Get a Custom Disney Parks Decal for FREE!

This offer had been around for a while, but in case you missed it, you can still receive a FREE Custom Cling Disney World decal. Did you catch the FREE part? We sure love free, even for small things like a decal.

The offer is available to United States residents only, so if you qualify, what should you complete to receive it?

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Sterling Silver Disney Themed Jewelry at Target for Under $30

Disney gift shops are swamped these days with high-end super expensive items. There are $350 Dooney & Bourke handbags, $150 Rebecca Hook jewelry, plus good Lord the pricey PANDORA items are endless, but it’s tough to find souvenirs you would think of as a bargain. Sorry to break it to you, but there are very few true bargains at Disney World.

But have you been in Target lately? We have located some adorable jewelry finds for you, guaranteed to fit within any vacation or monthly budget without causing emotional or financial hardships.

Leave your Visa card in your wallet and lets’s do some window shopping!

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Amazing Disney World Souvenir Extravagances: Rebecca Hook Jewelry

You’ll have to make a tough decision in the Disney gifts shops. Do you buy the cheapest souvenirs you can find or do you splurge on something extravagant that can potentially last longer?

Sometimes you have to go with the extravagance and bring home some jewelry.  [Read more…]

You’ll Love the New Princess “Key” Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Disney has announced a new addition to their Dooney & Bourke collection, just in time for you to spiff up your summer wardrobe. Keys are a big deal in fashion and jewelry these days, and now they are featured on a Disney Dooney along with icons representing your favorite princess characters.

Spending hundreds of dollars on a handbag definitely isn’t a cheapskate move, but taken care of properly, these totes and wallets can last 10 years or more. Sometimes bringing home an expensive souvenir, which we call a Cheapskate Princess Extravagance, pays off financially through years of use and enjoyment.

Ready to see the new handbags and some prices?

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Check Out the New Disney & Bourke Tinker Bell Handbags!

Dooney & Bourke has just released a new handbag print for summer 2017 featuring everybody’s favorite sassy fairy, Tinker Bell! While Disney Dooneys are certainly not cheap, they can make a great investment in terms of vacation souvenirs. Treated well, these handbags can literally last for 10 years or more.

Ready to see the handbags and some prices?

You might want to grab your Disney Visa…

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It’s Time to Disney Yourself, all for FREE!

It’s hard to find anything truly free these days, I mean, there always seems to be a catch. You didn’t know it, but you really need to “Disney Yourself,” and unlike a vacation, it’s 100% free. It’s catch free as well!

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These Hysterical Disney Vacation Souvenirs Have Nothing to do with Disney Characters, but You’ll LOVE Them!

Souvenirs make up a big part of a Disney World vacation, and they don’t come cheap. You get a quality product, but that comes with a price. And what you purchase usually appears decorated with Mickey Mouses or some sort of Disney-themed characters.

Several souvenir locations on Disney World property carry what I think are some of THE funniest souvenirs found anywhere, and not just at Disney. Say hello to soaps by the Goat Mountain Soap Company. The company name alone is comical. The names of the soaps are even funnier. [Read more…]

Disney World Extravagance: Frozen in a Bottle Perfume

Back in February of 2017, Disney started selling a product in Epcot’s Norway pavilion called “Frozen in a Bottle.” This perfume was inspired by the animated film and was created by Norway native Geir Ness. Mr. Ness is WDW-famous for selling another Norway-inspired perfume called Laila eau de parfum, which was named for his mother. He said of Frozen,“It’s a scent for people who love the movie, first of all, the nature of the movie. The scent is to capture the nature of the movie and not just the princesses.”

Is this a perfume purchase you’ll need to make while on vacation?

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Taking Kids to Epcot: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Have your kids ever asked you what EPCOT stands for? Quick history lesson: EPCOT is an acronym for Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, a utopian community of the future planned by Walt Disney. Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World has eight pavilions and World Showcase is themed with 11 world nations.The park opened in 1982, and Epcot is ranked the third-most-visited theme park in North America and the sixth-most-visited theme park in the world. Not only is it a busy place, but it’s massive in terms of the space it occupies.

Set on 300 acres, this park is more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom. Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, primarily technological innovation and international culture. Those of us old enough to remember World’s Fairs sometimes think of this Disney park like a permanent World’s Fair. You’ll see a variety of attractions and entertainment spanning the web and the globe.

Ready to take the kids for a visit? We’ve got some tips to make your trip easier on everyone.

Disney World Tips for Kids: Free or Inexpensive Activities at Disney Springs

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Disney World Tips for Kids: Free or Inexpensive Activities at Disney Springs

free or cheap activities at Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex that is free – the word free probably caught your attention, eh? Now kids probably don’t care much for shopping, and they would probably rather be entertained by rollercoasters than dining in a sit down restaurant, but there are TONS of things to charm the kids into begging for a trip back, most of which you can do for free. 

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Walt Disney World Tips: Resort Goodies for Kids

Disney Resort goodies for kids

There are several reasons to stay off property at Disney World, one of the most important of which can be a lower cost, but if you are traveling with children, paying more money to be closer to the action and surrounded by all the “Disney Magic” of the resorts may be more desirable than saving money. Many people prefer to stay on property just to take advantage of all that Disney World has to offer.  

