Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney Resorts

When planning to visit Walt Disney World, some might say “to do it right, stay at a Disney Resort”. While there is no one “right” way for everyone to vacation at the most magical place on earth, there are benefits of staying at a Disney Resort. Staying close to the parks does come with a price, but keep in mind, you get more than “just being closer to the parks” for your money at a Disney Resort. Comparing what is included can sometimes make off property the same or more cost than staying at a Disney Resort, with less convenience.  [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…]

Where to Meet Olaf the Frozen Snowman in the Summer

Frozen fans can now meet Olaf from Frozen in a Character Meet and Greet at a new location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios AND you see him at Blizzard Beach hosting this summers Frozen Games with Kristoff.

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The Pros & Cons of Staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Pros and Cons

Situated near Epcot and Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando lies the lush tropical-themed Caribbean Beach Resort.  This moderate resort provides the amenities and comforts one would expect from a Disney resort, with a very relaxing island vibe.  If you are looking for a quiet, tropical vacation, this could be the perfect resort for you. It’s a big property at over 200 acres, which has both good and bad points.

Compared to Disney’s value resorts, the moderate resorts typically provide larger rooms, queen beds – though there are exceptions, more on-site dining options, and upgraded pools with slides. Compared to Disney’s Deluxe resorts, moderates typically provide smaller rooms, not as-lush accommodations, fewer on-site dining options and fewer park transportation options. Caribbean Beach Resort provides a great middle ground for first time and seasoned visitors alike.

Let this Pros and Cons of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort list help you decide if this is the vacation property for you and your family!

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Caribbean Beach Resort of the 2112 rooms, 350 are specially Pirate Themed Rooms

Caribbean Beach Resort Pros:

  • For larger families, rooms can comfortably accommodate 5 adults
  • Other than the Pirate themed rooms, all rooms with 2 beds have 2 queen sized beds
  • Designed like a fortress, complete with water canons, this has one of the best themed resort pools
  • Main pool and kids splash area have zero entry, which is perfect for little ones
  • Never hard to get a chair at the pools, since there are 7 pools to choose from
  • Larger resort size and lower density buildings help keep resort quiet
  • Food Court is adjacent to main pool; very convenient for refill mugs and quick meals and snacks
  • Lush green landscape throughout the resort
  • Newly refurbished rooms feel new and modern yet comfortable and fresh
  • Registered guests receive free resort and theme park parking
  • Registered guests receive access to Extra Magic Hours in the parks when offered
  • Free airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express
  • Free Disney Theme Park transportation via bus every 15-20 minutes
  • Resort shuttle available, running the interior of all bus stops to Port Royale area
  • Islands of the Caribbean Pirate Cruise offered for the little ones (for an extra fee)

Caribbean Beach Resort Cons:

  • No elevators for those with mobility issues
  • Transportation can take longer than other Walt Disney World moderate resorts as there are two more resort-wide bus stops
  • Larger resort means it can be a long walk from your room to Old Port Royale or to a bus stop
  • Pirate Themed rooms beds are same sized as value resorts and not a fit for those who need queen sized beds
  • No balconies outside of rooms
  • Only location for refill on resort mugs is at the Old Port Royale area, which is not convenient for all rooms

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Knowing the pros and the cons can certainly help you decide if this is good resort for your family. My assessment is this is most definitely a resort to try for your next Disney vacation.  I think the good qualities outweigh the bad with this property. With the right planning, you can avoid some of the cons with staying here.

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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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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.

How to Keep a Good Disney Character Meal From Going All Wrong

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Ever taken a small child to eat dinner with a towering, walking, stuffed doll?  There you have it…a Disney Character Meal. Many parents are understandably giddy at the thought of booking a character meal for their next Disney vacation, but is your child really ready to dine with Mickey and all his pals?

