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How To Save Money at Disney World

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Quote: Disney World is the most magical place on earth, but it's a great trip that some people can only afford to make once in a lifetime. Hopefully, I can give you some insight on how to save your money and make your vacation even more magical.

How To Save Money at Disney World

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The best thing you can do when planning any trip is proper planning. You can make an okay experience one to remember by proper planning. I have found that the best way to plan a memorable vacation is to spend some time with a Travel Planner and let them work with you to make your trip one to remember. Most planners have either personal experience with Disney World or at least the reference material you will need to plan your trip.I am not a certified Disney expert, but I can draw you a map of Magic Kingdom from memory on a cocktail napkin. In my 33 years of life, I have been to Disney more than 60 times, and now that I have two small c...Read More

How To Book Your Disney Vacation

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Minnie Mouse Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I want to begin by saying that you can spend hours of your own time researching and booking your Disney vacation on your own, or you can take my advise and work with a Travel Planner and let them do the brunt of the work. They know where to look for the discounts and how to save you money; all you need to do is ask. The choice is yours to make, and I will try to give you the pros and cons of booking your vacation with a planner or on your own. TRAVEL PLANNERChoosing a planner is the hardest part of working with one. Who do you use and trust to plan your Disney vacation? Walt Disney World has Disney-certified vacation spec...Read More

How To Make $100 On Your Disney Vacation

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You think I am crazy, right? Why is Disney going to give you $100 for your vacation? Simply because Disney knows that in order to make money, you need to spend money. Now, they are not just going to hand every guest a $100 bill at the gate - there is a catch. I know, there is always a catch. But this one can get you $100 Disney Dollars for a few minutes of your time. Most of us reading this post are already RCI members, and we are familiar with how vacation clubs work and promote. The $100 Disney Dollar Promotion is offered at Disney World and the Disney World Resorts via the Disney Vacation Club, and to my knowledge, Disney has not been advertising this. All you do is sign up to ...Read More

Save Money On Disney World Park Passes

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The Disney World Passes have recently changed, and depending on how you purchase them, you can find savings. The new tickets are called Magic Your Way tickets. They are more cost-effective if you plan properly, but if you purchase extras you don’t need, you are throwing away a lot of money, so be careful. If you purchase the wrong passes, you can throw away hundred’s of dollars! Why would you be throwing away money? Mostly because the base tickets expire. There is an additional option you can purchase to make your passes so they do NOT expire, ...Read More
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Your money is very important to you, and I am sure that you would like to save as much money as you can during your Magical Vacation. The time of year that you plan to take your vacation will help you determine how much money you will spend. Obviously, traveling during the Value Season will save you money. Personally, I find that that October has the better rates, and I often travel with my kids the second week in October. I like this month because it allow the kids an opportunity to see Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, while my wife and I can enjoy...Read More

Tips To Make Booking Your Trip Easier

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A Walt Disney World Vacation Photo, Orlando, Florida
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So, you are planning a Walt Disney World vacation and you don’t know where to begin? I can help you with this. Since 1978, when I took my very first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, I have returned to Disney more than 60 times. No, I don’t live in Orlando and my last name isn’t Rockefeller. I just happen to enjoy the magical atmosphere that Disney creates and can’t get enough of it. Deciding that you want to go to Disney World is the easy part. It is an expensive vacation that, unfortunately, some people can only afford to make once in a lifetime. There is so much to see and do that you are not sure where to start. That is why you bought this guide, and that in itself is a good be...Read More

Make Disney Money When You Spend Money

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The Many Faces Of Spaceship Earth Photo, Orlando, Florida
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It took years before I trusted a credit-card company that offered a rewards program. I never really understood why I had to spend a couple hundred dollars to make one dollar back. Now just about every bank, hotel, airline and credit card company has a different rewards program that you can participate in. The key to making some of these programs successful is to either find a site that allows you to merge all your accounts and points together, or pick a program that you know you will benefit from the most. For instance, I currently have five different programs that I am enrolled in that gather points. Sadly enough, I only have enough points in one of these programs to really do anything with ...Read More

How and Where To Find The Best Deals

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Our Traditional Photo Spot Photo, Orlando, Florida
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For those readers who have read my OTHER JOURNALS, you know that the one thing I stress for every vacation is proper planning. And although I think every vacation requires special attention, I think that a Disney vacation requires just a bit more. Disney just opened up their fifth and newest resort, Disneyland Hong Kong, at the cost of $3,000,000,000. Yes, that is three BILLION dollars. Do you know where this money comes from? Right, directly from your pockets. Now do you know why planning is so important? So what is the "How to" of planning, you ask? It is all about knowledge, kn...Read More
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Whether you are taking a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or spending the weekend away, the best long-term discount option that I can tell you about is the opportunity to become a Travel Agent. How would you like to have the opportunity to travel all the time at a discounted rate, and get paid to do it?Sounds great, right? It is. Becoming an independent travel agent was one of the easiest decisions I ever made. I have the ability to be my own boss, set my own hours and I concentrate my business by helping others book their travel to places that I love to visit; like Disney! Best part...Read More