20 Cheapskate Tips for Souvenirs and Activities at Disney World: How to Save Money!!

cheapskate tips for souvenirs and activities at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Disney vacation souvenirs are expensive, but do you always have to pay retail?

We have some tips on saving money for your next Disney vacation, plus ideas on how to save money on souvenirs and activities. So put your Visa card away, hide your checkbook, and let’s see how the cheapskates do Disney!

Read: Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

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When You Take a Fitbit To Disney

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Updated for 2017!
One of the best parts about a Disney vacation is enjoying the food and snacks, but sometimes it’s tough to abandon established workout regimens and daily food goals you’ve been working on maintaining for month, sometimes years. Can you continue healthy eating and exercising on vacation and still relax and have fun? Like aren’t exercise and vacation opposite concepts?! Will you come home from trying to stay in good shape on your trip with regrets you’ve missed out on fun and Disney FOOD?!
America is not a nation in great shape. Niddk.nih.gov reports that more than one-third of adults are considered to be obese. About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese. Livestrong.com cites Boston Medical Center information indicating that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products in their efforts to love weight and look better.
If you are one of the millions on a diet and exercise plan this year, your time spent on a vacation is a struggle to return home with more souvenirs than extra pounds. There are unlimited diet plans and weight loss products out there, but the one I took to Disney World on our last trip was a Fitbit.

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Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Disney Parks Icons Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Updated for 2018!

There sure were some cute Disney Dooneys being released in 2017, although cute and cheap are obviously two different things. Paying hundreds of dollars for purses is certainly no cheapskate move. But Dooney & Bourke handbags are known for their excellent quality, so a purchase on this level can be an investment that will last indefinitely.

Do you buy a $35 t-shirt with a lifespan of five years or more, or do you splurge on an extravagant leather handbag that could last until your retirement? Disney certainly has a lot to tempt you with in every price range imaginable…

Check out the Disney Parks Icons collection, which was still being sold as of September 2018.

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Disney World 4 Le$$: Pony Rides Under $10

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Updated for 2018!

Looking for activities for the younger crowd on a Disney World vacation that won’t cost a fortune? Head over to The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for some true horse play! [Read more…]

Early Morning Magic in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World: a Cheapskate Guide

Updated for 2018!

With Disney World so insanely busy lately, it’s no wonder they started offering tickets to get into Magic Kingdom before the park actually opens. You can make your Magic Kingdom morning more magical than ever with a limited-entry, first-access experience in the park, but it’s going to cost you extra money.

Is it worth the price?

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runDisney in Your Neighborhood and Earn Mickey Medals!

guide to Disney World Virtual Running Shorts

2016

I’ve wanted to participate in a runDisney race for years, but the timing of the races has never been compatible with my work schedule, and planning a vacation around a race just hasn’t fit into my budget. With the announcement of Disney’s Virtual Running Shorts Series, beginners to seasoned runDisney veterans can get outside for some Disney-inspired fun and exercise this summer and bring home official race bling! You can run with friends and family or all by yourself. What you don’t have to do is actually run in Orlando, and you have from May 15th to June 30th to do it.

Are you ready to bring home some Disney race bling without ever setting foot on Disney property? Then it’s time to get out your Visa and register. 

Walking Miles & Miles at Disney Theme Parks

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In your own backyard…

RunDisney will now add virtual races to their established park race lineup, and your whole family is invited to join the Disney fun without driving to Orlando. Participants can walk, jog, stroll through your neighborhood, or run a race on a treadmill. You will choose the course that’s right for you, selecting from one of three Mickey-themed Disney 5Ks. You also have the option to run all three for completion of the Running Shorts Series.

Runners track their own times and completion is based on the honor system; you can register here starting April 28.

Many people drive to Orlando for the runDisney races just to enjoy time with friends, dress in Disney-themed race costumes, and of course the exhilaration of running across Disney property. But let’s face it; prices are going up and a weekend stay in Orlando with food, souvenirs, and race registration can cost hundreds of dollars, even thousands if you stay Deluxe and fly into town. But if the funds aren’t there for 2016, or you want some motivation to work yourself up to a half or full marathon on Disney property, then these Virtual Running Shorts could be just what you need.

What will you get for your money, since you will not be on Disney property?

