70% Off Disney Parks Authentic Merchandise? Cheapskate Bargains Galore!

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If you ever waited a month to buy something until it went on sale, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess.  I sure love buying Disney souvenirs, even if I can’t afford most of them. What I hate is paying full retail prices, and nothing ever seems to be on sale at Walt Disney World. There is a fabulous store in Orlando where you don’t have to wait, because almost everything is on sale. With two locations, this is where can you find official Disney merchandise, Theme Park Authentic I might add, and tremendous Disney deals for up to 70% off.
 
You have got to make a run by this store, because the prices will stop you in your tracks…

Let’s go shop smarter for souvenirs in Orlando.

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Walt Disney World Souvenir Tips: The Original Classic Souvenir

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The one thing everyone is wearing these days at Walt Disney World? Mickey Mouse ears, in some form or fashion. If a trip to Walt Disney World is referred to as “a rite of passage for American children” in today’s society, then the Mickey Mouse Ears hat is definitely the badge of honor. Look all over any park, and it almost seems like the hat-less are in the minority. Ear hats are this year’s must have vacation item, and probably every other year as well, and it’s certain to be on your princess’  list. [Read more…]

Life Lessons with a Disney Spin: Learning Financial Responsibility in a WDW Gift Shop

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Taking the family off on vacation to Disney World can be more difficult than just securing the financing. You haul everybody off to Orlando for fun, maybe a little relaxation, and some family bonding. But people don’t always cooperate with the best made plans, even if you made them months out from your travel date.  Have you ever watched kids at Disney?

Let’s lump them into four categories: excited, tired, tantruming, and sound asleep.  [Read more…]

Disney World Vacation Souvenirs: Sterling Silver Charms

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Lots of people have started Disney collections after taking a vacation to Orlando. I have several actually, ranging from resin picture frames to key chains, but my favorite collection of all time is my sterling silver Disney charm bracelets. If you have a Disney fan in your family, (wife, daughter, girlfriend, mother, etc.) then charms are the item I would suggest you buy your Disney Princess to start or add to a collection. [Read more…]

Christmas at Disney World: Would You Spend up to $30 for a Christmas Ornament?

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Souvenirs seems to take on an extra special sparkle during the Christmas holidays at Disney World. T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, and rows upon rows of Christmas decorations. We put our Christmas tree up about November 1st every year, so I keep Christmas on the brain. But nothing good comes cheap these days, and with the retail cost of Disney holiday ornaments ranging from $10 to $30, I often wonder if this piece of merchandise is worth the expense.

Would a cheapskate pay up to thirty bucks for a Christmas decoration you will enjoy less than probably 1/12 of the year?

Read: The 5 Worst Times to Vacation at Walt Disney World?

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We went to the Cheapskate Princess fans on Facebook to see what they thought about buying Disney Christmas decorations.

Yes, it’s worth it.

Tonya,In 2005, we took our boys to Disney World for their first trip.  Zach was into Woody and Ryan was all about Buzz.  My parents bought each of them a Toy Story ornament with their names painted on the backs.  My boys are teenagers now, yet those ornaments are their favorite to hang on the tree still.”

Kelly-Ann, “No matter what time of year we go to Disney we always get an ornament. I love hanging them on our Christmas tree and remembering how much fun we had. They are worth the money in my opinion.”

Lauren, “I keep my ornaments year after year, so I look at it as an investment. I still have my honeymoon ornament from almost 10 years ago and many others.”

Read: Understanding Disney Park Closure Phases: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Dana, “They do have wonderful ornaments this year. I love quite a few of them. But my favorites are the storybook ones that are priced around $10 each. And I think that is affordable for just how cute they are!!!!”

Carrie, “Every year we get out our special $25.99 ornament, and we smile and laugh and remember an incredible trip. Worth every cent.”

Sara, “We started a tradition our first year.  We buy one ornament in the Mickey ear shape and get it personalized with the year on it.  That way every year when we put up the Christmas tree, we can remember each year that we went and relive them.  Love it!”

Read: Are You Crazy Enough to Go to World Disney World at Christmas?

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No, it’s a bit pricey.

