Would a Cheapskate Princess Spend $30 for Disney T-Shirt?

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Updated for 2017!

If you ever stared at a Disney World t-shirt you were just itching to buy, and then hesitantly decided to wait until your next vacation to actually make the purchase, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Disney vacations are quite pricey, so you’re probably pretty frugal when it comes to buying souvenirs. Some years, I am just glad to be able to travel to Orlando, without even thinking about what souvenirs I’ll bring home.

With a gift shop at the end of every ride, sparkly and alluring merchandise items featured prominently at every resort, that fabulous Disney merchandise is going to tempt you at every turn. You can’t escape it, so you might as well embrace the time you’ll spend shopping. While the Disney t-shirt is not the least expensive souvenir to take home, there are excellent reasons to purchase a Disney parks exclusive t-shirt.

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1. The Cost is not too bad. 

As far as purchasing t-shirts at WDW, you can get a 12-18 month shirt for about $16.00

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A child’s t-shirt starts around$24.99. This is the price range where the adult t-shirts start as well, though I have seen some for $27.99.”Parks Authentic” are what raise the price, because at the DisneyStore.com, shirts not marked parks authentic retail for $16.95, and sometimes you can find a $14.95 shirt on sale for at two for $20.

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Men and women’s Parks Authentic t-shirts retail for $29.95, and I have seen some women’s specialty t’s start at $36.99.

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A t-shirt for around 25 bucks isn’t going to break the bank, depending on how many you are purchasing. T-shirts happen to be half the cost of a Disney sweatshirt, which lists for $49.99 before taxes. A Star Wars Parks Authentic hoodie retails for $59.95.

Two t-shirts for the cost of one sweatshirt; dare I laughingly compare that to a Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal?

Remember that prices change frequently, and sometimes you can find shirts on sale, but these prices listed are probably solid starting points to get you prepared for the sticker shock.

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2. Durability

I hear a lot of vacationers complain about the price of souvenirs, but it’s rare that people complain about the merchandise quality itself. You generally get what you pay for, and that $25 t-shirt will hold up for a good long time, provided you don’t wear it into the chlorinated pool at Typhoon Lagoon. A Disney t-shirt is a good quality item that should last for years.

3. A factor I call “adorability”

I admit, this Princess dreamed up that word just to describe the WDW t-shirts. There are some of the greatest Disney images, quotes, artwork, and character designs featured all over WDW t-shirts. And we know how the Disney Princesses are; your Disney friends will no-doubt be envious of you in your monorail t-shirt. The ladies at the beauty salon will marvel at your Minnie Mouse tee. And when they spot you at the outlet mall in your monorail t-shirt, shopping for bargains, they’ll all be searching for the nearest Disney Store, hoping to pick one up for themselves.

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So there you have it, a great Disney souvenir for under $30 for adults and under $20 for small children. What a cool way to show your love for Disney, by wearing it to work, school, or over to hang out with your Disney-trip envious friends.

And you can always wear your shirt back to Disney on your next vacation… 

Thanks for stopping by, because if you’ve ever spent time searching thrift shops or eBay for discounted Disney t-shirts, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

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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.

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Lower Your Stress on a Disney Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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A Disney vacation, that will cost you a fortune and make amazing memories that last a lifetime, can be extremely stressful. Kids walk slow. Adults get irritable. Surely that’s not rain? Favorite rides break down. Plans have to be altered. Meals have to be delayed. Children get over stimulated, throw screaming tantrums in crowded gift shops while strangers stare at you. Lovers fight, parents fuss, and teens complain.

You have huge expectations regarding how your expensive and long-planned vacation should play out, and when things go wrong, people start to stress out. Just worrying about how much money you are spending is enough to turn up your stress level to high.

I ran across this photo on Pinterest (follow us using this Pinterest link ) that simply shared 10 ways to Stress Less, and I’ll expand upon those ideas a bit with a focus on vacation application, because these ideas can add greatly to your life, but more specifically, your next Disney vacation. [Read more…]

Can a Disney Princess Afford a Vacation at Disney World’s Bay Lake Tower Resort?

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My earliest  memory of a Disney hotel is riding through the Contemporary Resort in 1975. My family never stayed there for even one night, as my Dad made no secret that it was WAY out of our price range. I rode through the building by day, then rode home late at night in a 1973 Ford LTD to sleep on my parent’s friend’s couch 28 miles from the Disney property. We snuck our lunch into the park during the 1970s as well, which I absolutely hated. I vowed to stay at the Contemporary when I grew up. Now I look back, and I’m just grateful I was even in Orlando on vacation.

