4 Theme Parks and 26.2 Magical Miles

photo courtesy of runDisney

photo courtesy of runDisney

In just 8 short days registration for The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will open to the public. 4 theme parks and 26.2 magical miles are all part of the this event that will kick of the 2016 year of runDisney events.

6 medals are available to win, or better yet, earn over the course of 4 days. Consisting of the Walt Disney World 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and two additional medals for being Dopey and Goofy. If you want to be a little Goofy, then you be prepared to run 39.3 miles through 4 parks in 2 days. Sign up for the Goofy Challenge and you will run the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.

Not feeling Goofy, but more like a little Dopey ? 4 days, 48.6 miles and a lot of fun will bring you this medal. Sign up to run the 5k, 10, half marathon and full marathon and you can walk (or limp) away with a highly coveted Dopey Medal.

How much will it cost to come home with the bling? These are the prices that AP holders and DVC members paid a week ago, including the registration fee through Active.com.

Dopey Challenge $550+36.25 = $586.25
Goofy’s Challenge $360+$23.90 = $383.90
Marathon $175.00+$11.88 = $186.88
Half Marathon $175.00+$11.88 = $186.88
10K $110.00+$7.65 = $117.65
5K $65.00+$4.73 = $69.73
Kids Race Mickey Mile $30+$2.45 = $32.45

Destinations in Florida will be bringing you the best rate on discounted rooms, just like last year. Once they have released the rooms for 2016, we will be able to request our group rates. Last year they were the lowest, including Disney’s discounted rooms.

Do you plan on running that weekend? Feel free to contact me and get on our notification list, as soon as we get the rooms, you get the email. Have you joined us over at Kristin’s runDisney C2D Facebook page ?  There is lots information, tips, tricks and updates on all our discounts there.  Happy Running !

Erin Benge has been a lover of all things Disney since she honeymooned there in 2001. Since then she has traveled there multiple times, enjoying it as honeymooner, a young couple, with small children and now as a DVC owner she travels with multiple generations. She has participated in runDisney events and is training for her first half marathon. Please feel free to contact her at 832-233-4468, via email at erinbenge@destinationsinflorida.com or click here to request a quote.

How To Get To Character Meals

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Below is a list of how to get to character meals from your Disney Resort.

If you have a 7:30 – 8:30 am reservation, each resort has a bus that runs early in the morning for those with reservations before the parks open. Ask at the front desk when you check in what time this bus will run and make sure you are out front waiting for it. Just let the driver know which park or resort you have your reservation at. If you miss this bus, you will need to take a taxi to make it to your reservation on time (taxis are usually parked in front of the resort waiting for patrons and the ride will cost approximately $15). If you are driving, you can park at the resort your reservation is at for up to 3 hours.

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Sign Up For Birthday Freebies – Baker’s Square, bd’s Mongolian Barbeque, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

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Each week, I post 3 different restaurants for you to sign up for birthday freebies! If the restaurant is in your area, be sure to sign up your entire family (you’ll need to sign up each person separately). Usually, the freebies are good for the week or even the month of your birthday.

Baker’s Square – FREE entree with the purchase of another adult entree and two drinks, FREE slice of pie on your birthday when you purchase a meal

bd’s Mongolian Barbeque – Free stir-fry meal

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free dessert with the purchase of any entree

If you need to catch up on the previous Birthday clubs I have posted, they are listed below:

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Ways To Earn Cash For Disney World

Disney World Vacation

You can get started right now making money for your Walt Disney World vacation. Everything listed on this page is a legitimate way to earn cash or gift cards that can be added into your fund!

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If you have a smartphone, there are a number of apps you can use to earn money for your savings fund. And if you are on the fence about getting a smartphone, these apps can help you justify getting one!

Ibotta – Earn cash for purchasing items at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and hundreds of other stores. Read over the tutorial here.

Checkout51 – Earn cash for purchasing items at your local grocery store (it is not store specific). Read over the tutorial here.

Snap by Groupon – Earn cash for purchasing items at your local grocery store (also not store specific). Read over the tutorial here.

BerryCart – Earn cash for purchasing items at your local grocery store (not store specific). It usually has some good organic offers.

SavingStar – Earn cash back on items you purchase. Make sure you check the app every Friday for a new 100% cash back offer on a specific grocery item.

Shopkick – Earn kicks for walking into stores and scanning items. Cash the kicks in for Target gift cards that can be used to purchase Disney gift cards. Read over the tutorial here.

Walmart Savings Catcher – Get cash back if the item is priced less at a competitor than at your local Walmart. Read the tutorial here.

