Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to make the Refillable Mug Worth it

Every time I go to WDW I buy the Mug. I figured out a way to make it worth it. If you are going to pay $17 for the mug you should be able to make it worth it.

Here is how you can make the mug worth the money you pay. All you need is a wide mouth bottle.

First thing you do is fill the bottle with ice.
Second fill the mug with your drink.
Third pour the drink in the bottle.

This is all legal. You are using the mug for the drink.  All you are pouring it into something else.

Doing this you can have something to drink when you go to the park.

I carry two bottles so I will have something to drink while I'm in the park. To do this all you have to do is wait for the time expire from the first fill.

After those bottles are empty I will go to a Resort's food court and fill up the bottles. What I do is get something to eat and fill up the first bottle after I get the meal After when I finished fill the second bottle.

You can go to any resort to fill your mugs. You are not tied to the resort you are staying at.

By doing this every day I fill the bottle 5 times. To buy a drink in the park is $3. By using the mug I'm saving $15 a day. In a 7 day I'm saving $100 in drinks. So my mug is paid back within a day.
This is all legal. Disney does sell wide mouth bottle so what you pour in it is OK.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TSA-Pre Check

Last year I went in and got the TSA Pre Check. This is a special line when going though Screening. It's a easy thing to get and if you make a couple trips a year it can be a good thing.

First go to the TSA website and fill out the application. You can fill it out online and submit it online.

Second make your appointment for your interview.

Third go and get a Money Order for $85. They don't take personal check, cards or cash.

Go to your interview. It is very simple. They go over your application and take your finger prints. This will take a few minutes depend on where you go.

After this is all done all you have to do is wait. TSA will a background check. Then in 45 days, sometimes faster, you will get a letter for TSA telling you have cleared. then you will be given a Known Traveler Number.

The number you will fill this number when ever you book a flight. If you have a account with the airline you can fill the information there.

When you get you boarding pass it will say "TSA Pre Check" and then you can go though the special line. You don't have to take out you laptop or you quart size of liquids. You don't have to take off your shoes or if you are wearing a light jacket.

Why I decided to get this is because the line at MCO can get very long. It can take a hour to go though. Going though TSA pre can take a few minutes.

In my first year I have used  on 4 trips. This is a new service. A lot of people have signed up for this service. If you are traveling though a big airport it can be a good thing.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Getting a Passsport

I finally got a passport. I have a friend that is planning on moving to Mexico and wants be to be able to travel there. Also I live in Arizona and the ID it doesn't have the travel star on it. They say that the ID's will be O K until 2020. So getting a passport might make things easy.

Getting a Passport is a simple thing. The first thing you should do is go a web site that has that application. Fill it out online. After it is filled out print it out. You can't file it online because you have to a passport agent to have to filed.

Second getting Photos. There are many places to get them taken. The price can vary by place. I got my taken at Costco. I have a card with them so I paid $5 for 4 photos.

Third going to a passport agency. There are many places are listed on the Gov travel site passport website.
I went to a passport agent that is at the University. I didn't have to make a appointment.

Fourth getting Money orders. To file the application you need a money order. There is a agent fee. Since I went to the University. I could pay it with my bank card. Other places will ask for a money.

Fifth going to file. Going to the University it was easy. Key is going there first thing in the morning close to opening. A lot of people are filing for passports and travel card so it get busy though the day.

Make sure that you have all papers that you need ready. To go thought the filling , they say 15-20 minutes. but if you have everything ready it can go fast.

After all that is the waiting. If you don't need it right away, they say  4-6 weeks. My passport came in 10 days.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bluebird Pre Paid Card

On a trip a couple years ago I was trying to put some  money on my Gift Card using my Bank Card. To my surprise my card won't work. I called my bank about it and they said that there was nothing wrong. I went back to try again but it didn't work so I went to the ATM. The ATM is a Chase bank so I had no fees and got cash for my Gift cards. So when I got home I started looking for a Pre Paid Card. After doing my research I found that a lot of them  had fees to have the card. Then I found the Bluebird Card. This card has the backing of American Express. This card had no fees. That make a winner.

The first thing you have to do is go to Walmart and buy the started kit. It cost $5 plus you have to put some starter money on it.

