To Save Money, Visit Disney World During Value Season

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Trying to save money on a Disney vacation? A good place to start is with your hotel. Walt Disney World is considered to be busy year ’round now; there really won’t be a time you’ll experience very short wait times in the parks, like some of us old timers remember. Factors like holidays, school breaks, and weather temperatures can affect when people want to visit Orlando, and that basically results in higher resort room pricing.

So when should you travel? Well, it’s not called Value for nothing…

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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…]

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!

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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!

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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.

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The Disney Holiday Gingerbread House Kit: Is It Worth the $10?

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Updated for 2017!

How do you entertain three older teenage kids during the holidays? Buy them a gingerbread house! We found a Disney “Crafty Cooking Kits” Mickey and Minnie house for $10 at Big Lots.

Here’s what you get for ten bucks:

Mickey Mouse gingerbread house

This is the look we were going for:

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First we rounded up all our helpers, including this one…

making a Mickey Mouse gingerbread house

The kit comes in a pretty big box, which you really didn’t need for the contents. The box makes it appear as if you are getting more than you get.

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Look closely and you can see our problem, although I didn’t notice the issue until we removed the thin wrapping, 20 minutes away from the store.

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We took that kit back to Big Lots and got a replacement with no problems. They were very nice.
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The first thing the instructions say to do is to prepare the icing, kneading it for one minute until it reaches a soft, creamy consistency, or you can place it in a bowl of warm water. We kneaded, and knew well because hard icing doesn’t spread very well.
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Next, the instructions say you snip the corner of the icing pouch to a 1/4-inch opening. I would start smaller than that and go larger if needed, because you can not un-do that hole once you cut it too big. We actually did this with another gingerbread house from Wal-mart, and once we squirted the icing in a Ziolock bag, we cut the end off way smaller. That worked ok as a solution.
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This kit just had a small broken end. The instructions say any pieces of gingerbread that are broken can be mended with icing.
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This is us mending:
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You can see why that would not work for large entirely broken pieces.
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The instructions suggest you pipe a line of frosting in the channels of the house base. Now, we were scared we would run out of icing, so we did not do this. The house stayed together mostly just fine (see below). If you plan to move your house around a lot, you might not want to skip this step, as it might hold it more securely.
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We got the four walls put up, and we let that sit about 15 minutes to harden. The box suggests you wait just five minutes. We say triple that to be safe.
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Then we applied the roof and held it for a few minutes. The instructions say 10 minutes wait time, and again, we say 15.
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And that’s when the wall caved in.
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We took off a roof panel, pulled that wall back out, and reapplied the ceiling icing to glue it together again. That really wasn’t a huge deal, and it held this time.
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Next we decorated the ceiling. While the box instructional photo used all white icing, we had purchased some red cookie icing for about $2.50. This added a little color.
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My son would tell you straight lines without guidelines are harder to pull off than you think.
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Then the decorating with the candy enclosed in the kit began, which was probably the most fun.
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Icing was added to the base for decorating candy.
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What did we think about out $10 investment?
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To add a little Mickey and Minnie to your holiday decor, we would give a thumbs up to the $10 gingerbread kit. Again, ours was purchased at Big Lots.
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This isn’t professional level material, but then, we aren’t professionals, so…
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I think if a 17-year-old boy who can’t do the dishes much less decorate anything can put 98% of this house together by himself, you and your kids will have a nice couple hours of family bonding.
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Several tips:
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Make sure the gingerbread pieces are not broken before you leave the store. Driving back with broken pieces is a bummer.
Make sure you get the icing warm enough by kneading the bag or warming up the container in a bowl of warm water. The kids complained about working with icing that was too hard.
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If you use other icing besides what comes with the kit, make sure it’s not too soft, because soft icing will roll off and down slanted or horizontal surfaces.
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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in Big Lots buying gingerbread. They had a cute Snoopy house as well…
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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. 

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How to Budget for Your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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The 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Package Pricing came out this month and well yes, prices went up. Don’t let that discourage your from planning a vacation in 2017. Half way through 2016 is a great time to think about and plan how to budget for your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation.  Want to know WHY you should plan your vacation now rather than later? Soar into 2017 with your plans set and have one less thing to worry about next year. If you plan and book now, you have between 5 months to 16 months to budget, save up, and pay for your 2017 vacation. [Read more…]

Walt Disney World Must Eat? Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

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Updated for 2017!

There are certainly a lot of snack options at Walt Disney World. Food makes up such an important, and expensive, part of vacations, that sometimes choosing what to munch on can be overwhelming. How do you know you picked the best snack for your money?

