That is a lot of money from Swagbucks! Brandy is Couponing to Disney and sharing it with all of us. She is doing great!
When I was saving for my cruise, I started babysitting to help pay for the cruise. I am still babysitting and earn $800.00 a month, all of that money will be going towards my Disney fund! My current goal is to pay off my Magic Your Way vacation package for 7 people in 2 rooms for 8 nights (includes rooms and tickets to all 4 parks), a total of $6,373.63, by February 2017. That means I need to save $1,062.63 a month.
If you aren’t already doing Swagbucks I highly suggest you sign up. There have been quite a few FREE or MONEYMAKERs after Swagbucks offers. Every year the last few months of the year Swagbucks is really good to us! I am not going to include the money I earn from babysitting in these check ins. I want to see how much of my trip I can actually pay for with Swagbucks, Ibotta, CO51, Savingstar, and all other money saving apps.
Swagbucks – $235.00 Amazon or Walmart gift cards
(I ordered or bought groceries and then used the money from my grocery budget to buy a Disney gift card.)
Ibotta – $97.50
Checkout 51 – $20.00
SYW points earned from sweeps – $14.50
(I used them on Christmas gifts and took the money out of my Christmas budget and added it into my Disney fund.)
Receipt Hog (use code draf1623) – $10.00
Survey Panel I got in to through Swagbucks surveys – $8.60
Raise – $6.62 (I sold a gift card I found in the bottom of my desk drawer.)
Total earned this month: $377.72
You can click here to see how I did on my previous weeks.
Total needed: $6,373.63
Total saved/earned to date: $677.72
Your dream to meet with Princess Elena of Avalor will come true beginning on November 24, 2016. Guests can meet Princess Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. She will be paired with Cinderella for meet & greets, also available will be Princess Tiana and Rapunzel.
Fastpass+ reservations began on October 14, 2016, get yours today!
Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, Oct 24, 2016
What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
Update: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Availability: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is sold out on Monday, October 31. Currently, tickets are still available for October 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28 and 30.
New! Halloween Treats at Magic Kingdom: Disney Parks offers a variety of pre-packaged and freshly made items including pumpkin-shaped cookies, candy corn cupcakes, and festive Rice Krispies treats. As part of the Halloween collection this year, Disney has released three decorative goodie bags that contain candy corn or pumpkin-shaped gummy treats. Locations with show kitchens offer decorative candy apples in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts, or witches.
New! Disney Visa Character Photo Opp Change: The character greeting experience at Epcot exclusively for Disney Visa Cardmembers has moved from Innoventions West to a new location next to Journey Into Imagination with Figment. The location will be open 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Disney Visa Cardholders will be able to meet some of their favorite Disney characters and receive free photo downloads here.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
All-New Holiday Nighttime Spectacular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Coming Soon: The all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 14. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score. Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Kali River Rapids Update: Kali River Rapids is no longer operating during Extra Magic Hours.
Walt Disney World Hotels
New Gasparilla Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Closed for Refurb: Gasparilla Island Grill will be closed for refurbishment through mid-December. During this time, Guests will have a variety of alternative food and beverage options,such as: Mizner’s Lounge will offer a selection of grab ‘n’ go meals for purchase from 6 a.m.-midnight, including hot breakfast items. Coffee will be available at 6 a.m. and hot breakfast items at 7 a.m. Beaches Pool Bar and Grill will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cítricos Rotunda and Bar will serve as a lounge in the evenings. Grand Floridian Café will offer a To Go menu. Private Dining will continue to service Guests 24 hours a day. Guests will be able to refill their resort mugs at Mizner’s Lounge, Beaches Pool Bar and Grill and Courtyard Pool Bar.
New! Garden View Champagne and Wine Lounge Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: As part of a test, Guests will be able to enjoy the Garden View Lounge into the evening while indulging in an elegant selection of champagne and wine. A limited small plate menu to include items such as caviar, charcuterie, and seafood will compliment these beverages for a sophisticated experience. This new dining experience will be available 7-10 p.m., daily through December. At this time, reservations are not available.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
Face-Painting at Disney Springs Marketplace: Halloween is an excellent excuse to get made up by one of the Face-Painting artists at Disney Springs. They create face-painting magic all year long, 365 days a year. While most the guests at Enjoy Your Face are kids, grown-ups can get in on the fun, too! Prices start at just $12 and no appointments are necessary.
New! Meet the Coca-Cola Bear at Disney Springs: A new interactive meet and greet experience featuring the iconic Coca-Cola Polar Bear is now available at the Coca-Cola Store in Town Center. Guests will have the opportunity to feel the chill of the arctic when they visit the beloved bear in his new home. Ready to share plenty of bear hugs, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear is camera-friendly and known for high fives and fun photo moments. The meet and greet experience is located on the second floor of the Coca-Cola Store and will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.
