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.

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.

Standard View Deluxe Studio Villa

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

The Polynesian received a major upgrade in 2015 with a redesign of the lobby,

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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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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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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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