For a Limited Time, Purchase Disney-Themed Items at the Coach Factory Outlet Store

I live in an Alabama city with a Coach Factory Outlet Store. Imagine my shock and delight when I walked in on a window shopping expedition one day to find Disney-themed items on Coach merchandise. I wouldn’t afford most of it, but that’s besides the point. Ready to do some window shopping of your own? [Read more…]

Summer Savings at Walt Disney World: It’s Not Too Late to Travel!

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This summer, you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28 through August 31, 2017.

Plus, you can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences at Walt Disney World Resort this summer including Pandora – The World of Avatar which just opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular park hours.

Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

Book by July 14, 2017 for stays most nights May 28-August 31, 2017

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KID SIZED SUMMER VACATION

This summer, you can explore a package that includes a 3-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort and 2-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $993. (This sample package price is valid for a family of 3 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017, when you book from now through July 14, 2017.)

With this offer, you can soak up delightful Disney Junior fun—and discover plenty of places to play.

Book by July 14, 2017 for stays most nights May 28-August 31, 2017

SUMMER SAVINGS FOR LONGER STAY

Dive into summer magic with a fun-filled family room and ticket package. You can enjoy a package that includes a 4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort and 4-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $1,962. (Sample package price is valid for a family of 4 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017.)

It’s the perfect time to explore all there is to see and do across all 4 theme parks—and be among the first to visit Pandora – The World of AVATAR, a jaw-dropping new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Book through July 14, 2017.

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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.

2017 Disney World Resort Refurbishments and What It Means For You!

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One reason Walt Disney World remains a great vacation destination are the beautifully themed resorts. One way Disney World keeps them beautiful is with refurbishments and updates.

But when more than one resort is getting an overhaul, how will that effect your 2017 Disney vacation? [Read more…]

Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Universal Orlando Resort is a great option to add to your must do list in Orlando. If you have Harry Potter fans, then you absolutely must visit Universal. Universal Orlando has something for every member of your family from amazing thrill rides like The Incredible Hulk Coaster or Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket, to family fun rides like Transformers The Ride – 3D, Men in Black, and The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. For the little ones you want to enjoy The Cat and the Hat ride and Caro-Seuss-el just to name a few. [Read more…]

Disney Dream : A Cheapskate Princess Guide

A Disney Cruise is such a unique vacation and a must do for any Disney fan. The beauty of a cruise is that you can unpack once and see multiple destinations. This vacation allows you to pay one price for your resort, entertainment, and food. Also, Disney Cruise Line offers free soda. This is almost unheard of on a cruise. A Disney Cruise is also a fun way to have Disney (and the characters!), but at a more relaxed pace. Also, if your family can’t decide between a Disney vacation and a beach vacation then a Disney Cruise gives you both!

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A Cheapskate Prince$$ Guide: Top 10 Freebies at Disney World

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A Disney World vacation can be so expensive! It is nice when you find some freebies at Disney World. We have put together our Cheapskate Princess list for the Top 10 Freebies that you do NOT want to miss.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Have you ever dreamed of staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort? This amazing resort is worth the dream. The amenities and location make this resort one of the best at the Walt Disney World Resort. It is a deluxe level resort, so it is one of the more expensive resorts on property, but for some this is considered a bucket list resort for many guests.  Is this one on your bucket list? [Read more…]

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival : A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Have you ever been to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival? Disney announced that from September to November of 2016 Epcot will host the International Food & Wine festival; this year’s event will be almost an additional two weeks longer. If you are a foodie, then this is your festival.

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Is Toy Story Mania Worth the Wait?

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One of the most popular rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania. The concept or story for this ride is that the guests are shrunk down to toy size and are playing in Andy’s room. This sets up guests to walk through fun and amazing life sized toys such as Andy’s crayon drawings, a Scrabble board, a Viewmaster disc, and a Candyland game box in the line queue. While the lines are long for this attraction, I do love checking out all the amazing toys and decor in this line queue. [Read more…]

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian

One year we were at Disney on our actual wedding anniversary and I wanted to go to dinner someplace really special, but also delicious. I did a ton of research and came up with Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. After that one anniversary, Narcoossee’s is now one table service that we always make sure is included in our Disney vacation.

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While the food is top notch (more on this later) I really love the atmosphere of this restaurant. It is set on Seven Seas Lagoon so if you arrive before your reservations (have your travel agent make your reservations for you 180 days out from your travel dates) you can hang out on the waterfront veranda. Also, another reason why this is one of our favorite Disney restaurants is I love watching Wishes – Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant from the veranda.

During the fireworks, Narcoossee’s will turn down the lights and pump the music through the restaurant. It feels like a special viewing of the fireworks. I love it and continues to be a highlight of our Disney vacation. Also, be sure to take the boat from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom. There isn’t ever a wait and it’s a nice ride to the theme park.

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Now that they have the allergy menus at Disney, Narcoossee’s uses these as well. But I always ask to talk to the chef just in case. My son is a pretty picky eater and sometimes the chef can help us find something that he will want to eat and that he CAN eat.

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But if you don’t have food allergies or if your allergies allow you to eat cheesecake then please (PLEASE) order the almond-crusted cheesecake. Its delicious. I seriously dream about this dessert. During our last trip, while my husband and I were able to chow down on the cheesecake the chef brought my son gluten and egg free smores for my son. How cool is that? My son hadn’t ever had this dessert before so this was a big deal to our family.

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You can’t go wrong with the food here either. I love seafood and my husband loves steak. We have both tried different entrees (the menu does change some so be sure to look it up before you go) and have never had a bad meal. Also, on Sundays the now serve brunch from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Guests can have a specialty adult beverage like a mimosa or Bloody Mary while they enjoy the pastries served to the table. Then they can enjoy wonderful brunch entrees like brioche French toast and lobster eggs Benedict.