We’ve all seen the cute television commercials, and we watch our free Disney planning videos. The children running through an almost-empty Magic Kingdom hug those iconic characters full on with no hesitation. Nuthin’ but LUV! Memories are made, photos are taken, smiles are exchanged, and the vacation life is indeed lookin’ good. But this isn’t always the reality with close encounter character meet and greets

And the same goes for those character dining situations, especially if your child is fairly young and has not spent a lot of time around unusually large costumed-characters. If you’ve ever seen a child flip out on Santa’s lap at the mall, then you know exactly where I am headed with this. Disney characters can be frightening for small children, and “small” doesn’t have to be the diapered crowd.

I don’t write a lot about character meals because until 2015, I had been to exactly one. My husband and I had a late dinner at the Crystal Palace in 2015, where we brought along no small children. Back in 2012, my sons took me to Chef Mickey’s for my Christmas present that year for our very first character meal experience, at the ripe old ages of 11, 13, and 42. How’s that for the epitome of “cheapskate?”

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The little girl seated on her mom’s lap in the photo below appears to be about four-years-old, maybe five. I watched this family come into Chef Mickey’s, and everything seemed fine, until delightful Disney characters started popping up at tables nearby.

Disney World character meal tipsWhen Chef Goofy, over 6 feet of him in a large costume, approached her table, she let out a piercing scream that stopped conversation eight tables away. When Minnie touched her chair, this child’s screams almost warped the ceiling beams of the Contemporary (just a bit of exaggeration here, but not much) And uh-oh, breakfast was over for their family.

Her father quickly removed her from the table and took her to a spot in a corner, far away from characters and her mother, her grandfather, and her grandmother. These three adults then picked at their meals, looked unhappy, and glanced over at dad and daughter composing themselves in the most un-magical of spots 30 feet away from characters and fun (and food!)

Character meals are some of the more pricey family dining experiences at Walt Disney World. In 2016, for breakfast, you will pay $21.29 for a child ages 3-9 and $40.46 for adults, not including tax or $18 gratuity. For dinner, you will pay $25.55 for a child ages 3-9 and $50.05 for adults, not including tax or $18 gratuity. For a true cheapskate like me, those prices are hard to swallow, or digest, or insert another food joke here. 

I have no doubt that if this little girl and her dad were unable to complete their breakfast, (and no, they had not returned to their table when we finished gobbling up our Mickey waffles and doughnuts,) that Disney probably reimbursed their money. They ate little if anything. I frequently sing the praises of the Disney Company for going that extra mile to keep their customers satisfied. But mom, granny and pop-pop just forked out over $40 each for this breakfast, and they didn’t seem to be experiencing the joy we almost demand from a meal so pricey and full of expectations.

What can you do if you’re not sure how your child will handle the characters, but you really believe now is the time to start character dining?

We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fansreal moms who’ve been there on more than one occasion, to provide some suggestions. Their ideas can help you make the most of your vacation time and money.

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1. Kids Lead

MandyMy child LOVED the character breakfasts at nine months and 21 months. He did not like them at 26 months; he did not like them at all.” 

Let your child take the lead in terms of how close he/she allows the characters to get. You need to be accepting if he or she wants to watch the character from afar.

Don’t freak out if there are no photos of your little one hugging Mickey. Is this about the enjoyment of the meal or a photo opportunity?

2. Wave From a Distance

Point out the characters from a distance, and if your child doesn’t want the character to hug them, explain that to the character or Cast Member close by.

You can practice before you travel as well. Heather, “‘Practice’ by meeting mascots at local venues before you book your meal – parades, grand openings, some restaurants, or local amusement parts might let you gauge you child’s reaction to costumed characters before you risk the time and money at Disney.”

Every child is different, thus certain characters can get different responses. Don’t assume because your child loved Goofy that they will be totally fine with Donald. Being straightforward with the characters is the best option. Disney Cast Members are highly trained and have handled plenty of screaming children before. Well, hopefully not plenty!

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3. Seating

Krystal, “Sit your child where they can see the character coming. My child was more receptive to meeting them when he could see them, rather than having them come up behind him.”

Karen, “Have the child sit on the outside close to where the character can get to them more easily.