Ashley“I’ve always wanted to buy an ornament but the price really has kept me from doing so up to this point.  I still plan on getting one, but I’m still waiting to find the special one that I won’t mind dropping that much money on!”

Charlotte“I think ornaments are beautiful, but I can’t see spending that for them. I would want more than one for more impact and just can’t see spending so much for ornaments when there are smarter places to spend that kind of money this time of year. If it was after Christmas and I could find them on clearance for under $10, then maybe I would consider it.”

Looks like I fall under the no votes. As you can see by my photos, I love Disney Christmas decorations. I would readily admit they are quality items, and for what you get, they are probably worth what they charge. Unless you drop it. My non-coffee drinking son dropped his just-purchased coffee mug last summer as we loaded the car to come home from Disney. He then announced purchasing anything glass was definitely not worth the money. I have two metal ornaments, not even featured in my photographs, and both were purchased full price at $12.99 in 2012 prices. Those same ornaments are now $17.99 each.

I haven’t found one for more than that amount that I just had to have, so strangers stare at me while I photograph ornaments I never purchase.

Read: The Disney World Resort with the Most Fabulous Christmas Decorations? The Award Goes To…

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Find a sale.

Maybe what I need to convince me is a sale! All Cheapskate Princesses love a sale.

Kristie, “I love them but wait ’til they’re on clearance after Christmas to expand my collection!

Tom pointed out that you can find sales online, in fact, the Disney Store has sales going on all the time, and shopping on eBay can result in fantastic savings.

Dianna, “We got a few at the Disney store (at the mall, not at Disney) I don’t think they were that much, on sale I think.”

Gretchen, “I got some on clearance online from the Disney Store for super cheap when they had an extra percentage off a while back. They are plain Mickey glass balls. I’m going to personalize them with our names and the year.  Since I got a set of four for about $10 it’s quite a bargain!

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

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Find another store.

Jay is shopping non-Disney Stores. “While I love them – check out Target. They usually have Mickey shaped ornaments much cheaper than the theme parks.”

Check out this suggestion from Jarett, “If you visit any of the character warehouse stores, (I know there are two in south Florida, and at least two in Orlando) you can find them much cheaper. Not as big of a selection but always at least 10-20 to choose from. I just bought two for $5, and another for $10!”

So it looks like purchasing pricey Disney Christmas ornaments for some people are an investment in memories, the commemoration of special holidays and happy times.

And for others, paying full price on the spot is definitely out of the question, with the search for a bargain being front and center, regardless of when and where it was purchased.

Read: Where to Find FREE Disney World Theme Parks Christmas Music

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And if you want to pop over to the Disney Store online to their Ornament Section, just use this link. There are three pages of ornaments, just calling your name, but maybe you better leave your Disney Visa card in the other room, with someone financially responsible.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you checking prices, wondering how soon is TOO SOON to put up a Christmas tree!

In my opinion, it’s never too soon. We’ve had Christmas trees in our dining room for years now, covered in…key chains. You can read about it here:

 What to Do with All Those Disney World Key Chains? Put Them on a Tree!

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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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Disney Springs Must Do: Visit The Art of Disney Store

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If I bought everything that caught my eye at Disney World, how totally broke I would be. I’m a child of the 70s, and we did a lot of looking at souvenirs back then, because none of us kids had a Jay Oh Bee (job!) to pay for anything. My parents had money, but they were too busy sneaking in Magic Kingdom with food, and some other junk about teaching me the lesson you can’t have everything you want (No, and Blah, blah, blah is what I heard at the time) to buy us everything we wanted. 

Some of my favorite adult window shopping at Disney is in jewelry stores like Arribas Brothers and the Art of Disney stores.  Even if I am not taking home any huge Disney themed portraits, this has certainly never stopped me from looking.

So while in Disney Springs, an adult must do is the Art of Disney store. [Read more…]

Can a Cheapskate Princess Afford a Dooney & Bourke Disney Handbag?

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If you ever stood before a $300 purse at Walt Disney World, vowing some day you would buy a “Disney Dooney,” but just not this year, you are probably a Cheapskate Princess. To get to Disney Word, you have worked hard and probably saved money for a very long time. Will you ever find yourself justifying the price of a Dooney & Bourke handbag, because a purchase like this is a total Disney Princess splurge. While they feature some of the greatest prints on Disney merchandise today, a Dooney & Bourke handbag is certainly pricey.

