Category Archives: Disney World

The world’s #1 vacation destination is here in the South, y’all! Disney World is one of my favorite places and I have been vacationing there for almost 30 years. So many people ask me how to save money on a Disney vacation that I am sharing my ideas here.

Get FREE Special MagicBands When You Book Your 2018 Disney Vacation by November 15th!

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Guest Post by Siera from Destinations in Florida

Would you like to give the gift of a Disney World vacation to your family this Christmas?

Can you imagine the surprise in your children’s eyes as they find a box of beautiful MagicBands under your tree on Christmas morning? That can all be possible when you get a free quote and book your family’s 2018 Disney World vacation by November 15,

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12 Tips & Tricks For Using MagicBands at Walt Disney World!

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MagicBands are one of my favorite parts of a Disney vacation. Having my room key, credit card, park ticket, and FastPasses on my wrist makes life so much easier!

Since I am such a MagicBand lover, I have accumulated lots of tips and tricks for getting the most enjoyment (and least hassle) out of using MagicBands at Walt Disney World. Here are twelve ways to have the best possible experience with your MagicBands.

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$30 Off $100+ Hotel Stay on Orbitz (Works for Disney Resorts!)

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Here’s an easy way to save $30 on a $100+ hotel stay booked through Orbitz!

Head over to the Max Your Passion Sweepstakes site before March 31st, 2018 and enter your email address when prompted. You will be asked to enter a code, but you won’t need to because you will already have a promo code for $30 off waiting in your inbox!

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3 Ways To “Plus” Your Epcot Food & Wine Festival Experience

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For me, fall is the most magical time of the year at Walt Disney World thanks to my favorite event: The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

You probably know all about the Marketplace Booths and Eat to The Beat Concerts at the festival. But how familiar are you with all the ways to “plus” your experience at Food &

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The Best & Worst of Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts

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The best and worst of the Value Resorts at Walt Disney World! Not all Value resorts are created equal, so here are my picks for the best and worst options. #familyvacation #disneyworld

I have stayed at all five of Walt Disney World’s Value resorts over the course of the last five years, and while I love the overall experience at these resorts, there are definitely some highlights and lowlights!

In this post, I’ll share my picks for the best and the worst of Disney’s Value resorts, as well as my recommendations for first-time visitors and families. If you want some information on what to expect at the Value resorts,

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Tips for Using Uber & Lyft at Walt Disney World

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Tips and tricks for using Uber and Lyft at Walt Disney World! Ride sharing is the best way to get around when Disney transportation isn't convenient.

One of the best perks of staying on Disney World property is the free transportation that Disney provides.

But sometimes Disney transportation isn’t convenient – such as when you want to go from one resort to another, or when you want to get to a theme park for an early morning breakfast reservation.

In the past, the only alternative to Disney transportation in these situations was a taxi.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

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Fall is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World thanks to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! This is the 22nd year for the festival and it gets bigger and better every year. Here are five things you might not know about this year’s festival.

1) So Much is New At the Booths

In celebration of Epcot’s 35th anniversary, there will be a record 35 Marketplace Booths at the 2017 festival.

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How to Use DVCapp For Planning Stays at Disney Vacation Club Resorts!

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I am excited to share an amazing tool for planning a Disney World vacation with you today – DVCapp. While I have used this site for years, the recently-added features have made it my go-to resource for planning trips to Disney!

As you likely know, I am a huge fan of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts such as Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Review: New Pools, Dining, and More

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort received a major upgrade in 2015 with a redesign of the lobby, upgrades to the pools and dining, and addition of the DVC villas and bungalows. I had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort this spring, and here’s my review of all that’s new at the resort!

If you are interested in a review of one of the amazing new DVC Studio Villas at the Polynesian,

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What To Expect at Disney’s Value Resorts (And What NOT To Expect)

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Disney World Value Resorts offer incredible bang for the buck, but they aren't for everyone! Here's what to expect at Disney's Value Resorts in terms of rooms, amenities, transportation, cost and more.

I’ve stayed at all five of Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts at least once, and one of them MANY times. I think they offer a fantastic  (and affordable) vacation experience for most people, but they certainly aren’t for everyone!

In this post, I’ll share what you should expect at Disney’s Value Resorts and what you won’t find there. If you are interested in my picks for the best and worst of the Value Resorts and my recommended resort for families and first-timers,

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort Studio Villa Review

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All the details on the amazing new DVC Studio Villas at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort!

At the top of my Disney World bucket list was staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village resort, and I finally checked that off last month! In this review, I’ll share my experience staying in a Standard Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Studio Villa.

You can also check out my review of the new pools, dining and more at the Polynesian in this post!

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Why Book Your Vacation With A Disney Travel Agent? (Hint: It’s The Amazing Perks!)

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Guest Post by Siera Duiser

As you may have seen, The Frugal South recommends booking your Disney World vacation with Siera at Destinations in Florida, but you may be wondering why. There are many benefits included for your family when you book your vacation with a Disney travel agent!

The best part about booking your Disney World vacation with Siera at Destinations in Florida is that it is completely free to you.

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How to Use Orbitz to Save Up To 50% on Walt Disney World Hotels!

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If you are looking for creative ways to save money on a Walt Disney World vacation, here is one of my top suggestions. I have used this strategy MANY times and have saved hundreds of dollars!

In a nutshell, it is possible (and pretty easy) to stack two discounts on top of each other for Disney World resort hotel reservations when you book on Orbitz.com. With both discounts,

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Tips for Visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Tips for visiting Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom! What to FastPass, where to eat, how to avoid long waits, and what you can't miss at Disney World's newest land.

I visited Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom a few weeks after it opened and I have lots of tips to share with you today!

I kept hearing good things about Disney’s newest “land” so I booked a rather last-minute trip to spend a few days checking it out. I was so glad I went because Pandora really lived up to the hype!

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Disney World Releases 2018 Packages Today + Free Gift with Booking!

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I’ve already had readers asking me when they should book their trips for next year, so I’m excited to share that Disney World released 2018 packages today, June 20th!

If you are interested in a booking a Disney World vacation package, I highly recommend working with an expert Disney travel agent such as Siera with Destinations in Florida. A travel agent can handle all of the details of your trip at NO additional cost to you!

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My #1 Source for Discounted Disney Gift Cards

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Paying for all (or part) of your Disney World vacation with discounted gift cards is an easy way to save 5% – 15% off the cost of your trip!

And while there are many places that sell discounted Disney gift cards (Target, CardCash, and Sam’s Club, to name a few),  today I’m sharing my recommended, go-to source: BJ’s Wholesale.

First,

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How to Stay on Disney Property for $90/Night (Even in Peak Summer Season!)

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Here’s a quick post to share how I booked two nights at an on-property Disney resort for only $90/night – in peak summer travel season!

I was able to get us discounted rooms at Disney’s All Stars Music Resort for two nights in June with one of my favorite money-saving strategies – using Orbitz promo codes in conjunction with Disney World discounts!

Save 15% on select hotels: JETSETTER

Orbitz regularly releases 15% off promo codes for hotel stays booked on their sites.

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Chase Lounge at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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Chase has ended its sponsorship of Food & Wine Festival in 2017 so, unfortunately, there is no Chase Lounge at this year’s festival. I’m keeping this post up in the hopes that it will return next year!

One of my top tips for visiting Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is to take advantage of the Chase Lounge!

In this post, I’ll share why you shouldn’t miss the free drinks,

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