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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Second Star Media (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991498801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991498802
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lou Mongello has created the ultimate, 'must-have' resource guide for anyone going to Walt Disney World. His vast knowledge, experience and passion for everything Disney shines through every colorful, easy-to-read page loaded with amazing tips and information. Simply, awesome!!!" -  Stacey J. Aswad - Host of Walt Disney World's Top 7 Must Sees & Must Do Disney and VOBuzzWeekly.com

"Every page in this book will save you valuable time and money... Lou is someone that you can trust to make sure you have a great trip to WDW"  - The Maz Disney Blog

"With vivid photographs of the resort and well-researched tips, this is a must have for any Disney fan whether you make yearly trips or are thinking about going for the first time." -  Examiner.com

"I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering planning a trip to Walt Disney World. By following many of the 102 tips in this book... you will easily save yourself at a minimum in the high hundreds of dollars on your next vacation. The costs of the book itself will more than pay for itself!" - Kevin, FrugalMouse.com

"This book is a compendium of money-saving resources that can't be rivaled. With 102 Ways to Save Money For & At Walt Disney World it's all in the palm of your hand."  - A Busy Dad of Two

From the Author

Walt Disney World has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, trips to Walt's newest vacation destination were a cherished part of my family experiences. My first visit was in November of 1971, just weeks after the park opened its gates for the very first time. My father loved Disney and what it represented, and he wanted to be there as quickly as he could (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, obviously). That first visit led to our annual pilgrimages to what would quickly become our "favorite family fun park."
 
And much like the Griswolds, we would load up the "family truckster" and make the drive from New Jersey to Florida. Even if Walt Disney World wasn't our only destination (much to my dismay), we visited the parks at least once a year. I realized much later in life that we went to Walt Disney World not because of the attractions and shows, but because of the memories we were creating on each visit. They were the days before cell phones, handheld video games, and many of life's other distractions. The journey was as much fun as the destination, as we played "The Cereal Game," "The License Plate Game," and other ridiculous time-wasters that (unbeknownst to me), were bringing us closer as a family.
 
When we visited Walt Disney World, I can fondly remember checking in to the Contemporary, always agape at the sight of the cavernous Grand Canyon Concourse, and fascinated that a monorail was whooshing by overhead. The sounds of the manual doors on the monorail cars would quickly become a comfortable sound, that let me know that my family and I were in our "second home." I think I spent as many hours in the Fiesta Fun Center as I did in the Magic Kingdom, but it was really the time spent with family that solidified these lasting memories.
Over the years, I would continue to visit Walt Disney World not just with my family, but with friends, as I found myself wanting to share my love of this place that meant so much to me with others as well.
 
While studying at Villanova University, my Spring Break trips weren't spent in Cabo San Lucas... but in the Magic Kingdom. After graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law, I celebrated with (of course), a vacation to Disney. I served as law clerk to the Presiding Judge of the largest vicinage in the the State of New Jersey, and practiced law actively for nine years.
 
In 1995, I formed Imagine Enterprises, a computer consulting and web development firm, and was formerly the Chief Technology Officer for a medical imaging company in Edison, New Jersey. But during this entire time, my love and passion for Disney never waned. And with each visit, I continued to try and learn all I could about this truly magical place that drew me (and millions of others) back year after year.
 
In 2003, as a personal challenge, I set out to write a book -- To see if I could do it, and to have it validated by being published. I learned everything I could about the book publishing industry, and eventually signed a multi-book deal. I wrote the book I wanted to read, which was a Walt Disney World Trivia Book (available on Amazon)  So, the idea for the book was formulated out of my personal interest in some of the lesser-known facts about the parks, general Walt Disney World trivia, and the "magic" that drives tens of millions adults and children on recurring pilgrimages to the resort.
 
I created a small, two-page web site promoting the book, which eventually turned into articles (it's what we called blog posts back in 2004), discussion forums, a second Walt Disney World Trivia Book (available on Amazon.com) and much more than I had even anticipated.
 
I started podcasting in early 2005, realizing that this very new technology would allow me to share my passion for Disney in a new, much more powerful way. I didn't know if anyone would even find the show, let alone listen to me talk about Disney each week for an hour or so, but thanks to a growing group of incredible members of my WDW Radio "family," the show has been awarded Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. I continued to grow my offerings to include a continuing series of Audio Guides to Walt Disney World CDs, as well as videos and live broadcasts for WDWRadio.com.
 
But the most important part of everything I've ever done has been the creation of our Dream Team Project to help grant the wishes of children with serious illnesses to visit Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. To date, we have raised more than $250,000.00. To learn more about the personal reasons why I started the Project, or to find out how you can help be a part of it, please visit DreamTeamProject.org. (Dad, this is for you.)
 
So my little book idea somehow evolved into a business, and in 2008 I took a huge leap of faith. I left my "real-life" day job behind, sold the house I thought I would live in forever, packed up the minivan and drove to Florida -- for good. I wanted to pursue my passion, and follow a dream of sharing my love for Walt Disney World with others.
 
