2017 Winter Discounts at Walt Disney World Resort

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Have you been thinking of visiting Walt Disney World in early 2017? Great news! Disney just released two discounts for the public. These discounts MUST be booked by December 21st. Hurry! Don’t let these discounts pass you by.

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New Disney Discount: 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 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…]

Planning a Vacation? Meet Our New Princess Travel Experts Team!

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Since 2012, CheapskatePrincess.com has brought our readers money-saving tips and guides for dining, entertainment, lodging, and amazing experiences at Walt Disney World. We’re proud to announce that we now have an entire TEAM of Princess Travel Experts standing by to help you with any and all of your travel plans.

Not only can they get you to the Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Orlando, but they can book your cruise to the Caribbean or a château in France.

And best of all, their services are 100% free, so letting them book your travel won’t cost you a dime. FREE! Whoop whoop…

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Times Have Changed: Welcome to the New Era of Walt Disney World

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Updated for 2017!

A while back, author and freelance writer  wrote an article for Huff Post Travel called, “For the First Time in Forever… I Did Not Enjoy My Vacation to Disney World.” She described how, as a life long Disney vacation traveler, her most recent trip to the Mouse House was not as enjoyable as she hoped for. “It’s simply gotten too big, too commercial, too regimented.” She noted that through the years, changes have been made which many long time Disney fans haven’t enjoyed so much. I’m here to tell you that my most recent trip was neither efficient nor pleasurable.

She provided several reasons why she didn’t have fun-fun-fun at the Happiest Place on Earth. And even after time has passed since she wrote the article, people have problems with some of her same issues.

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New Bus Service Offers Transportation to Disney Springs Directly from the Parks and Other News Around the Mouse

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Lots of news this week as Disney World converts to Fall season – Main Street is getting a seasonal make over, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire has a new Fall themed finale, just in time for Halloween Club Villain returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s and NEW BUS SERVICE offers transportation to Disney Springs directly from the Parks. Because the bus service is a little different than from a resort to Disney Springs, it is the focus of News Around the Mouse this week. [Read more…]

Free Breakfast Fall Suite Deal at Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels

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What’s a great way to get more space for the money on your next Walt Disney World® Resort vacation and a FREE HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET at your resort? Consider a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor hotel and experience the enchantment of the Walt Disney World® Resort with this 2016 Fall Good Neighbor amenity-filled vacation package which includes free hotel self-parking and complimentary scheduled transportation to the Disney Theme Parks.  Good neighbor hotels are off Disney property but are conveniently located near the action at the parks!

Here is what you will get in your 2016 Good Neighbor Fall Suite Deal Package at participating resorts:

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What to Expect at Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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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 in the summer of 2016.  [Read more…]

See Princess Elena at Magic Kingdom and Other News Around the Mouse this Week

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Disney Junior’s Princess Elena of Avalor has arrived at Magic Kingdom Park! For a limited time, enjoy the “Princess Elena Royal Welcome” presentation on the Castle Forecourt stage several times daily.  During the ceremony Cinderella and Prince Charming introduce their special guest and Disney’s newest princess from Avalor. Princess Elena will arrive to fanfare accompanied by a contingent of regal banner carriers and musicians. Check your daily park schedule to see the times you be a part of the royal greeting. [Read more…]

A Celebration of Harry Potter Universal Orlando: 2017 Packages Announced

Celebration of Harry Potter 2017Be 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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Ultimate Field Trip To Walt Disney World: Calling All Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers who LOVE Disney, there is still time to participate in the Ultimate Field Trip to Walt Disney World! What is the Ultimate Field Trip you ask?

Are you ready to have some fun with fellow homeschool families?  Are your kids ready to learn from Mickey Mouse? Head to Walt Disney World for what will truly be the Ultimate Field Trip!  Meet up with other homeschoolers during the event and brace yourself for lots of surprises.  This amazing event will be graciously hosted by the Web site, Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and magical blogger, Jodi Whisenhunt. She is going to be attending the event and even will be at check in for the event. There will be goodies and giveaways on top of a fantastic opportunity to experience Walt Disney World with other homeschool families.

