Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World

This review for 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World by Lou Mongello is part of a Magical Blogorail sponsored campaign. Copies of the book were received free of charge for a review. Opinions are those of the reviewer and do not represent those of the author.  Your opinion may vary.

I am honored to have the opportunity today to review "102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World" by Lou Mongello. On a personal note, I first "discovered" Lou Mongello back in the day when I used to download Walt Disney World ride audio from Napster. I had no idea a Disney fan community actually existed until I purchased Lou's awesome Walt Disney World trivia books one trip in Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney. Since then, I've been a loyal listener of WDW Radio, a podcast that Lou has been the host and producer of since early 2005. I remember this time well, because I had just finished my fall 2004 Walt Disney World College Program, and I was hungry for any and all WDW info!

About "102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World"

First of all, as a former cast member, I had to chuckle when I saw the title of the book. While most informational books have 101 ways, I immediately knew the reason why picked 102. Any cast member will tell you, when an attraction breaks down we say it's "101." When it is back up and running, it's "102." I was only a few pages in and I already LOVED the book!

Lou Mongello
Beside that little bit of Disney-geekdom, 102 Ways is a terrific way to prepare for a Walt Disney World vacation. As most people know (Disney fan or not) Walt Disney World can be extraordinarily expensive and the price tag can seem insurmountable. I have found that even with a Disney Vacation Club membership that is paid off, I have a difficult time coming up with money for even just the flight and park tickets. However, by following Lou's simple but genius tips, you can save money for your trip and even during your trip.

What I liked most about the book is that it's broken down into easy-to-comprehend and read sections. Need resort tips? They are all together. Already paid off your trip but need some free things to keep you occupied? There's a section for that. Lou's tips are foolproof and all legitimate. You don't have to worry about getting scammed on fake tickets on 192! 

Noteworthy "Ways" to Save
As a Disney fan, there were some ways that I learned along the way. Others, however, were so creative and on the point that I wanted to mention them to you here:

  • As you probably know, I like to eat. As a loyal listener of WDW Radio, I am confident that Lou would tell you that he likes to eat too. But sometimes after a big breakfast and walking around in the lovely Florida heat and humidity, I am not in the mood for a massive lunch. One of Lou's best tips: You can save nearly $8 per meal by skipping the sides! I'm sure you're aware of the combo platters in the quick service restaurant. Just because it's packaged that way for your ease doesn't mean that you need to buy it that way. I really never thought of that, and that's what makes it such a great tip!
  • Did you know that if you book a vacation package with Disney you can order free, personalized maps? I did. I've ordered them pretty much on every trip I've been on because they are really beautiful. One of Lou's tips was to have the characters autograph the maps instead of spending money on a book. I just love this tip because it must make such a great keepsake and decorative piece at the end of your vacation.
  • Free water. I know I've mentioned it before on this blog, but it's worth mentioning again. Do not dehydrate yourself because bottled water is expensive. Any quick service restaurant will give you a cup of ice water if you request it, for free.
How Can You Save on a Walt Disney World Vacation?
1. Open up your wallet.
2. Purchase Lou Mongello's "102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World."
3. Read it, and follow his advice.

Unsure about the book? I highly recommend you take a listen to the WDW Radio show podcast or participate in one of Lou's monthly meets. I know you'll be a dedicated as I am, especially after you save a boatload of money on your next vacation!

Disney expert and podcasting pioneer, Lou Mongello, shares 102 ways you can have the most magical Disney vacation without breaking the bank in this comprehensive, detailed, 197-page guide.  102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World guide is a MUST HAVE for any family planning toward a Disney vacation.

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Capturing Magical Memories said...

I had no idea about the "102" - clever Lou! very clever.

Heidi Strawser said...

What a fabulous review and I love your graphic! You and I both picked one of the same favorite tips - about skipping the sides! I don't know why I never thought of that one before, but it was one of the only tips I wasn't already using! LOL

Lee Beatens said...

Nice review! Nice to see that I'm not the only one who needs to find ways to save up for a Disney vacation! lol

Lin @ DisneyMamas said...

Great review! There are some really great tips in this book!

Melissa - Disney on Wheels said...

Love your review! I love the skipping sides tip too. Although I forgot to it on our last trip. :)

Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse said...

Great review! I too loved the "102" title concept--very clever! And getting free water is one of the best tips in the book! The water at counter service tastes way better than the water fountains, which often have that Florida sulfur tang, and it's FREE! Can't beat that!

Beth Green said...

I've only used Magical Express twice, but LOVED it! What a unique service WDW offers. Does Disneyland offer it too?

Beth Green said...

great job! I learned so much in this book- including "102!" This is full of great tips for seasoned guests and newbies!

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