Never fear, a Cheapskate Princess is here! [Read more…]

Vacationing at Disney World? Then You’ll Need a Nap!

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Updated for 2016!

Do you realize how big those Disney theme parks really are? Can you imagine the toll all that walking will have upon your body? As I hit my mid- 40s, slipping and sliding toward the big FIVE-OH, I’ve come to one huge conclusion. I don’t care how much fun I am having riding roller coasters and seeing character shows, I need a nap to get through the Disney World day, and my friend, so do you.

On why you need a nap…

To see everything and ride every ride in all the parks (besides Animal Kingdom,) it can take more than a day per park. During busy seasons, the wait times in all the parks can prevent you from riding, exploring, and enjoying everything you plan to experience. If you won’t make it all in one day anyway, why not give yourself time for a little rest? After a several of days of park hopping and line standing, you are almost guaranteed to need it. Some of you think you can make it, but your body will tell you otherwise.

And believe me, there is no Disney shame in stopping for a rest.

We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans if they ever snuck in a nap on vacation, and we’ll share some of our nappers’ responses. I almost never miss a nap each day on vacation, but why take just my word for it?

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Your kids need a nap.

Dawn, “With a four-year-old naps are essential.”

Cheryl, “We have a one and almost four-year-old, so naps/quiet time are extremely important (and not the ‘in the stroller kind’ generally.) We get to the park between 9-10, stay till about 1:30-2:00, go back to where we are staying, then return from about 4:30 to 5-8 or 9:00. It works out well for us, and in all honesty, it makes the transition back to ‘normal days’ at home much easier. I can’t wait until they are older though, and we can go to the parks for hours on end! In the meantime, these vacations are for them, and memories for us, and I’d rather spend less time in the parks with happy children than more time in the parks with miserable children.”

You say your kids aren’t big nappers?

Turn off the room lights and have them lay quietly – maybe they’ll fall asleep from sheer exhaustion.

If your child hasn’t taken a nap since they were 18 months old, which perfectly describes my middle child, then turn the hotel TV on a low volume and just close your eyes. The best that can happen is you’ll all fall asleep and wake up ready to take on the parks later that afternoon.

If the worst that happens is you get some rest and the kids watched one more TV show, well, that’s not such a bad deal in the long run.

Randy, “We don’t sneak a nap; it is a daily vacation occurrence. It gets us out of the heat of the day and allows us to enjoy the parks day and night without getting grumpy…”

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Nap Ideas

There are certainly other ways to get in a nap rather than head back to your hotel room. Those dark rides are not only for your entertainment, don’t you know, but they also serve as an air-conditioned cave for a little nappy-poo. (That’s kid speak for “nap.”)

Brad, “There’s plenty of attractions at all four parks to sneak in a 10-15 minute nap. Why go back to your room?”

The couches in the resort lobbies offer a great place for a little mini-nap. And then there’s always a nice chair, comfy or otherwise, to be found somewhere inside or out.

Kelly, “Try Tom Sawyer Island: I usually nap for 30-45 minutes in the rocking chairs, while my child plays on his iPad. It’s a very relaxing place.”

Judy, “A nap is a Must Do during the summer! It lets us stay up late when the parks are open til midnight. Plus it gets us out of the hot sun…

So take it from vacation napping pros…a short snooze is just what you need to get you through the day. It’s what your kids need to make it through the day and not drive you nuts in the process.

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I’m a numbers-obsessed princess, and I wear a pedometer on vacations. I walk 10 to 12 miles (and up) each day at Disney, and one crazy day two years ago, between checking into hotels and staying up late, my entire family each walked 21 miles – that one day!  It was brutal.

I seriously doubt you can do any of the parks besides Animal Kingdom in under six or eight miles per day. You will be tired by lunch. Your kids, especially in the hot Florida summers, will be tired by lunch. The younger they are, the more exhausted they will be.

Go back to your hotel, take a swim if it’s pleasant out, and then crawl between those cool sheets and take a nap.

Benefits of a Nap

1. Think More Clearly

2. Increase in Alertness

3. Decrease in Stress

4. Improvement in Memory

5. Enhancement of Your Creativity

So you might not need too much creativity on a vacation, but that could come in hand before your vacation. Everything else on this list is sure to come in handy.

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No Thanks to Napping

I know we have readers who will wholeheartedly disagree with this nap thing. You pay a ton of money for a Disney vacation –  why not just sleep at home?

