Disney World’s Memory Maker: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

Pictures are priceless. They capture once in a lifetime moments. Pictures freeze our children at every age, and they hold our memories. Pictures are often the very best part of a vacation. And the photo opportunities at Disney World are completely above the everyday norm!

The pictures you take during your Disney vacation are the greatest souvenir you can possibly bring home.  [Read more…]

Disney Springs Must See: The Home Store

When people ask me what type of souvenirs they should buy on a Disney vacation, I always recommend something they can use every day, or at least see every day. We live in our homes, so it makes perfect sense Disney built the D Living store in Disney Springs, so they could show me all the fabulous home furnishings I can’t afford nor could I make look SO spectacular in my home.

Let’s take a tour…Back in March of 2017, they had the store decorated for the release of the live action Beauty and the Beast movie.  

 

Start off by looking up, because the ceiling is probably more interesting to gaze upon than anything you’ve seen so far, having just walked in.

You’ll notice silverware theme you remember danced through the movie. Being a guest features prominently in a big table right in the entrance. Beast apparently scored an invite for a meal.

Look at the place settings. There’s even a little plate for the Grey Stuff.

Of course you can buy the silverware – flatware for the fancy!

By a faux fireplace, there’s two chairs with some comfy pillows with a fur theme.

Those pillows look good on other chairs as well.

They sell all sorts of “trinkets” and wall hangings with a Belle and Beast flair.

Check out this fabulous bedroom.

The light is back to the cup motif.

Did you see the framed Belle dress? You can purchase the dress at the World of Disney Store, but framed…check out the price.

 

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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.

The New LEGO Disney World Castle Costs How Much?!

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Updated for 2017!

For those who have been searching for years to find THE perfect Disney World vacation souvenir, one amazing item that hit the LEGO store in 2016 is an authentically detailed replica of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort, and the tiny details are amazing.

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Let’s be real here; the price is just as amazing as the details. How much will the LEGO Cinderella Castle set you back?! You cheapskates might want to have a seat…

where to buy the Lego Disney World CastleBefore we talk money, let’s talk details.  This LEGO set is appropriate for ages 12 and over, although the box says ages 16+. The Disney Castle measures over 29” high, 17” wide and 12” deep and contains 4,080 LEGO pieces. Highlights include:

  • mosaic-tiled floor
  • suits of armor
  • wall-mounted shields
  • grandfather clock
  • magic carpet
  • ornate chandelier and golden lamp
  • ornate balconies
  • flag-adorned towers
  • soaring golden-spired main tower complete with fireworks function
  • chest with book of spells
  • mop and bucket
  • a spinning wheel
  • a chest containing brush, scissors and lock of black hair
  • a golden mirror, plus red apple and glass vase

Disney Cinderella Castle cost of the Lego Disney World castle

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Five mini-figures are included:

  • Mickey Mouse with a tuxedo
  • Minnie Mouse with red dress
  • Donald Duck with classic outfit
  • Daisy Duck with pink skirt, lavender colored shoes and a bow
  • Tinker Bell with wig, skirt, wings and a magic wand

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Both the main four-story building and the five-story, golden-spired main tower contain rooms with assorted Disney-inspired features and elements.

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Disney fans, to aid with this purchase, it may be time to sell your Dooney & Bourke purse on eBay or sell your beloved Arribas Brothers princess crown to your neighbor.

The price is $349.99 before tax.

Or maybe it’s time to write Santa a letter and tell him you just have one simple item on your list. Better yet, just forward him this article.

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Shipping will not be an issue for you at this price.

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Another bonus about LEGO is their rewards program. You could earn $15 in VIP rewards by purchasing this set.

LEGO VIP

And there are several ways to become a LEGO VIP.

Instructions to become a LEGO VIP

You can use this link for more information.

So will you buy another handbag this year or clean off space in the dining room to display your mini home away from home?

