Tips for a First Visit to Walt Disney World


Hello, Couponing to Disney readers!  I’m Carrie, and I visit you here each week to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and other Disney travel experiences.  If you have been keeping up with the FAQs here, you know that I’ve been writing about each resort.  I’ve worked my way through the Deluxe and Moderates.  Before we move to the Value Resort category, I’m going to share some tips with you for your first visit to Walt Disney World.  There is so much to think about, plan, and get excited about!

For my first visit, what is the ideal length of time to spend at Walt Disney World?  The average Disney vacation stay is 6 nights.  This allows you plenty of park time, as well as a day to rest and enjoy your resort.

What is the average cost for a family of 4 to go to Walt Disney World?  Wow!  That is a great question, and of course will vary by your family.  For example, my family budgets $3500 for the 5 of us,  as we like to stay in the Deluxe Resorts.  For the average family for 5 nights with Basic Dining and base tickets to the parks is about $2800 with no airfare or transportation.  With so many factors to consider, it’s easy to get the Disney package that meets your needs and your budget!

Should I drive to the parks or use Disney transportation?  I highly suggest using the Disney motorcoach transportation or monorail.  These run smoothly, are convenient, and relaxing.  It’s a good idea to try it for the first day or two, and if you feel like driving your own vehicle is better, than feel free to do so.  Parking is free at the Disney Parks for resort guests.

What are the advantages to staying on site versus an off site hotel a few miles away from Disney?  Staying on site outweighs off site in a lot of ways.  At Disney, time is money.  The Extra Magic Hours, transportation, and making your FastPass selections 60 days in advance are huge time savers when you are at Disney.  You can even stay at a Value Resort often times for the same or less than staying at an off site hotel.  The saving of time alone is worth staying on site.  Plus, you have those fun Disney touches at your resort you aren’t going to get anywhere else.

How many days should I plan in the Disney parks?   Since the average Disney trip is 6 nights, that gives you seven days while in Orlando. Four days is great to plan for the parks.  That gives you time on your arrival day or evening to enjoy a fun dinner and the pool at your resort, a down day in the middle to relax, and then departure day.  For a first timer, it’s always a good idea to plan a down day to enjoy the resort, pool, and Downtown Disney.

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation? Let Carrie help you create a magically memorable trip for your family! Email her at 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!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Popcorn Bucket at Walt Disney World


There is a new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train popcorn bucket available at Walt Disney World (and maybe Disneyland too? Usually they go to both parks). This bucket opens up like a treasure chest and if you purchase multiples, they can be linked together.

These popcorn buckets can be found in the Magic Kingdom. I am not sure on price, but I am guessing it is around $12.95 – $14.95. If anyone finds one, be sure to let us know!

(Thanks Chip and Co!)

Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Projection Mobile $35.09

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Amazon has the Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Projection Mobile, Precious Planet on sale for $35.09 (was $59.99). This is the lowest price it has sold for on Amazon.

I have this mobil for Molly Kate and she loves it! It could guarantee me about 20-30 minutes of extra sleep in the morning.

  • Animal themed mobile combines music, plush animal figurines and movement with light projection
  • Soft, colorful animal friends from around the planet twirl and smile down at your baby
  • Plays a full 20 minutes of music and nature and heartbeat sounds
  • Includes one remote control and 4 plush animals
  • Ships in certified Frustration Free Packaging

Be sure to check out all the current deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

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.

Costco: Mickey Mouse Chicken Nuggets 5 lb bag $11.99

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Costco has a 5 lb bag of Mickey Mouse Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets for $11.99. Serve these with Mickey Cheese from Sargento for a magical meal!

Stompeez Perky Pink Puppy (Large) $6.99

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If you have a kiddo in size 3-6 shoe that loves Stompeez, you can grab the Stompeez Perky Pink Puppy (Large) for $6.99 (was $24.99). This is a really hot price for these! They would make great Valentine’s Day or Easter gifts.

Be sure to check out all the current deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

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.

FREE 52 Issue Digital Subscription To Star Magazine


Enjoy a free one year Star Magazine digital subscription. No strings attached. You’ll never receive a bill. This 52-issue subscription is yours, compliments of JudysHealthySnacks. Powered by Read on your PC or tablet.

FREE Dunkin Donuts Medium Beverage When You Join Dunkin’ Perks Progam

When you join the DD Perks Rewards Program, you will also score a FREE medium beverage of your choice just for signing up. You’ll also get a FREE beverage for your birthday and earn rewards, points and special offers throughout the year!

Groupon: Flirty Aprons for $9.99

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Groupon has a great deal on Flirty Aprons!  You can choose from 19 different styles for $9.99 each! These make excellent Mother’s Day gifts!  (That’s when I got mine!)

Shipping is free on a $24.99 order, or it’s $3.99 for one apron.

Thanks, Freebies For A Cause!

Amazon- Tons of DVDs For $2.99


Amazon has a ton of DVDs for only $2.99 right now These DVD deals usually sell out quickly, so the earlier you can head over and take a look the better.

Here are a few I saw:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

Alvin and the Chipmunks $2.99 (Reg. $14.98)

The Internship $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

Life of Pi $2.99 (Reg. $19.98)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

We Bought a Zoo $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

Walking With Dinosaurs $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

In Time $2.99 (Reg. $29.98)

Taken (Single-Disc Extended Edition) $2.99 (Reg. $19.98)

Chasing Mavericks $2.99 (Reg. $14.98)

The A-Team $2.99 (Reg. $14.98)

Walk the Line (Widescreen Edition) $2.99 (Reg. $14.98)

This Means War $2.99 (Reg. $9.98)

These ships free with Amazon Prime or Super Saver Shipping.

Hurry over to Amazon to snatch it up before the price goes back up!

Be sure to check out all the current deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

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.Thanks Shop the Hot Deals

Colgate Kids Toothpaste $0.74 at CVS


Pick up some Kids’ toothpaste at CVS this week!  The Colgate 2-in one Kid’s Strawberry flavor toothpaste is included in the ECB deal. You’ll get $1.50 ECB when you buy one. The limit is two, but keep in mind it’s the same deal as the adult toothpaste and the toothbrushes.

CVS Deals (thru 1/31)
Buy (1) Colgate 2 in 1 Colgate Kid’s toothpaste Strawberry flavor, 4.6oz @ $2.99 
Use (1) $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 3.4oz+, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 01/18/15)
Pay $2.24, Get Back $1.50 ECB

The Colgate Spongebob Square Pants Mild Bubble Fruity Flavor kid’s toothpaste is on sale two for $2.98 so you can use the Colgate coupon on it instead and get a good deal

Buy (2) Colgate Square Pants Mild Bubble Fruity Flavor Kids’ toothpaste, 4.6oz, @ 2/$2.98
Use (2) $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 3.4oz+, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 01/18/15)
=$1.48 for 2 – just $.74 each

Thanks Wild for CVS!