What’s Free at Disney Springs: 2018 Edition

Free at Disney Springs: The LEGO Store Loch Ness Monster

Finding ways to save money at Walt Disney World can not only be an easy way to budget, it’s always on the top of my list. It turns out there’s plenty of freebies, both in the parks and out – and that includes the fifth gate, Disney Springs. From ways to keep hydrated to decadent samples, here’s the best of what’s free at Disney Springs: 2018 edition. Admission Lately, I’ve heard more and more folks refer to Disney Springs as the “fifth gate”. Translation: each of the four WDW theme…

What to Buy at the Dollar Store for a Disney Vacation

What to buy at the Dollar Store for your Disney vacation: Disney bubbles

It’s no secret that visiting Walt Disney World can be expensive. Combine the cost of resort rooms, tickets, and dining and it’s no wonder that many folks save for years for their trip. But what if you can save money before you leave for your vacation by packing smartly? With these items usually found at Dollar Tree you’ll be able to save money before you even scan your Magicbands. Here’s what to buy at the Dollar Store for a Disney vacation: 10 must-buy things. Sure, I’ve been guilty of buying…

Where to Take Cool Disney World Photos: 5 Top Spots at Each Park

Yep, taking photos at Walt Disney World is a must. Honestly, I’ve got thousands of WDW photos stored on my computers, each of which I’m unable to delete because of sentimental reasons. However, there are must-visit locations in the parks that you really have to stop and get a photo of yourself  and your family. And whether you’re like I am and want them to occasionally look through, love adding them to your social media accounts, or want to have them framed, these spots beg for photos. Here’s where to…

4 Awesome Benefits of Disney World Park Hopper Tickets

Monorail at Epcot

With the magic of visiting Walt Disney World comes the magical question: to park hop or not? On our vacations my family has done both, park hoppers and base tickets, and honestly, we’ve been happy both ways. If you’re still on the fence, here’s four awesome benefits of Disney World Park Hopper tickets. What Is Park Hopping? In a nutshell, park hopping is a WDW ticket’s ability to “hop” from theme park to theme park in the same day. If you have a park hopper ticket and you’re ambitious, you…

How to Survive Disney World Spring Break: 6 Do’s and Don’ts

Dumbo at Magic Kingdom for Spring Break

You’re going to Walt Disney World during spring break – yay! With the fun that comes along with taking a break from the daily grind, there’s so much going on in the parks that your head will be in a happy spin. Flowers will be in bloom, temps will be decent, and, when spring hits the parks, the fun is amped up – and that includes crowds. From where to eat to when to hit the parks, here’s six important Disney World Spring Break do’s and don’ts. Create a My…

4 Things to Do BEFORE Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom

You can actually enter Magic Kingdom one hour before rope drop, but what can you do? Here' four fun things!

Hands down, rope drop at Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite times to be in the park. Why? Crowds are much smaller than in afternoon, the heat is generally more agreeable, and there’s so much potential. Potential to hop on and off attractions and walk without being shoulder to shoulder. But did you know that you can actually enter the park before rope drop? Yep! Last year the folks at Disney World began a whole new dynamic for touring the park. So what exactly goes on? Here’s four things…

18 Magical Reasons to Visit Disney World in 2018

Festival of Fantasy Cinderella

Look, I never truly need a reason to visit Walt Disney World. Ever. But I do love planning for my next vacation knowing there are new things to check out. Then there’s visiting because I adore something in the parks so much that I’m compelled to go. So, I started looking into what’s new in the parks, what’s coming back, and what you have to check out this year. From a brand new land to resort upgrades and milestone anniversaries, here’s 18 magical reasons to visit Disney World in 2018.…

Mickey Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Mickey Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are super easy to make - recipe included!

When we visit Walt Disney World, there are so many snacks to choose it’s hard to narrow down what to eat first! One of our favorites is the giant chocolate chip Mickey cookies. Each is dipped in milk chocolate and, honestly, three people can share one. To put a fun Valentine’s Day spin on the recipe, I used peanut butter chips and melted white chocolate. Of course, you can feel free to put your own personal spin on your recipe in regards to the type of chips and melted chocolate…

How to Do Dapper Day at Disney World

Dapper Day 2017 Epcot Group Photo

Dapper Day at Disney World is a fun opportunity to dress in your finest and stroll around the parks. Last year’s two-day event was received so well that every year is bound to get bigger and better than the last. Last year was also the first time my family and I had the pleasure of partaking in the merriment. So, what is Dapper Day, how can you take part in the park fun, and what does it cost? Here’s how to do Dapper Day at Disney World and what you…

Is a 2018 Disney World Annual Pass Worth it? 7 discounts to Consider

2018 Disney World Annual Pass Annual Passholder

Even though I live near Pittsburgh, PA, my family and I still have Walt Disney World Annual Passes. And, while it may not make sense why we’d invest in the passes for twice a year visits, we find that the discounts definitely outweigh the costs. Is a 2018 Disney World Annual Pass worth it? Here’s this year’s discounts and perks to help you narrow down your decision.   For this post, I’ll be using the Disney Platinum Pass as an example. There’s no visit blackout dates unlike the Florida Annual…