$5 Target Gift Card with 2 Pez Dispensers and Candy

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Target.com has a Pez candy Christmas themed gift card that includes 2 FREE Pez Dispensers and 2 things of candy. Add just $5 (or more) to this card and it’ll ship for FREE!

I ordered one for each of my kids for stocking stuffers.



Give the Ultimate Christmas Gift! Book a 2015 Disney or Universal Vacation!

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Give the Ultimate Christmas Gift! Book a 2015 vacation today and wrap it up under the tree!

Disney Discounts 

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • Stay Play & Dine: Give the ultimate Christmas gift and save up to 30% off your hotel accommodations for a 2015 Disney World vacation. Select dates from January 5-March 28, 2015.
  • Save Up to 30% Off Hotels: Book your family vacation from January 5-March 28 and save up to 30% off Disney Resort Hotels.
  • Free Dining Bounce Back Specials: During your Disney vacation, you can book your next Disney vacation at huge savings! The current bounce back special includes the Disney Dining Plan for free. Book your Disney package before you check out and then contact your favorite Destinations in Florida/Destinations to Explore agent for details on transferring your reservation.
  • Active/Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
  • Florida Resident & Annual Passholder Rates: Florida Residents and Annual Passholders can take advantage of great rates on rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels up to 35% off.
  • RunDisney Group Rates: Are you a runner? Do you want to run a race with Mickey Mouse? Join our VIP runners at Destinations in Florida for some of the favorite races including Disney Marathon and Disney Princess Run. These exclusive rates are only with our agency.

Disneyland® Resort

  • New! Save up to 25% Off Spring 2015 Vacations: Save up to 25% on Disneyland® Resort Hotel stays January 4-February 12, 2015 and save up to 20% on stays February 13-March 26, 2015.
  • Save up 20% on Premium Rooms Sunday-Thursday: If you always wanted to try a premium room at the Disneyland® Resort hotels, now is the time. Save up to 20% off the room rates, when you visit during the week days!
  • Active/Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
  • Book a Package for as Little as $89 Per Person/Per Day: Stay right down the road from the Disney Magic at a Good Neighbor Hotel from now through November 21 for as little as $89 per person/per day.
  • 3rd, 4th or 5th Night Free at Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels: Visit Anaheim during select nights through December 2014. Stay at a select Disney Good Neighbor Hotels and enjoy a 3rd night, 4th night or 5th night free. Contact your favorite Destinations in Florida/Destinations to Explore agent for details.

Disney Cruise Line®

  • Canadian Residents Save up to 20% Off: From November 2014-January 2015, Canadian Residents can save up to 20% off Disney Cruise prices on select cruises.
  • Special Rates for Florida Residents and US Military: Take advantage of special deals for Florida Residents and active/retired United States Military.

Universal Orlando Resort Discounts

  • Universal Hotel Discounts: Save up to 30% at Universal Orlando Onsite Resorts this holiday season through December 2014.
  • Cabana Bay Beach Resort Florida Resident Deal: Florida Residents can experience this new hotel from just $79 per night plus tax.
  • Universal 1-Day or 2-Day Pass with Shuttle Transportation for 2014: Take a day away from the Disney World Parks to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Book a 1-Day or 2-Day Pass to Universal Studios with shuttle transportation included in the ticket.
  • “Take 2” Transfer: If you do not want to rent a car during your Orlando vacation, take advantage of the new “Take 2” Transfer ticket for only $39 per person. This transfer includes transportation from a Disney Resort hotel to Universal Orlando Resort for a Universal Studios vacation. After your Universal vacation, the transportation takes you back to the Orlando International Airport.

Sea World Discounts

  • Eat for FREE During Your Vacation: Book your Sea World package at one of the partner hotels and get the All Day Dining Deal for FREE!
  • Kids FREE at Sea World: Book your Sea World Package and kids play for FREE. You will receive one FREE child ticket (ages 3-9) for every paid adult.

 

Written by Kari O’Dell:  Kari creates lasting memories by planning customized vacations all over the world.  Not only does she find you the BEST accommodations with the BEST value, but she will fill in all the blanks for you, all at no cost to you.  Traveling is her passion!  Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  If you are ready to save on your next vacation book your next vacation with Kari at 434-609-2370 or at kari@destinationsinflorida.com.



Our 2014 Walt Disney World Trip

We’ve been home from our Walt Disney World trip now for a little over a week and I have finally recovered. Taking an infant definitely made the trip different from any trip we have ever taken. Molly Kate did so good on the trip and Emily and Jacob had a lot of fun showing her all their favorite attractions and introducing her to their favorite characters.

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I mentioned before we left that we were staying at the Contemporary on this trip thanks to my dad. Since we drove down, we were able to trick the kids. They thought that we were going to the Contemporary to take a picture for the blog, something they are very used to, and told them that we were going to try our MagicBand on a room to see if it opened. When it did, my oldest refused to go in and said we were being bad and she didn’t want any part of it. Once we convinced her that we were in fact staying there, she was over the moon excited.

