10 Items to Buy at the Dollar Store Before Your Disney World Trip + Giveaway!

on November 11, 2018

I save money on our frequent trips to Walt Disney World by buying items ahead of time at the Dollar Tree!

Here are my top ten items to buy before your trip. These will make your trip better and save you bunches when you are at Disney World. Read to the end of the post to enter my giveaway to win all ten items!

Rain Ponchos

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Get Your FREE Disney Parks Planning Videos!

on November 10, 2018

Click the image above to get this year’s FREE Disney Parks vacation planning videos! They are easy to watch online and get a bunch of free planning advice straight from the Mouse himself.

I watch the Walt Disney World 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...

Camping at Disney World: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Review

on November 9, 2018

I stayed in the campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground this past February to get the full camping at Disney World experience and I had a blast. Fort Wilderness is the most affordable way to stay on-property at Disney World so I don’t know what took me so long!

Here’s what to expect when you camp at Fort Wilderness plus some tips and tricks for having a great stay! Read more...

Ep 24: Disney World Regulars Take On Disney California Adventure Park and more…

on November 7, 2018

Here is Episode 24 of The Budget Mouse Podcast, in which we check out Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and the Disney resorts in Anaheim, CA! Read more...

Disney FastPass: Everything You Need to Know + Free Printable Cheat Sheet!

on October 22, 2018
Free printable FastPass+ cheat sheet for planning your Disney World vacation! Tips and tricks for using the FastPass system at Walt Disney World for your next trip. Fast Pass can save you time if you know how to use it! #disneyworld #vacationplanning

Waiting in line is probably everyone’s least favorite part of a Disney World vacation.

But you can avoid a lot of waiting with the Disney Fastpass service! I’ll answer all of your questions about the service and show you how to get the most out of your Fastpasses in this post.

What is a FastPass+?

Fastpass (aka Fast Pass or FastPass+) is basically a ride reservation system that allows you reserve access to certain rides, shows, and character meet-and-greets in advance. Read more...

How To Use David’s DVC Rental To Save Thousands On Your Disney World Vacation!

on October 20, 2018

The single easiest way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to use David’s DVC Rental for stays at Disney Deluxe resorts. My family has been doing this for years and it allows us to visit Disney World often, even on a limited budget!

The EASIEST way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to rent DVC points through a broker. Tips and tricks for using a points broker to arrange your Disney vacation. #disneyworld

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to book your Disney World vacation with David’s DVC Rental, which is by far the simplest way to go about renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points. Read more...

Ep 23: Ten Reasons To Love The Disney World Value Resorts

on October 17, 2018

Here is Episode 23 of The Budget Mouse Podcast! This week I’m sharing ten reasons to love the Disney World Value Resorts.

Here are some related posts:

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New Disney World Date-Based Tickets Explained: How To Find The Cheapest Dates!

on October 17, 2018

Beginning October 16th, 2018, the cost of Disney World multi-day tickets will depend on the dates on which you are using your tickets.

In this post, I’ll explain how the new date-based ticket system works, plus how to find the cheapest dates to visit!


For a limited time, you can still get discounted regular tickets that aren’t bound to certain dates from Undercover Tourist! I highly suggest doing this if you plan on visiting in the next year because even the cheapest tickets from Disney will be much more than from Undercover Tourist. Read more...

Ep 22: How To Save Money & Eat The Best Stuff at Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

on October 5, 2018

Here is episode 22 of The Budget Mouse podcast which is all about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Here are some resources related to the show:

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2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Favorites & What To Skip

on October 4, 2018

I’m finally getting around to sharing my favorites from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with you! There are six weeks left in the festival – it lasts until November 12th this year.

First, here are some of my other Food & Wine resources:

Now I’m going to share what I loved (and what I didn’t) at this year’s festival! Read more...

Dining Review: Geyser Point Bar And Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

on October 1, 2018

Here is the fourth installment of my Best of Disney World Quick Service Dining series… you can check out all of the posts in this series here!

