Ep 17: Top 20 Freebies at Walt Disney World

on August 17, 2018

Here is Episode 17 of The Budget Mouse Podcast which is all about my favorite free items and activities at Walt Disney World!

Here are a few things I mention in this episode:


Get Your 2018 FREE Disney Parks Planning Videos!

on August 15, 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...

Ep 16: All About Disney Vacation Club – Interview With Kristen Tutas from ResalesDVC

on August 11, 2018

Here is episode 16 of The Budget Mouse podcast which is all about Disney Vacation Club!

I’ve called in someone who deals with DVC every day for her job – Kristen Tutas from ResalesDVC. In this interview I recorded on my trip to Disney World last month we chat about all things DVC – what it is, how it’s VERY different from traditional timeshares, how one becomes a DVC member, what to know about buying DVC directly from Disney versus buying on the resale market, and more! Read more...

Custom Disney Castle T-Shirt Giveaway from Toddler Trends!

on August 3, 2018

I’m excited to share another giveaway with you today! I’ve partnered with Toddler Trends to offer you a chance to win a custom Disney Castle “Home” T-Shirt.

Toddler Trends is owned and run by a fellow North Carolina mom, so I am especially happy to share this company with you. I love supporting other momprenuers, especially those from the state I call home.

The awesome Buzz Lightyear shirt I wore to Toy Story Land was also made by Toddler Trends! Read more...

Ep 15: 12 Tips to Save Money on Food at Disney World!

on August 3, 2018

Here is episode 15 of The Budget Mouse podcast which is all about ways to save on food expenses at Walt Disney World when you are paying out of pocket!

Here are links to some of the resources I mentioned in this episode:


Magical Dining Month: 3-Course Meals at Disney World Signature Restaurants for $35!

on August 1, 2018

Terralina Crafted Italian - Magical Dining Month Orlando

Visit Orlando and American Express are once again sponsoring Magical Dining Month in 2018!

This event is mostly known just by Orlando locals, but anyone visiting in September can take advantage of this way to save money at some of Disney World’s Signature Restaurants.

Here are the details from the Orlando Magical Dining Month site:

  • From August 24th through September 30th you can get a three-course fixed menu for $35 at select Orlando area restaurants.

Ep 14: All About the Holidays at Disney World (and How to Visit on a Budget)

on July 28, 2018

Episode 14 of The Budget Mouse Podcast is all about visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays and how to save money on a trip in November and December.

Here are links to the posts I mention in the show:


All About Epcot Festival of the Holidays

on July 27, 2018

Epcot celebrates the holidays as only it can with the International Festival of the Holidays!

While this is technically Epcot’s newest festival, many of its elements have been around for years as part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration.

This festival will run from November 18th through December 30th in 2018. Read on to learn more about the decorations, food, and special entertainment that are part of the festival!

Epcot Festival of the Holidays Decorations

You will find Epcot fully decorated for the holidays on the first day of the festival! Read more...

Ep 13: Everything You Need to Know About Toy Story Land

on July 21, 2018

Here is Episode 13 of The Budget Mouse Podcast! I share lots of tips and tricks for the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Here is a link to some posts I mention in this episode:


Toy Story Land Alien Cup Giveaway!

on July 16, 2018

I had a great trip to Disney World earlier this month to check out Toy Story Land! It exceeded my expectations – the toys won me over for sure.

You can hear my nightly reports during the trip in this episode of the podcast. I published a huge post about Toy Story Land here loaded with tips and tricks for having a great time there!

AND I brought something home with me from Toy Story Land to give away to a lucky reader! Read more...

Toy Story Land Tips & Tricks!

on July 15, 2018

I checked out the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ten days after it opened and I’m sharing everything I learned with you today!

There are three attractions in Toy Story Land:

  • Slinky Dog Dash (a family coaster)
  • Alien Swirling Saucers (spinning ride akin to Tthe Mad Tea Party)
  • Toy Story Mania (3D arcade-style ride)

There are also characters meet and greets with Buzz, Woody, and Jessie, a new quick-service restaurant, and some fun surprises! Read more...

Ep 12: July Trip Report With Money-Saving Tips!

on July 14, 2018

Here is a compilation of the trip reports from my July trip to Walt Disney World. I share how we saved money on ALL aspects of the trip, where we stayed, what we ate, and a little about what I did at Hollywood Studios.

Here are links to some of the things I mention in this show:


Ep 11: My Favorite Things at Disney World That Most People Skip

on July 4, 2018

Here’s Episode 11 of The Budget Mouse Podcast! This week I’m sharing 15 things that I absolutely love in the parks that most people skip. Plus I answer a reader question about visiting in January during the Walt Disney World Marathon.

The Budget Mouse Patreon page is up and in this week’s show I thank patrons Ashley, Kim, Becky, and Laura! Read more...

How to Find Disney World Hotel Deals on Hotwire & Priceline

on July 3, 2018

I’ve heard for years that Disney World hotels sometimes show up as “mystery” hotels on Hotwire and Priceline, but I haven’t ever put any time into finding them. This week I finally did and got an incredible deal – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside for almost 60% off! 



In this post, I’ll show you how to find Disney hotels in disguise on these sites and suggestions for saving even more with a promo code. Read more...