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      • Most of us are not rich and don't want to spend our savings on a Disney vacation so here is a list of ideas and ways to generate income or savings towards your next Disney vacation.

     

      • Earn money (cashback, gift cards etc) with Swag Bucks. This site actually works and does in fact pay. I prefer Amazon Gift cards but they have many other options.

     

      • Have a garage sale

     

      • eBay the things you never use or just about anything for that matter

     

     

      • Start a spare change jar and then put that change once a month into a (next line)

     

      • High yield savings account (an separate account with no ATM access just for your vacation) and you could also combine that with a (next line)

     

     

      • Ask for Disney Dollars for birthday gifts or other things you might receive gifts for, they can be purchased at any Disney store!

     

      • Shop online and look for coupon codes. I personally save a lot of money by shopping online because you don't pay tax (unless the store in your own state) and the prices are better then combine that with online promotions and coupons and you'll find you can save a lot of money. For example I buy all my electronics, gadgets and other such things at http://www.NewEgg.com because their prices are hard to beat and the customer service is exceptional. Try shopping engines like, http://www.nextag.com/ or http://www.google.com/products to find the very best prices on what you want!

     

      • Use less EVERYTHING!  I know this sounds simple but really, simply use less. Eat less, drive less, stop using paper towels, don't print every funny email, don't eat out as much, don't be wasteful... those things add up! I'm the electric cop around my house and even went as far as to hook up my electric hot water tank to a timing system via X10 which is controlled by my computer. Yes, this saves a ton, you see the system is controlled by a $50 piece of computer hardware and a $99 electrical piece that basically shuts of the hot water tank all day except for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night which has been saving me roughly $40 -$50 a month on my electric. I run various other things on the X10 system (over head lighting etc) but the other things that you might not think of is setting up your kids bedroom TV (or whatever) to shut off at 11 pm (my kids used to sleep with the TV on) and I can run these things on cheap appliance modules from my local Radio Shack for about $10 each. Just some more "less ideas": turn back that A/C, plan your driving more carefully, shop online (again because it saves taxes and fuel!), eat left overs (ya, that stinks I know) amnd just think about things before you use them!

     

     

      • Shop for cheaper auto insurance!

     

      • Look for Disney discount codes, remember you can apply discount codes even after your vacation is booked (up to like 120 days before you leave).

     

      • Budget, budget, budget and stick to it (Thanks Harra!). I always ask my wife "what would you do if we didn't have any money" when she goes to pick up that expensive hair product or buy something we really don't need. We used to be really, really, really poor but we managed so I often remind her that having some money is not a reason to spend it.

     

      • Don't let those checkout line items get you and remind your kids when they want that new toy that it will result in less money going into the Disney vacation fund (Thanks T1nk!)

     

      • Renegotiate your credit card interest rates and preferably pay them off. Most people don't realize that if you are persistent enough you can get your credit card company to lower your rates and if they won't, cancel that card but be warned canceling credit cards can dink your credit score little.

     

      • Ask for a small raise at work then put those extra pennies into that savings account! Don't be shy and don't worry about getting fired just ask yourself a few easy questions: 1) have you been there more than one year without a raise? 2) are you a good employee 3) do you deserve it!

     

      • Pick up some extra hours or baby-sit or do something to earn some extra dollars, again straight into that savings account.

     

      • Leave some money in your Disney vacation fund as seed money for the next vacation! Nobody likes to start from $0 so leave some money in that savings account for the next go around.

     

    • Okay, so not all these ideas apply to you and maybe you can't bend on some things but maybe, just maybe there was a few ideas above that will help you save for your next Disney vacation. The secret to a great vacation is budgeting, planning, and knowing that it won't be perfect and also don't forget to relax on your vacation! Remember, saving money is just the first step, planning is also very important but we'll help make that a bit easier as well, start your Disney vacation planning here!

    If there’s something besides thrilling attractions that the Walt Disney World Resort is famous for, it’s their wide variety of fine cuisine. The resort boasts one of the largest selections of dining options in the world. The following are our selections for the Top 5 dining destinations on Walt Disney World property. 

