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Disney World Releases 2019 Packages Today + Free Gift with Booking!

on June 19, 2018

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 2019 packages today, June 19th!

Next year will be huge at Disney World thanks to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Skyliner, so availability at Disney resorts may be very limited. It’s a great idea to book as soon as possible, especially if you want to visit in November or December. Read more...

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review: Is It Actually a Good Value?

on May 1, 2018

Walt Disney World resorts are split into three main categories: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Value resorts are the most affordable and the most basic in terms of amenities.

Today I’m sharing a thorough review of Pop Century, one of Disney’s Value resorts, with a focus on what you get for your money when staying there. Is Pop Century actually a good value? Read on to find out what I think!

What It Costs

What you will pay for a room at the Pop Century Resort varies greatly depending on what time of year you visit. Read more...

2018 Free Dining at Disney World: Everything You Need to Know!

on April 19, 2018

Free Dining dates for 2018 have been released and you can book them now – get a free quote here!

Disney World’s “Free Dining” offer is by far it’s most popular promotion. It is pretty clear why… FREE FOOD at Disney? Ummm, yes please!

In this post, I’ll answer the most common questions I get asked (e.g. Is it always the best deal? How much can I save?) and share everything you need to know about Free Dining in this post. Read more...

Introducing My New Disney-Only Site, The Budget Mouse!

on April 10, 2018

I’m so excited to welcome my readers to the new home for my Disney content… The Budget Mouse!

The Frugal South started out as a place to share my money-saving strategies for everything from groceries to entertainment to travel.

Over the past few years it’s become clear that my posts about saving money on Walt Disney World travel are by FAR my most popular posts. So I wrote more Disney posts and The Frugal South grew into a place of about half Disney stuff and half other money-saving stuff… which made it a kinda confusing place! Read more...

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review: Refurbished Rooms, an Incredible Pool, and Some Drawbacks

on March 23, 2018

Refurbished rooms, an amazing pool, and some drawback at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Get all of the details in this Caribbean Beach resort review. #disneyworld #familytravel

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort sometimes gets a bad rap for being the oldest Moderate resort or for being huge/spread out.

While this is true, I think Caribbean Beach has a lot of strengths, including an incredible pool complex and recently refurbished rooms.

In this post, I’ll share my experience staying at Caribbean Beach as well as the pros and cons of the resort!

Refurbished rooms, an amazing pool, and some drawback at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Get all of the details in this Caribbean Beach resort review. #disneyworld #familytravel

It took me MANY visits to Walt Disney World until I stayed at Caribbean Beach, and here’s why: up until 2016, it was the only Moderate resort that still sported double beds as opposed to queen beds. Read more...

The New Disney World Resort Parking Fee + How To Avoid It!

on March 14, 2018

Disney recently announced that they will begin charging a parking fee of up to $24 per night at all of their Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

But don’t fear! There are several ways around paying the new Disney World resort parking fee so it might not ever affect you. Read on to learn all of my suggested ways to avoid the new fee!

Disney World Resort Parking Fee Details

Parking fees have long been standard practice at many Orlando resorts, including the Swan and Dolphin and Universal resorts. Read more...

Get an EXTRA $5 Off Already Discounted Disney World Tickets!

on March 9, 2018

For a limited time, my preferred discount ticket Walt Disney World ticket provider is offering an additional $5 off three-day+ tickets when you opt for electronic delivery!

You can already save up to $68 per person when you get your tickets from Undercover Tourist, so saving even more just sweetens the deal!

I suggest opting for e-delivery of your tickets anyway so you get them as soon as possible. Read more...

Will The New Disney Dining Plan with Alcohol Save You Money?

on February 23, 2018

One way to enjoy the incredible food at Walt Disney World is to use a Disney Dining Plan. The plan changes slightly from year-to-year, but 2018 brought a big change – alcoholic drinks are included in all dining plans!

People frequently ask me if they should get the dining plan for their vacation and my short answer is – it depends! This decision has gotten even more complicated with the addition of alcohol to the plans. Read more...

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review

on February 18, 2018

Everything you need to know about Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! An Animal Kingdom Lodge review of rooms, dining, pools, amenities and more. #disneyworld #tripplanning #disneytravel

Our family’s favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World is Animal Kingdom Lodge, hands-down.

There is SO much we love about it, which I will share in detail below. But what first-time visitors usually don’t know is that Animal Kingdom Lodge is actually made up of two distinct properties – Jambo House and Kidani Village.

In this post, I’ll share my review of the resort, the pros and cons of each property, and likely overload you with tons of pictures! Read more...