Having the baby with us meant that we went at a different pace than usual. We usually have a specific touring plan and get to the parks at rope drop. Since I had to base everything around when Molly Kate needed to eat and sleep, we decided to just go with the flow.

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Most mornings, Jason would take the other 2 to the park for rope drop and I would meet them about an hour or two later.  We utilized both the Fastpass+ system and parent swap and took Molly Kate on the rides that she was able to enjoy. Her favorite ride was Winnie The Pooh and she loved Dumbo and Toy Story Mania.

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We rented a stroller from an off-site company, but she mainly wanted me to wear her. So most of the time, I found myself sitting and people watching with her strapped to my chest.

Since I am breastfeeding, I utilized the Baby Care Centers in every park. It gave us a chance to unwind in the air conditioning. I even talked with a few moms who were on their first trip and didn’t know about parent swap. I was able to teach them and help them enjoy the rest of their trip.

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We spent most of our time at the Magic Kingdom and I believe the kids rode every single ride there. They managed to make it on Seven Dwarfs a total of 13 times and only once did they stand in the hour long line. Yes, that was something new for us too. We have never waited more than 30 minutes in a line (and I would say that is very rare), but they wanted to see what the queue was like and they were eager to ride it again. We also had a total of 5 Fastpass+ reservations for 7 dwarfs and we utilized Parent Swap. Then we got the bonus Fastpass ticket at Cosmic Rays.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was absolutely amazing! My husband took the older 2 to ride attractions for most of the day and I was able to take the baby and throughly tour WWoHP. She even slept on me for the Olivanders presentation in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The wait times were what we had hoped to find at Disney World. Everything was 5 – 20 minutes including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I decided to ride it and I was glad I did, but I don’t think I will be on it again anytime soon. I definitely felt nauseated after that ride.

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We went to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time. Once the party started at 7 pm, the crowds cleared out and the lines dropped significantly. I saw a wait time of just 10 minutes for Space Mountain! The kids were able to ride Barnstormer 8 times in a row while we stood in line to meet Goofy and Donald. We found the attraction lines to be short but the character lines were long!

The parade was the best part! We grabbed a seat in Frontierland for the 10:30 parade and we didn’t have to wait long for it to start. We also sat in Fantasyland for Hallowishes and that was AMAZING! We also made sure to view it from the Contemporary a few days later. I highly recommend the party and we want to make plans to attend the Christmas party.

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Overall, the trip was absolutely amazing and I am so glad that we went. I mentioned before that we scheduled this trip during the specific week of October 11th – 18th because it is our dark week. I had a few rough emotional moments but overall it was hard to be depressed at Walt Disney World! Check out my 3 super sweet kiddos with the balloon we got for Andrew.

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The group trip events were a lot of fun. I was so glad that a handful of my readers were able to join us on the trip. I got to know one reader and her family very well and the kids had so much fun meeting everyone. We are talking about trying to put a trip together for dates that qualify for FREE dining.

So there you have it! If you have any questions about the trip or Disney World questions in general, feel free to post them below.



Special Activities at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is more than just four magical theme parks.  It is full of special activities perfect for first timers and repeat visitors!  Did you know that you can tour backstage, behind the magic?  Or enjoy a morning safari?  How about a little bit of magic delivered right to your resort room?  Today, we are going to talk about special activities to make your Disney World vacation more magical and special!  I’m Carrie, and I visit you each week here on Couponing to Disney to share some frequently asked questions about the happiest place on earth!

We are traveling with extended family {grandparents who have never been to Disney}.  What is a fun first night activity our family can enjoy together?  

A fun first night activity would be the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage.  This fun experience launches from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  During this cruise, you venture out on Seven Seas Lagoon with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee along with their pirate pals for an adventure.  Before you set sail, you can enjoy snacks and drinks.  Then, you are set for an amazing view of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from your ship.  You do need to prepay for this voyage, and it’s a good idea to reserve your spot 180 days in advance.

What is an In Room Celebration?  And how do I reserve one?

Disney Floral and Gifts offers In Room Celebrations for almost every special occasion!  Welcome Celebrations, Romance, Birthday are among the most popular ones.  They will deliver and set it up right in your resort room!  Disney Floral and Gifts is amazing with helping you create the perfect welcome gift and in room celebration for your Disney trip.

May I purchase the First Haircut package at the Harmony Barbershop for my child who is over the age of 2? 

Yes!  There is no age limit for the First Haircut package.  And if you book it for your child, he or she gets a cute pair of Mouse Ears and a fun certificate!

What fun activities can I plan for my two teenagers while we are at Disney?

When kids are teens at Disney, they like to venture on their own, right?  It would be nice to start the day together and then after lunch, let them go off around the park on their own while you and your spouse enjoy some time together.  For teenage girls, a spa session at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa {Senses} can be a very fun experience!  And for the boys, perhaps a catch and release fishing excursion, or the Sammy Duvall Watersports experience would be enjoyable.