Wilderness Lodge has long been a dining destination for many Walt Disney World guests, thanks to the popular Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point. Well, the food scene at Wilderness Lodge has recently gotten even better with the addition of Geyser Point Bar and Grill! Read more...

Ep 21: Highlights, Discounts, & Tips For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

on September 23, 2018

Epsiode 21 of The Budget Mouse podcast is all about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Here is a link to discount Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets from Undercover Tourist.

Check out this related post on the blog for all of the details I mention in the show.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Discounts, Highlights, and Tips!

on September 21, 2018
Get Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party discount tickets, highlights, and tips for having the best possible experience at the party! Get more Disney World tips and tricks, planning hacks, and learn how to do Disney on a budget over at The Budget Mouse! #disneyworld #disneyplanningtips

I finally got to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with my daughter this year and I have so much to share!

I’ll start with how to get discounted tickets and then I’ll share the highlights of the party for us and my tips for having the best possible experience.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Discount Tickets

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special “hard-ticketed” event at Magic Kingdom.
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How To Use Orbitz To Save Up To 50% On Disney World Hotels!

on September 20, 2018

How to use Orbitz promo codes to save on Disney World hotels! Orbitz can help you do Disney World on a budget. Get my tips and tricks for Orbitz Disney World hacks on The Budget Mouse!.

If you are looking for creative ways to save money on a Walt Disney World vacation, here is one of my top suggestions. I have used this strategy MANY times and have saved hundreds of dollars!

In a nutshell, it is possible (and pretty easy) to stack two discounts on top of each other for Disney World resort hotel reservations when you book on Orbitz.com.

With both discounts, you can get up to 50% off of the regular prices of Disney World hotel rooms! Read more...

Ep 20: September Trip Report: All-Star Movies For The Win, Food & Wine, Halloween Party and more…

on September 19, 2018

Here is Episode 20 of The Budget Mouse podcast which is all about my September trip to Walt Disney World!

I mention many resources in the show, here are some links:

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How to Take Amazing Disney Castle Pictures!

on September 19, 2018

Guest post by Katie Evans from Being Katie Brave

I'm so excited to get that PERFECT Disney castle shot. Super easy and totally helpful ideas and tricks! #Disneyworldtips #disneycaslte #disneyphotos #disneyvacation #disneyplanning

If you’re a Disney lover at all (and I’m guessing you are because you’re reading this post!), getting the perfect Disney Castle shot is high on your priority list. I totally get it. I do. It’s iconic, sentimental and the perfect Disney World Souvenir.

Our family had the unique privilege of living right next door to Walt Disney World. So close in fact, that we would watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our home every single night. Read more...

Ep 19: How To Keep The Disney World Magic Alive When You Can’t Visit As Much As You Want – Interview with Dave Rich

on September 6, 2018

Episode 19 of The Budget Mouse podcast is my interview with fellow Disney fan Dave Rich in which we talk about all of the ways to keep the Disney World magic alive in your everyday life.

Most of us can’t visit the parks as much as we’d like, so here are a bunch of ways to connect with Disney and the theme parks even when you can only visit every 2-3 years. Read more...

DVC Villas That Are The Best Deals!

on September 5, 2018

Renting DVC points is likely my #1 favorite way to save money on a Disney vacation. It has allowed us to stay at places we’ve never dreamed we’d be able to stay!

There are a few different ways to go about renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points which you can read about in this post. 

During my years of studying DVC, I’ve discovered that there are definitely some sweet spots in the DVC point charts and villas. Read more...

Ep 18: Cheapskate Trip Planning Timeline + Steps

on August 29, 2018

Here is episode 18 of The Budget Mouse Disney podcast! It includes my cheapskate trip planning timeline and steps for planning a trip to Disney World on a tight budget.

Here are some of the resources I mention in this week’s show:

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