Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

130 Free Disney World Activities

Updated July 2016!

The Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited entertainment complex in the world. The property covers 47 square miles, offering visitors 24 unique themed resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, nearly 300 restaurants, a sports complex and the Downtown Disney shopping area. There is more to see and do than your average visitor has time or money to actually accomplish. With prices seeming to increase every year, some families struggle to make their Disney vacation dreams a reality. [Read more…]

Can’t Afford a Wedding at Walt Disney World? The Next Best Thing is Totally FREE!

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To have your wedding at Walt Disney World would be like a dream come true for many a Disney Princess. But have you looked at wedding prices lately? says that using average cost comparisons, couples in the United States spend $25,656 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,242 and $32,070. This does not include the cost for a honeymoon. notes that you should expect to pay, on average, 50% to 100%more, even more than 100%, when you choose well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, and unique or custom products and services.
There are wedding locations that might be more unique (I’m thinking Bora Bora here,) but for the Disney fan, this would be the ultimate wedding dream. It’s tough to get the average cost of a Disney wedding, though there seems to be  no shortage of websites discussing prices, all with beautiful photos of brides and wedding cakes with Disney locations distracting me in the background. interviewed five Disney Brides who had weddings on Disney properties and spent under or just slightly above $10,000 total. notes that the price for an intimate Disney wedding for two begins at $3,000. This includes resort accommodations, a ceremony and admission to the attractions. Destination weddings for up to 20 guests begin at $8,000, and customized weddings that include as many guests as you would like average $19,000 to $25,000.
I don’t know about you, but I have a teenage daughter graduating high school in three years, and I just broke out in a sweat. While $3,000 sounds pretty good to me, that price won’t even get me an invitation to her wedding. Sending her to a Homecoming dance last month cost me almost $150 for her dress, sandals (that unlike the dress, she can wear more than once), a manicure, and we bought their tickets as a nice gesture. They may have to sedate me while she looks through wedding magazines.
Don’t have the cash for a Disney wedding with all the Tinker bells and Magical Express whistles? Your next best idea may be a proposal at Walt Disney World, and those are totally FREE.
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I was lucky enough to be at the right place, totally at the right time,  to witness a marriage proposal in early June of 2012, two people I had never met before, and it was honestly just crazy luck. I just happened to have my camera sitting five inches from my hand, and it all took place in a blur. Who did I photograph?
I first told this story last summer on a fun Disney site called Mouze Kateers, but I’ll let them tell their amazing story of their relationship, and how they came to be mere feet from my camera lens, one of them down on bended knee, in front of Cinderella Castle in all her romantic beauty.
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Our names are Jamie Schroeder and Matthew Mueller, and we are from a small town in Iowa with a population of roughly 5,000. It’s not too big, but its small enough for everyone to know your name and know your whereabouts. We are both 24 years old. I am a High School English teacher and Matt works for the ambulance service called MEDIC in the Quad Cities, the metro area for our location. He is enrolled in paramedic school in hopes to be a paramedic for MEDIC and then eventually a firefighter.


Matt and I have been dating for three years, with a whole year of “fuzz” before that. We were mutual friends in college–I lived with his best friend from high school and played softball with her as well. All three of us hung out often, and that is initially how I met him. Matt carried an energy with him that was always upbeat and ready for whatever, something that I enjoyed and a similarity to my personality. I had never looked at him as “boyfriend” material early in our friendship, but as we grew older, I found that he was there for me when I needed him the most. It was almost the cliché saying of “… it was right under your nose the entire time.”

I always knew we had a lot in common: we love sports, we love being with our friends and family, and we both like being active. I was never worried about not being compatible with Matt; our friendship progressed with ease and I knew our relationship would do the same. Not saying that there haven’t been struggles, but we have always been able to sit down and meet in the middle which is something I value about our relationship.


I met Jamie through her roommate, who happened to be my best friend from high school. Right from the beginning we had something–a spark of some sort–but neither one of us looked at it as a “relationship” type of thing. Jamie carries a large personality with her and is always up for a good time, which made hanging out with her almost an addiction. It wasn’t until later in our college years that I started feeling like she could be more than my friend. I guess what attracted me to her was her personality, very compassionate when the time calls for it but a jokester at the right moments. As we have progressed in our relationship, we found that we have similar interests: sports, traveling, the importance of friends and family, being active in outdoor adventures, etc.