And the beauty of that is simple. Every vacation is different, and there is no perfect way to travel. Take our nappy advice if it will work for you, and if not, you certainly will not be alone about mid-day, standing in those roller coaster rides. And that leaves more room, pre-nap, in the pool for me!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you headed for a comfy couch. If you see me in the Grand Floridan lobby, asleep in a chair, you can assume it was planned 90 days out… 

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10 Things They Forgot to Mention About Walt Disney World Vacations

10 Things they forgot to mention about Disney World

Updated for 2016!

Planning a vacation at Walt Disney World is fast becoming a very complicated ordeal. Between deciding where to stay, choosing restaurants, and now scheduling Fastpass+ rides up to two months in advance, it’s enough to stress out even the most avid planners. Cheapskate Princess teamed up with another great planner, Linda from Great WDW Tips (aka The Disney Tip Curator) to provide you with a list of items that people often forget to tell you about Disney World. It’s hard to remember everything, so we’ll help you out with 10 of our best tips.

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1. There is very limited shade.

There is not a lot of shade at Disney World, depending on what park or resort you walk around. The walkways through the theme parks alone are almost totally exposed to the sun.

The number one reason people wind up seeking medical treatment at the parks is reportedly sunburn. Thus, you need sunscreen. Bring a bottle that has not expired(did you know they have expiration dates?) apply it often, and put on a hat and sunglasses as a bonus.

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2. Go EARLY if you want a prime seat for parades and shows.

Some people, like me, don’t really care if they have a front row seat for parades and shows. Our family watches fireworks from behind Cinderella Castle, arriving literally three minutes before start time. But many groups, because of need or want, start arriving for parades and shows hours before kickoff times, which means prime seating is often long gone before you show up at the last-minute.

Linda recalls first-hand, “I was shocked at how EARLY people lined up for the Main Street Electrical Parade.  We arrived two hours ahead of time, and I think my husband and I got the last seat on the curb.  I hadn’t planned on that, but because of an injury, I knew we had to sit down for the parade. So he sat and held our place while I went and got us something to eat! “

So if you want a great un-obstructed view (having used a potential viewing Fastpass+ for rollercoaster rides or princess meet & greets) then plan to get there possibly hours before start time. And then ask yourself, if you’re spending $100 plus a day to be in the park, is this really the best use of your time?

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3. The parks are almost always busy.

Those fabulously tempting TV commercials show just a few people strolling leisurely through the parks, but the reality is there are people everywhere at Disney now. Ev-re-where. Locals and repeat visitors alike lament how there seems to be no real “down time” in Orlando anymore. Long gone are the days when you walked straight on popular rides without a substantial wait.

Prep the kids and the adults traveling with you that waiting in lines anywhere from ten minutes to well over an hour has become the somewhat expected norm. If you go when the kids are out of school, you will be surrounded by throngs of roller coaster and princess enthusiasts  At some point, you WILL be waiting in line, so try to be patient.

Disney World is always busy

4. 180 days is not just a mere suggestion.

You can start making dinner reservations 180 days out from the first day of your vacation. This is a suggestive option, because many people will not plan their trip that far in advance. However a great many people will, and by the time you get your plan together, the times for your preferred dining locations may be taken.

Linda agrees, “My Travel Agent just mentioned that at 180 days out, everything she’s trying to book for clients is already booked in terms of Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs). That’s just crazy for October!”

You can always take a gamble and show up at your restaurant of choice, which has worked for our family many times at some of the less popular restaurants. But for your safest bet, start planning at 200 days and call to make your ADRs at 180 days out.

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The Disney Parks are always busy

5. You will walk forever.

The parks and resorts are vast, and you will walk miles and miles each day. This might be one of the biggest surprises people talk about once they got home, was just how much they walked and how tired their bodies were. Ten miles a day and up is not unusual for many people.

You need to do some practice walking several months before you head to Orlando, and this goes for kids as well. You don’t want to be sitting on a bench resting your feet while the fun passes you by.

6. The weather is quite unpredictable.

From pop up thunderstorms to cold spells, Orlando is not always mild and sunny.

Linda experienced just that. “When we were there in December of 2013, I brought all kinds of clothes. Good thing. It went from mildly chilly to summer-like hot and humid.  And in May it was warm during the day, but I froze at night!  Disney is just all over the place weather-wise and hard to plan.  Layer, layer, layer!”

I’ve read horror stories from vacationers who got torrential rains dumped in their shoes as days turned into a soggy week. My kids will never forget a day at the Magic Kingdom that started out in the upper 70s and ended in the lower 40s, as the five of us hugged together for warmth in shorts and t-shirts.

Bring your layers and ponchos, and keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Buying weather supplies on site can be costly.

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The weather is unpredictable at Disney World

7. “Go hard & sleep at home” only works so long.