Here I am as an adult,  riding pretty much the same monorail through pretty much the same Contemporary Resort, but hark…what new building is that out yonder monorail window? THAT is Disney’s Bay Lake Tower. If you’ve seen it, you instantly wonder, how much it costs to vacation there? Ok, Disney Princesses, you might want to sit down…

With amazing views of Bay Lake, there is no closer walk to the Magic Kingdom from any Disney resort. The 16-story, 428-room Bay Lake Tower Resort, one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts, was built to resemble the modern-styled Contemporary, with the two buildings linked by covered walkway. They also share multiple amenities, so you reap many of the fabulous benefits of the Contemporary just by staying next door.

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Room perks of Bay Lake Tower

  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired high-speed Internet is available in all rooms
  • Flat – panel television
  • DVD
  • 24-hour room service is available
  • Your own patio

Resort perks available at Bay Lake Tower

  • arcade/game room
  • on site marina
  • massage/spa treatment rooms
  • 3 outdoor pools and a water slide
  • 4 spa/hot tubs
  • 2 restaurants within walking distance
  • coffee shop/cafe within walking distance
  • poolside bar
  • fitness facility and tennis
  • wedding services
  • room service
  • beach/pool umbrellas

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Let’s get to the price with no room discount and before taxes are applied. For Value Season, which includes dates in January, February, August and September, 2013 prices are as follows per night on a week day:

Studio – Standard View – $431

One Bedroom – Standard View – $535

Two Bedroom View – $726

Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $1838

For Summer Season, which includes dates in June and July, 2013 prices are as follows per night on a week day:

Studio – Standard View – $482

One Bedroom – Standard View – $584

Two Bedroom View – $924

Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $2040

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And check out Holiday Season, for all of you who really want to experience the Christmas holidays at Walt Disney World. 2013 prices for December 20th to December 31st are as follows:

Studio – Standard View – $609

One Bedroom – Standard View – $776

Two Bedroom View – $1299

Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $2441

Notice those are not weekend prices; weekend princes are, of course, even higher.

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Have you caught your breath yet?

I did my price research at expedia.com  and Disneyworld.com. What I’ve shown you are show room prices – exactly what you would pay, pre-tax mind you, if you booked a room with no discounts. Remember that prices change frequently, so don’t make any reservations without checking the prices out for yourself.

There are other options for staying at Bay Lake Tower. You can travel during times of year when Disney offers discounts on rooms. I have noticed these occur most often in the fall and pre-spring, when your children are in school.

The Disney Vacation Club offers a chance to pre-pay for your room through a financial arrangement similar to a time share. That topic is for a different day, but it’s certainly not cheap, although I am a fan.

So can a Disney Princess afford to stay at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower without a discount? If you can’t pick up a room discount, you just might have to sell off some of the royal jewels!

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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.

Acting Like a Disney Princesses: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2. Be graceful.

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

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

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

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3. Be proud.

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

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

4. Be sweet and kind.

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

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

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

Read: The Top 10 Best Disney Vacation Planning Web Sites

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5. Be stubborn, to a point.

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

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

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

Read: A Cheapskate Princess Guide to Less Stress on Vacation

 

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6. Be positive.

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

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

7. Be independent and brave.

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

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

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

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

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8 Be Smart.

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

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

Knowledge is power.

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

9. Have fun!

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

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

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

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

10. Have the capacity to love!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cinderella walked on broken glass.

Aurora let a whole lifetime pass.

Belle fell in love with a hideous beast.

Jasmine married a common thief.

Ariel walked on land for love and life.

Snow White barely escaped the knife.

Rapunzel had to find a new dream.

Tiana kissed her prince and turned green.

Mulan left to be a man.

Pocahontas stayed to save her land.

It’s all about the smiles and tears, 

because love means facing your biggest fears.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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1st Trip to Disney World: Is Summer the Best Time to Travel?

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If you ever stood in a Disney World line, all sweaty and hot, primarily because summer room rates were cheaper than peak holiday times, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Everybody and their Disney loving’ cousin has an opinion about when the best time is to visit Walt Disney World. What is best for your family may not be the best for another.

You may not mind standing in 120 minute plus lines, just as long as you are surrounded by the holiday magic of Disney at Christmas, but your friends may tell you that you are absolutely crazy to travel during holidays. Summer seems to be a reasonable time to take a vacation, but the question must be asked…

If you are planning a first trip to Disney, or even a 10th trip for that matter, should you take the family to Disney during the summer months? [Read more…]

Walt Disney World in the Fall: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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When school starts back each fall, temperatures slowly dip back below 90 degrees in the deep south. Add in football games plus  marching bands, and even if not many tree colors are changing, you have yourself the season known as fall. Is now the time for you to load up the family and head to Orlando for a vacation? We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they thought about visiting Disney World in the fall.

