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.

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!

Tip #1: The Pandora Environment is the Main Attraction

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.

For me,

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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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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, air conditioning, and wristbands for preferred seating to the Eat to the Beat Concert series.

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is my favorite event at Disney World, and in 2017 it will run from August 31st through November 13th.

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Why Kids Will LOVE the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival!

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Kids will LOVE the playgrounds, butterflies, topiaries, and more at the Epcot Flower & Garden festival! Tips for getting the most out of a visit to the festival with a family.

Note: This year’s festival is over, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year!

If you’ve got the winter blahs, immersing yourself in the colors, tastes, and smells of spring is a surefire way to lift your spirits. If you are lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World this spring, you’ll get treated to that immersive experience at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

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How I Regularly Fly to Disney World For (Almost) Free

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I fly from North Carolina to Orlando two to three times each year to visit Walt Disney World, and I almost never pay for airfare.

How do I pull this off? I fly for (almost) free using Southwest points! In this post, I’ll show you how to earn and redeem points so you can visit your favorite destination more often.

The main way I’ve earned Southwest Rapid Reward Points is by opening a new credit card.

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Disney Dining Plans 2017 eBook Only $0.99 (It’s A Bestseller!)

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I was super surprised to see the “Best Seller” label on my Disney Dining Plan ebook on Amazon recently! Apparently it is one of the top-selling Kindle books on Florida travel.

If you got a Free Dining package for the fall or plan on purchasing the Dining Plan for an upcoming trip, I suggest checking it out! It’s only $0.99 and packed with helpful tips and tricks for getting the most of the Dining Plans.

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The Best Dates to Visit Walt Disney World + Printable 2017-2018 Calendar!

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The best dates to visit Walt Disney World + free printable calendar to help plan your vacation. Includes recommended weeks to visit and my favorite times of year based on crowds, cost and weather.

What time of year you visit Walt Disney World can have a HUGE impact on both the cost and quality of your vacation experience. The first piece of advice I usually give about planning a Disney World vacation is to choose your travel dates carefully! In this post, I’ll share the best dates to visit Walt Disney World along with a handy printable calendar to help you plan your vacation in 2017-2018.

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Save Up To 45% on Disney Resort Hotels This Fall!

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Fall is my favorite time to visit Walt Disney World! Food & Wine Festival, perfect weather, and lower crowds make it a great time to visit.

Disney just released a discount of up to 30% off room-only reservations that is good for travel dates through October 7th. With this discount, you’ll save 20% on Value resorts, 25% on Moderate resorts, and 25 – 30% on Deluxe resorts.

I always suggest stacking this discount with a 15% off promo code from Orbitz (you can read ALL the details on how to do it in this post)!

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Get Your FREE 2017 Disney Parks Planning DVD!

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Click the box above to order your FREE planning DVD from Disney Parks!

It includes what’s new at Disney in 2017 and has lots of great information for planning a trip. The sections on My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+ are especially helpful. It even ships to your home for free!

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Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer for 2017 is Available!

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The much anticipated Free Dining offer from Disney World is available as of this morning, 4/24/2017! Check out this post for everything you need to know about Free Dining, including how to decide if it is the best deal for you. Here are the details of the 2017 offer and how to book it.

First of all here are the dates that are included this year:

As in years past,

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How to Put Money Aside for a Disney Vacation and Save 15% in the Process!

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I’ve been looking into creative ways to put money aside for a future Disney vacation for my sister, who wants to visit Disney World more frequently with her family. Of course I’m looking for a way to do this that will also save money in the process!

The best money-saving way I’ve found to put funds aside for a Disney trip is to buy Disney gift cards at a discount with a credit card that will earn considerable cash back on your purchase.

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The BEST Way to Make a Room Request at Disney World + Free Printable!

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There isn’t a consensus out there on the best way to place room requests at Disney resorts, so I will just share my strategy and my results. First, the results: I have ALWAYS had all of my requests met on every trip I’ve made to Disney. I’ve heard lots of folks complain that they didn’t get their room requests met, so clearly I am doing something right!

There are basically three ways to add room requests to your reservation:

  • During the online check-in process
  • By calling Disney and asking for the requests to be added to your reservation
  • By faxing a room request directly to your resort’s room assigner (with a free online fax service because you likely don’t have a fax machine!)

When I complete the online check-in process (which is the same whether you booked your room with DVC points,

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Trip Report: A Four-Day Spring Break Trip to Disney World for $200

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My daughter and I had a blast on our short spring break trip to Walt Disney World. The sunshine, warmth, and flowers completely lifted my spirits! In this post I’ll share details of our trip plus all the ways I saved money during a generally expensive time of year to travel to Disney World.

First, I was lucky to be able to fund most of the trip from a targeted offer I received in the mail at the end of last year from US Bank.

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How to Get The Best Rooms at Disney World Resorts

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Tips & tricks for getting the best resort hotel rooms at Disney World, including how to make effective room requests and how to research and choose the right room for your travel party

After MANY trips to Disney World over the years, I think I’ve finally mastered the art of getting the best rooms at Disney resort hotels! Resorts at Disney are huge and spread out, so where your room is located can definitely impact the quality of your vacation experience.

Getting awesome rooms at Disney World does take a little research and know-how, so in this post, I’ll share my secrets of getting the best possible rooms at Disney World resorts.

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MagicBand 2.0: What’s New (And What Isn’t)

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Disney recently revamped the design of the MagicBand for the first time since they rolled out in 2014. If you need some basics on MagicBands, check out this post first.

The major change was a small removable “puck” in the center of the band. It can be removed by unscrewing two tiny screws in the back of the band – you’ll need a special mini screwdriver to do this.

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Everything You Need to Know About Free Dining at Disney World!

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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!

While nothing is ever really free at Disney World, Free Dining is a great way to save money on a Disney vacation. 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.

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