If you know your child is hesitant about characters, seat them away from the aisle, or toward the back, and ask the character to just wave at first. This will provide a few extra moments to decide if he/she is ready for a big ol’ character hug.

4. Timing

Sara, “Get a character Fastpass+ at the parks if you want to see how your child will react before the dining experience.”

Or if possible, schedule the breakfast later in the week. That way you can take the kids to meet characters in the parks to see how they react. You can cancel your character meal reservation, as long as it’s 24 hours out, if the pre-meeting is not going too good. And it may not go well, so be flexible with your plans. Mandy‘s suggestion for character meals was, “Don’t do it! For the love of God, don’t do it!”  So clearly it doesn’t always go well, but you can prepare. 

Make sure you schedule your meal at a time of day when your child is most rested and happy, whether it’s breakfast or an early dinner after a good nap. A one p.m. lunch may not be your best option.

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5. Lower Your Expectations

Tina, “If you take your kids to a character meal, remember it’s about them, and some kids just get upset when the huge characters come near. A few tears never ruined a vacation, and adults freaking out and getting angry at scared kids just makes it so mush worse.”

Relax, and try to set your expectations a little lower than Greatest Meal of Our Entire Lives. This way if something does go wrong, you can handle it so there are not two people freaking out at the same table. Save the freak out for when the bill arrives!

6. Extra Tips

Sara, “Take your children when they are under age three so they can eat from your plate for free. We did that twice before my sons turned 3. They were three the last time we were there, and we skipped out on the character breakfast.”

Colleen, “Have them bring their autograph book. When my son was four, he was so excited to get their autograph, he didn’t think to be scared!”

Mandy, “Definitely bring an autograph book. My son was terrified, but he loved having them sign in his book. And have your camera out and ready.”

Holly, “Talk with them about the characters so they can ask fun questions. My then-4 year old loved asking Stitch about his missing “extra” arms and Pooh about being a little black rain cloud.”

Mandy, “Eat your fill, or use a Disney Dining Plan. Those meals are expensive!”

Jenny, “We bought a Mr. Potato at Downtown Disney. He became our dinner companion and distraction.”

And if you want to live on the edge, throwing caution to the wind, Lola suggests, “Don’t let them know you are going to a character meal…awesome expression on their face when the characters come out!!!”

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you, and maybe your kids, hugging Chef Goofy!

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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.

Can a Disney Princess Afford to Stay at a Disney Resort? Check Out These Prices!!

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If you ever wanted to stay at a Disney Resort, but you settled for something way less expensive off-property, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

Choosing the right accommodations for your vacation can be simply overwhelming. Visitorlando.com provides the following numerical information:

  • The greater Orlando area contains approximately 450 hotels and 115,200 hotel guest rooms.
  • There are more than 26,000 vacation home rentals available.
  • There are more than 20,000 vacation ownership units.

That’s a bunch of places! Have you looked into prices for the different levels of Disney rooms lately? Disney Resorts are classified in three categories, from the least expensive Value Resorts, Moderate Level Resorts resting in the middle, to the Deluxe Disney Resorts and Villas ready to test the limit on your Disney Visa.

Take a peak at these 2013 per night room prices, straight off the Disney World website, with no discounts, taxes, or fees added. Some of you might need to take a seat, and hold on to your Disney Princess Tiara…

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Under $200 a Night

All Star Sports, Movies, & Music Resorts –  $96.05

Pop Century Resort – $106.88

Art of Animation Resort $112.50

Caribbean Beach Resort – $182.25

Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter -$182.25

Coronado Springs Resort  – $187.88

Ready to take a step up into the price level that your average coupon-clipping, cheapskating family will not be able to swing without a significant discount? These prices made my wallet cry out in vicarious-vacationing pain.

