How can I make visits to Orlando’s theme parks more affordable, so I don’t exhaust my limited budget?

The bustling city of Orlando is home to both the University of Central Florida and some of the country's best theme parks. When thinking of Orlando, visions of looping roller coasters, refreshing water parks, and a friendly mouse come to mind. Living in an apartment near UCF, you're bound to have the theme park itch. How could you not be tempted to buy an annual pass and enjoy the fun year-round? Luckily for you, many of these parks offer specials and even Florida resident deals that won't break the bank. Check out Visit Orlando for top-notch savings tips and tricks.

Save on Gas, Carpool

There is nothing like spending the day at one of Orlando's theme parks, making memories with friends and family. Whether you need a break from studying, you're celebrating a special occasion, or you just want to have some fun, a little theme park fun is sure to put you in a good mood. Carpooling with a few of your UCF apartment roommates can help save you and your friends money on gas, tolls and theme park parking. Orlando has plenty of roads to travel on that will get you to your theme park destination. If tolls are not an issue or you own a SunPass or E-pass, SR 417 and SR 528 are great options to get you from the University of Central Florida to the theme park of your choice. If you don't want to pay the toll fees, SR 50 and Interstate 4 are also excellent options.

Pack Snacks, Avoid Pricey Theme Park Food

There is more than one way to save money while at the parks. Pack a reusable water bottle so you don't have to keep spending money every time you need to hydrate – which in Florida will likely be often. Another good idea is to make a list of snacks to grab from your UCF apartment kitchen pantry before heading out to the park. Bringing snacks with you can help save you money while you're enjoying your day the park. Before you leave your apartment, think of other items you may need during the day that'll save you money later, including a stroller, sunscreen, a poncho, or even a hat. With all of this money you will be saving you just may just have enough dough left over to buy an awesome souvenir.

Budget-Friendly Apartment Living

Living in an apartment community near the University of Central Florida means you will have access to a number of money-saving amenities. Having an apartment with a washer and dryercan help save money - no more rolling quarters to take to the laundromat! A UCF apartment community with a fitness center can help you stay healthy and cut down on costs by eliminating your monthly gym membership. Choosing an energy efficient apartment near UCF not only has a positive impact on the environment but will also have a positive impact on your wallet by cutting your utility costs. With the right apartment amenities, you may even be able to save enough to cover your monthly annual pass fees!

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