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Joan Lunden

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Planning a trip to Disney World can be very involved. But, it does not have to be hard! Traveling Mom shares some ways to save at the resorts, at the parks, and in the shops.

Ways to Save at Resorts:

1. Use to book the best room within your budget

2. Consider Renting a car for less that $100/week instead of paying $17/cab ride

3. Buy groceries pre-arrival to save on the cost of food at the parks

4. Consider purchasing discount park tickets from places like Parksavers using promo codes 

5. Utilize your resort-- many resorts offer free childcare so couples can grab a quiet bite to eat!

Free Disney Attractions: 

1. Try free samples of Coca Cola products from around the world as Club Cool members at Epcot 

2. Autographs from Disney characters can make a great memento

3. Campfire Sing-a-longs are offered every night for Walt Disney World Resort guests

4. Balloon characters are offered at many resort front desks-- great way to decorate your hotel room!

5. Check out Kidcot Fun Centers filled with arts and craft activities at Epcot 

How to Save on Souvenirs:

1. Set a budget and stick to it! How much per child? Who are bringing souvenirs home for?

2. Consider using Disney gift cards. These can be purchased even before you leave for your trip. 

3. Buy Disney Souvenirs before heading to the park. For example, you can purchase a Disney Character Autograph book online at reduced prices before you arrive.

4. Implement a behavior reward system, where kids can purchase a souvenir for good behavior on the trip

5. Just say "no." Disney is full of souvenir temptation. Sometimes, it is okay to pass up an opportunity. There will definitely be another chance if you cane your mind! 



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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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