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We were visiting Disney in June on a family vacation. It was something that I had been looking forward to for a very long time. I grew up at Disney World since my uncle was head of security at the parks. It was always awesome visiting him every summer AND seeing Mickey Mouse.

I was excited to take Matt to Disney and give him my “insider experience,” since he had only been once when he was eight. I had NO IDEA that anything as amazing and special as a proposal would take place–at all!



I started planning for a proposal in early February. When Jamie’s dad started planning the vacation to Disney,  I knew that was the perfect place for a proposal to her, because it had so much meaning to her when she was growing up. I always hear about Disney at home and the memories she and her family made while visiting Orlando.  I really wanted this to be a memory that she could add to the list, as well as the first memory we could make together at Disney World. With her dad’s permission, I bought the ring and carried it with me in my pocket through the airport, through the parks, everywhere. I was so nervous about losing it before I even got the chance to put it on her finger!

However, I was much more nervous about the actual proposal itself. I knew in my heart she would say yes, but I feel like the butterflies just come with the territory. I initially wanted to propose during the Main Street Electrical Parade because it’s her favorite parade at the parks, but the nerves got the best of me so I told myself I would propose as soon as the fireworks started. However, people started to file in so fast, there was no place for me to get down on one knee! I waited until the fireworks were over and people started to clear out-of-the-way and took her hand and headed straight for the castle. I was extremely nervous, but very much ready to pop the big question.

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Now here is where I have to interject myself briefly. My kids and I finished watching the Wishes fireworks from our traditional viewing location behind Cinderella Castle, and we then walked straight over to the front of the castle to watch The Magic, Memories, and You! show.

cinderella-castleThe 10:30 show is much less crowded, and we grabbed our usual spots right in front of the castle, just about 10 feet from the chain, with nothing in front of us but a fabulous view of Cinderella Castle.

We were no more seated than a guy and a girl walk right in front of us, which was not all that unusual, as people pass through before every show. He was holding her hand, five feet from our spots, so when he did a quick about-face, she was suddenly facing him. And he dropped to one knee.

All this happened within about 15 seconds; he had a ring in his hand, and she was smiling. There were no camera flashes going off. There was no one clapping or cheering. I kept waiting for family members to appear, for someone to say something.

But it was just this couple, who are totally oblivious to everything around them, and I realize they will have no photos of this special moment. Trying not to attract attention to myself like a “tourist,” I reached for my camera…

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I had no idea that a proposal was in the works. I was more than surprised when he got down on one knee in front of the Castle; I was practically speechless. I know I kept asking him “Are you serious?!” We had talked about marriage every once in a while. We discussed how important it was to us, and how we wanted to enter marriage with a solid set of morals and values and the understanding that it was going to be an “I” game anymore–we were going to be taking care of each other and having to put someone else in the minds of all our decisions.

In my heart I knew I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life; Matt is my best friend.

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Disney World proposal, the best place to propose at Disney World, why propose at Disney World, Disney proposal, Disney WeddingAs far as the wedding goes, I was never the little girl who planned out her dream wedding, so the planning process is a little overwhelming right now. We have set the day though. By August of 2013, we will be Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Mueller. I wanted to have a Disney Wedding, but seeing that we have so many friends and family that we want to share this special day with, we will be having a wedding and reception on the campus where we met (St. Ambrose University). Since I can’t make it to Florida for my Disney Wedding, I am hoping to incorporate a little bit of the Disney Magic in my wedding here in Iowa.

As far as our trips back to Disney–we are looking to go back in September during the International Wine Festival. I have never been but it sounds like an amazing experience. If all else fails though, we will be stopping by Disney for a small honeymoon before we take off to a variety of tropical islands. Disney has always had a special place in my heart, but now it rings true even more.

Jamie and Matt


So while these two were embracing, I had the good sense to write down my name, my e-mail and my Disney website address (imagine the coincidence here) on a piece of paper. I walked up, touched Jamie gently on the arm and said, ”I’m so sorry to interrupt you two, but I photographed the whole thing. I would love to send you the pictures.” They both thanked me, even apologised for being in our way, and they ran off into the Magic Kingdom night.

And that…that is how I came to cry three times in less than an hour on vacation. I cried through Wishes with my semi-grown children, I cried when I explained to my youngest son why the tall guy was down on one knee, and I then cried through the Magic, Memories and You! show.

Love. It’s just a truly Magical thing.

