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Free Collectible Pin at Disney World

Posted by couponingtodisney on November 12, 2009

If you happen to be going to Disney World before the end of the year, they are currently offering a free collectible pin with the purchase of a $75 gift card.

The way this works, is the pin is attached to the specialty marked cards. You can use the gift card just like a credit card everywhere at Disney. Your hotel fees, restaurant bill, souvenirs etc.

At Disney, you can trade pins with cast members. They wear a lanyard around their neck full of pins and you swap one of your pins for one of theirs. My daughter had so much fun doing this on our trip. I bought our pins off ebay before going. We also bought 4 gift cards while we were there.

Check out her pin collection!

I keep them on a board in the kitchen as motivation to save for our next trip.

If anyone wants to get me one of the Christmas pins and send them to me, I would not object. 😉


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Pier 1 Wants You To Win A Trip To Disney!

Posted by couponingtodisney on November 4, 2009

Pier 1 is giving away a trip to Disney World. Go here to enter by December 1st.

You can also play games and request your free vacation planning DVD.

Make sure when you sign up that you allow your information to be shared with Disney, that’s how you get one of the elusive pin codes that I told you about here.

(Thanks Kathy!)

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Dining at Disney World with Kids

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 20, 2009

I wanted to share this very informative article with you from The Disney Food Blog titled Dining in Disney World with kids. See part 1 here and part 2 here.

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Walt Disney World – Military Offer

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 17, 2009

Walt Disney World wants to thank the military service men and women for all they do. Any military personal either enlisted or retired can get a free 5-day park hopper pass. (Valued at around $300). Their family and friends can also get a $99 5-day park hopper passes. This offer is only good through 12/23/09.

Disney is also offering 40% off at their moderate hotels for the military. Visit here to learn more.

Thanks SwagGrabber for the heads up!

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Hidden Mickeys

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 16, 2009

Can you spot the Hidden Mickey above? The Imagineers at Disney have literally hidden thousands of these throughout Disney World, Disneyland and even Disney movies! They have so much fun hiding them and seeing if anyone can spot them.

Well Steve Barrett did just that. He has just published his 4th edition of his book Hidden Mickeys. His book lists the location of every spotted Hidden Mickey at Disney. If you are looking for something creative for your family to do on your trip, you should pick up his book.

You can also visit Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for a free Disney organized Hidden Mickey Scavenger Hunt. Just stop by the front desk and ask for the clues.

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Impress Your Friends At Hollywood Studio’s Toy Story Mania

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 14, 2009

If you are going to Disney in the future, you need to check out this article to learn the tricks to earning the high scores.

We had so much fun when we played the game. Of course my husband kicked my butt. But now that I have read this article…. Look out husband!

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Homemade Autograph Books Increase Character Interaction

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 14, 2009

My friend made us these unique autograph books for our 2009 trip. They hold 40 autographs and she designed a custom page for each character. All of the characters at Disney loved it! Anastasia (the step sister of Cinderella) was the best. She oohed and awed over her page (obviously she’s usually forgotten about) and had to take a moment to look at the entire book. It was awesome!

There is a great article on The Dis titled
Homemade Autograph Books Increase Character Interaction.

Also you can visit this board on The Dis for some ideas on how to make your own autograph book. There are even ladies there that will create custom graphics for you.

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The Elusive Pin Code from Disney

Posted by couponingtodisney on October 12, 2009

Disney has exclusive discounts for your vacation they issue called PINs. (It’s referred to as a PIN code because there is a pin number attached to the offer.) No one knows for sure how you get on the PIN list, but they suggest that you sign up for all the different freebies that Disney offers just in case.

Disney Vacation DVD (Will change in 2010)

Disney Customized Maps (I am creating these today. I just highlighted all the rides we did on our 2009 trip.)

Also try creating an account at and saving your family’s information (like birthday’s) and vacation dates.

So that covered, let’s talk a little more about PINs. I received my first ever PIN last week. The PIN is a code that is attached to your name. You can not transfer it, it is exclusive to you and your family. You can book up to 3 rooms/trips with the PIN code though. I received the PIN in an email titled “A Magical Disney Deal, (last name) Family” and I found it in my spam folder!

The offer is only good 4/11/09 to 6/3/09 and I have until 10/24 to book it. 5 separate offers were emailed to people. I received #2.