New! Happy Hour at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs: Jock Lindsey’s is now serving Happy Hour specials every Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m. The Happy Hour menu features special appetizers including Classified X 3 Chicken Wings, Jock’s Loaded Nachos and Belloq’s Bacon Fries, as well as specials on select draft beer, wine and cocktails.
New! Disney Parks and Resorts Recieve Top Honors: Disney Parks & Resorts have once again been named among the top destinations around the world to stay and play in the 29th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards celebrate the best of the best in travel according to travelers just like you. The following were recognized with awards this year: Walt Disney World Resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Disney’s Contemporary Resort Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Hotel Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Disney Vacation Club: Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort Disney Cruise Line Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Closures and Refurbishments
Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.
Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She loves helping plan memorable vacations at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at [email protected] or 734-771-1290. Mention Couponing to Disney for a free gift! You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
When you are planning your touring plan at the Magic Kingdom, you have to pick which attraction you want to rush to as soon as the park opens. Your entire touring plan will be dependent upon which one you choose.
- Peter Pan’s Flight or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Big Thunder/Splash Mountain
Once you know which one of those you want to focus on, you can then plan out your day. Don’t forget to Fastpass+ the other 3 attractions if you want to experience them without a long wait! Here are plans that will get you through your first hour in the parks (9 AM – 10 AM):
Early Morning Strategy For Peter Pan’s Flight or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (7 attractions)
- Get to the park by 8:15 AM
- As soon as you are ushered inside, head straight to the attraction you chose
- For Peter Pan’s Flight, head left at the hub over the Liberty Square Bridge. Take the path that runs up by the Haunted Mansion. Drop your stroller at the Rapunzel Bathroom stroller parking. (Tip: go through the castle instead if it is open. Lately it has not been open to pedestrians.)
- For Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, head right over the second Tomorrowland Bridge (the one that takes you by Cosmic Rays). This is the way that the Cast Members instruct Guests to go. If you go a different direction, you’ll end up at the back of the line.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Haunted Mansion
Early Morning Strategy For Space Mountain (6 attractions)
- Get to the parks by 8:15 AM
- As soon as you are ushered inside, head over the first Tomorrowland Bridge on your right (this goes by Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor).
- Space Mountain
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Haunted Mansion
Early Morning Strategy For Big Thunder/Splash Mountain (4 attractions)
- Get to the parks by 8:15 AM
- As soon as you are ushered inside, head over the Adventureland Bridge on your right. Cut through the walkway behind Magic Carpets of Aladdin to cross into Frontierland.
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
Hope this helps you to plan a fun first day in the parks!
Get ready to celebrate with the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starting November 9, 2016. A special Goofy themed game card will be released for those that do Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom during the party. The limited edition card is called, “Goofy’s Festive Fiasco”, which portrays Goofy as he attempts to decorate for the holidays.
Photo credit: Disney
These would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. Choose from Minnie or Mickey Drawstring backpack or a storm trooper wallet.
I saw many people in Disney World using the Drawstring backpacks at the parks as well.
Amazon prices may vary and can change in price without notice. If the above item is not available at the listed price, the deal is dead.
Ebay has some awesome gift card deals today (keep in mind these are sales not auctions).
You can buy a $100 Southwest airlines gift card for $97.50.
You can also buy a $25 Krispy Kreme gift card for $21.25.
Saving for Disney? Saving on gift cards is a great way to add to your fund. Take the cash equivalent of the value of your card from your appropriate weekly allowance. Pay for the gift card with it and put the difference between what you paid and the value of the gift card in your Disney Fund! So if you bought a $20 gas gift card for $17, you would take $20 out of your gas allowance and pay $17 for the gift card and put $3 in your Disney fund. Then put the gift card in your gas allowance envelope and spend it at the pump on your next fill up.
Saving for Disney? You can save so much on your souvenirs when you take advantage of deals on DisneyStore.com. They sell a number of Disney Parks items and when you combine it with a sale, you can score a better deal than you would score in the parks!
Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix, 1.0 Ounce- $0.50
Submit to Checkout 51 for $0.50/1 Hidden Valley Original Ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix; any variety
Buy (2) Bumble Bee Seasoned Tuna Pouches- $0.88 ea.
Submit to Checkout 51 for $1.00/2 Bumble Bee Seasoned Tuna Pouches; any variety
Total: $0.38 ea.
Buy(2) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes To Go Pack, Fresh Scent 9 ct- $0.97 ea.
Submit to Checkout 51 for $1.00/2 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes; any variety, excludes multipacks
Total: $0.47 ea.
Hormel Rev Snack Wrap (3 oz)- $1.48
Submit to Checkout 51 for $0.50/1 HORMEL REV products; any variety
Submit to Ibotta for $0.50/1 Hormel REV Wraps for any variety, any size