A Disney vacation is expensive, and a great many of you probably don’t make it to Orlando every year. But walking upwards of 10 miles a day, starting before sunrise and barely getting back to your room before the alarm goes off again, takes its toll on both body and mind. And if you’ve ever traveled long hours with small children, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and tantrums begin to wear on your very soul.

It’s wise to build in down time, depending on what your family can handle. A mid-afternoon nap here or even a day off from the parks after every couple of day can make the difference between surviving and thriving on your WDW vacation.

8. You cannot do everything you plan.

The Disney emphasis these days is certainly pre-planning. Pick your dates and your resort, plan your meals, plan your rides, plan-plan-plan and then do more planning. But no matter how much before-thought you do, most of us have a hard time following that plan exactly to the letter. Times have to be altered, wake up calls are frequently bumped up, and that’s all part of vacations.

Disney World is just too big to do and see it all.

Linda concurs, “No matter what you do, you will be far more tired at the end of the day (and your trip) then you’ve ever thought possible. But always allow time for the unexpected fun (or a desperately needed rest period) that can’t be scheduled, even if it means missing out on one of your pre-planned Fastpass+ times.”

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9. Disney costs more than you think.

Most families make budgets before a trip, so they don’t arrive home with Post Disney Vacation Syndrome (PDVS), only to be met with a huge Disney Visa bill in the mailbox. Budgets are a fantastic idea, as long as you build in money for impulse buys and snacks.

With sweatshirts priced over $50 and t-shirts reaching above $25, it’s hard to find anything there days priced under $5. Even key chains hover around $10. You will suddenly feel the need to purchase items you certainly don’t need, but Disney-want is a strong urge to fight.

And snacks? There is a snack stand or restaurant every 100 feet, with chilled water bottles calling your sweaty name. If you are not on the free Dining plan, you can wreck a budget on snacks alone in a very short time.

Snacks and souvenirs are a great part of any vacation, so factor in some $$ for those items and other expenses that could pop up, as part of your original budget. We refer to that as “MOUSEcellaneous.”

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10. You’ll find Fastpass+ is fabulous or terrible.

Fastpass+, ever-changing in the trial phases, will either be the best thing to happen to your vacation or the source of your biggest complaints. Linda used Fastpass+ in the earlier stages of the system. “There’s a bit of a learning curve.  But since it’s the way things are done now, try to just go with the flow, do your best, and don’t let it ruin your vacation. Remember… there are other experiences (than just the rides) that can actually create some of your BEST memories … if you let them.”

We used Fastpass+, finding it both pretty cool and yet frustrating. It was nice to schedule rides months in advance, but when we changed plans last-minute, the only rides left were the dregs of Fastpass+es. Our teens didn’t even want to ride what was left. You’ll probably love it or hate it, and I see merit to both emotions.

So…

These tips sound like just too much common sense to you? Then you’ve probably been to Disney World more time than you can count. Never over-estimate the power of simple common sense on vacation, especially if visiting Disney World is a relatively new vacation destination for your family.

Your trip to Disney World will make memories of a lifetime. Hopefully, as you plan your trip, these 10 Tips of often forgotten information can help take your travels to new levels of fun and family memories.

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1656065_625083704205862_719808158_nA big thanks to Disney Tip Curator Linda for her words of wisdom.

If you love Pinterest, you do not want to miss her absolutely amazing Disney Pinterest planning boards. She’s pinning all sorts of tips & tricks to help you have your best trip ever to Walt Disney World. Spend less time in line!

To read another article Linda helped us with, use this link:

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And while you are here, check out our most popular article ever…

120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you applying sunscreen in the shade of Main Street’s awnings as you start your Disney day.

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Amanda Major Cheapskate PrincessAmanda 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. 

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1st Trip to Disney? Over 20 Disney Character Autograph Tips from Fans and Parents

Tips for Meeting Disney Characters

Updated for 2015!

If you are like most parents of small children, you will wait a long time in many lines to collect Disney character autographs on vacation. Time is money, especially on a Disney vacation. Are there pointers to making this process go smoother?

We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans, who have spend mucho time standing in line for character autographs, if they had advice they passed on to friends and family. They had LOTS of great ideas for you to take along on your trip. [Read more…]

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Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Kids Need a Vacation Budget

why kids need a budget on a Disney World vacation
Updated for 2017!
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Everybody needs money at Disney World. Do your children know how much money they are taking on your next trip? Do YOU know how much money they will be taking? You better, or they will be trying to con you out of your hard-earned cash.

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First Trip to Disney World? Tips for the Day You Arrive

planning-tips-for-your-first-disney-world-tripUpdated for 2017!

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…]