Tips, tricks, hacks and jacks for the best Disney Park trip of your life!
Personally, I love a good deal. I’m always on the lookout for travel discounts, and rejoice when I stumble upon the deal-of-the-century; often spreading the word of the discovery through my social media. I was thrilled when my sister-in-law announced that she went from her home near Austin, TX to Port Aransas Beach, TX for three days of sun and surf – and it only cost her $40. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
My friend Josh went to Walt Disney World with his family for five days this past February and all he had to pay for was travel to/from Florida and a few meals! It reminds me of the time I got to go to Disneyland for free, and all I had to pay was $90 for my meal at Club 33. All because I sat next to a member of the super-secret club, while watching a parade at the park a few weeks before, and we struck up a conversation about his very cool photography equipment. But that’s a blog for another day…
In light of recent price changes, bargain hunting for deals to the mouse house has become a regular diversion for some. Many starting whole blogs about that very subject. The Motley Fools recently uncovered that Disney World has just rolled out its, “Sneakiest Price Increase Yet.” Saying that, “All of these new offerings are optional, of course, and intended to be purchased by a sliver of its guests.”
Watching your dollars, while on vacation is nothing new, but the ability to take the family to WDW is slowly becoming more than just one of the best ways to spend your tax return. The Fools end their article by mentioning, “Shareholders may benefit from the move in the near term, but there are long-term ramifications for trying to milk too much money out of its guests.”
If Disney is smart, and I like to think they are, then they are preparing to INCLUDE the army of mommy blogger (and daddy bloggers, too) who are arming themselves to cash in on the education of traveling to Disney Parks on a budget. I plan to keep a close eye on the feed of such producers to see where the best tips, tricks, hacks and jacks are hiding around the web.
If you’re looking to save time and/or money on your next Walt Disney World vacation, here is my list of the best Disney Dedicated Discount Bloggers:
No list on travel tips around Walt Disney World would be complete without TravelingMom.com (and subsequently TravelingDad.com, as well). Making the travel experience easier and more enjoyable for Moms (and Dads), #TMOM is a network of seasoned travel writers and social media marketing experts; a juggernaut, comprised of real mom bloggers who contribute some of the best content related to traveling with the kiddo’s in tow. In fact, many of the bloggers on the site offer links to their own travel+parenting blogs and are all worth checking out individually.
One of the hardest working bloggers I personally know is Rebecca Darling of RWeThereYetMom.com. A freelance travel writer, and a mom of three, who loves to create exceptional memories with her family. Whether that be on the other side of the world or right down the street, her goal is to help you create exceptional memories, too.
Determined to make her kids the envy of all the other kids at school, you can often find Rebecca posting on her various social media accounts from exotic Caribbean locals, or running another race around Walt Disney World.
With over 41,000 questions answered (as of this writing), Disney Parks Moms Panel is the place to go to ask specific questions and get answers from some of the most in-the-know moms. Although an official Disney channel, the moms on the panel are picked anew each year from some of the most in-the-know bloggers around.
Launched in 2008, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has evolved from a simple, world-of-mouth forum to a highly sought-after source for questions and answers about Disney vacation destinations. It’s also grown to include a greater number of panelists who specialize in areas such as Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line and more.
Each panelist is hand selected due to their undeniable passion for Disney vacations and their knowledge about a specific Disney vacation destination. And yes, there are even a few dads on the panel, too.
Dan, his wife and his six children travel together everywhere together. While he writes about general travel, his aim is to focus specifically on traveling with families, especially large families. Navigating car trips in a packed minivan or trying to keep track of 17 different pieces of luggage in an airport?
No stranger to travel hacking, Dan eventually used 170,000 Southwest Rapid Reward points and the Southwest Companion pass to fly his family of six to a family reunion (for free) and he was hooked. He started blogging to give his perspective, only to discover he wasn’t alone.
5. Disney Daddy
Named Disney’s biggest fan in 2009, Chuck Lionberger began the Disney Daddy blog in September 2008. Check him out for fascinating tips and up-to-the-minute news! Still blogging on blogspot in 2016, Chuck’s Disney Daddy blog needs to be seen to believe.
6. Scary Mommy
After the Disney Daddy comes the Scary Mommy! What started as an on-line baby book to chronicle Jill’s Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme – Parents don’t have to be perfect.
If the title of her most popular article on Walt Disney World is to be believed, then you can stop scrolling, you have found what you came here for: The Very Best Tips for Surviving Disney World with Kids
A Disney mom with thoughts, Beth, is the mother to three boys living in Alabama. A full time youth minister, she loves to act like a kid! Always planning trips to Walt Disney World, even if they never come true, she volunteers to help others plan trips and figure out the best plan for each family. You can read all there is to know about Beth on her WDW blog.
It’s all good for the published author of ‘Disney Tips n’ Tricks.’ This Starbucks loving mother of four has a sincere appreciation for Walt Disney World (having visited over forty times). Her Disney Tips n’ Tricks page holds the key to all her Disney secrets. She published her book in January of 2014, taking all her Disney secrets and advice and turning them into the ultimate, easy-to-read guidebook for parents.
As a kid in California, Jenna’s family took many trips to Disneyland and as a result, she has been a Disney fanatic her whole life. Now, a busy mom, she took her boys for their very first trip to Walt Disney World in December of 2013 (it was her husband’s first trip, too). They fell head over heels in love with it.
