Boys! How Much Will It Cost to Dress Them in Costumes at Walt Disney World?

Boys costumes at Walt Disney World

Can you name more than three Disney Princes? No, that was not a misprint; I really did mean Disney Princes, like a prince. Obviously I am not watching enough Disney movies, because I couldn’t name two.  According to the Disney Wiki, The Disney Princes are an official line-up of male protagonists and deuteragonists (except for Li Shang who is the tritagonist) (??) who are the love-interests of the Disney Princesses. These include The Prince, Prince Charming, Prince Phillip, Prince Eric, Prince Adam and Prince Naveen, who are each born of royal heritage.  Aladdin and Flynn Rider become royalty by marrying princesses. Li Shang and John Smith are not considered royalty but are both still considered a “prince” because their love interests, Mulan and Pocahontas, are official Disney Princesses.

The Magic Kingdom parks are alive with beautiful little princesses running everywhere, dressed to the hilt in Disney designed costumes. Will you spot any little Disney Princes running hither and yonder to grab a FASTPASS? It’s not very likely, unless they were hand made by a mom or grandma.

Read: How Can You Save Money on Disney World Souvenirs? One Four Letter Word…

There be pirates afoot in the Disney Parks, me harties! Terry Fults sent us this photo of her little pirate. “This is my son last summer after The Pirate League. He loved it! Definitely worth the money.”

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 Read: Can You Bring Your Own Food into a Disney World Theme Park?

If you want to pick up your boy’s brand new costume before your vacation, try the Disney Store.com. While you will not find any prince costumes for sale, you can find a couple characters your sons are more likely to recognize.

There is the Jake costume for $39.95, Jake being the star of Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates,which includes the top, pants, wig and bandana, plus there is an accessory set for $10.95, which includes a sword and spyglass. What a way to show swashbuckling style!

Use this link to access the Disney Store.com Jake costume page.  

Disney Junior Jake costumeHow would your Disney Prince like to dress up like Buzz Lightyear? For $44.95, you get the full bodysuit, detachable wings that light up, gloves, a hat, and and a chest plate.

Use this link to Disney Store.com Buzz Lightyear page. 

Buzz Lightyear Disney costume

Disney Store.com also has four costumes for boys from their Marvel Comics series, which include Iron Man “3,” The Hulk, Spider Man, and Captain America.

Use this link to access the Disney Marvel costume collection, with prices ranging from $49.95 to $59.95.

Disney Marvel boy's costumes

And if you want to be original, there is always the home-made route. Jessica Courrier sent us this photo of her little man, who only dresses up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. “We had an awesome time when my son dressed as Peter Pan though! Hook came to the end of his line to “fight” with our Pan. At Peter Pan’s Flight, an awesome CM took our little guy to the front of “his” ride. He loved how everyone treated him as if he really was Peter Pan! One of our favorite nights at the Magic Kingdom.” 

Read: Who Would Pay $29 for a Disney World Dessert? You Should!

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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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Disney’s Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort: How to Go for Cheap!

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Updated for 2017!

Cheap is a relative term; we’ll get to that in a minute.

I think that old saying about needing “a vacation from your vacation” probably originated from a trip to a theme park at peak capacity. Sometimes, a Disney Princess just wants to get away from it all and spend some quality time being pampered. What better place to spend a few hours of  princess-pampering time than the newly “re-imagined” Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. If you’ve looked into accommodation pricing there lately, you know this place is like on the top-tier of Disney Resort room pricing.

So can you afford a trip to the Senses Spa?

You might be surprised! [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney? 20 Magic Kingdom Rides That Save Time and Money

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When you write about Disney topics, people like to ask you questions. Probably the one question I get asked the most is, “We only have tickets for one day. What park should we go to?” Without hesitation, I say Magic Kingdom. Regardless of age or how much you love roller coasters, I always say the Magic Kingdom just for the experience. When people think of Disney World, what pops into their heads first is usually Cinderella Castle; adult visitors have said they cried the first time they saw it because they had waited for so long. So if you can only be in Orlando for one day, I say spend it there. [Read more…]

If You Can’t Stay in Disney World’s Cinderella Suite, Can You Afford a Disney Princess Bedroom?

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Where do you want to stay at Disney World? Whenever I hear the answer “Cinderella Castle,” it’s always a little bitter-sweet. How sweet to want to stay in that stunning castle, yet the bitter part comes when you realize almost none of us average mortals will ever stay in the elusive Cinderella Suite perched high inside the castle.

