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This summer, while Pokemon players were walking around collecting virtual Pokemons, I got busy winning Disney emojis I can send to my friends in texts. Granted, they are not a prize I can hold in my hand, but I can insert them into text after text, and there are hundreds to collect.

As soon as I saw the Disney emojis, I knew I had to have them. And best of all, unless you just really feel the need to play extra games, the emojis are totally free!

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

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

New Disney World

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

Disney Suite Deal Good Neighbor

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

Tiffins Animal Kingdom

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…]

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!

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.

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

It’s a rootin’ tootin’, not high falutin’, good old-fashioned family fun hootenanny! The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World has the distinction of being the longest running dinner show in America. It also is one of the more expensive dining experiences at Disney World. Let this guide from your Princess Travel Experts help you decide if the Hoop-Dee-Doo is perfect for you and your family.

Read: Over 30 FREE Activities In Disney Springs: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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


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:


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.

Disney gingerbread kit and instructions

Disney World gingerbread kit

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.

trouble making the Disney gingerbread kit

how to repair a broken gingerbread house

We took that kit back to Big Lots and got a replacement with no problems. They were very nice.
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.
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.
This kit just had a small broken end. The instructions say any pieces of gingerbread that are broken can be mended with icing.
This is us mending:
fix a broken gingerbread house
making a Disney Mickey gingerbread house
You can see why that would not work for large entirely broken pieces.
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.
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.
Disney gingerbread Mickey Mouse house
Then we applied the roof and held it for a few minutes. The instructions say 10 minutes wait time, and again, we say 15.
how to make a gingerbread house for Christmas with a Disney theme
And that’s when the wall caved in.
Disney gingerbread house
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.
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.
My son would tell you straight lines without guidelines are harder to pull off than you think.
Mickey gingerbread house instructions
make a cute Christmas gingerbread house
Then the decorating with the candy enclosed in the kit began, which was probably the most fun.
decorate a Disney gingerbread house
Icing was added to the base for decorating candy.
Disney gingerbread house for Mickey Mouse
What did we think about out $10 investment?
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.
Minnie and Mickey at Christmas
This isn’t professional level material, but then, we aren’t professionals, so…
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.
Several tips:
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.
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.
best Disney World gingerbread house ever
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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How to Budget for Your 2017 Walt Disney World Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

How to Budget for your Walt disney World Vacation

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…]

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Dreaming about taking a vacation to Walt Disney World next year? Now is the best time to start planning, and your Princess Travel Experts are here to help. Booking your 2018 Disney Vacation now is almost like putting it on a free layaway plan. You have until 30 days before you check in to pay it off, which means you can make payments from the time you book it until them, and you’ll pay no interest or additional fees!

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The 2018 rates have not been released yet, but you can be one of  the first to get a quote. Amanda has teamed up with your Princess Travel Experts Team and created the Disney’s Cheapskate Princess 2018 Disney World Package Watch List.

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Once the 2018 rates are released and you are on the list, you will be notified by one of the Princess Travel Experts so the magic can begin. We’ll work together to plan the most magical vacation for you and your family.

Heads up… we have a little pixie dust for our Cheapskate Princess Readers. There are some extra special surprises in store for those booking a 2018 Vacation Package referred by Disney’s Cheapskate Princess. More information will be announced closer to the 2018 rates being released.

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2018 Walt disney world packagesElizabeth fell in love with Disney World as a little girl and has continued to visit again and again. She has been to Disney as a little girl, in her 20’s with friends, pregnant, with a preschooler, and with a child who has severe food allergies. Elizabeth is an agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She is ready to help you plan a magical Disney vacation, all at no cost to you!

Elizabeth loves planning and researching any adventure! She will work with you and your family to ensure that your vacation is everything you dreamed of and more! You can reach Elizabeth at or call her at 317-753-5959. You can fill out a quote request form here.

Transportation Changes at Disney Springs & Other News Around the Mouse this Week

By Julie Franklin

Summer 2016 is in full swing at Walt Disney World, and with the prime season comes changes to handle the crowds. Among the news: table service at The Diamond Horseshoe Magic Kingdom is extended, Sounds of Summer debuts this week, Disney’s Hollywood Studios  (where Star Wars lives at Disney World) extends their park hours, preferred parking for a price is being tested at the Disney’s Water Parks and what I am focusing on this week, transportation changes at Disney Springs. [Read more…]

20 Cheapskate Tips for Souvenirs and Activities at Disney World: How to Save Money!!

cheapskate tips for souvenirs and activities at Disney World

Updated for 2017!

Disney vacation souvenirs…I really dream about them at night after we get back from vacations. If I bought everything I wanted when cruising isles in the Disney gift shops, I would spend more on t-shirts and jewelry than I spent on our resort room. One of my best pieces of advice is for people making vacation budgets is to add more to the amount set aside for souvenirs. Kids and adults alike will easily overspend, and it’s too easy to do because all their merchandise is so enticing. Souvenirs are expensive at Disney, so where will you get the money? And do you always have to pay retail?

We have some tips on saving money for your actual trip, plus ideas on how to save money on souvenirs and activities for your next Disney World vacation. So put your Visa card away, hide your checkbook, and let’s see how the cheapskates do Disney!

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Walt Disney World Must Eat? Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples


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?

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