2018 Free Dining Packages are Now Available!

on April 24, 2018

2018 Walt Disney World Free Dining packages are available to be booked as of this morning!

All of the details are in this post, but here is the quick-and-dirty version:

Dates you can check-in and qualify for Free Dining are:

August 20 – Septemeber 29
November 24 – November 27
December 7 – December 23

You must book a minimum four-night stay and four-day park hopper tickets this year (increases from past years). Read more...

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

on April 22, 2018

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 is basically a ride reservation system that allows you reserve access to certain rides, shows, and character meet-and-greets in advance. Read more...

Budget-Friendly Rooms That Sleep Five at Disney World!

on April 20, 2018

Finding an affordable place to stay on Disney property for a family of five can be a challenge! Most of the pricey Deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World have rooms that sleep five people, but if you can’t shell out $500/night for one of these rooms (and I certainly can’t) then you’ll need another option.

In this post, I’ll share my tips and tricks for finding rooms at Disney World that sleep five (at no extra cost). Read more...

My New “Keep Moving Forward” T-Shirt + Giveaway!

on April 10, 2018

I’m excited to share something I’ve been working on for a while… my first t-shirt design!

I’m a huge Walt Disney fan (I’m sure I’m not alone) and this quote by him is my all-time favorite:

“Around here, however, we don’t look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

This pretty much sums up how I want to live my life. Read more...

Dining Review: The Polite Pig in Disney Springs!

on April 7, 2018

I got to check out one of the newer dining locations in Disney Springs on my recent trip to Walt Disney World. Here’s a quick and honest review of The Polite Pig!

The Polite Pig is located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs, close to the World of Disney Store and right next to the elevators for the Lime parking garage.

It’s another venture by the Orlando-area restauranteurs who own The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. Read more...

When Is It Worth It To Buy A Disney World Annual Pass?

on March 27, 2018

When is it worth it to buy an Disney World Annual Pass? The answer might surprise you! #disneyworld #travelplanning

An annual pass is a Disney World lover’s dream come true… visit the parks as often as I want for a whole year?  Yes, please!

While a Disney World annual pass isn’t cheap, buying one might actually save you money depending on the situation.

Here’s a quick summary of several situations that might merit getting an Annual Pass:

  • You visit Disney World at about the same time every year, or
  • You want to make several short trips within a year, or
  • You plan on buying PhotoPass for an upcoming trip, or
  • You want the additional savings on parking, dining, accommodations, and merchandise

In this post, I’ll explain these benefits in detail and do the math on when it makes sense to take the leap and buy an annual pass (AP) at Disney World. Read more...

Welcome The Frugal South Readers! Enter to Win a $25 Disney Gift Card

on March 25, 2018

I’m so excited to welcome my readers to the new home for my Disney content… The Budget Mouse!

My first site,  The Frugal South, started out as a place for me to share money-saving strategies for everything from groceries to entertainment to travel.

Over the past few years it’s become clear that my posts about saving money at Walt Disney World travel are by FAR my most popular posts. So I wrote more Disney posts and The Frugal South grew into a place of about half Disney stuff and half other money-saving stuff… which made it a kinda confusing place! Read more...