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 of Boy Mickey, are these vans cute!

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Have You Heard About Disney’s Enchanted Evening Honeymoon Package?

Have you been dreaming of a honeymoon this year 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. A limited time offer was recently announced with several special perks, and you still have six months to get it together.

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…]

When Disney Ticket Prices Go Up, What Can You Do?

Disney Ticket prices went up so what can you do?

Updated for 2018!

Last year, Disney raised their single day ticket prices for 2017 during certain times of the year. Company officials said they hoped this would prevent overcrowding during the busiest times at the theme parks. Ticket prices seem to creep up every year. So where does that leave you and your wallet? [Read more…]

To Save Money, Visit Disney World During Value Season

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Trying to save money on a Disney vacation? A good place to start is with your hotel. Walt Disney World is considered to be busy year ’round now; there really won’t be a time you’ll experience very short wait times in the parks, like some of us old timers remember. Factors like holidays, school breaks, and weather temperatures can affect when people want to visit Orlando, and that basically results in higher resort room pricing.

So when should you travel? Well, it’s not called Value for nothing…

Read – Cheap Disney World Souvenirs: Where to Purchase a Silhouette

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MagicBand 2 at Walt Disney World… All You Need to Know!

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Updated for 2017!

New MagicBands have arrived at Walt Disney World as part of their continuing effort to innovate and personalize their guest’s vacation experiences.  They called it “MagicBand 2.”

Read – Prisma: The FREE App You Need for Your Disney Vacation Photos

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Pros and Cons of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

pros and cons of staying at a Disney Resort

Your family has decided they want to go to Walt Disney World and you are so excited, but then you have to decide if you want to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort or stay off property. A Disney World vacation has so many moving parts, and there are so many decisions to make while planning your vacation.  But don’t worry, because we are here to help you make the important decision on where to stay!

When you take a Walt Disney World vacation, there really isn’t a bad place to stay.

Read: Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Why Book Advanced Dining Reservations: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

When people plan their vacation to Walt Disney World, there are so many decisions to make. Guests have to decide where to stay, how many days to spend in the parks, which parks to visit, which FastPasses they want, and my favorite decision – where to eat. Disney allows guests to make dining reservations 180 days before their vacation. While there are a lot of out of this world choices for dining, there are some restaurants that are very popular, and they can be locations where it is hard to get the Advanced Dining Reservations (also called ADRs.)

Disney World Dining

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