Decline Disney Housekeeping to Save $10 a Day?

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Walt Disney World Value and Moderate Resort hotels (including the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) are still offering a trial phase Service Your Way program that gives you the ability to decline housekeeping services during your resort stay. If you decide not to have your room cleaned each day, you will receive a Disney Gift Card worth $10 per night for all nights of your stay except one. So if you spend 7 nights in a Disney resort, you will receive a $60 gift card if you decline housekeeping, which Disney fans in-the-know call “Mousekeeping.”

Should you save money by cleaning your own resort room or simply enjoy being pampered?

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How to Get a First Haircut at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

Did you know you can get a hair cut while vacationing at Magic Kingdom? Many people don’t realize there’s a fully functioning barber shop located on Main Street, and it’s called the Harmony Barber Shop. Head to the left side as you walk through the entrance gates and look for the striped barber shop pole, close to the Firehouse and a gift shop called Disney Clothiers. Guests of all ages can get a haircut here, but they offer a special package just for first haircuts. [Read more…]

Shipping Groceries to Your Disney World Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

 

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Food will be one of your largest expenses on a Disney World vacation. While there are delivery options available, a cheapskate option to dining out all the time can be to have groceries mailed to your resort before your arrival.

How exactly does this work? [Read more…]

Disney Signature Restaurant Dress Code: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

With so many different outfits and sometimes even costumes being worn to the Disney parks and restaurants, is there ever a time you might need to dress up in your “fancy” clothes?

For several restaurants, the answer is yes.  [Read more…]

Will the New Disney Resort Parking Fee Affect Your Vacation?

How much will the new Disney Resorts parking fee affect your next Disney vacation? [Read more…]

Should You Use a Minnie Van at Disney World? A Cheapskate Princess Guide

We’ve been familiar with the term “minivans” since car makers began downsizing from traditional full-size vans. But have you seen the Minnie Vans? We’ve got all your information, including prices, details, and how-tos. And Boy oh Boy Mickey, are these vans cute!

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Disney’s Enchanted Evening Honeymoon Package: A Cheapskate Guide

Updated for 2018!

Have you ever dreamed about enjoying a honeymoon at Walt Disney World? The beauty of a Disney honeymoon is, you don’t actually have to have the wedding on property to honeymoon there.

Maybe a few travel incentives can push you in the right direction… [Read more…]

Disney World Extravagance: Shopping for Lilly Pulitzer

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In addition to theme park tickets, a hotel room, and food, almost a guaranteed part of the overall expenses for a Disney vacation is souvenir shopping. You will stand in too many gift shops not to bring something home, so then the million dollar questions becomes how much will you spend?

Are you going to bargain souvenir shop or shoot for the stars with a full-out princess extravagance?

There are certainly no shortage of both moderately-low to high-end gift shop merchandise available these days, but when looking for a splurge, the name Lilly Pulitzer is becoming synonymous with Disney Vacation extravagance.

Are you ready for a Lilly?!

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How to Get a Pineapple Dole Whip Without Any Disney Theme Park Tickets

Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom serves the famous  and ultra popular Dole Whip, a soft-serve frozen treat blended in pineapple, vanilla or swirled flavors. Disney started their long-running relationship with Dole Foods as corporate sponsors of the Enchanted Tiki Room. Even though a Dole Whip has the taste and consistency of soft-serve ice cream, this dessert actually gets its texture from ordinary food thickeners. Starting back in 2013, the original pineapple and orange Dole Whip flavors became completely dairy-free.

You can purchase the sweet treat at several other places, including Disneyland, Dole’s processing plant in Hawaii and online using this link.

Did you know you can also pick one up in Orlando without any park tickets? You’ll need to go here… [Read more…]

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…]

Looking Back at Disney’s Wishes: Looking Forward to Happily Ever After

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If you have watched the 10 p.m. fireworks show at Magic Kingdom since way back in 2003, then you’ve seen “Wishes.” How much longer will it be at Magic Kingdom? Not long.

In fact, it’s already gone, but it’s still fun to look back and remember.  [Read more…]

Disney World Extravagance: the Designer Collection Jewelry

Disney World has been offering high quality silver jewelry in their upper level gift shops (Epcot’s Mouse Gears, Disney Spring’s World of Disney, etc.) for several years. Now you don’t have to set foot on property to purchase these items, which you can order from shopdisney.com. These jewelry pieces were created especially for Disney Parks. [Read more…]