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Listener Email: Save Money at Walt Disney World, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Pirates & More!


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #318 for the week of March 31, 2013

I’ll open up the Inbox the week and answer your listener questions about everything Walt Disney World, from Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom to what to do after a Disney Cruise, crowd levels, how to save money at Walt Disney World, efficient transportation options, things to do for kids and teens, Pirates in the parks and resorts, Fantasmic! and more.

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– Lou Mongello

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10 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 318 – Listener Email: Save Money at Walt Disney World, Sorcerers, Pirates & More”

  1. Derek Shute says:

    My favorite time of year to visit wdw is May. The parks are not too busy and the climate is perfect. Love November for all the holiday stuff too, but May defo wins for me.

  2. JT says:

    Mid-April through mid-May. It is warm but usually not terribly hot and humid yet. The crowds are down and Epcot is beautiful with Flower and Garden.

  3. Beth White says:

    Thank you Lou for answering my question! Was shocked to hear my name.

    Would love to hear a podcast of things to do at Disney without going to the parks. I know it is horrible to think about but to make it easier add some great restaurants in the mix. We love to eat!

    Again, thank you for making my time of filing papers go by much faster.

  4. elbug10 says:

    Great show as always, Lou! So good to hear Beci, too. I know she’s been under the weather since February, so it was nice to hear her back in good spirits! 🙂

    As for the person who wrote in asking what to do to kill time from the time they throw you off the cruise ship to a late afternoon flight out of MCO, may I humbly suggest what we did, shop at the airport? You may laugh, but there are lots of cool shops there to explore that not everyone has in their hometown. Disney’s EARPort (get it?) store is very nice and they sell park merchandise so you can pick up anything you may have forgotten. I found the calendar there that had been eluding me all trip!. There’s a large Universal Studios store so you can get your Harry Potter merchandise without having to set foot in the park. They also have Spongebob/Dora/Nickolodeon things and Marvel items. There’s a Build-A-Bear so you can take home a new furry friend, Swatch has a store, and even a Hello Kitty Store, among many others. The food court there is pretty good, too. Everything from Chick-Fil-A to Krispy Kreme.

    Okay, so it may not keep you entertained the entire time (we had a 6 hour layover!) But it IS an option for those of us who rely on Disney transportation from Port Canaveral back to the airport.

  5. Joe says:

    My favorite time of the year to visit WDW is any time that I can get down there! That said, you can’t beat either October or May, both for the low crowd levels and beautiful weather.

  6. Frank X says:

    My family and I have gone to Disney World at different times of the year, and I have to agree with Derek’s comments. May is the best time, especially at the end of May during Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. It’s cooler and less crowded. And seeing all of the large Disney characters made of out of flowers made every inch of Epcot worth seeing. I think the key is to go when some special event, like the Star Wars weekends, is happening. It makes it more interesting for everyone.

  7. Ray says:

    I will disagree with Beci regarding the Fantasmic Dinner package and its value. Admittedly…we never go during the “busy” times of the year….but seldom arrive to the entrance of the theater more than an hour ahead of time. And unless you are really picky about your seat location you can probably wait until 45 min. before the show. From what I’ve heard….with the package they want you to be at the theater 30 minutes ahead. So…what are you saving 15-30 minutes…and for less than great seats? We always go to the early show and eat after the show…then we can relax while we eat.

    As for changing resorts during a trip…I really wouldn’t suggest more than one change per trip. More than one change essentially means living out of your suitcases with all the unpacking…packing and unpacking.

  8. Kira says:

    I had amazing luck with the week between Jan and Feb. great weather, not busy. we were able to do all the rides we wanted to.

    someone’s question was about sending packages home. we traveled southwest (which allows for 2 bags per-person. this makes up for the cramped conditions in my opinion)this January and packed an extra suitcase with non perishable snacks that we ate each day while in the parks to cut down on food costs. then we packed all of our new purchases in the empty suitcase.

  9. Kristi Schmidt says:

    Although I’m very pro Disney we never stay on property entirely due to the cost. We rent a 3 bedroom vacation home which there are hundreds within a 5 mile radius for about $300-600 a week. Even with a cost of a car rental added in, its still much better value to us than staying in a value price hotel. To have a full kitchen, washer, dryer and 2 bathrooms is priceless during our Disney vacation.

  10. Chuck Zitta says:

    A Hidden Beci! LOL!!!!!! Good one.

    Favorite time to visit WDW? I have two (in no particular order):

    1. Just before and during Thanksgiving week. Kids only miss a few days of school and we get a long 9 or 10 day vacation. Plus you get to enjoy the spoils of Disney World’s incredible Christmas celebrations!

    2. Halloween/Food & Wine Festival time. First off, Halloween is my birthday. Then, you throw MNSSHP on top of that, mixed with a little (or a lot of) Food & Wine. Add a little great fall weather, and you get an incredible fall experience at the happiest place on earth!

    Thanks again for another terrific show, Lou and Beci!!!