Be sure to check out this Signature Dining experience the next time you vacation at Walt Disney World. You will be glad you did.

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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.

Perhaps the Most Amazing Disney World Resort Ever? The New Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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When a Cheapskate Princess spends more than she should for something she really wants, we call that a splurge. There may be no bigger vacation splurge than Disney World Deluxe accommodations, which can easily run into the thousands per night. When I heard about the new Four Seasons Resort scheduled to open in August in Orlando, I just had to check it out. Not because I had ever stayed at a Four Seasons hotel (being a cheapskate, I have not) but rather I knew I would want to just because of the name. The Four Seasons. It’s a legend in the hotel industry, with the name alone implying luxury, tastefully appointed furnishings, and of course, budget-busting amenities. [Read more…]

Who Makes Disney World Jewelry Under $40? Alex and Ani!

Where to buy Alex and Ani at Walt Disney World

I’ve looked at a lot of Disney jewelry through the years, dating all the way back to the late 1970 when I barely had any money to spend. Now that I am an adult (my family would dispute this description at times) with a job and my own Disney Visa card, I still really love looking at the colorful Mickey-themed jewelry throughout the parks and resorts. And like the Dooney & Bourke purses, expensive watches, and sparkling 14k gold rings, almost all of the jewelry remains on the shelf at the end of my vacation. Adults have monthly car insurance and teen braces bills to pay, after all.

So it was a real treat to find these bracelets at Disney World by a company called Alex and Ani, which have that adorable Disney jewelry charm but won’t wreck your budget. Alex and Ani products are “infused with positive energy.” The ancients referred to this precious energy as chi and prana, while modern science simply calls “vital force.” Alex and Ani believe positive energy is the natural energy that supports life.

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So if Alex and Ani embrace the power of positive energy as their core company belief, how exactly do you infuse each product with positive energy? Their website explains three ways.

  1. All their products are manufactured, and infused, with positive intention in carefully selected American factories.

  2. The symbols featured on their designs carry their own energy; they are accompanied by thoughtfully crafted and meticulously researched meaning.

  3. Each design is positively intended to empower the wearer and reflect the unique qualities of the individual.

Some Alex and Ani pieces carry sentimental meaning, while others are talismans of protection, power, or intention.  Customers can mix symbolic pieces with your own alchemy (isn’t that a fabulously Disney word to associate with jewelry?!) to make Alex and Ani jewelry completely and uniquely yours.

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So let’s get to some of their designs, which are found at Walt Disney World and also on the Disney Store.com.  We’ve provided links in case you can’t wait until your next trip to make a purchase. Priced under $40 before shipping, they would make fabulous pre-trip gifts or really gifts for all occasions for the Disney jewelry lovers in your life.

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You can embrace the power of positivity with this Mickey Mouse Icon and Initial Bangle Bracelet in Gold.  This brass bracelet with Rafaelian Gold finish has Mickey’s icon plus your favorite letter of the alphabet on an antiqued bas relief charm.  Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com.  The price?  Just 31.95 before tax.

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You will embrace the power of positivity with this Cinderella Castle Bangle.  The Walt Disney World dangles from a brass bracelet with Rafaelian Gold finish, producing a stylish souvenir of your visit to the Magic Kingdom.  Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com.  The price?  Just $39.95 before tax.

Alex and Ani Walt Disney World bangle bracelet

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A filigree design is etched into the Mickey Mouse Finigree Bangle in Gold.  The icon charm brings positive energy to this Rafaelian Gold finish Bangle. Designed to ”enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” this bracelet features a sliding mechanism for a perfect fit. Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com. The price? Just $39.95 before tax and shipping.

Alex and Ani Mickey Mouse Filigree bangle bracelet

Birthday girl

It’s time to celebrate your birth month in sparkling style with  a Mickey Mouse Birthstone Bangle in Gold. Designed to provide positive energy, this shiny bangle features a Mickey icon, birthstone, and sliding mechanism for a perfect fit. Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com. The price? Just $31.95 before tax and shipping.

Mickey Mouse Disney Princess birthday bracelet

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This Charm Bracelet has lots of Mickey character. “Infused with the power of positive energy,” the Rafaelian Silver Mickey Mouse Bangle bracelet features a larger Mickey’s smiling face and four smaller charms.  Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com. The price? Just $39.95 before tax and shipping.

Alex and Ani Mickey Mpouse icon bangle bracelet

Circle of life

Enjoy a spot of positive energy courtesy of this Minnie Mouse Bangle. Designed to ”enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” this bracelet features a Rafaelian Silver finish and sliding mechanism for a perfect fit. Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com. The price? Just $39.95 before tax and shipping.

Alex and Ani Minnie Mouse bangle bracelet

Charmed life

A cloisonné charm with his iconic ear hat brings positive energy to this Shiny Silver finish Bangle. Designed to ”enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” it features a sliding mechanism for a perfect fit. Click here for the link on the Disneystore.com. The price? Just $39.95 before tax and shipping.

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These are more photos of the jewelry listed above, where you can see more details of their outstanding craftsmanship.

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Disney World Alex and Ani bracelets

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Disney World birth stone bracelet

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I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the Disney Store (links to each piece are above) prices were far lower than eBay prices are right now. There seem to be no real bargains on purchasing from eBay, with prices for the same pieces ranging from $59.95 to $65.95 before shipping.

Alex and Ani jewelry on eBay

You can also visit Alex and Ani.com to see more of their jewelry designs. It’s hard to resist the idea of products created with positive energy right here in the United States. We could all use a little more positiveness in our lives.

And of course, we could all use a little more Disney as well!

 

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

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

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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.