There are lots of goodies for the kids if you stay in the on-property resorts.

 10 Cheapskate Reasons to Vacation on Disney Property

1. Pools

As a resort guest, you paid for the room, so you will basically swim for free as a perk of your accommodations choice, and the pools run from kid-friendly with Disney characters in sight to simply amazing with hot tubs and slides. 

Wilderness Lodge resort pool

2. Bathroom Freebies

Shampoos and soaps at the resorts are great, created by a company called H2O just for Disney. Why bring your own toiletries when you can use the H2O soaps, conditioners, and shampoos in your room? If you run out, simply run down the hall to Mouse Keeping and ask for extras. If you don’t mind paying a tip, call the front desk and ask for extras to be delivered to your room. They come in child size bottles too. 

 

3. Fireside Marshmallows

Camp fires at resorts offer free marshmallows and roasting sticks. Complimentary campfire activities can be found at 14 locations at Walt Disney World Resort, as seen in the list below. Call the resort to confirm that night’s fire and get an approximate time, although they usually take place before sunset.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

 

fires and marshmallows at Disney resorts

4. Stationary Freebies

Typically you will find free postcards, stationery, and WDW resort pens in your room. These are for your use, so make sure the kids bring them home.

5. Character Greeting Call

Upon check-in at your resort, ask a Cast Member to set up a “Welcome Call” from a Disney character. Like Disney magic, Mickey or a Goofy friend will leave a message on your room phone. Have the kids answer this call for a big surprise! 

6. Character Wake Up Call

Just like the greeting we mentioned above, schedule a wake up call to your resort room and a Disney character, usually Mickey, will call to wake you up. What better way to get tired kids out of bed to start another magical day. 

7. Use Their Pool Towels 

For registered resort guests, there are towels available that can be used in the pool-side showers located in the bathrooms. Let the kids take a swim on check-out day or a free day when you take a break from the parks, and now they don;t have to drag a towel with them. Are you traveling with a large group and want to speed up the showering process at night after a long day at the parks?  For something a little different, the kids can use the showers near the pool.

8. Mugs 

So the purchase a Resort Mug isn’t free, but the free refills afterward at all the Disney resorts for sodas and drinks are. The Dining Plans already includes a Resort Mug for everyone age three or older. The mugs cost $17.99 for your length of resort stay, no matter how many days. These make excellent dinner cups once the kids get back from vacation.

 

 

why kids love Disney resort refillable mugs

9. Pool Side Games

Some Disney resort activities include a fee, but many Disney resorts now offer games lead by Cast Members poolside for the kids. Groups of kids participate in these games. By the way, swimming at resorts where you are not a registered guest is not allowed (unless you are a DVC member at certain resorts.) Read: A Guide To Disney World Resort Pool Hopping

10. Outdoor Movies

Come for the campfire, and then stay for a movie. Take in one of the many free “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movies at WDW resorts following the campfires. Huge screens are blown up for nightly movies outside the resorts. This can depend on weather. At some resorts, you will need to bring a towel or blanket to sit on, and at others, they provide chairs. Call the resort desk for specific information.

Movies and entertainment are subject to cancellation or change without notice. For movie schedules, please check with the Front Desk at your Walt Disney World Resort, or call 407- WDW-PLAY or 407- 939-7529.  How to See FREE Movies at the Walt Disney World Resorts!

movies by the stars at Disney resorts

11. Professional Portrait Service

This may not be so great for kids when they are young, but it could be a fantastic heirloom when they are adults. You can arrange to have professional portraits taken of your family while you’re at Walt Disney World. To make a reservation to schedule a portrait session or get more information, call 407-934-4004. Make reservations up to 30 days in advance.

Portrait sessions are available at the Grand FloridianPolynesian Village, Beach ClubWilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge.

12. Playgrounds

Your feet will be tired, but the kids may still be full of energy.  Walk down to the playgrounds found at the resorts, and they all have one. Playgrounds are great for a free day or when the parks close early for holiday parties. Coronado Springs has an amazing kid’s playground next to the Aztec-themed pool.

playground at Disney's all star resorts

13. Resort Decorations

At the Value Resorts, there are incredible landscaping decorations that will totally entertain the kids in your group. 

what to do for fun at Disney World All-stars resort

Disney's All Star Resort

When my children were young, these seriously were the highlight of their stay at the All-Stars. Going back now that they are teens, they have a true fondness for the property I hope they share with their own children one day.

Disney statues at the All Stars Resorts

So while you may pay a little to a LOT more money to stay on Disney Property, there are lots of extras and goodies for the kids to enjoy. Some you’ll take home with you; others you’ll take home as pictures and memories. 

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you standing by Buzz Lightyear outside your resort room. 

 

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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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Where to Find H2O Products After Your Disney Vacation

Updated for 2017!

If you’ve ever stayed in a Disney resort, then you are familiar with the fabulous H2O bath products you receive free with your hotel accommodations. You’ll receive little travel sizes in your room, and if you run out while you’re still a paying guest, you can ask Mouse Keeping to bring you some more. But even if you take some home, they run out fast.

What’s a cheapskate to do then? [Read more…]