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How we saved money paying off our Walt Disney World vacation

Save on Walt Disney World Vacation

Want to learn how we saved money paying off our Walt Disney World Vacation? Here are some tips for buying gift cards to save some extra money on your trip.

One of the best feelings is getting your Walt Disney World vacation paid off in full, but an even better feeling is all the cheap gas you can get in the process.  We are lucky enough to live in an area that has a Kroger to take advantage of their Gift Card 4 times the Fuel points promotions they run.

For each $500 Disney Gift Card we purchase, we get 2,000 Fuel Points.  2,000 Fuel Points = $2.00 per Gallon for up to 35 gallons of gas!

We filled up both cars for $1.27 recently, 26 gallons worth of gas! This amount of gas would have cost us $53.30.  Filling up 5 times with the discounts = $266.50! As you can see, the savings really adds up!

So I know what you are thinking… I don’t have that kind of money to buy the gift cards when they run the 4x’s the fuel point promotion.  We used to think this too, and never took advantage of the promotion.  However, if you put your money into savings the way you would usually make payments towards your vacations, you can do it!

If you have never booked a Walt Disney World Vacation, you may not realize what all can be rolled into your booking, especially when saying on resort!   Your booking can include your Room, Tickets, Meal Plan, and Memory Maker!  When you book your reservation, you pay a $200 deposit.  The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your vacation, which gives you plenty of time to take advantage of Kroger Fuel Points!

The Disney Gift Cards work at Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Land, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store, and Disney Store Online.  Plus the Disney Gift Cards can be Activated for any amount from $15 to $500! Kroger also has other vacation gift cards, like Carnival, that you can apply this to as well.  They have 100’s of options to help you save on items you already planning on purchasing, so why not take advantage of the fuel points!!

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Visiting Orlando – How to Save on tickets!

Orlando has more family activities than anywhere else in the Southeast! When you visit, it feels like you are being nickel and dimed with activity you want to accomplish during your trip.  We have used ReserveOrlando to grab tickets for different activities.

You get the tickets via email so you can grab the tickets while you are on vacation.  We have ordered tickets while in the hotel room the night before after the kids have shown interest in wanting to do a certain activity. We have been really pleased using ReserveOrlando!  Of course, we are here to help you book any of your activities, plan your trips, and help with anything you need. You can also do this completely on your own.

You can get discount tickets for:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Universal Studios
  • Legoland
  • Bush Gardens Tampa
  • Sea World
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Adventure Island
  • Coca Cola Orlando Eye
  • Gatorland plus tons of other Zoos and Aquariums
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • WonderWorks – Orlando
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  • Everglade Tours and Airboats
  • ATV Experiences
  • Bowling and Putt-Putt
  • Dinner Shows
  • Hotels
  • … AND so many more options! Check out ReserveOrlando to get your tickets!

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Our First Disney Mail

We recently booked our Fall Break 2017 Disney trip and we received in our Disney Mail today! Check out our video sharing with you how Disney is the master of marketing and making every family feel special!

I did make an error at the end of the video about when we could book our Fast Passes! We booked another Disney with their Fast Pass date starting in the middle of July and I just got those confused.  Ignore that part, I should have just trusted Disney 🙂


Disney Holiday Parties for 2017 Announced

Disney has released the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2017.

The tickets are not available for purchase just yet, but will be soon.  These events are an extra cost, and the price usually increases as the event date gets closer.  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party now starts in August! This is great for people with Fall Breaks in the month of September to enjoy the festivities during their visit.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween includes Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Themed Fireworks Show, Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet, and much more!  Plus you can add In-Room Celebration items to your resort and get some extra boo-tiful pictures added with your Disney PhotoPass!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins on November 8th and continues until December 22.  This is the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit with Mickey and Santa!  Cinderella’s Castle Shimmers, Joyful Music fills the air, Disney attractions are in holiday themes, and Disney Characters don their most festive attire!

Let us know if you would like to plan your Disney Trip to enjoy either (or both) of these amazing events!