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Ultimate Homeschool Disney World Field Trip Dates:

September 26-October 2, 2016

Ultimate Homeschool Disney World Field Trip Schedule of Events:

September 27:  Day at Epcot
September 28:  Day at Magic Kingdom
September 29:  Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
September 30:  Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Cost:

Only $5 per person to participate in the Ultimate Field Trip!  Once you book your vacation package including resort and park tickets with our Princess Travel Experts, we will email you a link to sign up for the events for the Ultimate Field Trip.

Ultimate Field Trip Shirts:

You can join in on the fun with the exclusive Ultimate Field Trip shirts!  Hurry – the cut off to order these shirts is September 1.  Click here to order your shirts today.

How to Book?

The host hotel for the Ultimate Field Trip is Disney’s Art of Animation.  However, you can stay at any Disney Resort or even off site.  Request a quote here from our Travel Experts, there are still some rooms available at select Walt Disney World Resorts promotional pricing so HURRY.  The deadline to sign up for the Ultimate Field Trip is September 1st, so don’t delay!

How would your kids like to experience the Ultimate Field Trip at Walt Disney World?

Julie FranklinJulie Franklin is a travel agent creating family memories at Destinations In FloridaAn Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She can plan and book your customized magical vacation anywhere at no extra cost to you. As a blogger, mom and wife of a budget traveler, Julie knows how to get the most magic for you vacation. Whether thinking of heading to the parks in Orlando, cruising, an all inclusive resort or traveling anywhere, let Julie take the stress out of your vacation planning.

You can reach Julie at julie@destinationstoexplore.com or call her at 404 312 8099 for a free no obligation vacation quote. Tell her Cheapskate Princess sent you!

Win a Trip to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival and Other News from Around the Mouse This Week

Disney NewsWhat’s new this week at Walt Disney World? At Magic Kingdom, you can enjoy a new Limited Time Princess Character Experience special only for Memory Maker Guests. At Epcot’s Mouse Gear you can enjoy the build your own Lightsaber experience previously only offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom. I will focus on something FREE this week, since we all like FREE here at Cheapskate Princess, hey no shame! You can win a FREE Trip to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, OK pay your taxes if you win, but you get it! The fine folks at ABC’s Emmy award winning daytime show The Chew are sending one one lucky winner and three guests a trip to join them at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival between October 5th and 9th.  See below for all the details!

Want info on all the news out of Walt Disney World this week? Click here to download the whole edition to view on your computer, tablet or smart phone OR click here to Watch the Around the Mouse by video.

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So back to my focus this week on The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Trip! The lucky winner will be able to Experience the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and check out brand-new marketplaces, menu items, premium experiences and entertainment at the Festival. Visit all four not to be missed Theme Parks, attend a live taping of The Chew, and stay at a Walt Disney World hotel located in the middle of the magic. But wait there is more, you also get a $500 Disney Gift Card too! You can enter here.

While this is NOT a sweepstakes sponsored by Cheapskate Princess, we like sharing these opportunities with our readers – would love one of our readers to win. Here’s the legal info:  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET on 9/2/16. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years of age or older. Winner must travel between October 5 – 9, 2016. Limit one (1) entry per person per day. See Official Rules for full details including entry requirements, eligibility restrictions, odds of winning, prize description and limitations. Void where prohibited.

So what are you waiting for?  Go enter, you could be in the audience at Epcot with your three besties watching a taping of The Chew with a great view of Mario’s orange Crocs. GOOD LUCK!

Need help planning your fall trip to Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? Contact our Cheapskate Travel Experts at Destinations In Florida for your free quote. While we can’t give you a free trip, we have lots of goodies and freebies for our Cheapskate Princess Readers who book travel through us.

Julie FranklinJulie Franklin is a travel agent creating family memories at Destinations In FloridaAn Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She can plan and book your customized magical vacation anywhere at no extra cost to you. As a blogger, mom and wife of a budget traveler, Julie knows how to get the most magic for you vacation. Whether thinking of heading to the parks in Orlando, cruising, an all inclusive resort or traveling anywhere, let Julie take the stress out of your vacation planning.

You can reach Julie at julie@destinationstoexplore.com or call her at 404 312 8099 for a free no obligation vacation quote. Tell her Cheapskate Princess sent you!