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Surprise on a Disney Cruise

In November of 2014, we pulled off one of our biggest surprises. Let me set the stage. My father-in-law was trying to surprise my mother-in-law for her birthday. They had been on two Disney Cruises in the past with us, and he wanted to surprise her with another trip. He talked to us about going with them, but with a child in school we told him we couldn’t go. Since we have gone on over 10 Disney Cruises, he asked us to book the cruise for him which would also help keep it a surprise from his wife. Before we booked, we decided we would go with them, but not tell them. So when we booked their room, we also booked our room, right next to theirs. The surprise was set, but how should we surprise them?

Extra Magic Hours

What are Extra Magic Hours? Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are “bonus” hours at Walt Disney parks.  This article will focus on the Florida parks, but Extra Magic Hours are available at other Disney parks. In Florida, to qualify for Extra Magic Hours you must be staying at a Walt Disney World-owned resorts, Walt Disney World Dolphin or Swan resorts, Hilton Resort at Downtown Disney, or Shades of Green. Why are they important? Extra Magic Hours help you to maximize your family time at Disney World.  By utilizing these “bonus” hours you beat the crowds by arriving…
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Disney Tip: Bring Your Own Glow Sticks

One way to save money at Disney is to buy Glow Stick Bracelets before leaving home. You can get a pack of 100 Glow Stick Bracelets from Amazon for around $10. Each night, crack 2-5 of them for each of your children to enjoy for less than $1 per child. Disney is very good at marketing, and as soon as it starts getting dark, they bring out toys that light up. These toys can be quite expensive and if you can hand your child(ren) several glow sticks as soon as…
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Wheel of Fortune Disney Sea & Shore Sweepstakes

Wheel of Fortune Disney Sea & Shore Sweepstakes is giving a way: A six night vacation for four Airfare Six nights accommodations $1000 DISNEY GIFT CARD This is a short contest March 2nd through March 6th 2015 Wheel of Fortune Disney Sea & Shore Sweepstakes Enter the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution each day 3/2 – HIGH IMPACT 3/3 – FANCY COWBOY BOOTS 3/4 3/5 3/6 Ends on March 7, 2015   Additional Disney Sweepstakes  

Score your FREE Big Hero 6 DVD

Right now new members to Topcashback can score Big Hero 6 on DVD for FREE! Visit Walmart.com through Topcashback, purchase Big Hero 6 – priced at $14.99. Choose in-store pick up to avoid shipping! Hurry the deal ends February 28th. Here’s how to score your FREE Big Hero 6 movie: Register your new account at Topcashback Click the orange “Get Cashback Now” button to open the Walmart shopping page. Verify you’re looking at Big Hero 6 on DVD, priced at $14.99. Click “add to cart” and then “view cart and checkout.” Proceed…
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Disney Store Sale this Weekend

Grab Free Shipping Make sure to check out some great sales and get Free Shipping on New Arrivals at Disney Store! Use the CODE: SHIPNEW  Hurry this weekend only! Frozen Feaver While winter is winding down (it has to be, right!!) things are heating up a the Disney Store.  Catch Frozen Fever with your pick of over 175 Frozen items arriving from Arendelle.   Costumes 40% off All kids love to play dress up and now is a great time to get the costumes they want on sale.  I know…
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Disney Channel Super Summer Sweepstakes

Want a trip of a life time? If so, enter for a chance to win a 5-day, 4-night Walt Disney World vacation for five!  The prize is for 3-night stay at a Deluxe Disney Resort and 1-night stay in Cinderella Castle Suite.  You also have a chance to meet Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell from Teen Beach 2! http://parks.disney.com/super-summer-sweeps Please check the page for the official rules. Ends: March 16, 2015  Additional Disney Sweepstakes

How we make over $400 a year for our Disney vacations.

Earn money with Swagbucks towards your next Disney vacation

*Update: We earned over $470 in 2015! Swagbucks is a great and easy way to have extra money for your Disney trip Use your earnings to treat yourself to little luxuries like Starbucks gift certificates, Amazon eGift cards or send it directly to your bank account via PayPal to contribute towards your Disney trip. Read Genevieve’s story on how she took her grandchild to Disney all with Swagbucks money. Is it Really Worth the Effort? Absolutely!  I have been personally using Swagbucks since 2013 and over the years I have earned…
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How to survive or avoid a meltdown at Disney

A trip to Disney can be the vacation of a lifetime but it can also turn into meltdown city.  Kids get tired and fussy, adults then lose their patience, and then no one is having a good time. Meltdowns are common at Disney, and they don’t happen only to children.  I have had a few too.  Here are some suggestions on avoiding meltdowns before they happen, and tips on what to do when there is a meltdown.  I have two young boys and unfortunately we experienced the meltdowns first hand. Don’t Try to Do It All…
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Get cash back on groceries with Snap by Groupon

Check out Snap by Groupon.  Snap is similar to Ibotta and Checkout 51, you can use Snap by Groupon on select grocery purchases no matter where you shop!  Grab your smartphone and download Snap by Groupon today to start saving even more on groceries you’re already buying. All you do is browse the deals and select the ones you want to take advantage of. Take a photo of your receipt when you’re done shopping and Snap will credit the money to your account. When your account balance hits $20 or more you can…
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Morning Commute

How is your morning commute each day? I am fortunate enough to work from home, so my morning commute is down the hall to my office. My wife only has a short 8 or so mile commute each day, so again not too bad (grant it there have been days that the 8 miles takes over 90 minutes). I think we all could agree no matter how short or long our morning commute is, we would trade it in for this commute any day of the week. This photo was taken…
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Disney Alexander: Funny Family Photo Sweepstakes

Do you have any funny family photos? If so, now you can share those silly, awkward, funny photos that capture the moments that make you laugh out loud.  Enter for a chance to win a 4-day, 3-night relaxing vacation for four to the Aulani, Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.  Package includes hotel, roundtrip airfare and airport/hotel transfer. http://sweepstakes.disney.com/disney-alexander-funny-family-photo-sweepstakes Please check the page for the official rules. Ends: March 4, 2015

GMA Disney’s McFarland, USA Sweepstakes

In celebration of Disney’s McFarland, USA, Good Morning America is giving one lucky winner a family trip to remember, a trip to Aulani in Hawaii! One grand prize winner will receive a four-day, three-night trip for four to Hawaii. The prize package includes round-trip air fare and hotel accommodations at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina (*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited. Limitations and Restrictions apply. Click for official rules.). Enter Good Morning America Presents Disney’s McFarland, USA Sweepstakes below for your chance to win! http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/mailform?id=28863143 Ends:…
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