Under $400 a Night

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – $313.88

Wilderness Lodge – $319.50

Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – $325.13

Contemporary Resort – $371.25

Beach Club  and Yacht Club Resort – $393.75

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Under $500 a Night

Beach Club Villas -$405.00

Boardwalk Inn, Boardwalk Villas – $405.00

Animal Kingdom Villas, Kidani Village – $414.00

Animal Kingdom Villas, Jamba House – $414.00

Villas at Wilderness Lodge – $414.00

Polynesian Resort – $474.75

Under $600 a Night

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – $508.50

Old Key West Resort – $508.50

Grand Floridian Resort And Spa – $540.00

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Under $900 a Night

Bay Lake Tower Resort – $816.75

Now Disney will run specials throughout the year for stays at their resorts. Typical savings are 15% to 20% at Value Resorts, 25% at Moderate Resorts, 20% to 30% at Deluxe Resorts, and 20% to 30% at Deluxe Villa Resorts, which does not include the 3-bedroom Villas.

These discounts will not apply to club level rooms, campsites, or to The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at the Art of Animation Resort. No group rates or other discounts will apply if you receive one of these discounts, and you will be required to make reservations ahead of time.

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What is the Special Now?

If you book by March 31, 2013, you can receive the discount for travel most nights April 2nd through June 14, 2013

Simply call Disney World at (407) 939-1283 and speak with a vacation expert, use this link to the Disney World Website, or call your travel agent to help plan the perfect trip for your family. 

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Quick Money Saving Tip!

It’s important to note that the Disney World website will automatically charge you regular = full price unless you go through their special offers page (use this link for their special offers.) If you make your reservations at full price and special offers are announced, you can have Disney or your travel agent apply the special offer to your vacation. Be sure you tell them to apply the discount, because this will not happen automatically.

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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.

Fun Facts about Disney World Christmas Decorations

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Updated for 2017!

The cost of spending Christmas Holidays at Walt Disney World are, if not THE highest, among the highest rates you will pay to stay in Orlando all year-long. Even the off-property hotels charge more this time of year. School will be out, which means so many people will haul the family off to Disney that entire theme parks will close their gates as they reach capacity. So you pay more money for accommodations, stand in longer lines with tons of people, and stress yourself out during your time off from work just to get your Disney fix. Only a true Disney fan would understand this mentality.

Because Christmas at Walt Disney World is like no other place on earth.

Like fun Disney trivia and holiday pictures? We’ve got you covered. Here are some fun holiday facts about the Disney decorations supplied by 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.

Christmas Trees

When you glance at your 6 foot tree, remember that 45 to 70 foot trees are used all over the Disney World property, the tallest of which is the 70-foot tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

A total of 1,500 Christmas trees decorate the WDW property, including theme parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney.

8.5 million lights are strung, with 98 percent of the lighting used being LED lights.

Five to six years is the life span of a Christmas tree at WDW.

6.5 hours are needed to set up one 65 foot christmas tree.

 Read: What Does a Disney Princess Want for Christmas? How about a Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet

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Decorations

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are draped over the Christmas trees across property.

Nine hours of holiday installation is needed to do all the holiday decoration for  the interior and exterior of Main Street, and it will appear and disappear suddenly like Disney magic…

600 decorations made of popcorn are created by hand, decorated, and painted by Disney artists to be used on the different Christmas trees.

15 miles of garland and 3,000 wreaths are hung throughout the WDW property.

Read: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Photos of WDW during the Christmas Holidays

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Storage

54,000 square feet of warehouse space is used for the holiday services facility, with one room in this warehouse set aside for storing all the ribbon.

25 full-time Cast Members work in the holiday services warehouse facility year round, and the number quadruples when they go to install the decorations. (Let me just say that THIS is the job I want to apply for – Disney holiday decorator!)

40 trailers are loaded when the holiday decoration are being installed, and these trailers will be returned more than 150 times before the decoration process is completed  for 24 resorts, four theme parks, Disney Springs and other locations.

Ten days are needed to remove all the holiday decorations at the end of the season.

Read – Disney World at Christmas: Would a Cheapskate Spend Up to $30 for a Christmas Ornament?

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Floral Decorations

200 holiday topiaries are used to decorate the Walt Disney World resort.

