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…]

Disney Food Tip #2: Adults Save Money Ordering This Meal!

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Updated for 2017!

If you can remember sneaking food into the Disney theme parks back before it was officially OK’d, then you might have grown up to be a Cheapskate Princess! Walt Disney World has some of the best food around, yet dining at Disney certainly doesn’t come cheap.

Children under the age of three can eat free from an adult’s plate at WDW buffets. But unless your children are still of the “Kids Eat Free” age, or you managed schedule an Orlando vacation during the Free Dining promotion, then you will spend a lot of money on food for you and your whole family. Because I complain constantly that food at Disney just kills my cheapskate budget, I’m always looking for ways to lower my food bill. I would much rather spend money on other things besides my breakfast, like jewelry, or Disney handbags… [Read more…]

Free Drinks at Epcot’s Club Cool: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

free drinks at Disney World Epcot Club Cool

Updated for 2017!

If you’ve ever walked out of your way to hunt down something free to drink on vacation, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

Free drinks and Disney World are not words you would not normally speak together in the same sentence. But Epcot has a semi-hidden gem that many of you princesses will overlook, because it’s not situated at the exit to any roller coaster, and there is no huge neon flashing sign. Which is a good thing, because that leaves more room for all the cheapskates at the drink fountains!

Where do you get free drinks at Epcot?

A little spot called Club Cool. [Read more…]

Look in Davenport, Florida for Great Disney Vacation Rental Homes

 

Golfing Mickey rental house

December 2015

I read all the time on Facebook comments where die-hard Disney fans just cannot understand why someone would ever stay off property during their vacation. I have been on that mental thought train. We have truly enjoyed some fantastic on-property trips. And then we got two dogs, making on-property stays impossible without kenneling the furry members of the family. Not only am I too cheap to pay the kenneling fee, but it just seems like a choice I would rather avoid. And then my children grew taller than me, so sharing a couch bed was no longer so much fun for three kids. I then found myself on the Internet researching the costs of rental homes.

Have you done any research lately on the cost of rental homes? Granted, you are away from the magic and not in the heart of Walt Disney World, but there certainly are perks to renting your own home away from home. [Read more…]

2015 Beach Princess: Enjoy an Orange Beach Waterfront Breakfast at Cobalt

Cobalt by Jean McKee

April, 2015

Driving through the Orange Beach area in lower Alabama? Then be sure to make plans to stop by Cobalt, the Restaurant located right next door to the Caribe Resort. [Read more…]

Disney Food Tip #3: Bring Ziplocks In Your Theme Park Bag

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Updated for 2017!

If you ever took part of your dinner out of a restaurant with you to snack on later, then you just might be a Disney’s Cheapskate Princess! Walt Disney World is a vacation spot known for serving great food, but dining at Disney has a reputation for being rather pricey. The good news is that portions are usually reasonable, and many people feel the portions are actually quite large. When you walk away from your meal, your tummy will be full even if your wallet is significantly lighter.

We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans if they traveled with Ziplocs to save money on food, and we’re sharing their ideas. [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…]

1st Trip to Disney World: Tips on Picking the Correct Shoes

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Updated for 2017!

Planning a first trip to Disney World or Disneyland? Did you realize that you can walk from 8 to 12 miles each and every day on that upcoming  vacation? That, my dears, is a lot of walking, and many hard-core Disney park travelers walk more miles than that per day. If you have ever worn comfortable shoes that didn’t really match your outfit to a theme park, choosing function over high fashion, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. [Read more…]

2015 Beach Princess: Livin’ the Beach Vacation Life

Amanda Major Beach PrincessMarch 1, 2015

I’m frequently asked where we vacation when we’re not at Walt Disney World. It’s hard to believe, but not everybody that writes often about Disney topics lives a short drive from the Magic Kingdom. Sometimes I wish!

But there are days where I’m glad we are a long and arduous eight hour drive away from Orlando, because we live just 15 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, where thousands of people drive every year to go on vacation. We live in Foley, Alabama, just a hop and skip from the towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. [Read more…]