What is so great about a Disney D&B purse, and can you afford one? [Read more…]

The Ultimate Disney World Souvenir? The Mickey Mouse Doll!

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I remember two specific merchandising items from my days spent in the 70s and 80s in the Disney theme parks: the Mickey Mouse ears hat and the Mickey Mouse doll. I wanted both so much, I could hardly stand it. We’ve all stood in Disney World gift shop after gift shop lined with plush Mickey dolls, but have you ever stopped to wonder how these dolls originally came to be?

Read: A Whole Bunch of Tips For a Better Disney Trip!

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. Starting in 1930, kids were able to take a little bit of Mickey love home with them.

A website called skooldays.com reports that Charlotte Clark designed the first stuffed Mickey doll that year, and the first Mickey Mouse Book took him into the publishing world around the same time.

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Wikipedia reports Charlotte Clark obtained permission from the Disney Studio to re-produce Mickey Mouse, and soon the dolls began appearing in Los Angeles stores. When the demand for dolls exceeded her production ability, Clark designed sewing patterns so that customers could make their own dolls at home.

Can you imagine buying a pattern to sew your own Disney dolls today?

Walt and Roy Disney were apparently so pleased with Charlotte’s Mickey Mouse doll that they rented a building on Hyperion Avenue near the studio, which they titled “the Doll House.” Here Charlotte and six other seamstresses produced 300 to 400 dolls per week, with these first production dolls rubber stamp on the underside of the doll’s foot: “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Design Patent Applied For.”

Read: What to Do with All Those Disney World Key Chains? Put Them on a Tree!

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Wikipedia further tells us that Charlotte Clark continued to hand craft dolls personally for Disney, which he have away as gifts to friends, family and business contacts. These dolls often included a personalized embroidered label that reads, “A Charlotte Clark creation made especially for Walt Disney, copyright W.D.Productions.”

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The first dolls created, Mickey, Donald, and Pluto, were eight to ten inches in height. Charlotte also produced other prototype dolls for Walt Disney including a 16 inch Pinoccio doll in 1939. All these dolls showcase Charlotte’s signature sewing craftsmanship, labels, original patterns.

Materials for these early dolls included a cotton fabric face with felt sculptured shapes, a black floss embroidery mouth and facial expressions. Oilcloth pie-cut eyes were applied, as were tiny buttons, pin-stripped miniature corduroy clothes, cotton- felt hands, feet or shoes, silk-satin embellishments and hand-sewn seams.

How much money has Mickey earned for Disney through the years? Billions, so much in fact, that schooldays.com reminds us the term “Disneyana” was coined just to describe the massive amounts of Mickey and Disney merchandise that have been purchased since the 30s.

 Read: Why Mickey Mouse is a Modern Symbol of Financial Success

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What are the 2017 going rates for Mickey Mouse dolls for sale in the mass of fantastic stores at Walt Disney World? Remember prices change without notice, but here are a price samples to base your souvenir budgets on.

9 inch mini Mickey bean bag $9.95

12 inch Mickey $14.95

18 inch Mickey $19.95

27 inch Mickey doll $39.95

Read – Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

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Souvenirs are a big part of vacations these days, and now you know what’s a big favorite, featured in gift shops throughout Disney property.

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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? Why Hand Sanitizers are a Must Bring

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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…]

Disney Vacation Must Do: Shop at Disney Springs’ Basin

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If you ever cut a bar of soap in three pieces to make it last a few weeks longer, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Some of my favorite “free items” to bring home from a Disney vacation are the free H2O soaps from the Disney Resorts. Ok, I paid for them with the cost of my room, but they feel free, and who doesn’t like free?

Just where is a Disney Princess to go when she wants to pay for soap with a Disney theme? While you are shopping in the amazing newly remodeled Disney Springs, make a stop at a store called Basin. They also have a location called Basin White at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. [Read more…]

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

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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.

Read- The Ultimate Walt Disney World FREEbie Guide: 130 Free Vacation Items and Activities

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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.

Read – Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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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.

Read – Differences in the Disney World Resort Levels: A Cheapskate Guide

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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!

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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