ReceiptHog – Earn coins for your receipts that you can cash in for gift cards. It doesn’t matter where you shopped or what you bought. Enter the code masp1959when you sign up.

Shopmium – Join and use code KAAUFYGV for a FREE Lindt bar

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Survey Sites are a great way to make some extra cash for your fund from the comfort of your own home. Below is a list of the survey sites that I have used in the past and feel comfortable referring you to:


Global Test Market

Opinion Outpost

Harris Poll Online (A Nielsen Company) – Get Paid For Your Opinions

Send Earnings


Valued Opinions

My Survey

Mindfield Internet Panels

Springboard America

The Nielsen Home Scan Panel

Pinecone Research


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You can earn cash back on your online purchases when you shop through one of these websites. I suggest you sign up for all of them as they do not all offer the same percentage of cash back. When you make an online purchase, check each cash back website to see who is offering the biggest percentage and use it to make your purchase.


Shop At Home



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Use Rewards Sites to earn gift cards for your fund.


My Points

Let me know if I missed any other ways that you are earning cash for your fund!

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$10 In Free Products on Educents


Educents is offering $10 in EduBucks when you join as a new customer. You’ll have 6 months to use this code.

Plus, Educents offers lots of FREE downloads too!  There are always great printable freebies you can use in your classroom, homeschool or just for fun!


Walgreens: FREE Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens


Look for clearance Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens at Walgreens!  You can use the $2 off Paper Mate Walgreens coupon in the April Coupon Book to get the pens for FREE!

Buy (1) Paper Mate Inkjoy Pens 2pk $1.99
$2/1 Pens Paper Mate Inkjoy, Uni-ball 207 Gel or Sharpie, 2pk from Walgreens Coupon Book (exp 4/15)

Thanks Wild for Wags!

Free Pound Of Ground Beef After Rebate and Hamburger Helper Purchase


There is a new rebate available for a FREE pound of ground beef when you purchase 3 boxes of Hamburger Helper. We took advantage of this deal at Walmart where we got each box of Hamburger Helper for $1.50. I’ll submit the rebate for the ground beef and it’ll be FREE! When the check comes, I’ll add it to my fund.


My hubby went to pick up the Hamburger Helper and I let him choose the flavors. He was very excited to get the Hamburger Helper Crunchy Taco, so I made it for him for dinner. I don’t think I have ever made Hamburger Helper for him before, so it was a very special treat. I tossed in some frozen corn to compliment the dish.


If you are looking for a cheap and easy meal for your family (it sure does beat fast food), be sure to take advantage of the Hamburger Helper ground beef rebate!

HOT! 40% off all Disney Infinity 2.0 items at Target


A new Target Cartwheel coupon has been released. Score 40% off all Disney Infinity Characters! This Cartwheel offer is only valid in stores.

This is a great sale on Disney Infinity!  Hurry and shop before the Cartwheel offer expires on 4/25!

Join The Swag Bloom Team Challenge

Starting April 20th at 10am PDT/1pm EDT you can win a big bonus during the Swag Bloom Team Challange at Swagbucks.com! Earn points for your team in the categories below and help your team bloom to take home the title:

  • SwagButton – 3o points
  • Surveys – 25 points
  • Referrals – 20 points
  • Shop Clicks – 25 points
  • Search – 15 points
  • Swagstakes – 15 points
  • Special Offers - 10 points
  • Mobile Offers – 10 points
  • Mobile Video – 10 points
  • Swag Codes (through Mobile or SwagButton) – 5 points

All members who participate and contribute at least 100 points to their team’s total will be rewarded, regardless of what team you are on!

  • 1st place team: 80 SB 
  • 2nd place team: 50 SB
  • 3rd place team: 30 SB
  • 4th place team: 20 SB 
  • 5th Place team: 10 SB

The Swag Bloom Team Challenge ends at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on April 24th. All bonuses to be awarded by April 28th.

Not a member yet? You’re missing out on turning the things you do online into free gift cards! Join today thru this link and start earning swagbucks towards your first gift card. When you join, enter the code DISNEY70 to get started with 100 Swagbucks instead of 70!

Floral Print Scarf $8.95 Shipped | Great For Mother’s Day


Cents of Style has beautiful floral scarfs on sale today for $8.95 shipped in your choice of design. Just enter the code SPRINGSTEALS at checkout. Choose from 3 different designs. To make the deal even more exciting, you can add the rose print infinity scarf for $2.99 at checkout.  That is 2 scarves for less that $12 shipped!

I think these would make excellent Mother’s Day gifts!