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A big thanks to Jamie and Matt for their amazingly romantic story, and a shout out to fate for dropping them right in front of me at that exact moment in time, allowing me to photograph the coolest thing I have ever seen at Walt Disney World.  I deeply believe in the power of love, and I hope one day I’m there with a camera if my own children pick this spot to get engaged. As I told Jamie,”Wow, Matt really set the bar high.”

Indeed he did.

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So while weddings, yikes, certainly aren’t free or  what you would even consider to be cheap, you could propose at Disney totally for free. It’s probably a good thing usually the men handle the proposals, because if women did, there would probably a FASTPASS line at the Magic Kingdom to propose in front of the castle, complete with a PhotoPass photographer there to make sure you never forget it.

If you could be proposed to at Walt Disney World, where is your most romantic spot? Leave us a comment and let us know.


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Thanks for stopping by, and now go give someone you love a great big ol’ hug! Or perhaps a ring…


Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: A Romantic Dinner at Boma

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What You Can NOT Wear to Disney Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Ever see the ladies walking down Main Street, U.S.A., in pretty party dresses and high heels? I am actually amazed anyone can look somewhat presentable in the Disney parks. My family seems to arrive in Orlando when it’s hot, humid, raining, just finished flooding or about to pour. My “Disney uniform,” if you will, is a t-shirt and shorts, with my hair usually looking so un-Disney Princess-like that I wear a baseball hat. Not one of those flowery girly hats that accessorizes the matching mini-skirt and sparkly top I didn’t wear, but just a sweaty Mickey baseball hat. The hat is sweaty because I am sweaty.

While it’s easy for some princesses to pick out cute vacation outfits, have you ever thought about what you cannot wear to a Disney park?  Yes, Cinderella, there are a set of rules, but it’s really just a matter of common sense. [Read more…]

Disney’s Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs Cost: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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If you ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for four months so you could splurge on an activity on vacation, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. If you have seen the Disney Princesses’ hair, nails and skin lately, you know they MUST be making trip to the spa. That’s what we cheapskates call a splurge. When you pay a little more for something than you might pay at home. When you are dealing in Disney dollars, this might actually be a lot more money. If you have taken your family of five adults to a character meal, then you know of which I speak. Let’s face it ladies- we likes spas. We enjoy feeling pampered and special, and who takes care of our vacation needs better than Disney?

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Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Extravagance!

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I think that old saying about needing “a vacation from your vacation” probably originated from a trip to a theme park at peak capacity. Sometimes, a Disney Princess just wants to get away from it all and spend some quality time being pampered. What better place to spend a few hours of  princess-pampering time than the newly “re-imagined” Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. If you’ve looked into accommodation pricing there lately, you know this place is like on the top-tier of Disney Resort room pricing. So can you afford a trip to the Senses Spa? [Read more…]

Disney’s Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party: A Cheapskate Guide

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Updated for 2016!

What’s better than a great view of “Wishes” fireworks? How about a table reserved just for you, those fireworks plus unlimited dessert and beverages! If that sounds pretty good, then the Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks Dessert Party might be the next choice of entertainment for you and your family.

We have a guide to keep you up with this Wishes Dessert Party, because now there is more than one fireworks party in another location. This sweet party is on the Tomorrowland Terrace.

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What You Get…

1. A buffet of tempting treats. Help yourself to tables overflowing with pastries, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and more mouth-watering desserts, as well as a variety of refreshing hot and cold beverages. (See the list below.)

2. Your own reserved table.

3. Fireworks that fill the sky over Cinderella Castle. From your reserved table or outside on the covered patio, enjoy a nearly unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the skies above. Watch the mesmerizing Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, which happens to be the biggest and brightest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom history, and don’t miss Tinker Bell as she flies right above this building.

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The Price

The price in 2016 is $53.24 for ages 10 and over and $31.94 ages 3-9 with tax included. This cost has risen from $25.55 for guests ages 10 and over and $13.94 for guests ages 3 – 9. When prices went up by double, new foods and drinks were added, and the table decorations were upgraded, but many commenters said those small changes hardly justified such a price hike. 

But despite being about food, the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party really is all about the experience, the location. I mean, what adult can really eat over $50 in dessert at one sitting? I think this would be a fabulous event for any Disney Princess to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary. What a spot to get engaged!

Getting a reservation may be the snag in your party plan, so make sure to call at 180 days out, and call as early in the day as you can.

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The Menu!

While no exact menu is posted for certain, this is a list of desserts many Cheapskate Fans have said is fairly consistent.

