1st Trip to Disney? Are the Refillable Resort Mugs Worth the Cost?

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Updated for 2017!

If you are staying on Disney resort property during your next vacation, you have the opportunity to buy a high-tech “Rapid Fill” refillable mug that you can use at all the resorts of property. Should you? Are they worth the money? 

I am from the south; we truly do call nearly every drink “Coke.”  Purchasing a regular sized cup of “Coke,” or soda, costs about $3. You are allowed to re-fill the paper cup during that meal. If you are going to eat more than five meals where you would purchase a paper cup, then it might be more cost-effective to purchase the mug.

What is the Rapid Fill program anyway? [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? 20 Magic Kingdom Rides That Save Time and Money

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Updated for 2017!

When you write about Disney topics, people like to ask you questions. Probably the one question I get asked the most is, “We only have tickets for one day. What park should we go to?” Without hesitation, I say Magic Kingdom. Regardless of age or how much you love roller coasters, I always say the Magic Kingdom just for the experience. When people think of Disney World, what pops into their heads first is usually Cinderella Castle; adult visitors have said they cried the first time they saw it because they had waited for so long. So if you can only be in Orlando for one day, I say spend it there. [Read more…]

1st Trip To Disney? Seven Ways MagicBands Can Improve Your Vacation

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Updated for 2017!

Back in January of 2013, Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, described how the Disney Company would be rolling out a collection of tools at the Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+, providing guests with more opportunities to customize and personalize their entire visit. MyMagic+ would allow guests to book guaranteed ride times for their favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the parks. MyMagic+ was designed to enable guests to spend more time together, thereby creating a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Staggs said, “Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand.” [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney: Is There No “Bad Time” to Visit Walt Disney World?

Bad Time to visit Disney World

Updated for 2017!

“There is no such thing as a bad time to visit Disney World.”

I hear this every now and then in discussions of Disney vacation planning. It’s almost like no mater how bad the crowds get, the temperature, or the cost of your hotel, you should just be caught up in the magic, adventure, and fantasy of Disney World itself, no matter how many people are elbowing you or how long you waited, sweating profusely, for a bathroom stall. I personally disagree, as I hate crazy lines, long waits, and elbow to elbow people. My opinion contradicted visitors who said they would prefer to be standing in a two-hour line in Orlando rather than be at work. What? There are entire chapters in planning books devoted to when you should vacation in Orlando, so scheduling your travel dates is fairly important when mapping out your vacation.

Really, no bad time? [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? 10.5 Tips for a Great Vacation!

Tips for first time Disney World visitors

Updated for 2017!

Walt Disney World is a crazy busy place, like so busy, Magic Kingdom can have 20 million visitors in one year alone! If you’ve never been to Orlando to visit the Disney parks before, you are in for a real treat, but you can also be in for some disappointment. Along with four theme parks comes two water parks, thirty-four resorts and hotels on the Walt Disney World property, two spas and fitness centers, five golf courses, Disney Springs, and on and on and on. Disney can be a mad rush to do and see it all for first time visitors. The truth? [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney World? Top 10 Cheapskate Tips to Save Money

Top Ten Disney World List

Updated for 2017!

There are lots of Disney Top Ten lists floating around the Internet, all designed to help you plan the very best vacation lots of money can buy. Everybody has their own ideas about what is the most important information that can make or break your trip. I compiled a list of what I think every Cheapskate Princess needs to know about taking a WDW vacation, whether it’s your first or 50th trip. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? Avoid These 10 Mistakes!

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Updated for 2017!

Vacations are designed to whisk you away from reality and give you a break from the ho-hum of every day. A trip to Disney World is very pricey, and if you are not one of the lucky ones who make multiple trips each year, then you are saving and planning for your next your trip for what could be years. Or perhaps it just feels like years. If you make all these plans and pay all this money, how could you possibly screw it up?

Easy.

People do it all the time. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? Why Hand Sanitizers are a Must Bring

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Updated for 2017!

If you ever washed your hands 10 times a day to ensure you didn’t get sick on vacation, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Time is definitely money at Walt Disney World. Going on vacation in Orlando is going to cost you lots of pretty pennies, and if any family members wind up sick in bed, then there are certainly better things to do with your time, and conversely, your money. [Read more…]

First Trip to Disney: 10 Reasons to Stay on Property

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Updated for 2017!

If you have ever stayed at a hotel off of the Disney property to save some money, you just might be a Disney Princess! Our family has stayed both on and off Disney property, and the reason is pretty simple for staying off site. While there are some really excellent non-Disney resorts and hotels in Orlando, in most cases, staying off-site costs significantly less money. You can make a good argument for staying off site, but there are drawbacks.

Many of the reasons to stay on property are simply because Disney makes it so attractive to stay in their hotels. I’m going to refer to this effect as the Disney Splurge. You get what you pay for in life, and sometimes you just have to splurge on vacation to truly get the most from your hard-earned money.

Here is why staying on Disney property can be hard to turn down, even if it costs extra. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney World: Is Summer the Best Time to Travel?

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Updated for 2017!

If you ever stood in a Disney World line, all sweaty and hot, primarily because summer room rates were cheaper than peak holiday times, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Everybody and their Disney loving’ cousin has an opinion about when the best time is to visit Walt Disney World. What is best for your family may not be the best for another.

You may not mind standing in 120 minute plus lines, just as long as you are surrounded by the holiday magic of Disney at Christmas, but your friends may tell you that you are absolutely crazy to travel during holidays. Summer seems to be a reasonable time to take a vacation, but the question must be asked…

If you are planning a first trip to Disney, or even a 10th trip for that matter, should you take the family to Disney during the summer months? [Read more…]

First Trip to Disney World? Tips for the Day You Arrive

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Holy cow, how long have you been saving up for this vacation?  Chances are, you have spent a lot of money on accommodations and tickets, and then you’ll drop even more money on food and souvenirs. So the day you arrive in Orlando, what should you do? [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney World: Should You Travel during Christmas?

Disney World at Christmas

Updated for 2017!

It seems that spring and summer are often the time planning begins for colder weather vacations. Lots of people want to visit Disney World during Christmas, and who can blame them?  If you have ever scheduled a vacation during the Christmas holidays to avoid putting up holiday decorations in your own house, you might be a Cheapskate Princess! While we’re talking about scheduling, the question must be asked. Is Christmas really the best time of year for you to visit Walt Disney World? [Read more…]