While helping a friend plan her first Disney trip, she realized that nothing like the site she created yet existed and Real Moms was born. Along with the help of Melissa and Lindsey, the other “Real Moms,” they collaborated to help other real families’ plan their Disney trips in style.
10. The Disney Moms
Another group of Disney Moms (and one dad) with many years’ experience in visiting and loving Disney. Each owns and operate their own blog where they specialize in a variety of topics. Their goal is to help you find the information you need so you can plan the very best vacation for your family.
11. Fit Disney Mom
This Atlanta mom started running in 2013 and fell in love with RunDisney. It combined her love for Disney, with a new passion for running. Kimberly has a 2 year old, who she claims, “Makes the best running partner.” Recently completing her first full marathon – the 2016 WDW Marathon, this is the blog to follow if you’re running to get to WDW for a good time.
Whether you’re in the midst of planning your first trip or your 50th, Diana has the scoop with a Canadian perspective. Hailing from London, Ontario with her, “five favourite guys,” Diana works by day and is the Canadian Disney Mom Blogger, and researcher of all-things Disney, by night.
As a mom with two preschool aged sons and multiple trips to Walt Disney World Resort under her belt, the goal of her blog is to offer relevant tips and reviews with a bit of a Canadian perspective to boot.
This Colorado native, and mother of three, lives a life full of travel and good old family fun. She loves to vacation with her family, especially to Disney Destinations, where she enjoys sharing this passion by writing about her experiences.
Lauren’s love for all things Disney led to becoming a proud member of the 2014 and 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel, so you can bet she knows a thing or two when it comes to visiting a Disney Park or taking a Disney cruise.
If you’re looking for something with a more in-depth historical background, then check out ImagiNERDing.com. George, an avid Disney book collector with almost 1000 books in his personal collection, purchasing his first Disney park-related book in 1994 while at the Magic Kingdom. He has been writing about the Disney Company since 2007.
He also co-hosts Communicore Weekly, an award-winning podcast dedicated to Disney and theme park history, Disney books, Five Legged Goats, Disney bathrooms and so much more!
Launched in 2008, OnlyWDWorld.com is dedicated to discussing all things related to the Walt Disney World Resort. Their goal is to share information, experiences, and memories, so that you can have a more enjoyable Disney World vacation and create memories that will last a lifetime.
After his first visit to Walt Disney World back in 1976, creator Jamie Collins recognized that this place wasn’t just a collection of thrill rides, it was truly a magic kingdom. He has had the opportunity to see Walt Disney World from many different points of view: child, teenager, single person traveling on a budget with friends, married without children and now married with two “tween” aged children.
16. Disney Food Blog
Who doesn’t love exploring the many food options at the Disney Parks? Founded by AJ Wolfe, whose first Disney Vacation started with restaurant planning, launched his blog in March 2009. Since then, the Disney Food Blog has grown exponentially over the years. DFB offers in-depth reviews about food and restaurants in Disney’s parks, resorts, and cruise ships.
17. The Disney Blog
The Disney Blog is affiliated with LaughingPlace.com, the self-proclaimed number one Disney Fan site on the internet. Managed by John Frost, this Disney fan has created a blog that is run by fans, for fans.
When folks are talking about the Dad’s Guide to WDW, they are talking about Carl Trent. Spawned from a lifetime obsession with Walt Disney, and especially the Theme Parks, that started when his Grandmother would take him to Disneyland as a kid.
Got a problem with your trip you can’t solve? Like most good Dads, Carl likes to fix things. He’s a natural problem solver, especially when it comes to WDW problems.
Christina Wood is a travel agent with Pixie Vacations, the official travel planner of The Disney Blog and an official Walt Disney World Travel Planner. If doing your own research is just too much for you, then check out Christina’s blog and give her a call.
20. Disney Shawn
This blog’s origins go back to the late-90s, when Shawn worked as a show writer at Walt Disney Imagineering. It was there he developed a passion for and understanding of the way Disney theme park designers tell stories through the use of detail. In 2009, he made a resolution to leverage technology and emerging social media to offer virtual storytelling tours. Although he’s slowed down his writing in recent years, much of the content is still valid and we still recommend this informative site.
Without a doubt, the most adorable bloggers on our list. Sarah and Tom formed this site as a place to assemble their humor and opinions about Disney. Their true goal with the Disney Tourist Blog is for a fun website that can provide information and entertainment to like-minded Disney fans and tourists. Written by real people, trying to offer real advice based on actual experiences, visiting the Disney theme parks on a very regular basis.
That’s our list. It’s pretty large, but I know there are many more out there I still need to find. If you have, or know of, a great source for Disney Park travel tips, leave a link in the comments below.
Notable articles from non-dedicated Disney bloggers:
Disney Parks News and Information:
Disney Discount Sites:
Designing Disney Research Center – Fan Website Investigating the Art and History of Disney Theme Parks.
Imagineering Disney – An unofficial Disney blog where thoughts about Walt Disney Imagineering and the Disney parks of yesterday and today are discussed. Launched in 2009, the small volunteer staff is made up of a few people who have at one time worked for the Walt Disney Company.