Where to Stay Off Property at Disney World: Tropical Palms RV Resort

Tropical Palms RV Resort and Campground: Deluxe Super Loft exterior.

Are you looking for a place to visit in the Orlando theme parks area that is comfortable, safe, and is amazing for larger families? Or maybe you simply want more space than a typical resort room. Tropical Palms RV Resort and Campground is one of those places that offers both plus so much more – including affordability. The best part? You don’t need to either camp or own an RV to enjoy it! Here’s why we loved it – and it might not be what you expect to read! When…

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…

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

Is a 2019 Disney World Annual Pass worth it?

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. Update: My 2020 Annual Pass Guide is out! Please head here to find out if a 2020 Disney World Annual Pass is worth…

Disney Dining Snack Credits: Making the Most and Maximizing

Mickey Cookie

There’s plenty of reasons why my family considers Walt Disney World the best family vacation spot on earth – and Disney dining is one of the main reasons! With so much to consider including what type of plan works best for your family they all have one thing in common – snack credits! Here’s six simple tips for making the most of your Disney Dining Plan snack credits.   1. Don’t Waste Them on Bottled Water I love Disney freebies and cups of ice and water are always on the…

Best Disney World Park for One Day? Which Park You Should Choose

One day at Walt Disney World

If you’ve been doing your research, you’ve probably read that it’s impossible to visit Walt Disney World in a day and see everything. Heck, it’s pretty much impossible to see everything in only one of its parks. Having written that, there are times when you only have a single day to spend at Walt Disney World. I totally get it. The tougher problem is picking a theme park to spend your day in. Need help narrowing down the best Disney World park for one day? Here’s the story on each…

8 Things NOT to Pack for Walt Disney World

Briar Rabbit Magic Kingdom Statue things not to pack for Walt Disney World

I love looking a packing lists when it comes to Walt Disney World. Heck, I’m a certified overpacker and proud of it. But, when you’re headed to WDW on a plane or have limited space in your suitcase, I’ve learned what I absolutely don’t have to bring when staying on property. Here’s the most common things not to pack for Walt Disney World and where to find them. 1. Bandages Packing a box of bandages just in case we got blisters from walking loads of miles in the parks day…

11 Important Things to Know Before Your First Disney World Trip

Beating the crowds at Magic Kingdom is easy with these 11 ideas!

If I only had learned one single lesson from my family’s first vacation to Walt Disney World it’s this: we were not prepared for it. Even with all of the research I’d done for months ahead of time I was still pretty much clueless once we stepped foot into the parks. Here’s my top 11 things to know before your first Disney World trip to save you time, money, and keep your sanity in check. Maybe I had done too much scouring for information and it was all a jumble…

Disney Travel Hacks: 7 Easy Ways to Save Money and Avoid Crowds

Benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort: Extra Magic Hours Magic Kingdom

Two of the most frequent questions about Walt Disney World that I get asked are, “How can we save money on our trip?” and “How can I avoid high crowds when visiting WDW?” Not knowing the answer to either of these questions could be the make or break between staying on budget and keeping your sanity or staying home and wishing you were there. I’m all about saving money at WDW (more money in my pocket= more trips!) and avoiding crowds while my family is there, so I’ve compiled my…

The Best Free Stuff at Disney World: 11 Easy Ways to Save Money

Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom

We all know that Walt Disney World parks can be expensive. When you factor in lodging costs, ticket purchases, transportation to and from the parks, and, of course, dining, the total cost of a Walt Disney World vacation can have you staring at the figure wide-eyed and shaking your head. Compliments of my family’s love for the parks and knowing where to cut costs, I’ve compiled an easy list of freebies that will help you cut costs and keep money in your pocket on your next visit to the most…

How to NOT Get Sick at Universal Orlando – and what to do if you do

Universal Orlando mistakes: rope drop

No one wants to be sick on vacation, but it does happen. So, it makes sense to want to protect yourself when you visit Universal Orlando Resort. What should do to not get sick when you visit? From resort room tips to what to bring into the park, here’s how to not get sick at Universal Orlando – and what to do if it happens.  Disclosure: in no way is this post meant to freak you out or to speak negatively against Universal Orlando Resort. It’s to help you prepare…