  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Disney character-themed cupcakes
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Ice cream
  • Brownies
  • Cannolis
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Cookies
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Glazed Donut Holes
  • Mango Shots
  • Pistachio Creme Brulee

And on to the drinks…

  • Sparkling cider
  • Hot drinking chocolate
  • Signature lemonades
  • Coffee
  • Iced Tea
  • Milk
  • Water

This location can accommodate most special dietary needs. Advance notice may be required and is definitely a good idea to make sure you have something you can eat. You should indicate any special dietary need at time of reservation booking.

For you dessert lovers, you know you can taste it now…

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Making Reservations

A cancellation policy applies and will result in charges if you cancel with insufficient notice. Cast members will explain the specific policies related to this facility when you make your reservation booking, and if they forget, ask them about it.

You must have Magic Kingdom park admission to attend this event, which is not included in the price of the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party.

Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least two weeks prior to arrival to reconfirm the fireworks schedule.

You can check availability (using this link) on the Disney website, using a system that looks like this:

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Or can have one of our Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations in Florida travel make reservations for you when they book your vacation. Their excellent travel planning services are free of charge. 

Information To Know

The Time: The nightly Dessert Party celebration begins one hour before the start of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, and the party goes on for about 30 minutes after Wishes begins.

Arrival: Disney highly recommends you consult the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular schedule one week before your reservation date and again upon arrival at Magic Kingdom park. After reconfirming the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular showtime, you should arrive at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for check-in 60 minutes prior.

The Weather: If bad weather pops up, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular may be changed or canceled without prior notice. The Tomorrowland Terrace covered patio area is utilized rain or shine, so while your snacks will be set, rain may negate the fireworks. Bad weather is obviously beyond Disney’s control.

Pictures: A PhotoPass photographer should be in attendance, so take advantage if you use this service and get some great pictures with the fireworks in the background.

The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.


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Several of our readers stopped by to tell us about their experiences.

Elizabeth, “I did this a few years ago, and–though expensive for “just dessert”–it was SO worth the money. Tinkerbell flew right over our heads! Absolutely one of my best WDW experiences ever.”

Linda, “We did this on our most recent trip. Since I have a real “affection” for sweets, I have to say that these were probably the most delicious I’ve ever had at Disney World. However, as delicious as they were, there is NO WAY you can possibly eat enough to get your money’s worth. A few bites of each is about all I was able to handle as they are just so rich.

But I’m definitely glad we did it, and will probably do it (or the one over at Illuminations in Epcot) again. Other than price, there were two negatives. A lot of very tall adults crowded the railing when the castle projection began and I noticed one young boy of about 8 standing back because he couldn’t see. (I myself, being rather short was not able to have a great view either as I could not get near the rail either). But for the fireworks, it didn’t matter, since they were high in the sky.

The other negative was that you really can’t see much of the Main Street Electrical Parade (which takes place during the Dessert Party also) from this vantage point. So if we did it again, I’d try to schedule a 2nd night at MK for that alone by using the Park Hopper ticket option.”

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Is this something for my family? No, because I am too cheap to pay almost $300 for five people to eat dessert. With some Disney events, it’s not so much about the price as it is paying for the experience. And with only about 50 people in attendance along with you, this seems like one of those events not many people actually get to enjoy each night. Paying more for dessert than you would at home to enjoy the event is called a Disney Experience.

If I can ever plan a trip to Orlando without any of my kids, this is something I totally would to splurge on.

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Have you been to the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party? We asked our Facebook fans to tell us about their experience, good, bad, or otherwise at this dessert party. Here’s what they told us:

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Also, be sure to read the comments posted below from other readers who have been to the party. It’s always good to hear what other people thought, even if you decide not to take their advice!

There’s also another location to enjoy sweets and drinks and Wishes fireworks:

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you snapping pictures of Tinker Bell flying overhead, a chocolate covered strawberry in hand…

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of 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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6 Reasons to Schedule a Haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Updated October 2016!
Time is money at Walt Disney World. While many of us joke about living there forever, money will only buy you a certain amount of time in Orlando. Ideas for what you do with that time are not endless, but there sure are a lot of ways to have fun. Getting a hair cut has never made my personal list of fun. Photos of kids with fun haircuts from The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom have been popping up more frequently on Facebook. When you compare the prices for many special experiences at Disney World, it turns out a haircut at this location is not crazy expensive.