1. 5 night/ 6 day package $743 pp/ double occupancy for a Moderate Resort, PLUS a $500 Disney gift card.

2. 30% off at a value, 35% at a moderate and 40% at a deluxe.

3. purchase 5 night/6 day package that includes accommodations and theme park tickets at a Disney Value Resort and get 2 more nights with tickets free. $556 per adult double occupancy.

4. 5 days/6 nights with park hopper passes at a value resort for $491 per adult double occupancy

5. 5 nights, 6 days in Value Resort, 6 day tickets, and quick service dining plan – $721/adult. Kids are free (per one paying adult I believe).

PIN codes are emailed infrequently for a variety of dates. (I currently know of PINs being offered for this Christmas season and next summer.) The offers vary drastically too. Sometimes it’s free dining before it’s offered to the public, discounts on just your hotel room, etc. There is really no telling when or what you will get. You can always call Disney at (407) 939-7675 to see if their is a PIN attached to your name.

You can go ahead and make a reservation with your PIN even if you aren’t 100% sure you want to use it. You are just required to pay a deposit. And if a better deal comes out between now and then, you can call and change your reservation to reflect the new special. (There is a penalty if it is within 45 days of your arrival date.)

If you are booking a room only reservation here are the deposit guidelines from

  • You must pay one night’s room rate as a deposit within 7 days of reserving your room. (Except when booking online at, in which case the deposit is required at time of booking.)

  • Final payment of the remainder is due at check-in. (Except when booking online at, in which case full payment is required if reserving within 45 days of arrival.)

  • You can change or cancel your reservation without penalty up until 5 days prior to check-in. (6 days for online bookings.)

And if you book a package, the deposit guidelines are as follows:

  • You must pay a $200 deposit within 7 days of reserving your package. (Except when booking online at, in which case the deposit is required at time of booking.)

  • Final payment of the entire remainder is due 45 days prior to check-in. You have to pay in full right away if you are booking less than 45 days in advance.

  • You can change or cancel your reservation without penalty up until 45 days in advance. From 7 to 44 days in advance, there is a cancellation fee of $100. If you cancel 6 days or less in advance, you pay a $200 penalty.

So good luck everyone! I hope you can receive a PIN code for your vacation that you can use!

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Big Disney News!!

Posted by couponingtodisney on September 29, 2009

As most of you know, I am using the money I’m saving to go to Disney in 2010. There was big news announced for Disney today!

2010’s promotion is going to be called “Give A Day, Get A Disney Day”. If you spend a day volunteering (in 2010) for an approved non profit, you will receive a voucher from Disney for a free one day admission (You have until mid December 2010 to use it)! This is really great news for people that live around Disney because the whole family can volunteer and go to Disney for free on the same day!

I am so excited about this promotion! Disney is really starting to try to change the world and this is a great way to make an impact! Be sure to see all the details here!

This will replace the “What Will You Celebrate” promotion. That promotion will last until the end of 2009 and Give a Day will start in 2010.

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Score Free Tickets to Disney

Posted by couponingtodisney on August 4, 2009


One way to earn free tickets to Disney (or cash for Disney) is to participate in a timeshare presentation at one of the Orlando area resorts.

To find a timeshare presentation, all you have to do is look for the signs around Disney that proclaim “Free Tickets!” and follow their directions.

The presentation usually lasts about 90 minutes. A lot of them require you to make at least $40,000 a year, but requirements vary from timeshare to timeshare. They usually reward you with an incentive such as tickets to Disney or Disney Dollars (Disney cash that can be used only at Disney).

Here is a great article on what to expect at the presentation.

Here are a few that I know of:

The Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s timeshare. Their information booth is located at Downtown Disney. When we went, they were giving out $15 gift cards to Disney per person (your kids counted as a person!) and they had a play area for the kids as well as refreshments. The rewards change frequently but you are expected to give them about 90 minutes for their presentation.

The Grosvenor Hotel, located just outside the Downtown Disney area, has a timeshare presentation.

The Marriott Vacation Clubs have been giving out $100 Disney Credits for attending the 90 min presentation.

If your schedule allows and this is something that interests you, then you should definitely sit through the presentation and score yourself free tickets.

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