. AllEars even ranked the most amazing thrill rides in Disney and mapped it all out for you. Not to mention, there are always new rides to look forward to. In fact, if your parents are Marvel fans, tell them that there’s a new ride based around Guardians of the Galaxy

No matter what type of person you’re trying to convince, just remember there is always the option to stay at your resort or hotel pool for a day or two to relax and unwind. 

Unique Things to Do in Orlando for Fun

People tend to have an idea that planning a trip to Disney World means that they won’t be able to go anywhere else, but that’s just not true! Perhaps the way to your parents’ heart will be convincing them that you’ll be able to take a trip to the beach in the middle of your Disney week to unwind and take a dip in the ocean.

On previous trips with my family, we loved to visit Cocoa Beach for a day. Only an hour away from Disney, it was the perfect vacation from our vacation and gave us our much-needed dose of sunshine and salty ocean water. 

There are also so many other attractions and sight-seeing opportunities in the Orlando area that may be worth the visit. The other obvious choice is Universal Studios, popular with Harry Potter fans.

Perhaps your family is against the theme park scene in general, that’s fine too! Be ready to compromise and offer some other options of activities to do on non-Disney days. Visit Orlando offers some of their ideas for both indoor and outdoor adventures to do while visiting the area.

Disney World Creates Great Memories

Perhaps the most enticing idea for parents to bring their families to Disney World are the memories, which you may want to focus on the most. 

Parents are certain to be the most open to a Disney trip if they know they will be spending some quality time with their family and loved ones. The promise of quality time with a teenager or adult child off at college may be the best argument to lean on if Disney World is your top vacation choice. 

When my parents took me to Disney World throughout my school years, we always left with amazing memories that we got to experience together. My dad will always bring up the time that he forced me to ride Expedition Everest shortly after it first opened, despite my absolute terror of rollercoasters. 

After one ride, I was running back into line every time we stepped off the ride, and giving my parents some terrible motion sickness (and probably some regrets). No matter what age you are, there are unique experiences that will allow for you and your family to make some amazing memories to last a lifetime. 

While convincing your parents to take you on a Disney trip may be the most difficult part of your trip planning, it is doable. Remember, you know your family best, and only you will know the best ways to convince them, but be sure to let us know how you convince your parents to go to Disney World!

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