  • exercise (although technically this part is free!)
  • medals: up to four specially-designed Finisher Medals celebrating Mickey Mouse
  • tumbler if you participate in the three-run series

Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

runDisney race virtual registration

Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required

Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s Yellow Shoes Finisher Medal
  • Yellow Shoes Digital Race Bib

Completion Timeframe: May 15 – June 1, 2016 

 

Running Shorts 5K –2 Red Pants Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required

Running Shorts 5K-2 Red Pants Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s Red Pants Finisher Medal
  • Red Pants Digital Race Bib

Completion Timeframe: June 5 – June 18, 2016 

 

Running Shorts 5K-3 White Glove Highlights 

  • 3.1 mile run on course of runner’s choosing
  • Proof of run not required

Running Shorts 5K-3 White Glove Race Participants Receive

  • Commemorative Mickey’s White Glove Finisher Medal
  • White Glove Digital Race Bib

Completion Timeframe: June 19 – June 30, 2016 

What You Can NOT Wear to Disney Theme Parks

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4. runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series  $142.00

This will be the Disney fan’s ultimate summer running challenge – three 5Ks, four Mickey Finisher Medals, and 9.3 miles of fun!  

RunDisney’s Virtual Running Shorts Series combines all three Running Shorts 5Ks for 9.3 miles of fun. Complete the runs within the scheduled dates to earn the first-ever Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler, plus you get the Red Pants, Yellow Shoes and White Glove Individual Finisher Medals.

Note: you must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals. Your completion timeframe is May 15th to June 30th, 2016

Running Shorts Series Highlights 

  • Running Shorts 5K – Yellow Shoes, 5K – Red Pants, and 5K – White Glove runs totaling 9.3 miles.
  • Proof of run not required

Virtual Running Shorts Series Participants Receive 

  • Running Shorts Challenge Digital Race Bib
  • Special Mickey Series Finisher Medal and Mickey tumbler, along with Commemorative Running Shorts Yellow Shoes, Red Pants and White Glove Individual Finisher Medals.

How to Pack the BEST Disney World Theme Park Bag Ever!

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The Fine Print

  1. Entry fees for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series are non-refundable.
  2. This was stated above, but you must register for the Virtual Running Shorts Series to receive the Running Shorts Mickey Series Medal and Mickey tumbler in addition to individual race medals.
  3. Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change.
  4. Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for, any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.
  5. Disney reserves the right to refuse the entry into, and/or revoke any registration for any race for any reason in its sole discretion with refund of any applicable registration fees being the sole remedy of any such refusal and/or revocation.
  6. All races are non-transferable between individuals.
  7. You can share your experiences with all the races at #runDisneyShorts.

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When you finish your summer races, you might treat yourself to one of those PANDORA race charms, because now you’ll be an official runDisney runner!

runDisney virtual races

So for the first time, you can now participate in a runDisney race without ever setting foot in Orlando. Or for more fun, complete your race on Walt Disney World or Disneyland property!

Use this link for more information and to register. 

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you lacing up your running shoes, deciding where to hang your medal (or medals!)

 

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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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Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom: A Cheapskate Guide

Updated for 2018!

Disney World has become a really busy place to take a vacation, some would say almost too busy. With some wait times reaching more than three hours during holidays and parents taking kids out of school for trips, there isn’t really a down time anymore to visit the Mouse in Orlando. So if you have the money, you can be among a limited number of guests to enjoy a three hour park experience, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

What do you get and is it worth it?

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Tips to Stay Cool on a Summer Disney Vacation

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Updated for 2018!

It sure is hot in Orlando during the summer. With average temperatures in June, July, and August hovering around 92 degrees, that means when you factor in humidity, it’s going to feel like it’s about 100 degrees. That’s really hot, especially for those of you not used to high heat in the deep south.

So how can a Disney Princess stay cool in the parks and resorts when the temperature is turned up to broil? We have some tips…

Read: Should You Pull Kids Out of School for a Disney Vacation?

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Walt Disney World Must Eat? Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

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Updated for 2018!

There are certainly a lot of snack options at Walt Disney World. Food makes up such an important, and expensive, part of vacations, that sometimes choosing what to munch on can be overwhelming. How can you be sure you picked the best snack for your money?

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Spring 2016 Disney Dooneys Are Here!

2016 Spring Dooney & Bourke Disney collections

2016

It’s spring, which means it’s time for you Disney Princesses to take your Visa out of your winter coat and check out the latest Dooney & Bourke handbags being released before summer this year.

Top Three Disney World Souvenirs You’ll Use Every Day

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Disney World Park Tips for Kids: Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney World theme park tips for kids

Updated for 2018!

Let’s be honest. Taking children on vacation to theme parks, surrounded by thousands of people and potentially walking miles a day, can be overwhelming. For the Disney parks in particular, add in scheduling Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) and FastPass+ times, and you have a lot of information to absorb and keep up with.

We’ve amassed our best tips for taking children to Disney theme parks in one easy to follow guide. And away we go! [Read more…]

The Top Three Disney World Souvenirs You’ll Use Every Day

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Updated for 2018!

Disney World is an amazing playground of entertainment, roller coasters, and fabulous dining. After you spend lots and lots of money on tickets, a hotel room, and food, you will be visually overwhelmed with souvenir opportunities. Everywhere you turn on Disney property, there are stylish gift shops in which every single merchandising item looks like something you need to buy immediately.

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