Walt Disney had planned for a “suite” to be built for his family to use, but he passed nearly five years before the Magic Kingdom even opened. The space was not used for anything remotely regal until it was announced in 2006 that the Cinderella Suite had been created.  The suite was used throughout the 2007 “Year of a Million Dream” promotion, where one family was chosen each day for a night’s stay. So you cannot make reservations to stay there, and unless you are a super star like Kevin Jonas or Tom Cruise, you won’t be receiving a royal invitation for a sleepover anytime soon.

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

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These beautiful photos were found on Matt Jylha Photography, mattjylha,com, and you will notice the deep rich color of the dark wood, the darker tones of the bedding and floors, and all that fantastic stone and tile. While this may appeal to your average 40-year-old Disney Princess, sleeping in this dark-colored, cold-floored room would probably not appeal to the average Disney Princess crowd under ten.

Any chance you could bring any of that Cinderella Suite magic into your little princess’s bedroom? Sure, if you have the cash…

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Rooms to Go, home of magical rooms and accessories for your little princess, has teamed up with the Disney Company to bring magical princess-themed bedroom furniture to your little princess.  All the images and parts of the descriptions you see are from the Rooms to Go website, which you can access using this link.

We’ve updated these with 2017 prices, and there are more bedroom sets available since this article was published in 2013.

The Disney Princess 6 Piece Twin Carriage Bedroom

Dreams begin with this whimsical Cinderella carriage bed. Featuring a tent and canopy, this magical bed is made of scrolled metal high-lighted with an appealing white-gold finish. The crown feature on top has “princess” bow detailing. “Fitting for a princess, the carriage bed evokes images of happily ever after.”

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The dresser, carriage bed, and oval mirror are $999.00 before tax and delivery. The mattress set is not included and neither is the bedding.

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

The Disney Princess White Five Piece Twin Poster Bedroom

Designed to appeal to a your little princess, the poster bed is exquisitely detailed, with bed posts adorned with sparkling crystal finials and fluted spool feet. The curved head and footboard feature lovely ribbons and bows details. A high/low bed locking system allows the bed height to grow with your daughter.

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The three-piece twin poster bed, dresser, and oval mirror are $1088.00 before tax and delivery.  The mattress set is not included and neither is the bedding.

 Read: Can a Disney Princess Afford to Stay at the Contemporary Resort at Christmas?

The Disney Princess White Five Piece Twin Sleigh Bedroom

You can encourage fairy tale dreams by tucking your little girl into the enchanting princess sleigh bed. Crafted with a white finish, the bed offers intricate detailing like extensive roses, ribbons and bows, with a slightly brushed metallic effect. A high/low bed locking system will allow the bed height to grow with your daughter and accommodate a trundle-bed, which is sold separately.

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The dresser, three-piece twin sleigh bed, and heart mirror are $1,399.00 before tax and delivery. The mattress set is not included and neither is the bedding. A trundle unit is sold separately, and this bed is also available in dark cherry-style wood.

Read: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Can A Cheapskate Afford To Become A Disney Princess?

Disney Princess Cherry Six Piece Twin Sleigh Bedroom

Crafted with a rich cherry finish, this bed offers the same intricate detailings the bed above – extensive roses, ribbons and bows on the shaped headboard, footboard and rails. This bed also has the high/low bed locking system. The matching furniture pieces feature curved drawer fronts and custom hardware.

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The dresser, three-piece twin sleigh bed, mirror, and nightstand are $1479.00 before tax and delivery. The mattress set is not included and neither is the bedding.

Click here to go to the Rooms to Go Disney Princess Bedroom collection.

What are you missing? Pink paint for the walls, curtains, an area rug, decorator pillows, and there is a fancy chandelier in the Rooms to Go photos.  It’s the small details that make a room, but it’s the large furniture pieces that start you on your way to sleeping like royalty.

 Read: Life Lessons With a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Be Appreciative

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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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Can You Afford Those Adorable Disney Princess Costumes at Walt Disney World?

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Updated for 2018!

We asked some of our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they thought about the princess dresses and accessories. Did they bring their own along on vacation or splurge on site for a treat suitable for royalty? [Read more…]

How Can You Look Like a Disney Princess? Start With Their Make Up!

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Those Disney Princesses sure are pretty. If you ask a little girl to say one word about her favorite princess, chances are she will answer “She is pretty.” How do they do it, work so hard all day and still look amazing? I’m sure we cal all agree that it’s their choice of make up, naturally!  Come on, admit, it, make up is the first word that popped into your mind. [Read more…]

12 Disney Craft Ideas from Pinterest for the Disney Princess on a Budget!

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Updated for 2017!

