Magical Blogorail: Review of Lou Mongello’s 102 Ways to Save Money at Walt Disney World

This review for 102 Ways to Save Money 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 first stepped foot in the Disney online community back in 2007, one of the first podcasts I began listening to was WDW Radio.  Since then I have been an avid listener and supporter of the WDW Radio host, Mr. Lou Mongello.  Not only has Lou’s show won Best Travel Podcast every year from 2006-2013, but he also is an author.  The Walt Disney World Trivia Books (there are two volumes currently) take trivia about Walt Disney World and turn that into fun for the whole family.  More about WDW Radio, The Walt Disney World Trivia Books, and Lou’s popular Audio Guides and Dream Team Project can all be found at WDW Radio.  So I have “known” Lou for many years and when I saw that his new project was a book about saving money at Walt Disney World, I couldn’t wait to take a look at it.

About the Book:
102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World gives answers to that pesky question most people traveling to WDW have: how do I afford to pay for a WDW vacation?  Not only is this question answered, but it is answered with so much variety that any person who thinks WDW is out of the question for a vacation due to finances will seriously reconsider staying at home.  102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World can be found at Lou’s website and is offered in digital form as well as paperback.

My Review:
I knew that I didn’t know everything about saving money at Disney World and for Disney World, but I didn’t realize just how much I didn’t know.  Reading this text was a journey through the mind of a true Disney “life hacker.”  The tips begin not as you step on property, but months (or even years!) ahead of your travel dates.  Lou meticulously explains tips that might be obvious: saving for a trip, booking a room, how to dine, etc. to the obscure: partial day tickets, laundry problems, pressed pennies, etc.  What I love about the book is the dedication to details and the feeling that every stone has been upturned for you.  102 Ways is separated into obvious sections of the vacation planning process.  For instance, the chapter that includes when to book a hotel room comes before the chapter on dining.  Also every chapter in the digital version offers links to online content that coincides to the tip in question.  My favorite part of this service is that Lou lists the episodes of his podcast that match the tip.  As I was reading, I tried to see just how many tips you could use out of the 102 on one single trip. This I found impossible, but that was the beauty of the text, because the variety of tips gives everyone reading, no matter the background or financial level, the opportunity to save money (and much more than a few dollars) when traveling to the Disney parks in Orlando.  The book is easy to read and is great as a reference for any and all decisions in the vacation planning process.  Two mouse ears way up for 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World!

My favorite tip:
While reading 102 Ways, I continued to audibly say, “oh thats a good idea,” and “wow, I never thought of that!”  Of course there were many tips that I knew about, but I am sure the typical traveler would probably never know without someone telling them.  No matter if it was a new idea or a known tip to me, this book organized and categorized them neatly in one volume for me.

Tip #87 Save Money at Table Service Restaurants included my favorite nuggets of information in the entire book.  Being a big fan of Disney dining at WDW, this tip included specific and detailed (including prices!) ideas of restaurants and items that could be shared by two people for a meal AND examples of where you can find the exact same item for a smaller cost in the park.  For example in the book Lou states, “Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom — a bowl of New England Clam Chowder is $6.99 at lunch.  Get the same chowder at the nearby Columbia Harbour House for $4.99 a bowl.”

Lou Mongello’s new book 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World is a great read and very worth the cost.  Not only does the book contain details for each of the 102 tips, but it also includes 40 ideas of free things to do or have at WDW as well.  If you a Disney fan like myself this is a great addition to your Disney travel collection.  Check out our Magical Blogorail competition to win your own copy for free below!

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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