Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Disney Springs I-4 Exit Ramp and Parking Garage has made a great video showing the traffic pattern leading to the new parking garage in Disney Springs. This will give you a good idea about what to expect if you are planning on trying the new garage on your next visit.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Combining Disney Gift Cards

If you have read my post about earning Disney gift cards then you know it can be a great way to help pay for your trip.

But once you get those cards you need to combine them together to be able to purchase hotel rooms and park tickets.

There are two ways to do this. One is open a Disney Vacation Account. This is savings account that Disney provides for you to add money and gift cards to. Then you can use this account to pay for your trip. I have never used this but have heard it still has glitches and problems from time to time. But when it is working well I think it is a very good way to plan, budget, and pay for your trip.

Or you can go to, create and account, enter in your gift card numbers, then combine them all onto one card.

Then you can go to the Disney website and pay for your tickets and hotel rooms. This also is a great way to store your cards and make sure they are safe. It also very easy to use!

This is the way I have payed for my upcoming trip.

Mickey and Minnie T-shirts at Target

I just picked up a Mickey t-shirt for my husband and a Minnie t-shirt for my daughter for our upcoming trip at Target!

The men's shirt was $12.99 and the girl's shirt was $9.99 before my red card discount of 5%. Target had some several other really cute Disney t-shirts including Inside Out, Frozen, and other Minnie Mouse t-shirts.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Book the "Cheapest" Character Meal

Character meals at Disney World are not cheap. They are generally the most expensive way to have a meal. But kids love them!

Also, if booking a character meal keeps you from using a valuable FastPass or time in the parks trying to meet characters, then it may be worth it for your family.

But this blog is all about doing Disney as inexpensively as possible so I am going to share the cheapest character meals you could book.

I have mentioned before and blogged about one of the only free character experiences at Disney World and that is the Chip n' Dale campfire in Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground. You can read my post about it here.

It isn't a meal exactly but you can roast s'mores and there is a quick service restaurant near by where you could grab dinner before you go.

The cheapest character meals on the Disney property are going to be breakfasts. The best way to get the most from your money is to book the latest breakfast possible so that your meal ends up being closer to lunch time. That way this can be your biggest meal of the day. The latest you can book most breakfasts are 11:00am.

Two of the cheapest character breakfast meals at Disney resorts are Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort and Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch at the Polynesian Resort.

Cape May Cafe features Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto in beach attire. The adult price is around $30.00. (The price is a little lower and higher depending on the time of year it is.) The price for a child (ages 3-9) is around $15.00.

Ohana's Best Friend Breakfast features Lio, Stitch, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. The adult price is around $25.00 and the child price is around $13.00.

They are both "all you can eat" but Cape May is buffet and Ohana's is family style.

A Character meal breakfast for about the same price as Cape May Cafe in the Magic Kingdom is the Crystal Palace Breakfast. This breakfast features Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It only serves breakfast until 10:45am.

All of these meals need a reservation made as close to 180 days before your trip as you can get. They fill up fast.

There are also a couple of hotels off site in Disney Springs that have character breakfasts that are even a little cheaper and don't require such an advanced reservation. These would be good for a last minute decision to have a character meal.

One is at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.  It is only on Sundays from 8:30am-11:00am. For adults it is $25.00 and for kids it is $10.00.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort is another off site hotel with a character breakfast. Their's takes place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 7:30am-10:30am. The prices (according to are $22.00 for adults and $11.00 for kids (3-11 years old).

photo credit: Hilton

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Trip

I am busy planning a new trip for March 2016.

It will be a little different from the last one but I am excited about it.

Stay tuned for more details.... :)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Marriott Rewards Card Updated

It has been awhile since I wrote a post on how the Marriott Rewards Credit Card worked and the promotion I used when I was planning our Disney trip. (You can read that original post here.)

I wanted to give a little update for anyone considering this card.

I have noticed that Chase has changed their time frame for giving out the "free night" voucher. It now is given after the first year. (Which means you will have an annual fee to pay.) But instead of it expiring after 6 months you have a year to use it.

Also if it is a higher reward point amount (like 80,000 points) you may have to pay an annual fee up front and spend up to $3,000.00 in the first 3 months to get the points. 

But for 50,000 points I am still seeing the fee not being charged until after the first anniversary. 

So if you get one of these cards make sure you read the fine print well so you know exactly what you are getting. 

Done the right way it can still be a great way to get 3 or 4 hotel nights (and possibly breakfast) in a nice hotel for your vacation.

Another Little Update: I have discovered another little tidbit about using Marriott points: If you book 4 nights with points you get the 5th night free. So let's say you have 80,000 points, and that is enough for 4 nights, if you go ahead and book a 5th night your total will still only be 80,000 points.

But what if you need 100,000 points for the room you want to have 4 nights and your only have 80,000? Well you can actually purchase points here for $12.50 per 1,000 points. Normally this isn't such a good deal as you can usually pay for a room cheaper than that price.

BUT, if you will actually get a 4th and a 5th night free with the promotion then it is totally worth it because it is like getting two nights.