Decisions, Deci$ion$…

Thanks for stopping by, and maybe we’ll see you opening up that big box, a big smile on your face?

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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.

Cinderella Castle at Christmas: Photos and Trivia

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Updated for 2017!

How do you take a great American icon and bedazzle it? You add thousand of sparkley-twinkley lights, and bibbidy, bobbidy, BOO!! There you have Disney’s Cinderella Castle, and she’s all dressed up for the Christmas holidays.

Like fun Disney trivia? Here are some fun holiday facts from one of my favorite Disney sites, Disney by the Numb3rs.com. You can find all their numerical Disney trivia by using this Disney by the Numb3rs link. Let’s see what it takes to make the Castle pop.

Read: Can a Cheapskate Afford to Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort During Holiday Season?!

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200,000 LED lights adorn Cinderella Castle, as they have every year since they made their initial debut in 2007.

500 strobe lights are used to help create the sparkling lighting effect.

32,000 square feet of fish netting are used to help hang the LED lights on the Castle.

And it takes 15 miles of cable to hang all the lights in place.

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Cinderella Castle at night

Of course you don’t have to stay at Disney during those ten days to enjoy the sights of the seasons, as holiday decorations start appearing throughout the parks by the first weekend in November and stay into the early part of January. And you always have the option to stay off property in a less expensive hotel. But for you to enjoy the holiday decorations during “Christmas” staying on property at a Disney Resort, it’s going to cost you more money than other times of year. That’s what a Cheapskate Princess calls a Disney Splurge.

Thanks to our friends at Disney by the Numb3rs, and stop by their site for some fun Disney trivia. Tell ’em a Cheapskate Princess sent ya!

Curious about more Disney Resort accommodation rates during the holidays? Check it out.

Read: Can a Cheapskate Afford to Stay at Disney World During the Week of Christmas?

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

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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.

Acting Like a Disney Princesses: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

A funny thing about growing up with Disney movies, or watching these movies with your kids, is that you get a glimpse into the life of a fairy tale princess. As children, we dream and daydream of living in castles and marrying our own prince, but of course, the reality is, we are just mere mortals, occasionally visiting Cinderella Castle for a short-lived glimpse of the regal life. And while there have been some negative criticism on female characters waiting for a Prince Charming to rescue them, there are certainly positive princess traits girls and ladies of all ages can adopt as their own.

The Disney Princess are a Walt Disney Company franchise based on fictional characters currently numbering eleven ladies in total.  The members of the franchise are Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.

Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Wreck a Disney World Vacation

My usual focus, as (self-proclaimed) Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, is trying to cheapskate your way to a Disney vacation. But half of being a Cheapskate Princess is being just that…a princess. Ever dreamed of being a princess? Here are 10 surefire ways to act like a Disney Princess yourself.

1. Speak up and be willing to fight for what you want.

Princesses like Ariel and Jasmine are known to be to be straightforward. Once she leaves her tower and overcomes her initial anxiety, Rapunzel is not afraid to stand up for herself when she needs to. Cinderella was incredibly honest and faithful, always standing for what she thought was right.

Stand up for what you believe in, don’t be afraid to say what you are feeling inside.  Snow White, always polite, voiced her opinion. There are ways to talk to people where you speak up for yourself that don’t push them away.  And smile when you speak, because you look more confident and likable when you speak up for yourself through a pretty smile.

Read: Top Ten Cheapskate Tips Every Disney World Visitor Needs to Know

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2. Be graceful.

Look at those Disney Princesses and the way they carry themselves. Belle is graceful, twirling in her ball gown. Pocahontas is noble, but she is also known as athletic, skillful, and strong, all of which can be defined as traits of grace. Aurora is very sophisticated and exhibits a refined air about her, as does Cinderella. We can’t all walk around singing and looking stunning in ball gowns. We can throw our shoulders back, tilt our chin up, and walk in confidence and grace to meet the world.