100,000 poinsettias are used to decorate all of WDW landscape. 8-foot towers of poinsettias, which resemble big red Christmas trees, have been a traditional favorite of guests for years.  It takes 170 poinsettias to create each big red Christmas tree, and it takes two Cast Members an entire day to assemble each of these poinsettia Christmas trees.

Speaking of poinsettias, 30 to 40 are used to make just one of the poinsettias balls you will see hanging all around WDW.

Read: Ready for Christmas at Disney? You May Need Some Advice…

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Thanks to Disney by the Numb3rs for their entertaining Disney facts. Stop by their site for some fun Disney trivia, and tell ’em a Cheapskate Princess sent ya!

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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.

Mickey Mouse: Today’s Modern Symbol of Financial Success

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Most people familiar with the success of Walt Disney will recognize one of his most famous quotes, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started with a mouse.” Let’s take a Cheapskate Princess look at the history of Mickey and see how he has become a symbol of financial independence and success over 100 years after Walt Disney was born.

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Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character developed in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studio.  Mickey usually appears in red shorts, white gloves, and yellow shoes. He has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters ever created.

Mickey debuted in November 1928 in the cartoon Steamboat Willie after he appeared in a test screening earlier that year. He went on to appear in over 130 films including some of the most well-known titles like The Band Concert, Brave Little Tailor, and Fantasia. Nine Mickey Mouse cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, with the film Lend A Paw winning the award in 1942. Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

Beginning in 1930, Mickey was featured as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, which ran for 45 years, was drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson. Mickey appeared in comic books, and he had a television series from 1955 to 1996 called The Mickey Mouse Club. He now appears in video games, tons of merchandising, and you can meet him “in person” at the Disney theme parks.

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Walt Disney said of his most popular character, “Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. He popped out of my mind onto  a drawing twenty years ago on a train ride to Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels.”

So in 1930, Mickey turned out to be a symbol of independence for Walt Disney, his family, and the people who worked both with and for him. And today, visiting “the House of Mouse,” “the House that Mickey Built,” in sunny Orlando is easily now a sign of independence and financial success for thousands of people world-wide every year.

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Think about the people who can afford Disney vacations. While many have saved for months, some saving for years, to make it to Disney, just taking a vacation in Orlando is a symbol of financial independence. You have made it to the place many people only dream of visiting, and that’s a real accomplishment given the cost.  Taking a Disney vacation is a sign that you are financially successful, even if you have to pay off part of that vacation on your Disney Visa when you return from vacation. You went to Disney; you’ve made it. You are successful.

For many American families, a trip to Walt Disney World has become known as “a childhood rite of passage.” That rite of passage comes with a pretty steep price, and it seems to get more expensive every year. The face of that passage? Mickey Mouse, of course. You’ll probably see his face when you look at your Disney Visa card.

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What’s the problem with “making it” to Orlando? Well, you’ll want to go back…

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1st Trip to Disney? Why Hand Sanitizers are a Must Bring

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Updated for 2017!

If you ever washed your hands 10 times a day to ensure you didn’t get sick on vacation, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Time is definitely money at Walt Disney World. Going on vacation in Orlando is going to cost you lots of pretty pennies, and if any family members wind up sick in bed, then there are certainly better things to do with your time, and conversely, your money. [Read more…]

First Trip to Disney: 10 Reasons to Stay on Property

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Updated for 2017!

If you have ever stayed at a hotel off of the Disney property to save some money, you just might be a Disney Princess! Our family has stayed both on and off Disney property, and the reason is pretty simple for staying off site. While there are some really excellent non-Disney resorts and hotels in Orlando, in most cases, staying off-site costs significantly less money. You can make a good argument for staying off site, but there are drawbacks.

Many of the reasons to stay on property are simply because Disney makes it so attractive to stay in their hotels. I’m going to refer to this effect as the Disney Splurge. You get what you pay for in life, and sometimes you just have to splurge on vacation to truly get the most from your hard-earned money.

Here is why staying on Disney property can be hard to turn down, even if it costs extra. [Read more…]