Gearing Up for Tent Camping at Disney World

In my ever expanding search to find ways to save money at Disney World, I looked into camping in a tent. [Read more…]

These Hysterical Disney Vacation Souvenirs Have Nothing to do with Disney Characters, but You’ll LOVE Them!

Souvenirs make up a big part of a Disney World vacation, and they don’t come cheap. You get a quality product, but that comes with a price. And what you purchase usually appears decorated with Mickey Mouses or some sort of Disney-themed characters.

Several souvenir locations on Disney World property carry what I think are some of THE funniest souvenirs found anywhere, and not just at Disney. Say hello to soaps by the Goat Mountain Soap Company. The company name alone is comical. The names of the soaps are even funnier. [Read more…]

Disney World Extravagance: Frozen in a Bottle Perfume

Back in February of 2017, Disney started selling a product in Epcot’s Norway pavilion called “Frozen in a Bottle.” This perfume was inspired by the animated film and was created by Norway native Geir Ness. Mr. Ness is WDW-famous for selling another Norway-inspired perfume called Laila eau de parfum, which was named for his mother. He said of Frozen,“It’s a scent for people who love the movie, first of all, the nature of the movie. The scent is to capture the nature of the movie and not just the princesses.”

Is this a perfume purchase you’ll need to make while on vacation?

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Who Wants a FREE Disney Gift Card?!

Updated for 2018!

Dreaming of taking an Orlando vacation? Now’s the time to start planning!

Trips to Walt Disney World can be expensive, so lots of people are looking to cut corners and costs just to make travel dreams a reality.

Do you like free money? Hey, we do too! That’s why we’ve teamed up with Mike Ellis from Pixie Vacations for our new VIP Treatment. Not only are Mike’s travel planning services 100% FREE to you, he’ll include a bonus that a Cheapskate Princess just can’t refuse! [Read more…]

Saving Money with a Disney Visa Card: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Taking a Disney vacation is not like visiting your local Wal-mart. Events, meals and merchandise do not just suddenly appear on sale, figures magically rolled back and accompanied by big yellow smiley face balloons. Knowing how expensive trips are these days, how can you save money and still enjoy the maximum amount of fun on a Disney vacation? [Read more…]

Taking Kids to Epcot: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Have your kids ever asked you what EPCOT stands for? Quick history lesson: EPCOT is an acronym for Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, a utopian community of the future planned by Walt Disney. Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World has eight pavilions and World Showcase is themed with 11 world nations.The park opened in 1982, and Epcot is ranked the third-most-visited theme park in North America and the sixth-most-visited theme park in the world. Not only is it a busy place, but it’s massive in terms of the space it occupies.

Set on 300 acres, this park is more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom. Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, primarily technological innovation and international culture. Those of us old enough to remember World’s Fairs sometimes think of this Disney park like a permanent World’s Fair. You’ll see a variety of attractions and entertainment spanning the web and the globe.

Ready to take the kids for a visit? We’ve got some tips to make your trip easier on everyone.

Disney World Tips for Kids: Free or Inexpensive Activities at Disney Springs

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Disney World Tips for Kids: Free or Cheap Activities at Disney Springs

free or cheap activities at Disney Springs

Updated for 2018!

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex that is free – the word free probably caught your attention, eh? Now kids probably don’t care much for shopping, and they would probably rather be entertained by rollercoasters than dining in a sit down restaurant, but there are TONS of things to charm the kids into begging for a trip back, most of which you can do for free. 

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Walt Disney World Tips: Resort Goodies for Kids

Disney Resort goodies for kids

Updated for 2018!

There are several reasons to stay off-property at Disney World, one of the most important of which can be a lower cost, but if you are traveling with children, paying more money to be closer to the action and surrounded by all the “Disney Magic” of the resorts may be more desirable than saving money. Many people prefer to stay on property just to take advantage of all that Disney World has to offer.  

There are lots of goodies for the kids if you stay in the on-property resorts. [Read more…]

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…]

For a Limited Time, Purchase Disney-Themed Items at the Coach Factory Outlet Store

I live in an Alabama city with a Coach Factory Outlet Store. Imagine my shock and delight when I walked in on a window shopping expedition one day to find Disney-themed items on Coach merchandise. I wouldn’t afford most of it, but that’s besides the point. Ready to do some window shopping of your own? [Read more…]

Disney World Character Dining Options: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Updated for 2017!

Behind determining where you’ll stay, when you’ll travel, and how many days worth of tickets you need, where you eat has become a huge vacation decision. Through the years, Disney Character meals have become a huge part of many trips, meals that are way more expensive than counter service food items or breakfast in your hotel room.

However by paying more money for the meal with characters, you save valuable roller coaster riding time by eating with the characters rather than waiting in meet and greet lines later on. It’s like money vs. time.

Which do you choose?  [Read more…]

The BEST Disney World Snacks to Share!

Enjoying snacks is a very integral part of a Disney World vacation, but they are expensive and sweet. Like really sweet, as in sometimes too sweet to eat all by yourself without getting a stomach-ache.

This fits right into the cheapskate style of planning a vacation. Get ready for the BEST snacks you chould share with a friend to cut down on sugar and your costs. [Read more…]