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Disney’s Famous Kitchen Sink: The Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2016!

When they write a guide for a vacation dessert, you know it has to be a big deal. Ever heard of Disney’s “The Famous” Kitchen Sink? It’s one of the most unusual dessert experiences found in all of Walt Disney World, and it feed upwards of four people. Rumor has it this is probably the largest dessert you will ever lay eyes on, and that’s really not a big exaggeration. I’ve poured some big bowls of cereal before, but this thing is crazy!

Welcome to our Cheapskate Princess Guide to The Kitchen Sink!

Where can you find this dessert?

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a small but quaint little lunch and snack shop found right behind the Stormalong Bay pool at the Beach Club Resort. On our first visit, I was expecting a larger facility, and I was not expecting to put my name on a wait list to get in. Now in all fairness, we do have a party of five. We didn’t wait more than ten minutes during an off-season time of year, but we were promptly seated at the counter rather than a table, which made ice cream sharing and family conversation a little tough. However, it made for a good show as they prepared food right there by the counter, and the smells were yummy.

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The Kitchen Sink is a dessert so large, they literally drop it in a metal mini-kitchen sink, and then they throw in everything but the real kitchen sink.

Think you might want to take a swim while you are there? Think again. Stormalong Bay is one of those pools where they always ask for resort ID, so you won;t be swimming unless you are a paying resort guest. The sand-bottom pool does provide a nice back drop on your walk to the soda shop. Speaking of pools and swimming, here’s information you need to know about Disney pools and pool hopping without getting in hot water.

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How much does Disney's Kitchen Sink Dessert cost?

How much does it cost?

$28.99. Ouch! Remember this dessert is made to feed four or more people, so that reduces your cost per person considerably. Now I realize there are people out there that can prove me wrong, but your average one or two people cannot finish this creation comfortably without help.

What do you get for that much money?

The Disney Parks Blog lists the ingredients for the legendary Kitchen Sink dessert at Beaches & Cream. Here’s what you get:

  • ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
  • ½ cup butterscotch topping, warmed
  • ½ cup peanut butter topping, warmed
  • 1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2 –inch slices
  • 1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 ¼-inch), quartered
  • 1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 ½-inch), quartered
  • 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop coffee ice cream  (see 2016 update below)
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • ¼ cup marshmallow crème
  • ¼ cup strawberry topping
  • ¼ cup pineapple topping
  • 1 14-oz can dairy whipped topping
  • 1 brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered
  • 1 regular-sized (2 ounce) candy bar, quartered
  • 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices (approximately 2 large slices)
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles
  • ½ cup drained maraschino cherries

Disney Kitchen Sink dessert prices and location

Why do people call this an “event”?

Beaches and Cream makes a huge deal out of serving this dessert. They dim the main lights, flash some other lights, and announce the arrival of your Kitchen Sink for the entire restaurant to witness as they walk it with great fanfare to your table. Talk about word of mouth advertising – people audibly gasped as the Cast Member approached us with our sink full of icy cold sin! It’s not unlike the Elvis of desserts entering the building. They drop it off in front of you, and this is when you realize that you are way in over your sugar lovin’ head.

The menu says it feeds four. My husband, probably the only one wise enough to realize ice cream for lunch wasn’t the smartest idea, ordered a hamburger and only ate a little bit of ice cream. My teenage daughter had a small bowl and was finished rather quickly. My sons and I positioned the bowl between the three of us and took our best shot.

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Back in the day, they offered coffee flavored ice cream. We are not coffee fans, so we scooped out the coffee ice cream instantly before it contaminated the other flavors. That won’t be an issue for you anymore.

As one would assume, ice cream melts fast. We felt like we did pretty good. We ate most of it, but we didn’t eat any of one of the five flavors of ice cream, so that’s really cheating.

I realize $28.99 is not for the faint of wallet. I pride myself on cutting Disney cupcakes in half (or fourths!) to save money, a cupcake that only costs $4.99, so the price of this dessert was more than I spent on Disney snacks in a week. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but enjoying The Kitchen Sink truly is a dessert event. It’s like climbing Mount Everest or hiking down the Grand Canyon; if you survive, you can say you did it.

If they sold an “I survived The Kitchen Sink” t-shirt, I would have purchased it.

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We finished it, for the most part. Would we eat it again? Yes, probably, but that’s still up for debate.

You think you are ready to take on this dessert legend? Here are a couple of tips.