It’s expensive to be a Disney Princes, all those ball gowns and tiaras, the upkeep on the castle. What’s an ordinary gal to do if the Fairy Godmother hasn’t dropped a money tree into our back yard if we want to decorate our homes and bodies in cute Disney inspired stuff? We have to get a little crafty, try some DIY/Do It Yourself projects rather than drop a fortune in the Disney Resort gift shops and the Disney Store online. We can head off to our happy place and make some cool stuff.

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1st Trip To Disney? Seven Ways MagicBands Can Improve Your Vacation

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Updated for 2018!

Back in January of 2013, Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, described how the Disney Company would be rolling out a collection of tools at the Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+, providing guests with more opportunities to customize and personalize their entire visit. MyMagic+ would allow guests to book guaranteed ride times for their favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the parks. MyMagic+ was designed to enable guests to spend more time together, thereby creating a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Staggs said, “Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand.” [Read more…]

Best Disney World Souvenirs Ever? $.51 Pennies

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Updated for 2018!

Love to save money on Disney World souvenirs? With child size Disney t-shirts almost above the $30 mark and key chains sliding over $10, you’re going to have a hard time finding most anything under $5, much less $1. In what may be the absolute cheapest Disney World souvenir EVER, let’s talk about the pressed penny, and why, if you have children, this may be a great way to bring home souvenirs from the parks without breaking their little piggy banks.

You just might like it for yourself, with or without any kids tagging along… [Read more…]

Disney Dooneys Too Pricey? Disney World Handbags Under $40

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This article was published back in 2013. Some of these handbags may not be available in 2017, although some are still sold on property.

A Cheapskate Princess current with fashion trends knows a Dooney and Bourke handbag is the height of Disney Princess fashion. Other than gold jewelry, there aren’t too many Disney souvenirs I can think of that are more pricey than a D&B purse. The majority of Dooney and Bourke handbag owners say they are very happy with almost every aspect of their Dooney handbag, from quality down to every day appeal.

What seems to hold most princesses back from purchasing a Disney Dooney is the cost. Have you seen the prices on Dooney and B0urke handbags this year? Use this link and then check back here.

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

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We’re not all prepared to drop $100 to over $300 on a vacation-themed purse. What sort of options does that leave us with if we don’t want to kill our vacation budget but still be able to wear our love for Disney on our arm?

Priced at a quite reasonable $34.95, the Disney Parks are offering several options for Disney Princess fashion at a Cheapskate Princess price.

This red Minnie Mouse handbag features her classic red, black and white theme with an image and Minnie’s signature. $34.95.

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This black handbag rings in at $34.95, with Minnie’s name featured prominently and her trademark red (satin in this case) bow fastened to the side.

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This white handbag features both Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Pluto in what I call the “old cartoon style.” $34.95

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Read: Move Over Disney Dooney & Bourke…Make Way for the Disney Vera Bradley!

And our last bag in this style, also ringing up at just $34.95, has Bambi, Dumbo, the Disney logo, plus Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse’s signatures. This is the most colorful handbag of the bunch.

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While these handbags were photographed at BVG (Bay View Gifts) at the Contemporary Resort, you can find them throughout the parks and resort gift shops.

Want to show the gals at work or PTA meetings your love for a Disney vacation without sacrificing a mortgage payment?  These handbags may be just what you need. You’ll have to pick them up on property though, because they do not appear to be available at the Disney Store.  If you would like to see the bags they do have available online, use this link. 

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Got Pets? Let’s Talk About Off-Property Rental Homes for an Orlando Vacation

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Updated for 2018!

Pets. They bring so much joy to our lives on a daily basis, but in terms of taking them on vacation, being a pet owner can be a real bummer. With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed inside any of the theme parks in Orlando including the four Disney parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World.

Each park has kennels where you can leave your pet while you play in the parks, but what can you do if you don’t want to leave your pet in a kennel?

Take them with you. [Read more…]

Orlando’s Mall at Millennia: A Cheapskate Princess Guide


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Updated for 2017!

Why in the “Disney World” would you ever waste your time going to a mall when you are in Orlando?

For those of you who swear you will never leave Disney property while on vacation, don’t lose interest yet. Stay with me until I can make my money-free sales pitch, or you can look at all the photos, whichever happens first.

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