We have been to Disney numerous times, and we are looking for a unique experience for our 11 year olds. Do you have any suggestions?

The Richard Petty Ride Along Experience would be great for them!  Children ages 6-13 are invited to ride along in a Piston Cup style car.  Another fun experience would be surf lessons at Typhoon Lagoon.  These are available to guests 8 and older, and last about 2.5 hours.

Does your family like to enjoy special experiences at Walt Disney World?  I’d love to hear about it!

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or request a no obligation quote to get the planning process started. Mention this article on Couponing to Disney, and receive an exclusive free gift when booking your trip with Carrie!

 

 



Family of the Day for Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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My reader Jennifer emailed me to let me know that her family was chosen as the family of the day for Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Check out her amazing experience:

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FREE Lego Treat at the Lego Store on Halloween

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Trick or Treat at the Lego Store on Halloween night and get a special treat! Your child will need to wear their Halloween costume. Last year the treat was a Frankenstein keychain.

(Thanks Birmingham Bargain Mom!)



FREE Scary Face Pancake at IHOP on October 31st

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On October 31st, take your kid(s) into any participating IHOP location between 7 am and 10 pm local time and they will get a FREE Scary Face Pancake!

**For Children 12 & under. Limit one per child, dine in only.

Be sure to check out all the current dining deals.

 



FREE Doughnut at Krispy Kreme on Halloween

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Krispy Kreme is offering a FREE doughnut of your choice (including the Ghostbusters and Pumpkin Cheesecake) when you come dressed in your costume on October 31st.

Be sure to call your local Krispy Kreme to make sure they are participating before you visit.

(Thanks Freebies 2 Deals!)



Swagbucks Trick or Treat Team Challenge

Swagbucks is making Halloween more than just fun & games, they’re making it even more REWARDING for you! Join the Trick or Treat Team Challenge to get your next gift card even sooner!

They’ve changed up the Team Challenge and are giving out more points, so see below for how it works. Ready to just jump in and get started? Sign up here and then join the Team Challenge. You’ll be assigned a team and can start earning & contributing points right away!

  • Begins: Monday, October 27th at 12:01am PT & Ends: Friday, October 31st at 11:59am PT
  • 3 Teams: The Gooey Chewies, The Sour Powers and The Chocoholics

Throughout the Trick or Treat Team Challenge, earn points for your team by winning Swag Bucks in the below categories:

  • Swagbucks Extension: Download the Extension for Firefox or Chrome and receive 1 Swag Buck every day, just for opening your browser AND also contribute 25 points to your team every day!
  • Tasks: Every time you earn Swag Bucks you’ll contribute 15 points to your team!
  • SBTV Mobile (US only): Download the SBTV mobile app and you can earn up to 36 Swag Bucks a day for watching videos on your phone. You’ll also contribute 10 points to your team every time you earn.
  • Special Offers: Whether you download the Swagbucks Mobile App to do special offers (US only) or find special offers via the desktop (International members), you’ll also contribute 10 points every time you earn!
  • Search: Every time you earn Swag Bucks you’ll contribute 4 points to your team.
  • Surveys: Give your opinion, get SB & and contribute 4 points to your team.
  • Swag Codes: Redeem Swag Codes on the desktop, through the extension or on your mobile device and not only will you increase your Swag Bucks, you’ll also contribute 1 point to your team.

AND – a NEW way to get points every day…

 

  • Instagram: Upload a picture on Instagram and in the caption put @swagbucksofficial, the hashtag of your team name (#TheChocoholics, #TheGooeyChewies, #TheSourPowers) and #TrickorTreat
  • EVERYDAY: the team that has the most hashtags for that day will receive 15,000 points, the team with the second most hashtags will receive 10,000 points and the team with the third most will receive 5,000 points.

Everyone that participates in this team challenge and contributes at least 1 point to their team’s total will win bonus Swag Bucks. We’ve changed the amounts, so take note below:

  • 1st place: 40 SB
  • 2nd place: 25 SB
  • 3rd place: 10 SB

And finally, the Top 5 point contributors on each team will win bonus Swag Bucks as well: 500, 400, 300, 200 and 100 respectively. Note that all bonuses will be awarded by November 7th, 2014.

Now’s the time to join Swagbucks and get even more SB towards your first gift card. Take advantage of the Trick or Treat Team Challenge and sign up today.



BOGO Tickets To The Best Of Me

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If you are planning on seeing The Best of Me in theaters, Fandango is offering a FREE movie ticket with the purchase of a ticket. This offer is good through November 6th or until the speciality tickets sell out.

Here’s how to get this deal:

Go here to enter your zip code to find theaters in your area.

Choose your preferred theater and showtime and add 2 tickets to The Best of Me to your cart.

At checkout, the discount should automatically be applied.

(Thanks Freebies 2 Deals!)