Monday, June 30, 2014

102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World by Lou Mongello {Review & Giveaway}

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.

When I think of people who are known to be Disney Experts, Lou Mongello is one of the first people that comes to mind.  Lou has been a Disney fan his whole life.  He's logged over a hundred Disney vacations and is an internationally known Disney expert and historian.  He's been podcasting for almost a decade and has written several books, including 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World. When I have a question about Disney, Lou is the one I turn to for answers!

In the 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World book, you will get exactly what the title says: 102 ways to save money!  This book is for all families or individuals planning a trip to Walt Disney World.  Even if you have been a dozen times and think you have it all figured out- I guarantee you'll find something new in this book that will help you save money!  I did!  

In this amazing book, you'll find ways to save before you go, when to go, how to go, where to stay, 
which tickets to buy, where to eat, and more!  

While reading this book, I was reading through the eyes of a mom who is actually planning a trip right now!  While all of the information was not new to me, I found it all very helpful.  For people who have never been to Walt Disney World and have no idea how to plan a trip or save the most money, this book is a must!  

Some of the information that was helpful or new to me was the information on ways to save at the Food & Wine Festival, the savings from being a AAA member, and getting "the same for less" throughout the parks.  One new tip I learned was when ordering from a counter service restaurant, consider skipping the sides to save money or split a meal with a family member.  He details how to do this at several restaurants throughout the parks.

I think my favorite part of the book is the Bonus section!  He shares "40 Free Things to Do, Get, See, Eat and Collect" at Walt Disney World.  I'm always looking for freebies on vacations.  This list is so extensive and thorough.  There are tips for resorts, parks and Downtown Disney.  My favorites are:
#10- Watch the Polynesian Torch- Lighting Ceremony
#16- Celebrate Spring, which includes Easter activities
#36- Business Cards from Main Street Characters
#38- Free Training for kids
free Jedi Training at Disney's Hollywood Studios
This book is a great resource for Walt Disney World travelers and provides beautiful photographs and images. Being an e-book, you can easily take it with you on vacation on your iPad or iPhone.  You can bookmark your favorite tips and ways to save to access while in the parks or at the resort.  Another great part about being an e-book are the links throughout the book.  Lou links back to his website, WDW Radio show podcast, and the Disney web site.  If you need or want additional information on the topics he covered in the book, the links will provide that for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this review and if you are interested in buying your own copy, I'm sure you'll enjoy it and find ways to save money!  If you don't, Lou provides a guarantee:

"And I guarantee that if you use even just a few of the tips in this book, that you will be able to save money for and during your next Walt Disney World vacation.  If you don't, let me know what you did and why it didn't work, and I'll gladly refund the purchase price of your book."

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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  1. Nice review, Beth! I too liked the tips about what was free around the 'World'. We always avail ourselves of many of these things during our trips. The boats are our favorite freebie! What's yours? - Lee Beatens

  2. I love 40 Free Things! We're always looking for something new (and cheap!) to do . :)

  3. The free things are great! They are ways to really enjoy the little know side of Disney too.

  4. I love reading the reviews of Lou's book- each comes away with a different highlight. Can you believe I never knew about #36- Business Cards from Main Street Characters?! Just shows you CAN teach an old dog new tricks... ;)

  5. Nice review! Skipping the sides is one of my favorite new tips as well!