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Disney World Food Tip #4: Water Bottles!

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If you ever re-filled a water bottle to avoid buying another drink, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! The average person needs to drink eight glasses of water on a day of light to moderate activity. When you add in walking miles and standing in often un-shaded lines at Disney World theme parks, there are times when you will definitely need to drink even more water to avoid dehydration.

If you are buying all that H2O on your trip, you are going to $pend a $mall fortune on an already expensive vacation. The solution?

Disney World Food Tip #4: Bring Your Own Bottle With You!

Many new visitors to Disney World associate bag checks with the inability to bring food into the theme parks. Well, thank goodness for us, long gone is the time when you were not allowed to bring food and drinks with you into the parks. So plan ahead and bring in your own water.

We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans if they re-used water bottles or added anything to their water. Their answers could help you plan your next vacation.

Read: 5 Easy Tips to Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World

 

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8 Tips for  Water Bottles at WDW

1. Freeze It

It’s hot most of the year in Orlando. Melanie talked about the heat, “We bring our water bottles from home, and I have flavor packets that we add to it. However, it was so hot last time we went, I was just happy to have plain old cold water to drink.” Many people freeze their water bottles the night before, which allows you to drink cold water as the ice unfreezes. You can even hold the cold bottle on your neck or wrists to cool your body down.

Max offered this great tip,” Pour out about a half-ounce of water from each bottle before freezing.  Water expands when it freezes, and this way, the bottom of the bottles won’t bulge out. And just remember you’ll have to go through bag check, so don’t bring any glass bottles in (that means no Snapple!)”

Mary says they always bring water bottles with them.We fill them up at night and pop them in the freezer. By mid morning in the park, they have started to thaw, and we continually add cold (free from any quick service!) ice water to them. I don’t mind the taste of Florida water, but we always have one or two squeezable drink mixes in our bag to add to the bottles if the kids want them. It saves us a ton of money on drinks and water keeps us hydrated in the heat. Sodas aren’t good for hydration Plus, I’d rather save my money for a Dole Whip Float!”

Read – Disney World Food Tip #1: Why You Should Share Dessert

Bring Dasani water drops to Disney World

2. Recycle It

You can re-use your bottles. Don’t throw the bottles away, but simply refill the bottles throughout the day. We have some suggestions on where to get that water on #3 and #4.

Sarah had a different plan for adults and kids, We reused water bottles for the kids and definitely brought flavoring for the water. The kids enjoyed it because they get plain tap water at home. For the adults, we purchased water bottles with replaceable filters in them, since we preferred to avoid the flavorings. We bought water bottle straps prior to our Disney trip and carried our bottles through all the parks with no issues at all. Would definitely go that route again – it worked great for us!”

Shannon has a helpful suggestion. “If you are carrying your water bottle in your park bag and don’t want everything in your bag to get wet from the condensation, slip the water bottle in a sock.  That way the sock will absorb all the condensation from the water bottle.”  

3. Fill It Up With This

Counter service restaurants and snack spots will often give you FREE ice water, or at least ice, in a cup if you ask. You do not have to make a purchase to ask for a cup of water, and then use this water to refill your bottle.

Misty uses this technique, We just ask for free glasses of ice water at the quick service restaurants.”

Read: Cheaper Breakfast Than Chef Mickey’s? This is One of Our Favorites!

order water for free at Disney World

4. Order Water for It

Speaking of saving money, when you are ordering counter service meals, don’t order soft drinks. Order water instead. It’s free as long as you don’t order the bottle, and you can now use it to fill up your water bottles. Think of the money you’ll save, even if the kids don’t thank you.

Jen plan to use this approach, “I brought my camelbak that has a filter in it. Its kind of annoying to carry though and it gets warm very quickly, so next time I’ll probably just ask for a cup of water at the restaurants. Though one place in Animal Kingdom I believe had the machine out in the open, so I just filled my water bottle with water there.”

Andrea advises, We brought flavors like Crystal Light or Hawaiian Punch in our back pack and added the flavor to free cups of water from the quick service restaurants.”

Galonii, We bring one of those refillable water bottles with a wider top. Because frankly the water at Disney World taste bad! So instead of asking for ice water, we ask for ice. I also bring one water bottle, and throughout the day I’ll keep adding to my ‘ice’ and it melts pretty fast. This way I always have water to drink that doesn’t taste bad!”

