Do you tip Mousekeeping while you are at Walt Disney World?

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Tipping is an important part of my Walt Disney World budget planning. I budget for Mousekeeping, bell service, and food servers at all my favorite table service restaurants. Each day, I leave a special Mousekeeping envelope with a few dollars inside when we leave  for the day, and I have been blessed with awesome mousekeeping staff when I have traveled.Now, making towel animals is not a prerequisite for landing a job with the Disney mousekeeping department, but I wanted to share the … [Read more...]




Tips for Saving Money off food at the Magic Kingdom

Most of us have a budget but Disney World can be a budget buster. My daughter and I have annual passes so we go as often as we can. Over the past few years I have learned a lot of money saving tips. Hopefully some of these can help you.A huge one for me is getting a free cup of ice water in any quick service location that has a soda fountain. If the taste of the water bothers you then you can bring along some of those little flavored packets or Chip uses Mio. There are few locations that … [Read more...]




Disney World Quick Tips – Planning your Disney World Budget

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There are very few people who visit Walt Disney World without having to carefully plan and budget their available funds. I use a very measured and logical (at least to me) approach for budgeting each of our visits. First - I always try to start early enough so I can plan how much money we can put aside on a monthly basis to meet our needs. We go often enough and have enough separation between visits so that we now have a permanent savings plan that covers all of our requirements.Once you … [Read more...]




BYOPD Bring Your Own Pixie Dust: A Quick Tip to Creating Your Own Magic

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Are you looking for a way to make your vacation extra-magical? Disney does great at sprinkling unexpected pixie dust, but what if you want to create your own? One perfect way I have found is by leaving trinkets out for the family to find when returning to the room for a mid-day break.Not to worry, I have found some very budget friendly ways to accomplish this, even with my family of five.Disney themed wrapped candy bars or candy bags. Trinkets from Target's Dollar Spot or Dollar … [Read more...]




Disney World Planning – Budgeting and using Gift Cards

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Hey Everyone! My countdown to Disney is currently at 197 days. That may seem like a long time, but it is not.  In terms of planning I have 17 days until I can make my advanced dining reservations. Making ADR’s is a key element in having a well organized trip. At this point in my planning I am doing a few important things. If you missed last weeks edition here it is.Budgeting. Recording Park Hours Making a rough dining reservation draftToday I am going to take you through how I … [Read more...]