Where to Find H2O Products After Your Disney Vacation

Updated for 2017!

If you’ve ever stayed in a Disney resort, then you are familiar with the fabulous H2O bath products you receive free with your hotel accommodations. You’ll receive little travel sizes in your room, and if you run out while you’re still a paying guest, you can ask Mouse Keeping to bring you some more. But even if you take some home, they run out fast.

What’s a cheapskate to do then? [Read more…]

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…

Read – Cheap Disney World Souvenirs: Where to Purchase a Silhouette

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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…]

Must Buy Souvenir? Disney Character-themed Beach Towels

Updated for 2017!

My son bought a beach towel years ago on a Disney vacation. I thought he was crazy, and two years after the purchase, he brought it to me, deciding he was too old to use it. Ah, the trials of pre-teen boys. But now I was the owner of a Disney towel, with a cute Mickey Mouse front and center.

I’ve been using it for at least three years now, off and on for special swimming occasions, and it’s still in great shape. The vidid colors have hardly faded, and the towel is still a quality item.

I wouldn’t describe this as a cheap item. Should you purchase a beach towel on your next Orlando vacation?  [Read more…]

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: [Read more…]

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

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When 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation Package Pricing came in 2016, prices went up. Price increases shouldn’t discourage you from planning a vacation. NOW is a great time to think about and plan how to budget for your next Walt Disney World Vacation. Want to know WHY you should plan your vacation now rather than later? Soar into 2018 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 2018 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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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.

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. [Read more…]

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

Tips for Meeting Disney Characters

Updated for 2017!

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 spent 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…]

Free Cheapskate Princess E-mail Subscription…Don’t Miss a Single Article!

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If you’re like this Cheapskate Princess, you enjoy reading as much as you can about about Disney resorts, merchandise, restaurants and entertainment. But we live in a fast-paced world where it’s tough to keep up with everything.

Facebook only shows you only five to ten percent of everything posted. Miss a day cruising Pinterest, and you could miss a pinned article.

Surely it has to be easier than hit or miss?

If you enjoy reading Cheapskate Princess articles, then you should subscribe to the Cheapskate Princess blog using our e-mail service. Over on the right side of this page, the right side of any Cheapskate Princess article, and you will find this box.

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Simply type your e-mail address in the box, and you will then receive a confirmation e-mail. Simply confirm your e-mail subscription, and one or two times a week, Cheapskate Princess articles will appear in your e-mail in-box, just like Disney magic, and it’s totally free to sign up.

You don’t have to be a cheapskate to know that…is a real bargain.

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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.

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

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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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