It's a great card. It has all the American Express benefits. The first thing you need to do is go to the card's website and set it up. It is very easy. I also set up Direct Deposit so I don't have to worry about transferring money. So this card is used for my internet shopping and my Disney trips.

This card is a great card to have. NO FEES!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Next Trip

I have been trying to go to WDW every six months but this time I'm going in Sept. I want to change the date of my Pass from Dec. to Sept. I like to go in the fall than the winter. Christmas is great in WDW but I  like Halloween. So I will be starting a new Pass. This time it will give me time to rest up and save up  I will be going before the end of the 45th anniversary so I can still get the 20% discount.

With the new pass I will be going in Sept and March. So I will be able to see Food and Wine also go to Flower and Garden.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Well here it is 10 am and I have to leave. All I have to say is that "I'm out of here!" Out of the 11 trips I have made to Walt Disney World this is the worst trip ever! The All Star Resorts are far from the parks wi]ell the closest park is Animal Kingdom, So it means long bus rides. If you leave after fireworks or closing you will be waiting in long line. A bus can only hold so many people and they stuff as many as they can. It can be up to 2-3 buses before you can get on one. There are a lot of tired kids and parents. It make a very hard run back to the resort. Disney have bought bigger buses but that does do anything to help the problem,

Disney has a lot of problems that they need to work out. Other than the bus, is the Wi Fi. Since they rolled out the Magic Bands they have made the Wifi open to everybody, There is a app that has everything to help you stay. So having a Smart Phone is a good thing. There are places that you can look and book you Fast Passes. Having it on your Phone is a big saver. You can also check your photos. Here is the down side. If you don't have a current Phone you can be out of luck, That is what happen to me. I have a Samsung S4. I used the app on my last trip but this time it had a update and it didn't work on my phone. So I couldn't check my Fast Passes or photos. That was one big pain in the butt. I had to go to the Fast Pass places to check passes and make new one. I had to wait until I got back to my room to see my photos. This is very up setting. I found out last night that some of my photos didn't make it on my band. They were the photos with Baymax. This is a drag. If I knew that they didn't show I could have gone to the Photo Pass store and located them.

My take on the Resort. Over all it is a So So place, You get what you paid for. The room was clean. One night I spilled so sauce on the bed. The next day it was cleaned. They just cleaned the spot didn't change the sheets. Other than that Mouse keeping was fair.

The Cast Members: They were very friendly. They would go out of their way to help. I have run into a rude cast member. It was a woman that was at the place you could check in your bags to be taken to the airport. I had told the woman about one time I checked my bag early and that my bags were put on a early flight. She told me that they would be on my flight.

I wished that I could have written every day but the wifi suck. That is a big problem that NEEDS to be fix.

It's going to be another long 8 hour flight. I have to wait until 3 pm before I can take the bus to the airport. Sometimes I can ask the bus Driver if I can take a early bus. We'll see.

I'm glad to go home. it's be a long week. I will be take 10 months to a year off. So I'm letting the AP go and starting a new one when things get better.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Last Day

Here it is my last day here. And all I can say it was BAD! When I first came to WDW I stayed at All Star Music and that stay wasn't great either. The people here were friendly, My room was OK I have had better. As for my next stay I will go back to Pop Century. To get any where is a long bus ride except when going to Animal Kingdom.

My days in the park was fun. I didn't stay until closing like I have in the past. It has gotten crowed over the years. When I went to The Christmas Party I was hoping to spend a lot of time there but left after a couple hours. I wanted to see characters  but the lines for them were long and I didn't want to spend all my time waiting.

This year Disney gave a 20% discount for the 45th anniversary so I did a lot of shopping. The things that I bought were the high ticket stuff. These were things that I have been looking at for years.

Every year I buy my two gift cards. I spend all of the Shopping Card Gift Card and have some money left on the Food Card.

Too sum up my stay. Is to say that I didn't have that relaxing time. It didn't help with chasing my depression away.

As for when my next trip it will be late 2017 or 2018 depending on money and the way that the country will go with the new Leader.

I hope for my next trip I will be at POP and have a better Wifi so I can write my during then trip.

I will NOT stay at All Star Music ever again!