A Disney World Christmas: The Ultimate Budget-Friendly Guide!

on February 8, 2018

How to take a Disney World Christmas trip on a budget! The ultimate guide to a cheap trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays. #disneyworld #familytravel #budgettravel

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, especially at Walt Disney World! In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable Disney World Christmas trip that captures all of the holiday magic.

I’ll even tell you how much you’ll save using each of my tips and give an overall cost for the ultimate budget-friendly holiday trip.

When Does Disney World Decorate For Christmas?

How to take a Disney World Christmas trip on a budget! The ultimate guide to a cheap trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays. #disneyworld #familytravel #budgettravel

The first question people usually ask about visiting Walt Disney World around the holidays is “When do they put the decorations up? Read more...

Get Your FREE 2018 Disney Parks Vacation Planning Video!

on February 1, 2018

Click the image above to get this year’s FREE Disney Parks vacation planning video! It’s easy to watch online and get a bunch of free planning advice straight from the Mouse himself.

I watch this video every year (yes, I’m a total nerd) and it always has lots of great information on planning trips. The sections on My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+ are especially helpful.

This year I’m watching the video for Disneyland, because I hope to make my first trip there before the end of the year! Read more...

Get Your Park Tickets BEFORE The Annual Disney World Price Increase!

on January 27, 2018

Like clockwork, ticket prices increase every year at Walt Disney World. One of my recommended ways to save money on park tickets at is to buy your tickets before the annual price increase… and it’s coming soon!

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in 2018, I suggest getting your tickets ASAP from Undercover Tourist, my go-to source for discounted park tickets.

My personal choice would be to save $41 per ticket on a 5-day Magic Your Way ticket compared to Disney’s prices… that’s $164 in savings for a family of four! Read more...

Disney World Grocery Delivery: What You Need to Know + How To Get $10 Free

on January 27, 2018

Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

There are many options for Disney World grocery delivery, including Amazon Prime Now, Garden Grocer, and Instacart.

In this post, I’ll explain your options, describe my experience with getting groceries delivered right to our Disney World resort, and share some tips for having the best possible experience.

You can save a bunch of money at Walt Disney World by getting some basic grocery delivered instead of buying them in your resort food court. Read more...

How Buying DVC Resale Can Save You Thousands at Disney World!

on January 23, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are completely my own.
How buying DVC resale can save you thousands at Walt Disney World! Becoming a Disney Vacation Club member on the resale market can help you spend less money on your Disney vacations and visit more often! #disneyworld #familytravel

You may be familiar with renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points to save money on stays at Disney’s Deluxe resorts. But have you ever considered how much you can save on future Disney stays by becoming a DVC member yourself?

In this post, I’ll break down how much you can expect to save by purchasing a DVC contract on the resale market. Read more...

An Overview of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge FREE Resort Activities!

on January 13, 2018

An overview of the amazing FREE resort activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! Cookie decorating, face painting, tours, and more, all for free!

Every resort at Walt Disney World offers daily resort activities for guests. I’d argue that Animal Kingdom Lodge offers the widest array of resort activities and the best options for kids of any Disney resort.

This fall my family stayed five nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge and only went to the theme parks one day, so we had lots of time to explore the resort and try out the many offerings! Read more...

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista Review: One-Bedroom Suites Near Disney World From $75/night

on January 12, 2018

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravelWhenever possible, I recommend staying on-property at a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World.

But sometimes that’s just not possible, such as on a last-minute trip when Disney resorts are booked or if there isn’t a Disney resort available that fits your budget.

When we planned our short trip for December there were zero rooms available at Disney resorts so I began researching cheap hotels near Disney World.

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

I booked us a one-bedroom suite at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista based on the great reviews of the property (four and a half stars on Tripadvisor). Read more...

FREE Disney Parks Family Decal (Shipped To Your Home)

on January 8, 2018

One of my favorite Disney freebies is available again! Click the image above to design a Disney Parks Family Decal and have it shipped to your home for FREE.

Mine arrived last week and I love it… note the Turkey Leg for Mr. Frugal South and Maleficent horns for me. Just click the image at the top of the page to design yours! Read more...

2018 Free Quick Service Meal Deal at Walt Disney World!

on January 5, 2018

Who’s ready for some free food at Disney World?

Disney has just released a new discount for summer 2018 that includes one FREE quick service meal per person (ages 3+) per night of your vacation when you stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort Value hotel!

When you purchase a minimum three-night magic your way package at one of the value resorts at Disney World with at least two days of park tickets, then you will receive one quick service meal per person (age 3+), per night of your stay. Read more...

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