The Disney Princesses are all just gorgeous, yet because they are very humble and modest, they would never tell you how attractive they are. When people tell you that you are pretty, accept those comments without self-deprecating humor.  Above all, don’t be vain and shallow, the opposites of true grace, and try not to be stingy with your own compliments toward friends and family.  If you love someone’s hairstyle or their outfit, let them know.  No matter what other people do, carry yourself with grace.

Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

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3. Be proud.

In their own way and own time, all the Disney Princesses were proud to be who they are.

Be proud of who you are; don’t try to be somebody else. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and take pride in your accomplishments. If you can’t think of anything right now to take pride in, there is no time for change like today. Stand up straight, walk with pride, and look into your mirror on the wall and remind yourself that you are the loveliest Princess of them all.

4. Be sweet and kind.

Belle is always kind, Aurora is kind and selfless, and Snow White cleans the dwarves home and is kind to all the forest animals. Ariel is kind to others no matter what their circumstances.

As a princess, you need to be sweet to other people, which can be hard for even the best of us on a trying day. You must appear innocent and sincere in your sweet disposition, however, so you don’t come across as being laughably fake.

To be sweet and kind, try to live your life without a trace of evilness. You, my pretty, are not evil whatsoever unless a spell has been cast on you. You, sweet princess, are working toward being kind and affectionate. Speaking of villans, if you run into an evil male villan, he will naturally fall madly in love with you because of all your grace and charm, so be prepared to work your magic or run away to the castle over yonder…without him!

Read: The Top 10 Best Disney Vacation Planning Web Sites

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5. Be stubborn, to a point.

Belle is known for being stubborn. Mulan is very strong-willed and determined but always well-meaning and caring. Ariel was often quite stubborn and determined. Princess Jasmine is rich and powerful and often comes across as sharp-tongued and arrogant, but she is also fiercely independent with plenty of self-confidence and willpower.

When Cinderella grows tired of being bossed around, she says, “Well there’s one thing; they can’t order me to stop dreaming, and perhaps someday, the dreams that I wish will come true.”

Don’t let people step all over you like a doormat. People will treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated, so decide what you want, and be stubborn until you receive or achieve this. Dream your dreams, and use a bit of stubborn perseverance to get what you want. This may take hard work as well, but all the Princesses had to put some work into some sort of project to reach their dreams.

Read: A Cheapskate Princess Guide to Less Stress on Vacation

 

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6. Be positive.

Cinderella has a positively cheerful and sunny attitude no matter what the circumstances. She is extremely patient, endlessly kind, and believes that through hard work and perseverance, all her dreams can come true. Snow White is unfailingly optimistic and never judgemental. Ariel she is depicted as being willing to do anything to be with Prince Eric, even giving up her voice to become human, and she remains positive even with this drastic end in sight.

You are what you think. If you can see a positive light at the end of your rainy day, you can achieve your dreams. Is your glass half empty or half full? If you want to be more successful, tell yourself you can do it. If you want to be sweeter and kinder, more graceful, then tell yourself you are! And soon you will be…

7. Be independent and brave.

Although Mulan is a clumsy character, she makes up for it with courage and spunk. While she is very independent and self-reliant, she is also very brave and even heroic.  Jasmine’s impetuousness and curiosity often lead her on exotic adventures, but because she is independent, she goes!  Pocahontas is free-spirited and independent. Princess Tiana is independent and self-motivated. She is a disciplined, hard-working individual who is not afraid to do things herself.

Independence…are you making your own decisions? Have you turned control of your life over to those around you, to drugs or alcohol, to other addictions? Are you making the type of independent decisions that will lead to the type of future you want for yourself?

Brave…when is the last time you took a risk and did something brave? I’m not talking about the bravery involved in riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Changing occupations, changing relationships, changing your eating plans, trying to stop a bad habit – all these things take bravery and can lead you to a more independent life. Change is hard; go out on your own and take a chance.

