Saving Those Pennies For Disney

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Our Disney Jar

Our Disney Jar

Since we have already paid the hotel bill in advance for our upcoming Disney Vacation, the focus has shifted to saving for meals and tickets for the parks. In our household, we have introduced the Disney jar. It is proving to be a great way to save money; in fact, it is so successful, that we may need a bigger boat…er, I mean jar.

Your Disney jar can be anything from a simple mason jar, to one of those large empty water cooler jugs. Make decorating your jar into a family event and use paint, stickers or even make a likeness of your favorite Disney character. Let your inner Bob Ross out for the occasion!

Here are some tips for filling that Disney jar:

1. Whenever a family member leaves change or paper bills in the laundry, the money goes directly into the jar.

2. Money saved through couponing or by using a store discount card is usually printed at the bottom of your receipt. As soon as you come home from your shopping trip, visit the jar and deposit an equivalent of the funds you saved.

3. Birthdays and holidays can mean monetary gifts from family. Try to save that money for your trip. (Another tip:  If family members ask for gift suggestions, Disney Gift Cards are an excellent option since they can be used throughout the parks and resorts.)

4. Anytime you see a penny and pick it up, put it in the Disney jar for good luck!

5. Yard sales are a terrific way to earn a little extra cash. Round up some items that you no longer use and have a family yard sale day. All the proceeds can go towards your trip.

6. Make saving into a game. Allow each family member their own jar and give a small prize to the person who saves the most money every week.

7. Make counting your Disney funds into a weekly family celebration. Create a tracking chart so you can see the progress of your efforts. Each week, choose a different family member to be the designated “Disney Jar Captain” who counts the money and writes down the total. Having a visual of the money saved will help to inspire additional contributions to the jar.

The most important part of the saving process…just have fun! Knowing that the end goal is to use that money for a magical vacation should be what drives the saving.

How do you save for your trip?  Do you have any tips that you would like to share?

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Disney Park Maps

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Did you know the Disney website has a fantastic mapping tool that helps to plan your days at the Walt Disney World Resort parks?

Knowing each park’s layout is essential to ensure that you are getting the most out of each day of your Disney vacation. You can decide in advance which rides and shows are right for you and your family, and get to your selected dining experiences on time. By using Disney’s customized mapping tool, you can familiarize your family with the parks before you leave for your trip and get an incredible memento for free!

How does it work?

Click here to go to the Walt Disney World customized maps site and select Let’s Get Started. You will be asked to login to your Disney account. If you do not have one, simply follow the instructions to set up a free account.

From there you will be given the option to select the ages of the members of your family for suggestions on age appropriate activities. Choose the rides and experiences that interest you and continue to follow the directions to highlight the places that you wish to visit. You will make these selections for each park and customize your trip.

At the end of your map planning session, you will be given the option to decide the theme of your maps; with the selections being a classic fairytale style or a character theme. You can choose to have the maps mailed to your home, or you can print them out on your personal printer. The maps mailed from Disney are printed on a high quality paper and make a great scrapbook addition or could be framed when you return from your trip!  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery if you select this choice.

Once you receive your maps, familiarize your family with the layouts of each park and note the locations of restroom facilities, restaurants, rides and shows. We generally take our maps along with us on the trip to review before leaving the hotel and for our next vacation we will also use the My Disney Experience app. Knowing the layout of each park can save a lot of time and get you to your destinations faster than you can say, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.