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…]

Disney Quick Service Dining Card Offered at Off Site Resorts

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Prefer to stay off site at Walt Disney World, but want to include Disney Dining with your vacation package?  Good news, a new promotion came out in late fall of 2016 with an optional and discounted Disney Quick-Service Dining Card Package for Off Site select resorts. When you book an off site resort package through the Walt Disney Travel Company at select resorts with park tickets, you can choose to add a Disney Prepaid Quick-Service Dining Card as a part of your package. Did I mention the Disney Quick Service Dining Card is offered to your package at a discount?  [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…]

New Bus Service Offers Transportation to Disney Springs Directly from the Parks

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Photo Source Disney Parks Blog

Have you ever been in the Disney theme parks wishing you could take a bus DIRECTLY to Disney Springs? In the past you had to go to a resort, and catch a Disney Springs bus there which you know, was extra time. Another option, take a cab, which adds to your budget. Thankfully Disney  found a way in 2016 to save us time and money on vacation in the late afternoon when we want to head from a theme park to Disney Springs.

Disney Springs Bus Transportation Service from Theme Parks:

  • Buses now run directly from Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks starting at 4pm daily – it is NOT an all day service.
  • The drop off at Disney Springs is in the heart of it all at Town Center where you can shop world class brands, dine at one of a kind eateries and enjoy some entertainment.
  • Disney Springs Bus Service will be provided from 4pm to 11pm (or until two hours after theme park close whichever is earlier).
  • IMPORTANT to know, the new bus service from the Parks is one-way: FROM the Parks, TO Disney Springs. 
  • You will NOT be able to take a bus from Disney Springs directly back to a theme park, so keep that in mind and plan accordingly.
  • Disney transportation will continue to be available from Disney Springs directly back to Disney Resort hotels. See they won’t leave you stranded.

dining at Disney Springs

Why go to Disney Springs?

Sometimes a person just needs a change from the parks…yes, it happens.  A great vacation touring strategy: ride attractions and enjoy the parks from opening through the afternoon, then head over to Disney Springs to chill and enjoy dining and drinks from 30 food and beverage options. You can catch La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a movie at the AMC Dine-In Theatres, or go bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. There are also over 50 new stores you can shop until you drop for that perfect vacation souvenir- whether Disney themed merchandise or not, they got it all!

Keep in mind if you have your own vehicle, Disney Springs parking is free and includes two new parking garages with “smart technology” where you can easily find available parking spots. Don’t have a vehicle, no worries, the new bus service makes it easy to spend your late afternoon and evenings over at Disney Springs.

Do you plan to try out the route during your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation?

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Disney Vacation Much Have Snack: Joffrey’s

They have a menu full of drinks and snacks. 

Maybe the best snack I had at Disney, and my friends, I have partaken of FAR too many snacks through the years, was a doughnut and frozen slushy drink.

They have a case full of delights, waiting under the drink menu.

 

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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 Home Store

When people ask me what type of souvenirs they should buy on a Disney vacation, I always recommend something they can use every day, or at least see every day. We live in our homes, so it makes perfect sense Disney built the D Living store in 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 tour…Back in March of 2017, they had the store decorated for the release of the live action Beauty and the Beast movie.  

 

Start off by looking up, because the ceiling is probably more interesting to gaze upon than anything you’ve seen so far, having just walked in.

You’ll notice silverware theme you remember danced through the movie. Being a guest features prominently in a big table right in the entrance. Beast apparently scored an invite for a meal.

Look at the place settings. There’s even a little plate for the Grey Stuff.

Of course you can buy the silverware – flatware for the fancy!

By a faux fireplace, there’s two chairs with some comfy pillows with a fur theme.

Those pillows look good on other chairs as well.

They sell all sorts of “trinkets” and wall hangings with a Belle and Beast flair.

Check out this fabulous bedroom.

The light is back to the cup motif.

Did you see the framed Belle dress? You can purchase the dress at the World of Disney Store, but framed…check out the price.

 

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

A Celebration of Harry Potter Universal Orlando: 2017 Package Prices

Celebration of Harry Potter 2017

Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort this January! It’s the only official event where you can celebrate your love for Harry Potter and discover more about the Wizarding World. Take part in film talent Q&A sessions, access special panels and demonstrations, and discover many more surprises January 27 – 29, 2017.

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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…]