Planning a trip to Orlando can be stressful, and a stretch on the finances, we’ve got some tips to help make your dollars go further during your holiday.

Money Saving Tips: Dining Out

Dining Cards

Kids Eat Free Card Orlando is valid for kids aged 11 years old and under. One card per child, and must be accompanied by a full paying adult. The card is valid for 90 days from the date it is first used. Can’t be used in conjunction with a Dine 4 Less card for the adult meals. $24.99

VIP Dine 4Less Card Orlando has up to 50% discount of starters or up to 25% off the food items on your dining for up to 4 people. Valid with unlimited use for up to 90 days. $29.99

Orlando Family Pack Plus includes 2 Kids Eat Free Cards PLUS Orlando and 1 VIP Dine 4Less Card Orlando. Kids dine free at more than 125 theme park area family restaurants in Orlando, including participating McDonalds, Ponderosa, Sizzler, Cici’s Pizza, and many more family oriented restaurants. Plus great bonus offers at participating area attractions including Gatorland, Fun Spot America and many more. $54.99

Eat and Play Card Orlando includes 10-50% discounts on selected restaurants and attractions, only 1 card required per family / group. $25

NB. Some theme park ticket agencies include free dining cards with their packages.

All You Can Eat Buffets around Orlando

CiCi’s is a pizza buffet including pasta, salad, soup and desserts with several locations in Orlando. Register for MyCiCis Loyalty and earn a free buffet or pizza every 5 visits.

Golden Corral is a cheap and cheerful buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Join their Good as Gold Club for special discounts. Current promotion includes kids evening meal for 99 cents including a drink, and under 3’s eat free.

Ponderosa is a firm favourite for visitors on a tight budget, they offer a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu. Kids All You Care To Eat Buffet is $5.49 for 4-10 year olds.

Sweet Tomatoes is the place for vegetarians and healthy eaters with a huge salad var, soups, jacket potatoes and pasta dishes. Feel fuller, feel better is their motto. There’s still sweet things for dessert with bakery goods, ice cream & fresh fruit. Kids eat free on Tuesdays in the summer. Join Club Veg for discounts and special offers. Open for lunch and evening meal.

Money Saving Tips: Free Things To Do

Money saving event Orlando

Free weekly event

Saturday Night Car Cruise

Head to the old town to experience one of America’s longest running car show and cruise. Classics, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars gather from 13:00 during the afternoon on Trophy Row, before cruising down the brick paved Main Street at 20:30. Live entertainment on the stage at Trophy Row from 19:00.

Popcorn Flicks 

On the second Thursday of each month, you can watch a classic film suitable for the whole family. Held in the Central Park area of Winter Park, visitors are encouraged to bring your blanket, and snacks. Viewings start at sunset between 7-8pm. Entry is free and open to the public.

Farmer’s Market

Visit the popular Farmer’s Market in The Winter Garden on a Saturday morning 9am-2pm. Local produce stalls, crafts, flowers and live entertainment.

Brewery Tour

Orlando Brewing have a free tour 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday at 6pm. No reservation required, simply turn up, places offered on a first come basis.

Disney Springs

Downtown Disney now known as Disney Springs has a lively atmosphere with free parking, water taxi and free playtime available in the Lego Imagination Center.


Catch the free water taxi from Universal CityWalk to the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel for the free Musica della Notte event, which is a blend of pop music and opera, held at sunset.