Making a Disney World Scrapbook? Get These Disney Google Maps for FREE!

Disney World scrapbook ideas

Updated for 2018!

If you’ve never seen the Google maps version of Walt Disney World, you are in for an unusual visual treat! They make the Disney resort property look like a magical cartoon land. This can be especially useful if you haven’t been on vacation to Orlando in a while and perhaps your memory is rusty.

The best part of the Google maps, other than the coolness factor, is the fact that they are 100% completely free to use. [Read more…]

Cool Disney World Pressed Penny Jewelry!

make pressed penny jewelry instructions

Pressed pennies are some of Walt Disney World’s cheapest souvenirs, starting at a whopping $.51 each. Kids and adults alike collect them every year. We have scoured the Internet looking for ideas for using your pressed pennys when you get back from vacation. Nothing fights Disney Post Vacation Depression Syndrome (DPVDS) like a piece of jewelry! Especially if you make it yourself for cheap. But if you’re not crafty or have a lot of free time, we found several Etsy stores guaranteed to help you purchase something adorable.

Can a Disney Princess Afford a Disney Chamilia Charm Bracelet?

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Disney World’s Pick-A-Pearl: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney World Pick a Pearl guide

Updated for 2018!

So you’ve done the Disney t-shirt and brought home the Mickey Mouse ears? Are you looking for something a little more special to bring back from Walt Disney World? Look no further than Disney’s Pick-A-Pearl experience.

We have all the details for you, including price, locations, plus all sorts of thoughts and ideas from the  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans. Are you ready for some fun on your next vacation?! [Read more…]

Can You Afford Disney by Birki’s Sandals?

Where to find Disney Birkinstock sandals

2018 Update: The website that sold this shoe collection way back in 2014 no longer sells these shoes. Take a a peak who you are here though, because you might find a pair floating around on eBay! [Read more…]

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

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Updated for 2018!

There are so many decisions that go into a Disney World vacation. Behind determining where you will actually stay, where to eat comes in a pretty close second in terms of important reservations. Character meals are often three and four times the cost of a counter service meal, so how do you know if you have picked the best one? We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite character meal. Ask yourself if you would rather get my personal opinion on a restaurant or dining opinions from hundreds of people. You want to go with the the hundreds, of course!

And our fans say the top three character meals are… [Read more…]

If You Do This on a Disney Vacation, You May Totally Regret It Later

2 princess how to behave at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

The Disney Company are masters of commercials making their theme parks seem like magical lands where happy families come to laugh, smile, and enjoy each other’s company. In Facebook group after group, people rave about how fantastic their Disney vacations were. They talk endlessly about how they can’t wait to return again for more fun. If there were problems, you may hear about long lines, occasional service or reservation issues, and maybe rainy weather.

But most often lost among the happy Disney chatter is the rare discussion about how traveling to Disney World with friends, family, and children can be incredibly stressful.  And so, expecting  smiles and fun, many people are caught off guard by the reality of the situation. [Read more…]

The Disney World Do-Over: Tips for Planning a Better Vacation

the best Disney vacation tips

Updated for 2018!

If you’ve ever planned a Disney World vacation, you know choices and decisions can be daunting. A big fear many people have is trying something new; sometimes it is really, really tough to get out of your WDW comfort zone. High expectations combined with the knowledge of how much money it will cost to get to Orlando can lead many people not to make decisions or make choices they later regret. Good thing for Disney park veteran travelers, it’s easy to look back and decide what you should or shouldn’t have done on a previous trip.

At Cheapskate Princess, we have a wide variety of been-theres and done-thats to call upon their years of experience. [Read more…]

THE Best Place to Buy Dooney & Bourke Handbags at Disney World


Updated for 2017!

Disney Fashionistas are familiar with the term Disney Dooney. These are handbags created by the famed Dooney & Bourke company with a Disney inspired design. And while we talk a lot about saving money here at Cheapskate Princess, sometimes you just have to splurge on a quality souvenir to bring home from vacation.

Purses are so popular as merchandise items at resorts and parks, they now have key chains shared like purses.

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Disney World Snacks to Share Under $10: A Glacier from Goofy’s Candy Co.


Updated for 2018!

A Glacier – even the name sounds cold and frosty!

Disney Springs has made some amazing renovations in the last several years. I would honestly say that a trip to Disney World in Orlando would not be complete without some time spend there because of their superior shopping, dining and entertainment options. And while your entertainment options have increased lately as well, prices have risen right along with the fun.

If you ever shared a snack to save some money, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! And we sure love to share a sweet drink called a Goofy’s Glaciers at Goofy’s Candy Co. in Disney Springs. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? Over 20 Disney Character Autograph Tips from Fans and Parents

Tips for Meeting Disney Characters

Updated for 2018!

If you are like most parents of small children, you will wait a long time in many lines to collect Disney character autographs on a Disney vacation. Time is money, especially on vacation. Are there pointers to making this process go smoother? [Read more…]

Check Out the First Disney Dooney & Bourke Handbag Design for 2014

Dooney & Bourke handbag

I don’t mind telling you, this will be a pretty short *NEW* merchandise preview, but it should be enough to get you Disney Dooney fans rolling change and skipping fancy restaurant lunches in anticipation of the latest design soon to hit the parks and resorts.

The Disney Parks Blog announced today that in May, to celebrate five years of Dooney & Bourke handbags and accessories at the Disney Parks, they will hold a small celebration. While they will also be releasing several new designs in 2014, the photos you see here are from the very first design released this year.

Minnie Mouse Disney & Dooney purse

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Look at this cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse artwork!

New Disney Dooney & Bourke purse 2014

Can a Disney Princess Afford the New Dooney & Bourke Haunted Mansion Handbag? Grab Your Disney Visa…

Let’s answer your most pressing questions. Sort of…

When will the handbag be released for purchase?

May, according to today’s blog post on The Disney Parks Blog.

How much will it cost?

We have no idea.

2014 Disney World Dooney & Bourke handbags

What styles of handbags and accessories will they have?

We have no idea.

Will you be able to order this design from the Disney Store online?

Probably, but we have no idea.

When you find out more information, will you let us know?

Certainly, we’ll update everything as soon as more information is released.

Disney World Mickey and Minnie Mouse artwork

Disney Dooneys Too Pricey? Check Out These Disney World Handbags Under $40

Remember, we said we did not have a lot of information. Our thought was to show you how adorable the latest design truly is. The Parks Blog just fed us two short sentences as a teaser, and now we are left to stare at our Disney Visa and wonder what the current balance will be in May. Luckily, it looks like you’ll have several months to recover from Christmas to save up. Or drop some hints to your significant other as to what you want for your birthday…

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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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12 Totally Cool Ideas to Replace Your Usual Disney Character Autograph Books

ideas for Disney character signatures besides autograph booksUpdated for 2018!

Disney Character autograph books have been around as far back as I can remember. The fun of collecting character signatures, other than the fun of just simply meeting them, is that each character has a distinct signature, so they are very recognizable. And thus collectible.

But what if you already have the standard issue (purchase) Disney autograph book filled up? Do you just buy another one for your next trip? [Read more…]