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:


Epcot Festival of the Holidays: Everything You Need To Know

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:


Disney Spring’s Terralina Crafted Italian Review!

on July 20, 2018

I had a chance to check out Terralina Crafted Italian, the newest restaurant in Disney Springs, earlier this month and am excited to share a review with you today!

If you ever went to Portobello in Downtown Disney, then you know right where Terralina is located because it is in the same location formerly occupied by Portobello.

If you aren’t familiar, it is right across from Paddlefish (the giant paddle boat that is hard to miss) in The Landing section of Disney Springs. Read more...

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...

Ep 10: The Disney Dining Plan: 4 Scenarios Where It Could Save You Money

on June 28, 2018

Here’s Episode 10 of The Budget Mouse podcast! It’s all about the Disney Dining Plan, and when it could actually save you money.

I’m excited to announce that my Patreon page is ready – check it out here!


Save Up To $110 Per Disney World Ticket Through July 22nd!

on June 28, 2018

I learned via email that Norwegian Rewards is offering 18% off all activities booked through their partner site Get Your Guide through July 22nd, 2018. I was excited to find that the 18% discount does work on Disney World tickets, providing some incredible deals!

Of course, I wouldn’t share a deal with you until I verified it myself, so I’ll show you how the process worked when I bought my own ticket with this deal and how much you can save. Read more...

Ep 9: How to Never Wait in Line at Disney World

on June 20, 2018

Here’s Episode 9 of The Budget Mouse podcast! I share my five tactics for avoiding waits at Disney World plus answer a reader question about handling room charges when traveling with a group.

Here are some of the resources I mention in the show:

Episode 9 of The Budget Mouse Disney Podcast - How to Never Wait in Line at Walt Disney World #disneyworld #disneyplanning #podcast Read more...

2019 Disney World Packages Now Available + Free Gifts!

on June 19, 2018

I’ve already had readers asking me when they should book their trips for next year, so I’m excited to share that Disney World released 2019 packages today, June 19th!

Next year will be huge at Disney World thanks to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Skyliner, so availability at Disney resorts may be very limited. It’s a great idea to book as soon as possible, especially if you want to visit in November or December. Read more...

Pop Century Resort Refurbished Room Photo Tour!

on June 14, 2018

I’m excited to share a bunch of pictures of the newly refurbished rooms at Pop Century with you today! Pop Century is my favorite value resort (and one of my favorite resorts at Disney period) and rooms there have been receiving a MAJOR overhaul this year.

As you can see, the rooms are barely recognizable!

The look of the renovated rooms has been receiving mixed reviews so I am curious to see what you think. Read more...

Ep 8: Why You’ll Love Animal Kingdom Lodge + How to Stay There On the Cheap

on June 13, 2018

Here’s Episode 8 of The Budget Mouse Podcast! This show is all about why a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge should be at the top of your Disney World bucket list and how we stay there on the cheap.

Here are some resources I mention in the show:


Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour Review

on May 31, 2018

A review of the Behind the Seeds tour in Epcot, Walt Disney World! Cost, times, and what to expect on this backstage tour. #disneyworld

Tours at Disney World are a great way to “plus” your vacation if you’ve been to the parks many times. To get a feel for what to expect on a Disney World tour, I took the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot last month. Read on to learn all about what to expect on this tour and my overall impressions!

A review of the Behind the Seeds tour in Epcot, Walt Disney World! Cost, times, and what to expect on this backstage tour. #disneyworld

The Behind the Seeds tour gives a “backstage” tour of the greenhouses found in the Land pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. Read more...

Ep 7: The Best & Cheapest Times of Year to Visit Walt Disney World

on May 30, 2018

Here is episode 7 of The Budget Mouse podcast, all about my picks for the best and CHEAPEST times of year to visit Walt Disney World! Did you know the cost of the same room at a Disney World resort can be HALF PRICE during a value season compared to peak season? Get all of the details in this week’s show! Read more...

Disney World Backstage Tours Overview & How to Get Discounts!

on May 24, 2018

If you’ve been to the theme parks many times over you might be looking for ways to have new experiences at Walt Disney World. Backstage tours are a great way to try something new and different!

In this post, I’ll describe your options for Disney World tours and explain how to book them at a discount. If you haven’t considered taking a tour before, you just might after reading this!

Disney World Tours Overview

There are over thirty different “Backstage” (aka behind the scenes) tours offered at Walt Disney World. Read more...