    #5. Citrico’s at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort 

    This is a great choice for guests looking to enjoy a semi-formal dinner away from the buzzing theme parks. Citrico’s specializes in Floridian-Mediterranean cooking using market-fresh ingredients. The restaurant includes rotisserie cooking, an exhibit kitchen, and a mouth-watering pastry and dessert display where you may witness Disney’s top chefs placing their finishing touches on their delicious creations. 

    Remember, the dress code here is business casual—no T-shirts, flip-flops, hats, swimsuits or tank tops. 

    #4. Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 

    This restaurant is home to arguably, Disney’s finest buffet selection. Though you will find many exotic dishes native to Africa here that adults will find very enticing, the kids will also enjoy the wide selection of American choices. Everyone will find something they like here and for the adventurous diners in the group, this restaurant is surely not to be missed! 

    #3. Arthur’s 27 at the Wyndham Palace Resort at Downtown Disney

    If there was an award for the best view in Walt Disney World, this restaurant perched atop the luxurious Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa would take that honor easily. Arthur’s 27, which is renowned for their fine seafood cuisine, is one of the most romantic and beautiful places to dine on Walt Disney World property. There are several flexible dining options here: a la carte, or fixed-price four-course and five-course meals.

    #2. Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Dolphin 

    This restaurant is a big hit with tourists and locals, alike. Shula’s Steakhouse is an annual staple of virtually every “Top 10 Steakhouses” list in the United States. Here you will find their famous New York strip steaks, filet mignon, and a wide selection of seafood, lamb and poultry. Everything here is consistently outstanding. You won’t want to pass up the opportunity to make a stop here! 

    #1. Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort 

    Disney World’s most exclusive dining destination is the perfect place to celebrate the most special occasions. Whether it’s an anniversary, your honeymoon, or simply the fact that you’re on vacation—Victoria & Albert’s is sure to please everyone’s tastes for fine cuisine. There are only two seatings each evening, so be sure to call well in advance to reserve your dinner experience at this wildly popular restaurant.

    Worried about refurbishments or other know factors during your Disney vacation? Call us, we can help you plan and avoid some common mistakes. 888-WDW-CHEAP option 3.

     

    Magic Kingdom® Park

    Monorail
    The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

    Now - December 2015

    Pirates of the Caribbean®
    Liberty Tree Tavern
    Dream Along with Mickey
    Liberty Square Riverboat
    Walt Disney World® Railroad

    Jun. 8 - Sep. 25, 2015
    Jul. 6 - Nov. 19, 2015
    Jul. 19 - Aug. 22, 2015
    Aug. 4 - 10, 2015
    Sep. 28 - Nov. 5, 2015

    Epcot®

    None

     

    Disney's Hollywood Studios®

    Voyage of the Little Mermaid

    Sep. 7 - Sep. 10, 2015

    Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

    Flame Tree BBQ
    Creature Comforts

    Jan. 5 - June 25, 2015
    Jan. 5 - Jun. 17, 2015

    Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

    None

     

    Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

    None

     

    Disney's Beach Club Resort

    Guest Room Renovations
    Guest rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily).

    Oct. 13, 2014 - Aug. 22, 2015

    Disney's Contemporary Resort

    Contemporary Feature Pool

    Sep. 8 - 10, 2015

    Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

    General Construction
    During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.

    Through Early 2016

    East Pool
    Closed for enhancement. Guests may see or hear work in progress.

    Late Spring - Early 2016

    Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

    Guest Room Renovations
    Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.

    Aug. 20, 2014 - TBD

    Downtown Disney® Area

    Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive 
    Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.

    Through Mar. 2016

    Parking Lots - Entrance 2 - Lots A-G
    Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.

    Dec. 1, 2014 - Aug. 1, 2016

    Fulton's Crab House

    Jan. 1 - Apr. 1, 2016

    Planet Hollywood

    Jan. 1 - Jun. 1, 2016

    Golf Courses/Miniature Golf

    None

     

    Information and dates subject to change without notice.
    Last Updated May 29, 2015