Read: Ten and 1/2 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors 

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8 Be Smart.

Pocahontas was known as very wise, noble, and brave. Ariel has a great passion for discovery and adventure. We don’t seem to know where the princesses got their education, but words like dumb and uneducated are not words used to describe our Disney Princesses.

Educate yourself. In a day and age of instant information, knowledge is literally at your fingertips. Educate yourself in areas you feel you could learn more about. Think about signing up for a class on the internet. Haven’t started or finished that college degree you always wanted? Now is the time; don’t put it off. Read a book. Reading leads to a greater vocabulary, increased knowledge, as well as providing stress relief, and we could all use a bit of that.

Knowledge is power.

Read: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Disney Vacation? It’s a Four Letter Word!

9. Have fun!

Ariel has a very sophisticated and refined air about her, but she is energetic, fun-loving, and outgoing, qualities that all make her fun to be around. Princess Tiana is very funny, friendly, and down-to-earth. Picture Snow White dancing around with the dwarves having fun!

Do we have enough fun in our lives when we aren’t riding Space Mountain? Ever stop to take a few minutes and watch America’s Funniest Videos with your kids? Ever stop to play a video game with your teens? When is the last time you threw a football in the yard with your husband or threw a frisbee to your dog? Holy Mickey Mouse, life is too short to go through every day without some laughter and fun!

Here is a great rendition of the Disney Princesses as superheroes from buzzfeed.com, which is certainly a fun idea, and Halloween is right around the corner.

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Read: Here’s Why the Wrong Shoes Can Cost You Money on a Disney Vacation

10. Have the capacity to love!

This is the one area the Disney Princesses seem to have caught the most grief from feminist writers through the years. Some of our Disney Princesses have been saved by men, relied upon men, and given up precious things all for the love of a man. Cinderella was able to escape her horrible living conditions all thanks to the love of a rich prince who barely knew her. Ariel left her family, changed her body, and was willing to give up her most prized possession for a man she hardly knew. These sound like drastic steps for mere mortals like the rest of us regular women!

But the Princesses show us through themselves that we have a  strong desire to be loved. When these ladies find love, we sigh a collective, “Ahhhh” because all seems right with the world.

Should you leave your family, change your appearance, and give up your most cherished possessions all for a prince? Heavens no. Yet I think the world needs more love, and I think we could all open our hearts and find a little more room for love. Once bitten, twice shy, they will say. If love has hurt you badly in the past, just think of those Disney princesses, think positive, be sweet and wear a big smile, and maybe a little Disney magic could head your way.

And after all, what could a little more love hurt?!

Read: FREE Disney Virtual Vacation…Check Out the Walt Disney World “Parks” Maps

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I located a site called fanpop.com that has a great little poem about the princesses and love.

Cinderella walked on broken glass.

Aurora let a whole lifetime pass.

Belle fell in love with a hideous beast.

Jasmine married a common thief.

Ariel walked on land for love and life.

Snow White barely escaped the knife.

Rapunzel had to find a new dream.

Tiana kissed her prince and turned green.

Mulan left to be a man.

Pocahontas stayed to save her land.

It’s all about the smiles and tears, 

because love means facing your biggest fears.

 

One last thought and one last image with a photo from www.listal.com

Read: There is No “Bad Time” to Visit Walt Disney World. True or False?

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These are modern times we live in, and ever-changing world, and the listal.com photo reminded me that women’s roles in society have changed through the years.My ball gown doesn’t have to look like yours. We don’t have to sit and wait for our prince to arrive. We can go out and find him, but we don’t have to do that either to be happy. We are strong and competent, and we princesses can make our own destiny, with Mr. Charming or on our own.

10 ways to act like a Disney Princess…take what you like to heart and enjoy the rest of your Disney day!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you checking out the Disney Princess outfits in the gift shops.

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.

Look in Davenport, Florida for Great Disney Vacation Rental Homes

 

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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…]