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.

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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Orbitz: New Promo Code for 15% Off Hotel Stays (Works at Disney Resorts!)

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Save 15% on select hotels: EXPLOREMORE

Orbitz just released a promo code good for an additional 15% off stays at select hotels through the end of this year. Book by April 9th and enter the code EXPLOREMORE during checkout to save!

As in the past, Walt Disney World resort hotels are INCLUDED in this deal! So check out my post on how to use Orbitz promo codes to save an additional 15% on top of Disney’s own discounts.

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Disney MagicBands 101 (Plus a Peek at the NEW MagicBand 2.0!)

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Magic Bands might be my favorite new thing Disney has introduced in the past few years. They make everything SO MUCH EASIER on vacation and they are just a lot of fun!

So if you aren’t familiar with them, this post is a great place to start. If you are just interested in the new MagicBand 2.0, you can skip ahead and go directly to that info by clicking here!

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Disney Blue Glowtini Recipe

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This post was originally published on June 24th, 2015.

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I took this picture with my old cell phone on the first trip my husband and I took together to Disney World in 2010. I had this amazing Blue Glowtini at the Victoria Falls Lounge at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was such a memorable drink that I tried to replicate it when we got back home when we had some friends over.

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AmexOffers: $30 off $150 Disney World Ticket Purchase from Undercover Tourist

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If you are planning a trip to Disney World and have an American Express card, don’t miss this great offer!

From now until May 31st, 2017, you can get $30 back on a $150 purchase from Undercover Tourist, my preferred Disney ticket provider.

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First head over to AmexOffers and log in to your American Express account. At the bottom of the screen you will see your current offers.

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How to Earn 5 FREE Nights at a Disney Deluxe Resort with the SPG Amex

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One strategy I regularly use to travel to Walt Disney World for free or cheap is to take advantage of credit card sign-on bonuses.

Right now there is a fantastic offer for one of the best rewards cards for Disney travel. By opening just one credit card you can earn five free nights at the Disney Dolphin Resort, which would cost around $1500 if you paid out-of-pocket!

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From now until April 5th,

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Five Reasons to Consider a “Resort Only” Trip to Walt Disney World

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If you are a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, have you ever considered making a trip to Disney World and NOT visiting the theme parks?

I know this may seem almost sacrilegious to some, but I’ve considered skipping the parks for years. I enjoy Disney’s resort hotels so much and I never feel like I have enough time to take advantage of all they have to offer when we are rushing off to the parks.

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Get My Disney Dining Plan eBook (Updated for 2017!) for FREE

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So many things have changed with the Disney Dining Plans in 2017! I’ve updated my Kindle eBook on the Disney Dining Plans to reflect all of new developments.

And for a few days, you can get a copy for FREE here! If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry – you can read it on any device with the free Kindle app.

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Disney World Ticket Prices Will Increase Sunday, February 12th

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Disney World will officially raise its gate prices tomorrow, February 12th. If you have a trip planned in the next year or so, I suggest buying your tickets from Undercover Tourist as soon as possible since they will continue to offer last year’s rates util their current supply of tickets runs out!
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Get a 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. It even ships to your home for free!

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On vs. Off Property Hotels at Disney World: What To Expect for $100/Night

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On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we split our stay between two hotels that both cost about $100 per night. We stayed four nights at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, which is on Disney property. For the last two nights of our trip we moved over to the Springhill Suites in Marriott Village, which is located a few miles from Disney property.

The first question many people ask when they begin planning a Disney vacation is “Should we stay on property or off?

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Disney World Resorts are Back on Orbitz! Rooms from $87/Night This Spring

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I was really discouraged when Orbitz stopped offering Walt Disney World resort hotels a few months back. Booking through Orbitz was far and away the best way to save money when booking room-only stays at Disney World.

But here is some good news… Disney World hotels are back on Orbitz! You can now book room-only reservations through the end of 2017 and take advantage of stacking an Orbitz discount ON TOP OF Disney discounts to save big on Disney resorts stays (read my step-by-step guide in this post).

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Planning Park Days Vs. Winging It at Disney World: What To Expect

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epcot-252810_640 Just how much planning do you need to do to have a great time at the Walt Disney World theme parks? Well, that really depends on your expectations and what you want to see and do in the parks. My family and I spent a week at Disney this November and I heavily planned certain days and left other days wide open. I was curious to see how much this would impact our days at the parks.

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Disney World Trip Report (Please Help Me Decide Which Posts to Write First!)

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We’ve been home from Disney World for almost a week now and I’m finally making time to write up a trip report to share with you! Me, my daughter and my mother-in-law spent five nights together at Pop Century with a free dining plan, then my daughter and I spent two additional nights at an off-property hotel at Marriott Village. We even got to see my sister and her family our two day before they finished up their vacation and headed home.

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DIY Custom Magic Bands (Easy & Cheap!)

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We got so many compliments on our DIY Magic Bands on our recent Disney trip! I cutomized them myself (with plenty of help from my three-year-old daughter) and it was easy to do. We really blinged them out since it was a girls-only trip with my mother-in-law. 😉 Here’s some basic info on Magic Bands if you aren’t familiar with them.

I spent a grand total of $2 to decorate all three bands,

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Why Disney World is a Real Vacation (and Other Vacations Aren’t)

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Sometimes taking a vacation with young children feel like more work than fun. Packing the bags, planning meals, lugging the bags around, navigating to your destination, making food while you are there, etc. etc. can be exhausting. I’m sorry, but taking a family “vacation” to a house at the beach is just moving my daily work to another location.

I keep going to back to Disney World because it is a real vacation for me.

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How to Never Wait in Line at Disney World (and Still Ride Everything!)

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I love riding all of the incredible attractions at Walt Disney World… but I hate waiting in line. Even though the waiting areas (aka “queues”) for some attractions at Disney are incredibly themed and interactive, I personally never want to spend more than 10 minutes of my vacation time waiting in line for anything.

After 20+ trip over many years, I’ve figured out how to ride everything I want to and never wait in line! 

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