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…

Top Disney World FastPass+ Selections and Tips for Each Park

WDW for First timers FastPass+ first Walt Disney World Trip

Photo Courtesy of WDW News Fastpass+ selections can be a challenge to choose, especially if you’re unsure which ones are super popular. There’s plenty to choose from and tiers in most of the parks which may only help you narrow it down- or leave you scratching your head. Here’s our picks for top Disney World FastPass+ selections at each park for all family touring styles! Here’s the condensed version of how FastPass+ (FP+) works at Walt Disney World. You’re able to select up to three ahead of time for each day…

11 Things NOT to Do at Walt Disney World

Donald Duck Statue at Magic Kingdom things not to pack for Walt Disney World

A first trip to Walt Disney World is certainly overwhelming even for those that have spent hours researching and narrowing down details. I know I was guilty of reading hundreds of articles about what to do, where to stay, and what to eat before my first visit. But, there are easy ways to keep your sanity and still have an amazing vacation. and while this post is filled with double negatives (to avoid you from having a negative vacation!), from your head to your toes, here’s things NOT to do at…

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…

How to Do Major Holidays at Walt Disney World

Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom

When it comes to the major holidays at Walt Disney World there’s one thing I always hear: it’s too crowded to enjoy attractions. The second thing that’s always brought up is the increase in prices for peak seasons. Is there a way to enjoy the holiday fun in the parks without breaking the bank and losing your sanity? You betcha. Rope Drop Is the Way to Begin the Day You’ll want to hit the turnstile area well before the park opens, aka rope drop. Not only will you be the first…

How to Make the Most of the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom autumn

One of the million + reasons that my family loves Walt Disney World so much is the fact that it goes all out for winter holidays. And I mean ALL OUT. If there was pixie dust flying in the air over the parks everyday, during the autumn and winter holiday season it’s magnified by a thousand. Add in the fact that the weather is much more moderate and you’ve got the perfect mix for a spectacular holiday season. Need some easy tips and tricks on how to make the most of…

5 Super Cool Free Things for Teens at Walt Disney World

free things for teens at Walt Disney World

I understand; I have a teen daughter. And, while Walt Disney World is her favorite place on the planet she has outgrown a few things in the parks and at the resorts- splash pads, for one. I’m not above getting soaked on days that we feel like we’re melting but, you know. Teens still want to maintain their coolness while having fun, so we’ve created a list of five super fun  (and still cool!)  free things  for teens  at Walt Disney World. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game There’s three…

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…

Walt Disney World and Pittsburgh Today Live: A Perfect Pairing

  It seems like my “pinch me” moments are are becoming a little more constant these days and yesterday morning was a slap-me-in-the-face-I’m-dreaming moment. Ask me to talk about Walt Disney World and I’m always on board. Ask me to talk on KDKA t.v.’s Pittsburgh Today Live morning news show and I’m floating on air! When my family first moved to the area I now call home, I remember the kids at school talking about KDKA and its programs.  A link to the PTL video: When I received the confirmation…

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…