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Planning ahead can help cut cost of Disney trip

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Spring is officially here, and summer is just around the corner. If you plan on taking a family vacation to the "happiest place on Earth," make sure you do some prior planning to save on your trip. 

In February, Walt Disney World raised admission prices

for the second time in less than a year. The cost to attend Disney's Magic Kingdom rose to $99 a day for visitors ages 10 and up. Prices at the other parks also rose $4, from $90 to $4.

Rebecca Lane, a leisure/travel advisor with Four Seasons Travel, said the recent jump in ticket prices isn't suprising. In fact, she believes the hike won't stop people from pouring through those gates.

"It's not uncommon for them to raise their ticket prices because people will pay it because it's Disney."

With tickets so expensive, Lane said there are plenty of other ways to cut costs. First, she suggested bundling your tickets and hotel in a package deal. Next, she said if you do plan to stay on property, consider the different hotel levels."

"Deluxe, most expensive. Moderate, value. Value can be very good for someone on a budget."

Also, when it comes to food, think about how much you want to eat and where.

"If you plan to stay on property and eat all your meals on property, the meal plan is a great way to go. Otherwise it might not be as good of a value for you."

Lane also said visitors can bring snacks into the parks.

"The food and drink in the parks can be very expensive, so it doesn't hurt to throw in a couple of bottles of water in your bag. You can bring a small amount. do not pack huge lunchboxes full of meals."

Last, but not least, think about the age of your children when picking which park or parks to attend.

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