Read: What Are the Top Three Character Meals at Walt Disney World?

reuse water bottles at Disney

5. Fountain Fill It

There are water fountains everywhere around the Disney property.

Beth Ann looks for fountains,We take reusable water bottles with us and add Koolaid or Crystal Light mixes to it! We also have a backpack cooler that we carry them in so they kind of stay cool. We just refill at the nearest drinking fountain. It definitely saves money by not having to buy waters or drinks throughout the day.”

Lody, “We have reusable water bottles with a filter in them that we like to bring with us. We can fill them up at any sink or water fountain and the water tastes great. You can buy them for less than $10 on Amazon, and each filter lasts a really long time.

6. Add Flavor to It

While there are water fountains everywhere around the Disney property, not everyone wants to drink it. Many vacationers add flavoring to their water to give it a little extra zing.

Lisa, “I’m not a fan of Florida water, and to buy bottled water in the park is very expensive. So I bring different flavors of the liquid drink mixes. Easy to pack and carry!

Michelle says to add, “Koolaid Singles!”

Heather says, “Bring along the Koolaid flavor shots for the kids and crystal light (with caffeine, of course!) for the parents! Our Disney Vacation Planner was kind enough to send a case of water to our room, but the flavors to add certainly helped keep everyone hydrated and kept us from buying other expensive drinks when we got tired of water!”

Briget seems to be using most of our suggestions,  I bring reusable water bottles that we fill up at the hotel and freeze, and then we bring them in to the park. Buying water for six is way to expensive. We all order glasses of water and go back for another before we leave restaurants, and then we refill our bottles and use fountains. The kids use flavor packets when needed, and I add a lemon tea bag to the bottom of mine. The water at both Disneyland and Disney World tastes yucky!

Cindy is a Britta Water fan,I bring the Brita Water bottles from home. Fill them in the room and then put that water in an empty water bottle that I purchased during the day. Always put Crystal Light in the ‘Disney’ water to help with the taste. Even filtered in my Brita Water bottle it still tastes bad to me.”

Amandawhich happens to be me, says, I like to bring Gatorade with me in powder form or a really strong concentrate. I drink this during dinner with my FREE water cup, and then I add what’s left into my water bottle.”

Read – Disney World Food Tip #8: Avoid Eating Too Much Sugar

saving money on water at Disney World

7. Don’t Get It as a Snack Credit

(unless it’s Free Dining)

If you bring your own water with you, you won’t have to waste those Disney Dining Plan snack credits on water. A much better idea is using those credits to buy cupcakes or brownies. Of course that suggestion is for those of you that purchase the meal plan credits, but I’d still prefer a Disney brownie on vacation over a bottle of water any day.

Laura does use snack credits for water, and she offers this suggestion, I reuse water bottles, and I bring crystal light flavor packs. Another tip I have is when using the dining plan eating Quick Service at my resort, I get a bottle of water or soda but use my resort mug for my drink with my meal. That way I can save the bottle drink for in the park.”

It all goes back to the idea of saving money. If a bottle of water at Disney costs $2.50 and up, you can save around $1 to $2 per bottle, depending on what state you bought your water, and that savings will add up fast.

With the money you save on water, you can spend more $$$ on cool Disney souvenirs, like a purse or a new set of Mickey Mouse ears.

Read: To Save Money on Disney World Food, Eat Breakfast Here!

Disney Princess pirate hat

8. Brita Bottles are a Fan Fav. 

Several fans have suggested the Brita bottles with filters as an alternative to traditional plastic bottles.

TonjaOr first trip is in September, and we bought Brita water bottles with the filter. I’ve been drinking so much more water already!”

Katie, We plan on using the Brita bottle with a built-in filter this time. Save time and a snack credit! Green for the environment and your wallet!”

Christy, “Instead of refilling water bottles, invest in a ‘Bobble’ or a Brita filtered water bottle. You can refill them for the entirety of the vacation, and the filter takes out any odd tastes and/or bacteria if you are refilling from a water fountain. They come in various sizes you can pick up at Target or Walmart. At the end of the day, you can wash out the bottle, air dry it, and reuse it the next day. Not only are you saving money in the long-term, but you are keeping more plastic water bottles from taking up space in landfills. So it’s earth friendly too.”

Read: FREE Disney World Snack and Drink Samples: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

One more Quick tip…

Shannon, “If you are carrying your water bottle in your park bag and don’t want everything in your bag to get wet from the condensation, slip the water bottle in a sock. That way the sock will absorb all the condensation from the water bottle.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you slipping those water bottles back into your backpack!

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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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