1. I was glad I asked for the can of whipped cream not to be sprayed over the dessert. I’m all for sweets, but this would have killed us. We took a little ribbing from the Cast Members for this, by the way, as the kitchen staff was making jokes about our “whipped cream on the side.” Yup, I am a wimp; I can live with myself. You might not need the WHOLE can of whipped cream, if you plan to finish anyway. 

2. This is not a really large restaurant, and while that does lend itself to a special sort of charm, it’s not like I could take the sink outside to find a larger table. My sons still talk about how they cook the burgers right in front of you. They cooked it in front of us because the only seats available were at the counter. My husband just laughed at us while he ate his burger, because we were too far away to chat. I probably would not arrive right at lunch time. Get to Beaches & Cream when other people aren’t traditionally there for a meal, like maybe 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.

You can also make reservations, which I would highly recommend.

3. How many people does it take to finish the whole thing? That depends. Our visit wound up with really three of us trying to do some damage, and there’s really no way we stood a fighting chance. Three of our main eaters all felt a little ice cream queasy for hours afterward. That’s probably what happens when you fill your stomach with ice cream at lunch time. If you have a large group of five or more, I say go for it and grab a spoon. This also cuts your costs per person down. Bring your friend for a cheaper price and less stomach after-shock. 

The Kitchen Sink is a true vacation event, and we survived to tell the tale.

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Beaches and Cream Sode Shop .

To save money to pay the bill, order water! You may not want a sweet soda pop with this dessert anyway!

To save money to pay the bill, order water! You may not want a sweet soda pop with this dessert anyway.

The real cost

Beaches & Cream is a table service restaurant, so on top of tax, you will be responsible for tipping your waitress. Some dining plans are accepted at Beaches & Cream, and they do take Tables in Wonderland cards.  They do not give DVC discounts.

It’s an expensive snack, that’s for sure, but everything seems a bit pricey at Disney. With my husband’s hamburger and Coke, three waters, and The Kitchen Sink, we walked out with a bill over $45.  But I say over and over, this is an event, one you’ll be talking about for a long time to come.

And from our experience and reports from other Cheapskate Princess fans, Beaches & Cream can fill up fast during certain times of the day and especially on holidays. You could be in for a long wait during busy times of the year.

Beaches & Cream is open from 11 to 11 daily, and they advertise a “lunch” menu served during those hours. Lunch covers burgers and wraps to sandwiches and hot dogs.

To see the entire lunch and dessert menu, use this link.  

We had a tough time finding it, so here’s a map to make your trip easier.

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Can you handle it? That is the big ice cream question.

$29 just too much to pay for dessert? There are dozens of smaller dessert items, and not just the ice cream variety either, so use this link for the Beaches & Cream 411.

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You can also drop the to-go section by for a mini-Kitchen Sink in a plastic bucket you can keep. The amount is smaller, the price is smaller, and all you need to remember is to order the Mini Mickey Sink

Beaches & Cream ice cream to go

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you grabbing a napkin at Beaches & Cream to wipe that spot of ice cream off your chin.

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Getting a hair cut is not necessarily what you would normally associate with taking a vacation, in fact, my sons associate haircuts with the pain of going to the dentist. Leave it to Disney to put some fun into something as simple as personal grooming. There is a barber shop on Main Street, U.S. A. in the Magic Kingdom, and many Disney visitors who only use Main Street as their route to a roller coaster are surprised to learn this is not just a fake store front.  Lots of hair, for both adults and children, is styled here every day. Cheapskates, get ready for your next fun Disney World adventure, one that won’t break the bank. [Read more…]

Disney World Food Tip: Try Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for Ice Cream Fun!

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If you ever cooked dinner at home for months and brought your lunch to work for weeks, in order to pay for some fun on vacation, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. When you take those savings and spend more for ordinary items on vacation than you do in real life, then we call that a Cheapskate Princess Splurge.

This WDW food tip won’t save you any money. In fact, we’re going to encourage you to make a pit stop here just to spend money. But it won’t be a tremendous amount, when you compare under $10 to character buffets and park tickets.  

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Years ago, Disney vacation planners talked about booking a trip when it “wasn’t busy.” They wanted to travel to Orlando when lines were less than five minutes for average rides and less than 15 minutes for thrill rides. I took a couple of those fabled vacations myself, usually with my kids playing hooky from school. Man oh man, those were the golden days.

Now? Disney World is a very busy place.

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