In addition to the site, show, videos, and live broadcasts, I also host events, have become a regular commentator on Fox 35 News in Orlando, and speak to groups, businesses, conferences and schools about the magic of Disney and the power of social and new media and following your own dreams. (You can learn more about me or book me to speak by visiting my web site at LouMongello.com)
 
Throughout my 40+ years of visiting Walt Disney World, I've continued to strive to learn all I can not just about the parks, their history, stories and details, but also about gaining practical experience and advice in order to have a more enjoyable, experiential, and memorable vacation. And with that comes getting the most value for your vacation dollar so you can do and enjoy more, while spending less.
 
I am writing this because I know how hard families work to save the money for a Disney vacation. I saw how hard my parents strived to give my brother and me the most magical experience, and as a parent myself, I now do the same for my children and family.
 
Today, Walt Disney World is a significantly bigger, in some ways more daunting, and certainly more expensive vacation experience for a family to plan for than it was for my parents. (Remember when it cost under $5.00 to go to the Magic Kingdom? The A through E ticket books!?) But the memories of my vacations are so precious to me, I want to be sure as many people as possible are able to give their children what my parents gave to me, and what I am striving to do for my own family.
 
By purchasing and reading this book, you will learn how to maximize your vacation dollar without sacrificing the quality of vacation experience that Walt Disney World has to offer. In fact, I think you will have a much richer, memorable time because of all the new things you will be able to see, experience (and yes, even eat!) You will discover that there are many ways you can plan to save before, during, and even AFTER your Disney vacation. Look for the blue highlighted sections throughout the book to see just how much you can save! It's not difficult to save -- it's just a matter of doing your homework and putting together a plan that works for you and your family.
And I'm here to help! In addition to this book, you can find many other valuable Walt Disney World vacation planning resources at WDWRadio.com, including the podcast, blog, videos, live broadcasts, special events, discussion forums, my Walt Disney World Trivia Books and my virtual audio walking tours of the parks.

More About the Author

Lou Mongello is a widely recognized Walt Disney World author, expert, host, speaker and historian. He is the host/producer of the WDW Radio show (http://WDWRadio.com), which has been named Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. With well-established online communities and a trusted brand, WDW Radio shares the magic of Walt Disney World through its numerous media channels - audio podcast, live video broadcasts, video segments, blog, email newsletter, discussion forums, special events, live events and more.

He is the author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Books, "102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World," and the author/narrator of Audio Tours of Walt Disney World. Lou is the founder of the Dream Team Project, which sends children with life-threatening illnesses to Disney World. Lou also makes regular TV appearances and is a featured speaker who shares the magic of Disney and/or the power of social media.

Lou was a successful lawyer and owner of an IT consulting company in New Jersey, before leaving them behind to pursue his passion and share it with others. He is now an internationally-recognized expert on Disney, and is a featured speaker who shares with businesses, associations and schools the magic of Disney and/or the power of social media. Lou also shares some "Disney magic" into schools by bringing Disney into the classroom with engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining assembly programs. Lou is also a youth motivational speaker who presents on a variety of topics designed show students how to create an exciting future by following their dreams and passions. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and TV interviews as a Disney expert. He has written for and been quoted in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. For more information, visit http://LouMongello.com

Customer Reviews

The book is very well organized and a great read!
Allen Peppler
The one book everyone planning a trip to Walt Disney World should have.
Granite Blue
Well this book even gave me some money saving tips!
Amy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sbear on March 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
this is the best book I have ever read!! super helpful and we have already save money by using it!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on March 12, 2014
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Have been to Disney World several times and thought I knew how best to save money with my family but I am also interested in saving more! 102 gave me new ideas to save more without sacrificing having a fun and enjoyable vacation. Thanks
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Passmore on March 12, 2014
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This is now a Disney Must-Do, and I recommend highly to WDW pros and newbies.
I love having tips for every phase of my vacation- from planning to when I am actually there.
Besides all the money saving tips, this is a beautiful book with great photos. Easy, quick read of lists and bullets.
The price is right- And a money back guarantee=no risk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Fulton on March 12, 2014
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I have seen many guidebooks and have used many Disney travel websites. Lou shows his true knowledge and love of Disney in this book. I have been to Disney World every year for the last 7 years and even I found some interesting tips to try out for our next trip.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stan Solo on March 12, 2014
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This is a great book if you are planing a trip to Walt Disney World.

Most of what you read in the book can be found elsewhere but is very handy to have all the tips in one book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 23, 2014
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I sped through the book, super easy fast read and laid out exceptionally well. A lot of this information was stuff I already knew but I'm a Disney geek. If you're just now looking at taking your first trip or it's been a few years since your last vacation to Walt Disney World, this is a must buy. Sure all of this info is available on the internet somewhere but Lou has done all the work for you and like he says several times throughout the book, "Time is money". So save yourself the hassle and get this invaluable resource. Pick what applies to you and use it because honestly not everyone is going to use everything in here. If you do use it all, I'd like to be your friend and join you on a trip to WDW!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Schreurs on March 12, 2014
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This book has some great tips. I am a huge Disney fan and have been to the World many times and he was able to surprise me with tips I had never heard of. So it is an absolute must read. Very helpful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Orehosky on March 12, 2014
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Look, we all want to save money. And when we go to Walt Disney World, we REALLY want to save money! Any questions you have on what you can do to save money on a WDW trip can be found here. Lou writes in easy to understand language. You can feel his enthusiasm coming through the pages. Each chapter begins with a beautiful photo someplace on property. You'll want to re-read this over and over. A must have for all your WDW trip planning.
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