Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Cabana Bay Cheapskate Princess Guide

Looking for a unique resort for your Orlando Vacation? Check out Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a Loew’s hotel located on site Universal Orlando Resort. Cabana Bay’s retro look will take you back to the sleek design of hotels from the the 50’s and 60’s. If you want to watch the lava from Universal’s newest theme park, waterpark Volcano Bay, you have rooms with a view! Whether traveling with the kids, or without, Cheapskate Princess Guide to Cabana Bay Beach Resort has all the information you need to decide if Cabana Bay is the right for your needs. [Read more…]

Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney Resorts

When planning to visit Walt Disney World, some might say “to do it right, stay at a Disney Resort”. While there is no one “right” way for everyone to vacation at the most magical place on earth, there are benefits of staying at a Disney Resort. Staying close to the parks does come with a price, but keep in mind, you get more than “just being closer to the parks” for your money at a Disney Resort. Comparing what is included can sometimes make off property the same or more cost than staying at a Disney Resort, with less convenience.  [Read more…]

How Cooking Your Own Meals Can Save Money in Orlando

Updated for 2017!

Welcome to Chef Carl’s. Can I take your order? [Read more…]

Pros and Cons of Staying Off Site at Disney World

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Planning a Disney vacation can be very overwhelming, especially considering where to stay in Orlando with so many options for all budgets and accommodation preferences. The first step in deciding where to stay should always be asking, “Do we stay on site at a Disney Resort or do we stay off site?” There are pros and cons staying off site at Disney World, while being in the middle of the magic at Disney World is fabulous and convenient, it comes with a price. On the flip side, off site resorts not operated by Disney or located outside the Disney World property can truly make a Disney vacation thrifty budget friendly, however sometimes offsite isn’t the best option.   [Read more…]

Shopping for Disney Souvenirs at Walmart Can Save You Money!

Disney merchandise is expensive. You’ll be purchasing a solid product, but the price tag reflects the quality.

A great way to purchase Disney souvenirs, either before or after your vacation, is to make a stop in Wal-Mart. You could actually shop in Orlando for souvenirs, because they sell way more than your local store, but try your local Wal-Mart any time of the year just to see what’s in stock.

Merchandise will change often, but these photos will show you what’s been available before stock changed or prices went up.

 

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Disney Vacation Must Have Snack: Joffrey’s

I seem to snack a lot on vacation. Sweet treats and snacks may not be all that healthy for you, but they cost less money, take up space as you wait for a larger real or buffet, and they just taste GREAT. Joffrey’s has started to become one of my favorites spots to pick up a snack, and Disney is adding more locations to make this easier.

My wallet may not be saying thanks but the old taste buds sure are.   [Read more…]

Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Tiffins Animal Kingdom

Got a special occasion and want to try some new dining on your next visit to Walt Disney World in a restaurant like no other on the property? Give Tiffins a try, Disney’s newest signature restaurant and part of the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  [Read more…]

Disney Springs Must See: the D Living Store

Updated for 2017!

When people ask me what type of souvenirs they should buy on a Disney vacation, I always recommend purchasing something they can use every day, or at least see every day. We live in our homes, so it makes perfect sense Disney opened the D Living store in 2016 at Disney Springs, so they could show me all the fabulous home furnishings I can’t afford nor could I make look SO spectacular in my home.

Let’s take a look back to when the live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast was released, Cast Members had the store decorated with all things beauty and beastly.    [Read more…]

Disney World Extravagance: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

Updated for 2017!

You’re already paying for Disney park tickets. Do you really need to spend more money on something to do once you get in the parks. Sometimes, special occasions call for special events. If you are or know a really big fan of the creator of the most visited travel destination on the planet, then maybe you’re perfect for the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. 

Prices aren’t cheap, but they’re not as crazy as you might think.

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Arribas Brothers Offer Disney Character-themed Stainless Steel Cups

Updated for 2017!

At this point if you don’t own your own YETI cup, you own a cheaper knockoff. They’ve been all the rage for over a year, both the original YETI cups and then versions from Wal-Mart and on and on.

At Magic Kingdom about halfway down Main Street, Arribas Brothers sell similar stainless steel canteens and cups with a Disney theme in a store called Crystal Arts. [Read more…]

Must Buy Souvenir? Disney Character-themed Beach Towels

Updated for 2017!

My son bought a beach towel years ago on a Disney vacation. I thought he was crazy, and two years after the purchase, he brought it to me, deciding he was too old to use it. Ah, the trials of pre-teen boys. But now I was the owner of a Disney towel, with a cute Mickey Mouse front and center.

I’ve been using it for at least three years now, off and on for special swimming occasions, and it’s still in great shape. The vidid colors have hardly faded, and the towel is still a quality item.

I wouldn’t describe this as a cheap item. Should you purchase a beach towel on your next Orlando vacation?  [Read more…]

Universal Orlando Sapphire Falls Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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This summer, the newest on-site hotel opened at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort . If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando’s Theme Park and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, let this Cheapskate Princess Guide help decide if this is the right resort for your vacation. [Read more…]