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Get Your FREE 2018 Disney Parks Vacation Planning Video!

on August 15, 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...

Disney Polynesian Villas Review

on August 9, 2018

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, and I finally checked that off last month! In this review, I’ll share my experience of staying in a Standard View Studio at the Disney Polynesian Villas.

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

Disney Polynesian Villas Standard View Studio

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, upgrades to the pools and dining, and addition of the DVC villas and bungalows. Read more...

Disney World Parking: Everything You Need To Know

on August 4, 2018

If you are driving a car to or around Walt Disney World in Orlando, you’re going to need somewhere to park it. Here are all of the most common questions about Disney World parking answered in one convenient place.

epcot parking lot

Is there free parking at Disney World?

Yes and no. There is a fee to park at the theme parks (unless you are staying at a Disney World resort hotel which includes free parking at the theme parks). Read more...

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips & Tricks!

on August 2, 2018

Tips & tricks for making the most of Epcot Food and Wine Festival! How to prepare for a visit to the International Food & Wine Fest, including how to not wait in line at the booths and how to stay cool!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is likely the most popular annual event at Walt Disney World. It is also an enormous event – the size and scope of the festival can be overwhelming for sure!

To make the most of your day (or more) at the festival, it helps to have some insider tricks from someone who’s been many times before. I’ve been six out of the last seven years and have lots of ideas for saving you time and money. Read more...

Disney World Christmas: The Ultimate Budget-Friendly Guide!

on July 25, 2018

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...

Disney Dining Plan Tips & Tricks {Updated for 2018!}

on July 20, 2018

Here are my best tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World!

If you want some basic info, check out my Disney Dining Plan 101 post. I suggest reading that post first if you are new to the plans or this post may just confuse you.

Tip #1: Take Advantage of the Dining Plan’s Flexibility

My first tip is that the Disney Dining Plan is much more flexible than it may sound. Read more...

Disney Magical Express: Everything You Need To Know

on July 15, 2018

One of my favorite perks of staying at a Disney World hotel is the free ride to and from the airport on the Disney Magical Express.

In this post, I’ll share everything you need to know about using the Disney Magical Express from someone who has used it over twenty times – that’s me!

What is Disney Magical Express?

Magical Express is coach bus service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to all Disney World resort hotels and back again. Read more...

Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package + Tips!

on July 11, 2018

Tips for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, including dates, how to book a dining package, and the cheapest packages with the best food! #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

The annual Epcot Candlelight Processional is a holiday ritual for many people. The massive choir, live orchestra, and celebrity narrator have to be seen to be believed!

Lines build VERY quickly for the three nightly performances of the show, and often people who have been waiting in line for an hour+ will be turned away. The best way to be sure of getting a seat for this show is to get a Candlelight Processional Dining Package (which some people call the “dinner package”). Read more...

The Best & Worst of the Disney Value Resorts

on July 1, 2018

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 the Disney Value Resorts in Walt Disney World and while I love the overall experience at these resorts, there are definitely some highlights and lowlights!

In this post, I’ll rank the Value Resorts and share my recommendations for first-time visitors and families.

Disney Value Resorts Ranked

There are five resorts in the “Value” category at Walt Disney World. Here they are with my rankings from best to worst:

  1. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  2. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  3. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  4. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  5. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

I’ll explain my rankings next with lots of detail and pictures! Read more...

5 Reasons to Book Your 2019 Disney World Vacation Now!

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 has released 2019 packages and room rates!

Here are five reasons to consider booking your 2019 Disney World vacation now:

1) Making a Disney World package reservation only requires a $200 deposit which is totally refundable up to 30 days before your trip. You’ll have lots of time to set money aside and accumulate discounted Disney gift cards to pay off the balance on your trip! 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...

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...

How to Rent DVC Points & Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts For Up To 70% Off!

on February 19, 2018

Seven years ago I learned how to rent DVC points and stay at Disney World Deluxe Resorts for a small fraction of what I’d pay by booking directly with Disney.

Learning how to rent DVC points has made it possible for our family to stay in places that we never dreamed we’d be able to afford!

In this post, I’ll share everything you need to know about renting DVC points below in the hopes that your family can experience a stay at one of these amazing resorts, too. 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...

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