Keepsakes: Pictures in the Parks

Disney has made it very easy to capture your magical memories by placing photographers all throughout the parks at scenic areas and at each character spot. They will take your pictures for FREE and add them to a credit-card-sized PhotoPass for you to carry through the parks on your vacation. Any PhotoPass Photographer can add snapshots to your card just by a quick scan of the barcode. You can view and order prints online. These professionals are easily identifiable by their uniform vest and ready cameras.  From my experience, these are great pictures but can be quite pricey. If you are interested in capturing memories while pinching pennies, gather your crew and they will happily take pictures with your personal camera, too! So remember to pack your camera, the best way to make free Disney keepsakes!


Pinching Pennies: Road Trip to Disney?

If you want to take a Disney trip and are looking at cutting costs, you might consider driving instead of flying. Depending on your specifics, you can have a big savings.  If you drive, you need to consider that it takes more time than flying. However, driving is usually a cheaper alternative.  One more bonus, Florida has fantastic roads to welcome the tourists that keep their economy alive!
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Resorts: POP Century in Pictures

POP Century is my family’s go-to value resort at Walt Disney World. It is always clean, fun, and affordable. As with all of Disney’s resorts, this value hotel features great food, fantastic pools, and includes complimentary transportation to and from Disney parks.

This is only one of four food bays. The others feature italian food, soups, salads, sandwiches, asian, and homestyle meals. Breakfast is hot and ready, too, before you head out to the parks. They serve everything from oatmeal and fruit cups to full sized breakfast platters including Mickey waffles, sausage, bacon, and eggs.

This hotel also features a great arcade. It is clean and well-stocked with prizes!

Love it? Check out this post on Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort.


Disney Deal: Free Dining

A trip to Disney can be a significant investment. That is why its a great idea to take advantage of the latest promotion, which can save you a bunch. Walt Disney World is offering FREE DINING for the length of your stay when you purchase tickets and make a hotel reservation. Select dates only from October 2011 – March 2012.

2011 Dates: Oct. 2 -7, Oct. 23 – Nov 4, Nov. 13 -18, Nov. 27 – Dec.2, Dec 11 – 16.

2012 Dates: Jan. 8 -13, Jan. 22- Feb. 3, Feb. 12 – 17, Mar. 4 – 9, Mar. 25 – 30.

This deal ends October 29th. 

Packing Tips: Surprise!

 Add these fun items to your suitcase to use on your vacation! You can certainly purchase these at the Disney Parks, but if you bring your own, you’ll save a buck or 50!

  1. Mickey Mouse T-shirt –  A trip to Walt Disney World is extraordinarily fun especially when guests choose to be a part of the magic by dressing in a character-inspired wardrobe. Hop on into your local Disney store, or even your local Wal-Mart. Both places carry an array of Disney paraphernalia.
  2. Disney Toy– What fun it would be to surprise your wee ones with a Disney gift even before heading into the parks! We always love to pick up a trinket or two at Wal-Mart, Target, or the Disney Store and secretly stash it in the suitcase. Before our first day in the parks, the gift makes a grand appearance … and magically curbs the requests for more at the gift shops!
  3. Disney Princess Dress – The Bippity Boppity Boutique is an extraordinary place for little girls to be pampered into a Princess. You can pay for the experience, including the dress, hair, and makeup, or you can create your own Boutique in your room. Bring the dress and tiara from home. Create a special space by your hotel vanity and spend a little time spoiling your princess before heading out to dine at Cinderella’s Castle.
  4. Glow-stick necklace – When the sun goes down the light-up toys come out! Surprise your family with the glow stick necklaces you grabbed at the dollar store.
  5. Disney PJs– Everyone’s a kid at WDW, so why not dress like one? Pick up Disney themed PJs for the whole family. Before leaving for a day at the parks, be sure to be the last one out of the room so you can secretly lay ’em out to be discovered when you return to your room for the night.